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Disney World Ticket Pricing Increase

We heard of ticket pricing increases coming for Disney World last night and sure enough, they did. Ticket prices for one day at Magic Kingdom has gone up to $99 plus tax.  Ticket prices across the board increased with one exception (though it remains to be seen if this is an error or intentional).

According to ticket pricing on Disney Travel Agents site, pricing for Magic Your Way base tickets, including taxes are (10+/3-9):

  • 2 day – $200.22/$186.38
  • 3 day – $291.81/$271.58
  • 4 day – $313.11/$291.81
  • 5 day – $323.76/$302.46
  • 6 day – $334.41/$313.11
  • 7 day – $345.06/$323.76
  • 8 day – $355.71/$334.41
  • 9 day  – $366.36/$345.06
  • 10 day – $377.01/$355.71

Park hopper and Water Park Fun and More options increased to $63.90 each or $91.59 for both options.  The only exception to this is for 2 and 3 day tickets which are pricing at $52.19 for the park hopper option only.  If you add both options, it is still pricing at $91.59.  This very well could be an error on the site.

No expiration options are still available as well, but have gone up too.  Pricing includes taxes:

  • 2 day – $42.60
  • 3 day – $53.25
  • 4 day  – $106.50
  • 5 day – $170.40
  • 6 day – $223.65
  • 7 day – $266.25
  • 8 day – $287.55
  • 9 day – $314.18
  • 10 day – $362.10

The silver lining in this however, is that package pricing did not seem to increase, just separately purchased tickets.

Every year we see an increase in the ticket pricing at all the major theme parks.  When is it too much?

Photos From Around “The World” Part III

Our friend Leo DeCandia recently returned from a trip to Walt Disney World for the Flower & Garden Festival.  I wanted to share a few shots with you that he took.  This is Part III, so watch for more and in case you missed them, here are Part I and Part II.

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Photos From Around “The World”

Our friend Leo DeCandia recently returned from a trip to Walt Disney World for the Flower & Garden Festival.  I wanted to share a few shots with you that he took.  We’ll be doing this in a couple parts to spread out the fun and then share them one by one on our Facebook wall.

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Princess Suite is SWEET!

Yesterday I heard from a client who had just checked in for one night in the Princess Two Bedroom suite at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  I just had to share their photos with you!  Thank you Mary Beth and Paul Ingson for sending them to me.

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living room panorama

first bedroom

2nd bedroom

And the view was…  well, see for yourself!

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Disney FastPass+

We mentioned recently on our Facebook page that Disney was starting up trials of the FastPass+ system again.  One of our clients has been selected to test the system so we wanted to share with you what she has received.  Hopefully, she will give us feedback when she returns from her trip.

This is different than the last test as participants are receiving their passes before leaving home and can select the experiences before getting to Disney.

The test is still just at Magic Kingdom Park and guests can select up to 4 experiences.  Choices can be modified at any time.  They will choose two experiences from these groups:

  • The Barnstormer, Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey’s PhilharMagic or Town Square Theater:  Meet Mickey & Minnie
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Main Street Electrical Parade, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Town Square Theater: Meet the Disney Princesses, Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

Have you been selected for this program and used it yet with this trial?  We’d love to hear your opinion.

Meet Merida

In anticipation of the new Pixar movie, Brave, Walt Disney World has created a new opportunity to meet the star of the animated feature.  Brave (June 22, 2012 release date) is a 3D computer-animated adventure film from the Pixar Studios.  In the film, a skilled archer named Merida, defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in her kingdom.  After consulting a mysterious wise old woman for help, her family becomes cursed and Merida is forced to undo the spell herself before it is too late.  The story takes place in the Scottish Highlands and is Pixar’s first movie featuring a princess.

Starting May 18, 2012, opportunities to meet Merida will be located in Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom.  The area that was formerly used for Story time with Belle and more recently the Rapunzel meet and greet area.  (Rapunzel is now located next to town hall on Main Street) The area has been rethemed for the upcoming movie including music, banners, archery experience and cast member costumes. The play and greet area is set up for children to color and learn to shoot a bow and arrow while waiting for Merida.

Also a part of the greeting area are the “three wee bear cubs” from the movie.  They seem to be listening and interact with Merida and guests. Merida is telling stories to people from her movie in her thick Scottish accent. The merchandise cart outside of the area is also carrying merchandise from the movie as well.

Testing Out the xPass System

Between May 1 – 15, 2012, select guests visiting Disney World are taking part in a test of the next generation of FastPasses at Magic Kingdom, currently called the xPass.  Clients of ours were selected when they arrived at the Magical Express Welcome Center at the Orlando airport last week.  They told us all about the experience plus offered us to use their second set of passes.

While they were at the Welcome Center, they were pulled aside by a castmember with a tablet to ask them some questions.  They selected dates for the trial and then were offered four fastpasses for each day.  There were two groups of four rides each.  They had to choose two from each group.  Then they needed to say if they wanted to tour in the morning, afternoon, evening or all day.  This allowed the system to select the appropriate times for the ride.  They supplied an email address and were sent a confirmation of the times for their rides.  They were given plastic FastPass cards that they would use for the trial.

Your email will spell out the times that you have xPass times for.  The nice part was how the rides were organized.  Instead of criss-crossing around the park, you started on one side and then moved your way across the park, saving time between rides.  If you forget the times when you get to the park, you can take your xPass card to certain machines at the FastPass attractions to see your times. Continue reading

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