Skip to content

Prices at Disney are up — again, effective immediately

Oct. 11, 2022
6 min read
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

It's no secret that the cost to take a family to Disney World or Disneyland can be quite high. But, unfortunately, like with so many other things in the world right now, the price is on the rise.

Out in California, Disneyland Resort has quietly increased its prices across a number of categories, including park tickets, Genie+ skip-the-line access and even parking. These changes are effective immediately.

TARAH CHIEFFI/THE POINTS GUY

The price increase for the Anaheim parks (Disneyland and Disney California Adventure) is the first in a year and affects single-day, multiday and Park Hopper tickets, along with Genie+.

Walt Disney World ticket price increases were implemented in February of 2022 and are not currently connected to the California price changes. However, the Florida parks were not fully spared. The daily Genie+ prices for Disney World are becoming more variable — and, in many cases, increasing. Some other costs in the Florida parks have also increased.

So, how much more will a trip to Disney parks in California cost? And just how much will you pay to use Genie+ in Anaheim and Orlando? Here's what you need to know to budget for an upcoming park visit.

Related: How much does a Disneyland vacation cost?

Ticket price increase

If you visit Disneyland on Oct. 11, it will end up costing you $40 more for a family of four than it did the day before, with the average cost of a single-day park ticket increased by $10 overnight.

And dynamic pricing is still the name of the game at Disney parks, meaning the more popular the day you're visiting, the more it will cost.

You'll still see this dynamic pricing reflected in Disney's new pricing, plus there's a new so-called Tier 0 that keeps the base price the same for the lowest-priced, single-day, single-park ticket: $104. However, the lowest-priced Park Hopper ticket is $169, which is $5 more than the previous lowest price.

Sign up for our daily newsletter

For example, for the coming holiday months, you'll pay the maximum Tier 6 pricing of $179 a day to visit one park (that's right, one park for one day). But if you come back on a weekday in the middle of January when everyone else is back at home and in school, you'll pay the Tier 0 ticket price of $104.

DISNEYLAND

Here's a look at 1-day prices for 1 park with the pricing structure for Disneyland:

Single-day, 1-park Disneyland and California Adventure ticket prices

1-Day, 1-Park (Tier 0): $104 (new tier pricing).
1-Day, 1-Park (Tier 1): $114 (previously $104).
1-Day, 1-Park (Tier 2): $129 (previously $119).
1-Day, 1-Park (Tier 3): $144 (previously $134).
1-Day, 1-Park (Tier 4): $159 (previously $149).
1-Day, 1-Park (Tier 5): $169 (previously $159).
1-Day, 1-Park (Tier 6): $179 (previously $164).

Single-day Park Hopper

1-Day Park Hopper (Tier 0): $169 (new tier).
1-Day Park Hopper (Tier 1): $179 (previously $164).
1-Day Park Hopper (Tier 2): $194 (previously $179).
1-Day Park Hopper (Tier 3): $209 (previously $194).
1-Day Park Hopper (Tier 4): $224 (previously $209).
1-Day Park Hopper (Tier 5): $234 (previously $219).
1-Day Park Hopper (Tier 6): $244 (previously $224).

Related: My top 19 tips to save money and have fun at Disney World

Genie+ price increase

The Genie is out of the bottle at Disney parks. Genie+ pricing, that is.

DISNEYLAND

But it's not just the price to get in that increased. We're seeing prices for the skip-the-lines service increasing across the parks, as noticed and reported by multiple parkgoers in both Orlando and Anaheim parks.

Previously, the cost to add Lightning Lane access (which is essentially a paid version of the old FastPass program) to your reservations was $20 at the Disneyland parks. Now it's up $5 to $25 per day per person. This does not vary by date. And as before, it still includes Disney PhotoPass for the day, which makes it a little more palatable.

A sliver of good news is a new perk of Genie+ at Disneyland is that it now includes California Adventure's SpiderMan: Web Slingers, so you won't need to pay an additional Lightning Lane fee for one of the park's newest and most popular ride experiences. (You'll still now need to ante up for $25 Rise of the Resistance Lightning Lane access, which is an increase from $20.)

At Walt Disney World, prices for Genie+ and Lightning Lane access will vary by date, meaning the most popular days will be the most expensive. According to Disney blogger Scott Gustin, only pricing examples for October are currently available and are $15 on less-busy dates, and $22 on more-busy dates. Previously, it was a flat $15 on all dates at Disney World (and does not include PhotoPass access).

Additionally, in Disney World's Disney Hollywood Studios, you'll have to pay a separate, expensive Lightning Lane fee to ride Rise of the Resistance. The maximum skip-the-line price is now up 25% from $20 to $25.

SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

Related: How to use points for Disney tickets

Disney parking increase

But wait, there's more. Disneyland is also implementing a price increase for preferred parking, which will now be $50, up from $45. Valet parking at Disneyland Resort hotels jumped 30% from $50 to $65 with new signs already in place.

SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

The price to self-park ($35) will remain the same at Disneyland's parks and resorts.

Increased costs at Walt Disney World

Although the admission price isn't going up again (yet) at the Orlando parks, there are price increases in other areas in addition to the Genie+ and Lightning Lanes.

Most notably, we're seeing a cost increase for add-on experiences in Hollywood Studios at Galaxy's Edge, where handbuilt lightsabers at Savi's Workshop are now priced at $250, up from $220. And the cost to build a droid at Droid Depot is now $120, up from $99.

We're also hearing reports of increased prices on food at Walt Disney World, with The Disney Food Blog reporting that hundreds of items have new elevated prices and that the price of some character dining experiences has increased as well.

SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

Bottom line

If you're budgeting for a Disney vacation, be sure to check the new pricing dynamics across the parks. These increases were immediate so your day in the park today may cost more than it did yesterday.

While it's always been true that being flexible on your park dates will save you some money, it's now more true than ever before.

Featured image by SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Top offers from our partners

How we chose these cards

Our points-obsessed staff uses a plethora of credit cards on a daily basis. If anyone on our team wouldn’t recommend it to a friend or a family member, we wouldn’t recommend it on The Points Guy either. Our opinions are our own, and have not been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by our advertising partners.
See all best card offers

TPG featured card

Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

2 - 10X points
10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

Intro offer

75,000 bonus miles
Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

Annual Fee

$395

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

    75,000 bonus miles
  • Annual Fee

    $395
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023