Disney World just quietly raised ticket prices to up to $129 for a single day — and people are freaking out

  • Walt Disney World and Disneyland raised ticket prices on Sunday.
  • A one-day ticket to Disney World during the busiest time of year now costs $129, a $5 price increase.
  • Some Disney fans say that it is becoming too expensive to visit the parks.

Walt Disney World and Disneyland just quietly increased how much it costs to visit the parks.

A regular, one-day ticket to Disney World's Magic Kingdom now costs $119, a $4 increase, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

The cost of "value" tickets, sold during less crowded times of year, increased by $2 to $109 for adults. Peak ticket prices, for the busiest times of year, now cost $129 for adults, a $5 increase.

Disney also significantly increased how much Florida residents pay for annual passes. The premium Platinum pass now costs Floridians $729, up from $679.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - SEPTEMBER 18: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, actress Melissa Joan Hart poses with Buzz Lightyear at Magic Kingdom park on September 18, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Hart vacationed with her family at Walt Disney World Resort. (Photo by Chloe Rice/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 20: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, country music artist Luke Bryan poses with cowboy Goofy in front of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom on February 20, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Bryan visited the theme park with his family and friends during a break between the Orlando concerts on his 'That's My Kind of Night Tour 2015.' Magic Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. (Photo by Chloe Rice/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
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Many Disney fans had already braced themselves for the price hike. Disney World and Disneyland have announced ticket price every February over the last several years.

But some people say that the latest price hike has contributed to making it too expensive for the average family to visit Disney's theme parks.

"People will need to start selling their kidneys on the black market to be able to afford a day at Disney," one person wrote on Twitter. "Pathetic."

The price changes seem to be part of Disney's plan to get people to visit the parks for as many days as possible. Tickets are cheaper if customers buy multi-day passes, dropping to $44.50 per day for adults getting a 10-day pass.

 

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Last week, Disney reported that its parks and resorts generated $5.2 billion in the most recent quarter, an increase of 13%. Attendance grew 6% in the same period.

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