By Jacob Passy
Visiting the “Most Magical Place on Earth” can easily break the bank these days.
Walt Disney World /zigman2/quotes/203410047/composite DIS +0.47% this week raised prices for most theme-park tickets. The most-expensive single-day ticket can cost as much as $219.
The price hike comes as the resort is set to open a new “Star Wars”-themed attraction that’s expected to draw an influx of visitors.
A single-day base ticket to visit one of Walt Disney World’s four theme parks has been hiked to $159 per adult for the busiest times of the year, up from $139.
A single-day base ticket to visit one of Walt Disney World’s four theme parks has been hiked to $159 per adult for the busiest time of year, up from $139 per adult . That price will be in effect for single-day visits between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Other times of the year, including summer break, spring break and the week of Thanksgiving, saw more modest price increases between $3 and $10. The lowest price for a single-day ticket stayed the same at $109.
Last fall, the theme park located near Orlando, Fla., introduced a new system that adjusts the price of tickets based on the dates of the park visit. To book a Walt Disney World visit, guests must now select the number of days they plan to go to a theme park, and the dates of their visit to find out the total cost.
At the time, Disney said that the new pricing system would actually cause ticket prices to drop for some dates, while for others tickets would become more expensive.
“Our flexible date-based ticket pricing reflects the demand we see for our parks and provides guests multiple options to meet their vacation needs,” a Walt Disney World spokeswoman said in an email. “As we invest in our parks and expand our offerings, we will continue to look for ways to manage high demand and spread attendance.”
Disney said that the new pricing system would actually cause ticket prices to drop for some dates, while for others tickets would become more expensive.
Guests can also purchase “Park Hopper” tickets that allow them to visit more than one theme park in a day. These tickets cost $60 more each day than a base ticket. Therefore, a single-day “Park Hopper” now costs up to $219, depending on when one travels.
The price per day for Walt Disney World tickets is cheaper when guests choose to buy multi-day theme-park tickets. A 10-day ticket now costs between $47 and $61 per day , or a total cost of between $470 and $610.
Like with Disneyland, travelers can find discounts to bring down the cost of theme-park tickets. Disney World has multiple special offers for tickets currently, including one specific to Florida residents. Visitors can also purchase tickets for a discount through authorized ticket re-sellers such as Undercover Tourist and Park Savers .
Walt Disney World also hiked the price of the annual pass for its water parks from $130 to $139. The prices of regular theme parks remained the same.
Historically, Walt Disney World has raised prices annually, typically around February or March. Ticket prices have increased every year since 2015. When the resort opened in 1971, a single-day ticket only cost $3.50.
Last week, Disney announced the opening dates of the new “Star Wars”-themed attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The Florida iteration of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” which will be located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park, will debut on Aug. 29.