How much were Disney World tickets the year you were born?

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Disney World ticket prices

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Let’s face it: Disney has been raising Walt Disney World ticket prices since Magic Kingdom opened almost 50 years ago. And if the trends of the past five decades are any indication of prices in the future, ticket costs won’t go down anytime soon. Still, the cost of visiting a Disney Park is one of the most common discussions when planning a vacation, so we thought it would be fun to share some interesting information we found about how much Magic Kingdom ticket prices have increased over the years.

The finance experts at GoBankingRates recently published a report that broke down the cost of a Walt Disney World theme park ticket from when Magic Kingdom opened in 1971 to present day. Their analysis also includes a description of some other monumental events that occurred each year, possibly leading to the price increase. But for now, here’s a list of the cost of a Magic Kingdom theme park ticket each year from 1971 until 2019.

Space Mountain
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1971: $3.50

Price increase from previous year: N/A
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $21.92

1972: $3.75

Price increase from previous year: 25 cents
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $23.26

1973: $4.50

Price increase from previous year: 75 cents
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $26.44

1974: $5.25

Price increase from previous year: 75 cents
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $27.44

1975: $6

Price increase from previous year: 75 cents
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $27.99

1976: $6

Price increase from previous year: None
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $27.64

1977: $6

Price increase from previous year: None
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $26.27

1978: $6.50

Price increase from previous year: 50 cents
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $25.54

1979: $7

Price increase from previous year: 50 cents
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $25.40

1980: $8

Price increase from previous year: $1
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $23.97

1981: $9.50

Price increase from previous year: $1.50
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $26.05

1982: $15

Price increase from previous year: $5.50
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $39.25

1983: $17

Price increase from previous year: $2
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $43.11

1984: $18

Price increase from previous year: $1
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $44.46

1985: $21.50

Price increase from previous year: $3.50
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $50.52

1986: $26

Price increase from previous year: $4.50
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $60.27

1987: $28

Price increase from previous year: $2
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $62.15

1988: $28

Price increase from previous year: None
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $61.99

1989: $29

Price increase from previous year: $1
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $60

1990: $31

Price increase from previous year: $2
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $62.03

1991: $33

Price increase from previous year: $2
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $62.71

1992: $34

Price increase from previous year: $1
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $62.12

1993: $35

Price increase from previous year: $1
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $62.17

1994: $36

Price increase from previous year: $1
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $62.64

1995: $37

Price increase from previous year: $1
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $62.81

1996: $38.50

Price increase from previous year: $1.50
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $63.66

1997: $39.75

Price increase from previous year: $1.25
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $63.64

1998: $42

Price increase from previous year: $2.25
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $66.20

1999: $44

Price increase from previous year: $2
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $67.81

2000: $46

Price increase from previous year: $2
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $69.80

2001: $48

Price increase from previous year: $2
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $70.22

2002: $50

Price increase from previous year: $2
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $70.76

2003: $52

Price increase from previous year: $2
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $72.51

2004: $54.75

Price increase from previous year: $2.75
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $74.83

2005: $59.75

Price increase from previous year: $5
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $80.25

2006: $67

Price increase from previous year: $7.25
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $84.17

2007: $71

Price increase from previous year: $4
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $87.47

2008: $75

Price increase from previous year: $4
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $87.69

2009: $79

Price increase from previous year: $4
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $93.75

2010: $82

Price increase from previous year: $3
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $96.21

2011: $85

Price increase from previous year: $3
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $96.46

2012: $89

Price increase from previous year: $4
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $99.34

2013: $95

Price increase from previous year: $6
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $104.21

2014: $99

Price increase from previous year: $4
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $108.01

2015: $105

Price increase from previous year: $6
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $114.58

2016: $110

Price increase from previous year: $5
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $118.83

2017: $115

Price increase from previous year: $5
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $120.92

2018: $119

Price increase from previous year: $4
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: $122.42

2019: $125

Price increase from previous year: $6
Cost adjusted for 2019 inflation: N/A

Disney World Splash Mountain
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Looking at these prices, it’s no surprise that fans around the world wish Disney Parks ticket prices were a lot lower than they are today. But these days, Walt Disney World offers so much more than it did when Magic Kingdom first opened in 1971. It’s so much larger, with enough attractions, shows, dining, and overall experiences that keep fans returning multiple times in their lives to spend week-long vacations at the Most Magical Place on Earth. It’s expensive, but for many of us, it’s worth it.

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So how much did it cost to go to Walt Disney World the year you were born? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Yahoo, GoBankingRates

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