Disney Guests Frustrated By Soaring Prices

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. Walt Disney World is supposed to be a magical destination for families to enjoy together. As prices continue to increase, some fans wonder if Walt Disney World is worth the increasing price.

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Vacation Costs

When planning a trip to Walt Disney World, most guests take time to set their budget. The budget includes the resort stay, tickets, and food costs. In the last few years, the soaring cost of food and drinks throughout Walt Disney World has many guests questioning if Disney is still the “Most Magical Place on Earth.”

It has never been a secret that a trip to Walt Disney World isn’t cheap. What shocked visitors was the rising cost of food. This holiday season, many guests took to Reddit to express their frustration with the cost of food throughout the Walt Disney World Resort property.

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Increasing Cost

The increased food and drink costs throughout Walt Disney World frustrate many guests. Even acknowledging that inflation has hit everywhere, guests feel that the prices they see at Walt Disney World are more extreme than other vacation destinations.

“I’m pretty sure I spent $500 on food and drinks for three days doing Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and EPCOT,” one Redditor wrote on Thanksgiving.

Other guests look at how it can cost over $200 every time the family chooses to sit down for a meal together at a Disney restaurant. This high price tag has some guests looking at eating off-property to save money.

The cost of a Disney vacation has gotten so high that some vacation-goers have looked at traveling overseas instead, claiming that they could enjoy two weeks in Europe for the cost of a Disney vacation.

When a meal at the highly sought-after Cinderella’s Royal Table costs $84/adult and $49 for guests three to nine years old, it isn’t surprising to hear guests questioning the cost of dining when at Walt Disney World.

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Other Increases

It isn’t just dining costs that have increased at Walt Disney World. Those visiting this holiday season also saw a considerable increase in Geine+ and Individual Lightning Lanes.

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Guests can purchase these two features to skip the stand-by lines throughout the four Disney Parks. The cost of these features is based on and fluctuates based on crowds. Those visiting this Thanksgiving week might have been shocked by the drastic increase that took place overnight. As guests prepared for a magical day, the cost of Genie+ might have started their day off rough. For the first time since April, Genie+ reached $35/person for Magic Kingdom and the Multiple Park option.

Although most guests traveling to Walt Disney World are budgeting for Genie+ if they plan to use it, it can be hard to do so when the price isn’t set. Having the price jump overnight can be a massive hit to a budget.

RelatedNEW: Disney Discontinues Genie+ Service Despite High Demand

This concern was also discussed by guests stating that “Last November around the same time [we paid] $11 [per person] for Rise of the Resistance. This year? $22 PER PERSON,” the frustrated Redditor wrote.

These rising prices at Walt Disney World are causing some guests to question if a trip to Walt Disney World is truly magical. Will Disney adjust to help make Disney more budget-friendly for guests again?






About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.