Walt Disney World ticket price increases are going into effect shortly before Star Wars themed land Galaxy's Edge opens. After first announcing the extension in 2015, Disney is set to launch Galaxy's Edge at their California and Florida locations in May and August of this year, respectively. Due to high interest and demand, the park opening was moved up, and Galaxy's Edge will be rolled out in two phases. Ambitious attraction Rise of the Resistance won't be ready until an unspecified point in 2019.
While attendees won't be able to get the full Galaxy's Edge experience right away, there will still be plenty to check out on opening day. Fans will be lined up to check out Smugglers Run, dine on Star Wars food and beverage items, and purchase park exclusive merchandise (among other activities). At long last, people will be able to immerse themselves in the galaxy far, far away like never before, but it certainly won't be cheap to do.
According to WDW News Today, park ticket price increases went into effect on March 12, 2019. Among the noteworthy changes are a $9 increase for a 4-day base theme park ticket, a $5 increase for Park Hopper upgrades, and special parking tiers that cost $45 for preferred parking or $50 per day for peak preferred parking. One-day tickets during Christmas week also saw an increase and now cost $159.
Of course, these figures are just for park tickets and don't include travel, lodging, or any other expenses one might have on a Disney trip. As tempting as it might be to explore all corners of Galaxy's Edge, the price spikes may impact some families' decision to go. This isn't to say Walt Disney World and Galaxy's Edge will be hurt on the bottom line; Disney's parks generate billions of dollars of revenue per year and that isn't going to change any time soon. It's just something people will have to consider when planning for and budgeting a Disney vacation. There may be those who opt to skip the immediate opening and wait for Rise of the Resistance to open before attending, as they may not be able to afford two trips.
As frustrating as this is for fans, Galaxy's Edge looks like it will certainly be worth the price of admission, and there are several people who would happily fork over whatever it cost to get in. Disney went all-out in crafting their elaborate extension, which aims to give attendees the opportunity to live out their own Star Wars stories on the planet Batuu. Most of the marketing has already been done, but there will be a Galaxy's Edge panel during Star Wars Celebration next month to highlight more of the key features and drum up additional hype.
Source: WDW News Today
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