If you’re among those diehard Disney fans looking to wow your loved ones with a gargantuan gift of Disney World magic this Christmas season, do we have some bad news for you!
Disney World has made good on the majority of its promises regarding the bringing back and reopening of certain park experiences and offerings in 2022. There are a few promises yet to be kept, but on the whole, Disney World has passed the test when it comes to keeping its word about returning attractions and experiences (though some have just recently returned, narrowly making the deadline as we approach the final weeks of the year).
Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire returned in February at Magic Kingdom, and the Festival of Fantasy Parade returned to Magic Kingdom on its anniversary, March 8. Fans were promised the return of Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney made good on it in early November.
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But one offering anticipated by Guests before the end of 2022 (though not promised by Disney Parks) will not be returning, despite fans’ most earnest wishes and dreams. The announcement comes from Scott Gustin at Nexstar Media, who follows Disney Parks news on the daily and asked Disney World today about its timeline for resuming sales of Annual Passes to the Central Florida parks.
“I asked Disney about a timeline for new AP sales,” Gustin tweeted. “WDW does not anticipate new AP sales (IncrediPass, Sorcerer, Pirate) to resume before the end of the year.”
A note: I asked Disney about a timeline for new AP sales — WDW does not anticipate new AP sales (Incredi-Pass, Sorcerer, Pirate) to resume before the end of the year. https://t.co/0BaaImGeDS
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) November 15, 2022
According to Gustin, Disney World fans hoping to gift an annual pass to someone for Christmas (or to treat themselves) are simply out of luck, as Disney doesn’t intend to resume sales this year. But such news might not have the effect it once did.
Earlier on Tuesday, Gustin took to Twitter to share Disney World’s newly-released price increases for three of the four levels of its Annual Passes. The increases are as follows:
- IncrediPass: $1399 (was $1299) up $100
- Sorcerer Pass $969 (was $899) up $70
- Pirate: $749 (was $699) up $50
- Pixie: $399 (no change)
The increases mean two things: first, that Disney World is definitely planning to resume Annual Pass sales, and second, that the newly-redesigned Annual Pass program being only 14 months old has absolutely no bearing on keeping the prices static for a bit longer.
But wait. There’s more.
Disney World also announced single-day ticket price increases at each of the four parks, with the exception of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The changes mean, among other things, that it will now cost some Guests more than $200 for one day at Magic Kingdom (after tax is included), depending on the day they choose to visit. The increases are as follows:
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: $109 – $159 (no change)
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: $124 – $179
- EPCOT: $114 – $179
- Magic Kingdom: $124 – $189
Though Disney World did make numerous promises regarding a 2022 return of multiple experiences, shows, and offerings at the parks, there was not a definitive promise of the return of Annual Pass sales this year.
They say the only sure things in life are death and taxes. I’d like to add to that list the ever-increasing costs associated with a Disney World visit, as well as the ever-increasing amount of bonuses awarded to Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek.