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Monday, June 13, 2011

Money Monday: Disney Park Prices on the Rise!

Oh!  They got me!  After several consecutive years of raising ticket prices in early August, Disney threw us curve ball and raised them instead on June 12.  Despite the fact that the company has always warned that prices could increase…er, change, at anytime, I simply wasn’t expecting it. 

The price for a one day, one park adult ticket has gone from $82 to $85.  A one day, one park child’s ticket has gone from $74 to $79.  As always, the more days you plan to go into the parks, the less it costs per day.  For example, a ten day adult Magic-Your-Way ticket will run you $291, with a breakdown of about $29 per day.  The option to add Park hopper or water parks and more has gone up $1 from last year, bringing the total add-on to $55 regardless of how many park days you decide to use.

So how can you save on tickets?  There are a few ways, actually.  First of all, unless you just get a smoking deal on a package, I suggest booking a “room only” reservation for one of the Disney resorts and buying your tickets separately.  That way, you can shop around for the best ticket prices.  Undercover tourist has some of the best rates I’ve seen.  In fact, while supplies last, they have some tickets still at the pre-increase price.  So, even if you aren’t planning to use the tickets until, say February, you can purchase them now and hold onto them until you are ready to go on your trip.  (tip: Disney park tickets remain valid until used the first time.  After first use, you must use the rest of the days on your ticket within 2 weeks unless you purchase the no expiration option.  Price varies depending on number of days)

Another money saving option is to see if you can get a AAA or military discount, given that you are a member.

There is another way at the moment.  This is a “win-win” situation as far as I’m concerned.  For a limited time, you can make a donation to the Florida Children’s hospital and receive complimentary tickets.  The amount of tickets and days in the parks depends on your donation.  In the end, you can save money while simultaneously helping a children’s hospital.  If you are interested, click the link and read carefully.  The tickets are what you get and cannot be upgraded in anyway.  If you decide you want to add water parks or park hopper options and those were not already included in your ticket, then you will not be able to add those later.

At any rate, hopefully this means we won’t be getting those August increases this year!

Xoxo, Ami

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Florida Children’s Hospital: