Walt Disney World in Florida is known as the place “Where Dreams Come True”. Disney World is the most visited vacation resort in the world and has been open for over 45 years. Walt Disney World opened its doors on October 1, 1971, and quickly became an unforgettable vacation destination for families. Watch our timeline video below that goes through all the Disney World ticket price changes!
Throughout the years, the park has expanded and added new attractions and resorts. The particular privilege of stepping foot inside the park comes at a hefty ticket price as the cost of Disney tickets has just kept rising throughout history.
When the park first opened its doors, the ticket prices were relatively low. The amusement park charged an entry fee for all ages. The general admission fee was different depending on the age of the visitor. Those between the ages of 12-17 paid for a junior ticket. Those between the ages of 3-11 paid for a children’s ticket. I am quite sure that most wish that it would still be classified in the same manner.
Disney Ticket Cost In 1971
Ticket price for a Day for Adults: $3.50
Ticket price for a Day for Juniors: $2.50
Ticket price for a Day for Children: $1.00
The cost for an adult one-day ticket to Magic Kingdom was $3.50. Juniors paid $2.50 and children paid $1.00. Once inside the park, each attraction ride had an individual cost. There were 28 rides and each had a fee. There were 5 attractions that were included in the ticket price of admission. The attraction rides cost about 10 to 90 cents for adults. Ticket booklets with 7 tickets could be purchased for $4.50 for adults and additional tickets were 10-90 cents depending on the attraction. Juniors and children paid $4.00 and $3.50 respectively. The attraction rides were coded either A, B, C, D, or E. A-ticket rides had 4 attractions for $.10, B-ticket rides had 4 attractions for $.25, C-ticket rides had 7 attractions for $.50, D-ticket rides had 6 attractions for $.75, and E-tickets had 5 attractions for $.90.
Disney Ticket Cost In 1972
One year later after opening its doors, the ticket prices were increased. Ticket prices went up to $3.75 for adults. The ticket price rose 25 cents for adults, juniors, and children. With the general admission cost rise, the ticket booklet ticket price also rose. The ticket booklets were $4.95, with a 45-cent increased for all ages. However, the ticket booklets were switched and now came with 8 tickets instead of 7. During this year, Merlin’s Magic Shop in Fantasyland and the Olde World Antiques shop opened in Liberty Square.
Disney Ticket Cost In 1973
A year later ticket prices were increased again. In the two years that Disney World was open, it had around 20 million visitors. Each age now paid 75 cents more for admission than the previous year. By the end of the year, the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Plaza Swan Boats, the Richard F. Irvine Riverboat, Tom Sawyer Island, and the Tom Sawyer Island Rafts attractions opened. The Disney Inn and the Gold Resort hotels opened as well.
Disney Ticket Cost In 1974
Ticket prices increased 75 cents again in the middle of 1974. This year the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and the Star Jets attractions opened. The attendance at the Magic Kingdom hit a record for the theme parks in December. 74,597 visitors entered the park in one day, which forced the park to close its entrance gates that day. However, overall attendance throughout the year decreased. This can be attributed to an increase in gasoline ticket prices.
Disney Ticket Cost From 1975-1977
The ticket price rose 75 cents from 1974 but it remained the same through 1977. The Carousel of Progress, the Mission to Mars, and the Space Mountain attractions opened. In addition, the River Country water park and the Empress Lilly riverboat opened.
Disney Ticket Cost In 1978
In 1978, ticket prices raised again after a three-year period. Ticket prices during the past years had consistently risen by 75 cents. Ticket prices were raised, but only 50 cents more than the previous year.
Disney Ticket Cost In 1980
This year the costs of tickets were raised twice in one year! In March, tickets were raised by .50 cents to $7.50. Again, in November ticket prices were raised another 50 cents to $8.00. The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride opened. The cost to build this ride was $17 million. This was the last year in which ticket prices were raised in the two digits.
Disney Ticket Cost In 1981
For the first time ever, ticket prices increased $1.50 for general admission tickets. Adults were now paying $9.50 for general admission. Individually priced tickets for rides were eliminated this year.
Disney Ticket Cost In 1982
A one-day ticket in 1982 cost $13.50 by June. This was a substantial ticket price hike of $3.75. Disney World kept expanding and building new projects that were expensive. There was another ticket price increase in September of $1.75 more per ticket. Epcot opened and it was a huge project which cost $1.2 billion to build. The only way for Disney World to cover the cost was to raise ticket prices.
Disney Ticket Cost In 1983
Two new hotels were opened this year, the Buena Vista Palace and the Hilton Hotel. Ticket prices increased by $2.00.
Disney Ticket Cost In 1989
After one year of no ticket price increased, admission was raised by $1. Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park opens to the public. Although it was estimated to cost $300 million, the end result is higher at $500 million and $30 million just on advertisements. Various attractions, restaurants, and shops opened on the 135 acres of land. In addition, the Typhoon Lagoon water park and the Delta Dreamflight attractions opened. Ticket prices increased by $1.00.
Disney Ticket Cost In 1990
The Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Adventure Zone and Mickey’s Starland attractions opened. Various hotels were opened, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and the Walt Disney World Swan hotel. Chef Mickey’s restaurant and a nightclub by the name of The Cage open as well. The ‘90s were the start of heavy investments for new developments. Ticket prices increased by $2.00.
Disney Ticket Cost In 1993
Lumiere’s Kitchen and the Garden Grill restaurants opened. The Dumbo Flying Elephants attraction was remodeled. The Splashdown Photos shop was opened. Ticket prices increased by $1.00.
Disney Ticket Cost In 1996
1996, was not the exception to new openings. Disney celebrated its 25th anniversary. Disney continued opening new things, this year with the Disney Institute, the GM Preview Center, the Celebration Golf Club, the Toontown Hall of Fame, and the Boardwalk. The park underwent some renovations and closed some attractions. Ticket prices increased by $1.25.
Disney Ticket Cost In 1999
The Journey Into Your Imagination, the Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster and the Test Track attractions opened. Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort opened and Disney began celebrating its Millennium Celebration. The celebration ran for fifteen months carrying over to 2000. Ticket prices increased by $2.00.
Disney Ticket Cost In 2000
Walt Disney World continued the Millennium Celebration this year. This year there were no new attractions, shops, or restaurants opened. The ticket price increased to cover the costs for all of the expenses and of course, the Millennium Celebration. Ticket prices increased by $2.00.
Disney Ticket Cost In 2003
An attraction that cost $150 million to build opened, the Mission: Space at Epcot. Ticket prices increased by $2.00.
Disney Ticket Cost In 2004
The Stitch’s Great Escape and the Turtle Talk with Crush attractions opened. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa opened. Ticket prices increased by $2.75 for adults and children.
Disney Ticket Cost In 2009
The Space Mountain attraction was closed for refurbishment and then opened again at the end of the year. The ticket price increased by $4.00.
Disney Ticket Cost In 2010
The new street show, Disney Channel Rocks commenced and while the ticket price increased it was only $3 more.
Disney Ticket Cost In 2012
To continue keeping up with the other theme parks, ticket prices were raised by $4.
Disney Ticket Cost In 2015
2015 was the first time the cost of Disney tickets to Disney World went over $100 for adults. The park offers much more than it did when it first opened its doors. Record attendance and many new developments and renovations at the theme park have justified the ticket prices being raised.
Disney Ticket Cost In 2019 and Beyond
Nowadays, a visit to Disney can set you back a couple of hundred dollars. Depending on what you buy and what you add-on to your ticket bundle, families can enjoy a trip to the happiest place on earth and still have enough cash in the bank to explore Orlando’s other sights.
How much higher do you think Disney World tickets prices will go? With the current expansions going on and talks of future expansion, that question may not be answered for a very long time. So live in the moment and soak up the wonderful experiences that so many are having at the magical world of Disney.