Even though anybody who does not already have one cannot buy one, another price increase on Walt Disney World Annual Passes was announced on Tuesday, November 15.
According to Theme Park Insider Scott Gustin, “AP sales for Incredi-Pass, Sorcerer, and Pirate remain PAUSED — but those APs will see an increase when sales resume.”
The top-tier Incredi-Pass receives a $100 increase, while the Sorcerer Pass closes in on a $1000 price tag and the Pirate Pass jumps another $50. The only pass to remain the same is the Pixie Dust Pass which offers relatively minimal week-day access to the Parks for $399.
NEW: AP sales for Incredi-Pass, Sorcerer, and Pirate remain PAUSED — but those APs will see an increase when sales resume:
Incredi-Pass: $1399 (was $1299)
Sorcerer: $969 (was $899)
Pirate: $749 (was $699)
Pixie: $399 (no change)
Renewals continue – but pricing not available.
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) November 15, 2022
These passes continue only to be available for renewal. Only Florida residents are privy to purchasing the Pixie Dust Pass. This freeze in new sales can be argued to be a part of CEO Bob Chapek’s plan to prioritize the non-AP Disney Park Guest and use the Theme Park Reservation System to filter in those who are more likely to spend the most money per Guest per day.
This news comes as price increases on single-day tickets are also announced, which are subjective to each Theme Park (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios).
The price increases also come at a time when Disney simultaneously announced a record quarter in Theme Park Revenue and $1.5 billion in losses from Disney+ and the company’s other streaming endeavors. Disney faced a massive immediate sell-off which tanked the stock price to another 52-week low. Hiring freezes and potential layoffs are also expected.
This news is not likely to go well with Disney Fanatics as, once again, they are going to have to pay more money for far less. No FastPass+ Perks. No complimentary PhotoPass. More blackout dates (not counting the days that would already be completely booked up). And more attractions that are unfinished or canceled.
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.