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Do You Think Disney Hotel Prices Have Increased Unfairly Over the Years? Here’s Some Data!

Disney prices have been a point of contention for fans, with many feeling priced out, but a recent post tells us things haven’t changed that much.

The Walt Disney World Resort has long been known to be the ultimate spot for a Disney vacation destination. Fans from all over the world flock to the Disney Resort and each Theme Park to take in the variety of offerings that comprise the Disney experience. However, in recent times—particularly over the last year—Guests have noted a notable increase in the prices for the Disney Parks and Disney Resort hotels.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Magic Kingdom

Mickey and Minnie Mouse at the Magic Kingdom/Courtesy of Disney

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Fans have expressed previously that Disney is “becoming like a Marriott” and have spoken about missing the old days. So what did prices at Disney World Resort hotels look like almost 30 years ago?

Reddit user and Disney fan u/ceburton shared Walt Disney World room rates from 1996 in a post on the social media platform:

Walt Disney World Room rates from 1996 from WaltDisneyWorld

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Fans in the comments were first taken aback by how old they felt because of the post and then shifted their attention over to the content itself, and some interesting sentiments came to a head.

Reddit user u/MeTieDoughtyWalker shared, “The only value resort I’ve ever stayed in was in January 2007 and it was $95 a night, so it doesn’t seem like prices jumped too crazily in that eleven year period.” Another Guest noted on this same thread that the jump appears to have truly hit post-Covid.

However, another user, u/YellowT-5R, also shared, “It’s actually not as bad as I thought it would have been. We are at port Orleans now and only paid $50 more a night then what’s on the sheet.”

Another user corroborated this, who added they “stayed at All Star Music last January for $95/night.”

magic kingdom cinderella castle

“Partners Statue” in front of Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom/Courtesy of Disney

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Disney’s rising prices have been at the center of multiple Disney controversies from fans for a long time. We have previously reported how Disney vacations have also resulted in too high a number of Disney fans going into debt. However, many Guest reports and this fan’s post seem to indicate perhaps things have always been pricey at the Disney Resort.

Is the issue then the rising cost or fans feeling like they are not getting the value of what they paid for?

More on the Walt Disney World Resort hotels

Disney offers multiple onsite Resort hotels for Guests to enjoy at the Walt Disney World Resort, including Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, the Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Port Orleans Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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