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Here’s How Much It Cost to Go to Disney World the Year You Were Born

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Noted as one of the world’s most popular and beloved destination resorts for nearly half a century, Disney World in Florida hosts more than 48 million guests every year — 20.4 million of which pass through the flagship Magic Kingdom alone. If you want to visit the wonderful world of Disney, you’re going to have to purchase Disney World tickets — and the cost of entry for that magical world has risen dramatically over the years.

GOBankingRates examined how admission fees have changed since the theme park opened in 1971 through 2017, according to data from AllEars.net. Next, GBR calculated what the rate would have been for every year when considering the effect of inflation according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator. Prices for Disneyland tickets or entrance fees for other theme parks were not considered; all data is for the price of general admission Magic Kingdom tickets at Disney World only.

Here’s a look at what it cost to visit Disney World from its opening to now.

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1971: $3.50

  • Price increase from previous year: N/A
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $20.95

Visionary entrepreneur and mogul Walt Disney died before his namesake park opened on Oct. 1, 1971. That year, the Walt Disney World resort debuted with the Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Resort, Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and, of course, Magic Kingdom.

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1972: $3.75

  • Price increase from previous year: $0.25
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $22.23

In Disney’s second year, management hiked the price by 25 cents. Even considering the cost of inflation, the price of a ticket to enter Magic Kingdom was still only around one-fifth the cost of even the most modestly priced pass available today.

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1973: $4.50

  • Price increase from previous year: $0.75
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $25.26

The cost to enter Magic Kingdom was a full dollar more in 1973 than it had been during the inaugural season just two years prior — but fans got what they paid for. That year, Disney World unveiled Pirates of the Caribbean, which remains one of its most iconic and popular attractions to this day. With a few exceptions, the modern-day Pirates ride is almost identical to the original.

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1974: $5.25

  • Price increase from previous year: $0.75
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $26.23

In 1974, Disney World price increases continued to slowly outrun the pace of inflation. Fans, however, experienced for the first time that year what would become an enduring Disney tradition: the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue dinner theater show.

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1975: $6.00

  • Price increase from previous year: $0.75
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $26.46

The year 1975 represented the third 75-cent price increase in a row, but fans were likely distracted by a new, other-worldly arrival. That year, Space Mountain debuted at Disney World, where it would remain one of the most impressive, exciting and popular rides for the next 40-plus years.

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1976: $6.00

  • Price increase from previous year: None
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $25.24

For the first time since Disney World opened, the price of Disney tickets stayed the same in 1976. Other things, however, changed dramatically — and for the wetter. In 1976, Disney made quite a splash and unveiled its first water park — River Country.

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1977: $6.00

  • Price increase from previous year: None
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $24.20

Prices remained flat again in 1977, which made that year the cheapest for general admission tickets since 1972 when considering the rate of inflation. One thing, however, was anything but flat — the Main Street Electrical Parade debuted that year, ushering in the era of nighttime parades as a main attraction at Disney.

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1978: $6.50

  • Price increase from previous year: $0.50
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $24.40

Prices began inching upward yet again in 1978. However, that year the country caught a glimpse of what the holidays are like at the Magic Kingdom when NBC aired “Christmas at Walt Disney World” on Dec. 10.

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1979: $7.00

  • Price increase from previous year: $0.50
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $22.54

In 1979, the price to enter Disney World hit the $7 mark — but that wasn’t the big news. That same year, the Orlando Sentinel reported that workers finally broke ground on EPCOT Center, an homage to science and discovery that thrills fans to this day.

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1980: $7.50 – $8

  • Price increase from previous year: $0.50 to $1
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $22.92 to $22.90

In 1980, Disney World experienced two firsts. It was the first time that prices were raised twice in one year — first in March, then in November. However, it was also the first time audiences experienced the thrill of one of the most beloved rides in the park: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

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1981: $9.50

  • Price increase from previous year: $1.50
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $24.90

Even though the price of entry increased by a relatively steep $1.50 over the year before, 1981 was the last year that Disney fans would enjoy tickets for less than $10. The year 1981 was also the first time Disney replaced the standard general admission ticket with the one-day ticket.

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1982: $15

  • Price increase from previous year: $5.50
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $37.51

In 1982 double price increases appeared once again — the first in June and then again in September. From the mid-$20 mark in 1981, prices would be in the $40 range by 1983. That was also the year that Disney introduced the annual pass for a cool $100 per year.

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1983: $17

  • Price increase from previous year: $2
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $41.20

Not only did the price of one-day tickets jump by $2 in 1983, but annual passes increased by a full $25 to $125 per year. Disney, however, justified the price hike when they introduced the original “Journey Into Imagination” — and the lovable Figment — in 1983 at Epcot Center.

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1984: $18

  • Price increase from previous year: $1
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $42.49

Prices rose again in 1984, but the cost of entry isn’t the only thing that soared that year at Disney. The Laserphonic Fantasy show made its debut as the newest and best nightly fireworks display on World Showcase Lagoon in EPCOT Center.

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1985: $21.50

  • Price increase from previous year: $3.50
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $48.28

With price increases both in June and November, 1985 represented both the last year that a $20 bill could buy you a day at Disney, as well as the first year that it couldn’t. Annual pass-holders, however, saw their prices remain the same at an even $140 per year.

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1986: $26

  • Price increase from previous year: $4.50
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $57.60

In 1986, something happened that was brand new to Disney World — management raised the price of entry three times in one year. First in March, then in June, then finally again at the end of the year in December. Even with the price increases, about 21.7 million guests passed through Disney World in 1985, according to a 1987 article in the Orlando Sentinel.

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1987: $28

  • Price increase from previous year: $2
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $59.39

In 1987, the 3D film “Magic Journeys” went on a journey of its own. The popular Disney movie, which shows the world as seen through the mind of a child, made a move from EPCOT center and — for the first time ever — arrived in Magic Kingdom.

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1988: $28

  • Price increase from previous year: None
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $58.33

The year 1988 sparked another reason for travelers to visit Florida — the opening of the iconic Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Noted by Disney as the park’s flagship resort, the deluxe accommodations have wowed crowds since June of that year and even received a four-diamond rating from travel association AAA.

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1989: $29

  • Price increase from previous year: $1
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $57.34

1989 was a banner year for Disney, which saw the opening of a number of beloved attractions: Mount Mayday at Typhoon Lagoon, MGM Studios park — which is now known as Hollywood Studios, as well as Pleasure Island and Feature Animation Florida opened that year, delighting animation fans.

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1990: $31

  • Price increase from previous year: $2
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $59.28

The onset of the 1990s was an exciting time not just for visitors to the Orlando theme park, but to TV audiences at home, as well. That’s the year that two of America’s most beloved casts of children’s characters united when NBC aired “The Muppets at Walt Disney World.”

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1991: $33

  • Price increase from previous year: $2
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $59.93

In 1991 Walt Disney World celebrated its 20th anniversary. That year, Disney adopted a Mardi Gras atmosphere as the Surprise Celebration Parade filled the streets. The celebration was larger than life and even included balloons that measured 40 feet tall.

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1992: $34

  • Price increase from previous year: $1
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $59.36

One of the park’s most beloved — and wettest — rides ever built was unveiled in 1992. That ride, Splash Mountain, continues to thrill the millions that flock to Frontierland every year.

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1993: $35

  • Price increase from previous year: $1
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $59.41

In 1993, Mickey’s Toontown finally became an official “land” at Disney World. The upgrade had been a new land-in-the-making since 1990 — finally in 1993, guests were able to enter Mickey’s House, climb their way through the Chip ‘n’ Dale Treehouse and even party with Roger Rabbit.

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1994: $36

  • Price increase from previous year: $1
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $59.87

Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! debuted at EPCOT in 1993, and other notable additions included the first annual International Flower & Garden Festival, the former Legend of the Lion King attraction, and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride. That same year, Disney introduced the premium annual pass.

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1995: $37

  • Price increase from previous year: $1
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $60.02

On April Fool’s Day in 1995, Disney World thrilled and chilled visitors with the grand opening of Blizzard Beach Water Park. The 60-acre park was themed to mimic a ski resort, complete with the 90-foot peaked Mount Gushmore body slide.

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1996: $38.50

  • Price increase from previous year: $1.50
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $60.84

The year 1996 marked Disney World’s silver anniversary, celebrating 25 years since the initial opening in 1971. Not known for understatements, Disney World transformed the iconic Cinderella Castle into an 18-story birthday cake.

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1997: $39.75

  • Price increase from previous year: $1.25
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $60.81

In 1997, you could still get into Disney World for less than $40 — but those days would soon be gone forever. Disney was also entering another era however, and this one had nothing to do with the price of admission. That year, Downtown Disney West Side — now known as part of Disney Springs — opened to visitors for the very first time.

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1998: $42

  • Price increase from previous year: $2.25
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $63.27

The year 1998 was wild for Disney World — literally. That’s the year that Animal Kingdom roared into existence, treating visitors to encounters with more than 1,000 exotic beasts spread out over 500 acres of land designed to mimic their natural habitats.

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1999: $44

  • Price increase from previous year: $2
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $64.80

Disney World closed out the 20th century strong — that year, the park unveiled the FastPass system, added a brand new stage and canopy to the Plaza Gardens and moved Tarzan to a tree house in Adventureland.

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2000: $46

  • Price increase from previous year: $2
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $66.71

Any visitor to Fantasyland knows that official Disney princess dresses are hugely popular among young visitors to Disney World. That all started at the dawn of the new millennium, when Disney began selling the dresses for the first time in Florida.

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2001: $48

  • Price increase from previous year: $2
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $67.10

Although prices jumped by $2, 2001 was the last year a $50 bill could buy your way into Disney World. That year also signaled the grand opening of Magic Carpets of Aladdin, which would go on to become a fan favorite at Adventureland. It was the first major new attraction in Adventureland since Pirates of the Caribbean 28 years earlier.

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2002: $50

  • Price increase from previous year: $2
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $67.62

In 2002, the price of admission jumped yet another $2, this time pushing the cost of a daily ticket to $50 for the first time. That same year, a massive new resort opened. Guests were beckoned to Disney’s Beach Club Villas resort, which allowed guests to enjoy stunning views.

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2003: $52

  • Price increase from previous year: $2
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $69.29

The familiar pattern of yearly $2 price increases continued in 2003, but that wasn’t all that happened that year. The first baby elephant ever born in captivity at Animal Kingdom — named Tufani — arrived on May 22. Other arrivals in 2003 included Mickey’s PhilharMagic in the Magic Kingdom, as well as Wishes, a now-beloved nighttime fireworks display.

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2004: $54.75

  • Price increase from previous year: $2.75
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $71.52

In 2004, prices rose not by $2, but $2.75. Increases weren’t limited to one-day passes, however. Disney also hiked the cost of admission for Ultimate Park Hopper tickets, water park tickets and annual passes.

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2005: $59.75

  • Price increase from previous year: $5
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $76.70

In 2005, prices jumped by $5 — the largest single increase to date. Also that year, Disney did away with one-day park tickets and replaced them with the Magic Your Way base ticket. The good news for visitors was that interactive the flight simulator ride Soarin’ debuted in The Land pavilion at Epcot Center.

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2006: $67

  • Price increase from previous year: $7.25
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $80.43

Prices jumped twice in 2006 — first in January and then again in August. Also that year, guests for the first time boarded the runaway train through the Expedition Everest version of the Himalayan Mountains — and had to beware of the Yeti.

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2007: $71

  • Price increase from previous year: $4
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $83.59

In 2007, admission fees jumped by another $4, this time pushing prices over the $70 mark for the first time in Disney history. Also that year, Disney World paused to recognize the 25th anniversary of the opening of EPCOT Center in 1982. Although the celebration was fairly understated by Disney standards, the milestone did include a charity event and a rededication ceremony.

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2008: $75

  • Price increase from previous year: $4
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $83.80

Prices jumped by another $4 in 2008, but there were bigger changes brewing at Disney World that year. In 2008, the Main Street area — and the park in general — underwent a radical transformation in feel and culture. All six nightclubs at Pleasure Island closed that year, completely removing the dance and nightlife vibe that had attracted a multitude of adult visitors to Disney for nearly 20 years. In their place, the park added more retail and shopping.

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2009: $79

  • Price increase from previous year: $4
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $89.60

In 2009, prices jumped by $4 yet again, but Disney World justified the increase by announcing plans for a massive expansion at Magic Kingdom. Additions of “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Snow White” attractions would nearly double the size of the area.

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2010: $82

  • Price increase from previous year: $3
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $91.94

In 2010, the dawn of a new decade also saw to the relocation of Pooh’s tree outside the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh signaled the first milestone in the new Fantasyland expansion.

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2011: $85

  • Price increase from previous year: $3
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $92.18

In 2011, Disney visitors caught a glimpse of the future when the first photos of what would become Beast’s Castle were revealed, along with the new system that would deliver passengers through the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

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2012: $89

  • Price increase from previous year: $4
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $94.94

In 2012, the Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction doubled in size and got FASTPASS access. The new-and-improved Fantasyland also opened with plenty of new upgrades. It was also the last year that visitors could get into Magic Kingdom for less than $90.

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2013: $95

  • Price increase from previous year: $6
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $99.59

In 2013, the pricing structure at Disney World went through a dramatic overhaul. The park began offering entry to Magic Kingdom — and only Magic Kingdom — for $95 through one-day passes. One-day tickets to EPCOT Center, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios would cost $90 each.

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2014: $99

  • Price increase from previous year: $4
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $103.22

This year was the final year that prices would stay below $100 for Disney parkgoers. It wasn’t all bad news, however — The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade also debuted at Fantasyland that year.

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2015: $105

  • Price increase from previous year: $6
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $109.50

In 2015, the price to enter Magic Kingdom hit the three-digit mark for the first time in the history of Disney World. In fact, prices increased across the board that year, including the special reduced rate for Florida residents. Also in 2015, the annual pass became the Platinum Pass and the premium annual pass became the Platinum Plus Pass.

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2016: $110

  • Price increase from previous year: $5
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $113.56

In 2016, Disney’s pricing structure changed yet again. This time, the park adopted a completely changed tier system for one-day tickets, changing the value of a day at Disney based on the calendar date so that some days at Disney cost more than others. Value tickets were $105, regular tickets were $110 and peak tickets were $124 each.

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2017: $110

  • Price increase from previous year: $5
  • Cost adjusted for 2017 inflation: $115

In 2017, inflation finally caught up with reality, and visitors entering Disney World with a regular ticket had to pay $115 for the privilege of going to the Magic Kingdom for a day. That’s a far cry from Disney World’s beginnings in 1971, when a fan could hand the cashier four $1 bills and expect to get change. But as prices increased, so have the number of reasons to visit. In 2017, Star Wars got its own fireworks show, the Family Raft Ride debuted at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and the park welcomed Pandora – The World of Avatar.

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