Disney hikes prices, adds 'Hopper' pass

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LAKE BUENA VISTA , Fla. -- Walt Disney World increased its admission prices about one week before the Memorial Day weekend.

It raised its single-day/single-park prices by $2, including tax, to $46.64 for ages 10 and older and $37.10 for ages 3 to 9.

In related news, the commissionable five-, six- and seven-day All-In-One-Hopper ticket (which will still be honored) is being phased out. Disney World is replacing it with Park Hopper Plus passes, also commissionable, which cover the same time periods.

The new Park Hopper Plus Pass also is the only Disney World ticket available through the Airlines Reporting Corp.; the All-In-One-Hopper Pass is no longer sold through ARC or Disney. Although the Park Hopper Plus tickets cost $6 to $17 more than the All-In-One-Hopper tickets did, unused admissions for Disney's three water parks, Pleasure Island and Disney's Wide World of Sports will not expire within a week of when the ticket is first presented, as they did previously.

The Park Hopper Plus allows unlimited entry into all four major theme parks at Walt Disney World (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Animal Kingdom) and two, three or four visits, respectively, to the smaller attractions with five-, six- and seven-day sales.

The new Park Hopper Plus passes, which include taxes, are priced as follows:

  • Five days, $242.74 for ages 10 and older; $183 for children 3 to 9 years of age.
  • Six days, $274.57 and $219.43, respectively.
  • Seven days, $306.37 and $244.89, respectively.
  • Agents who sell these tickets through ARC will find instructions in their computerized reservations systems. Commissions are 5% on the five- and six-day tickets and 7.5% on the seven-day ticket.

    Clients who cannot stay for at least five days have the option of purchasing multiples of the one-day/one-park ticket or plain four- and five-day Park Hoppers, but none of these tickets are commissionable nor are they available through ARC.

    In other news, Disney liberalized its Unlimited Magic Pass, which is sold only as an optional feature in packages that include a stay at an on-site Disney hotel, including two not operated by Disney: the Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin.

    This pass, which cannot be purchased alone, includes unlimited entry to the four major parks as well as the three water parks, Pleasure Island, Wide World of Sports and DisneyQuest. Previously, DisneyQuest, which offers arcade and virtual reality games, was not an included feature. The pass is valid from the time the holder checks in to the hotel through the end of the checkout day.

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