Disney World boosting ticket prices

Just as falling gas prices have started to make some parents think they might squeeze in a quick end-of-summer trip to Walt Disney World, the people at the “happiest place on earth” delivered some less-than-happy news: If you want to see the mouse, you'll have to pay more.

The Walt Disney Co. said it is raising one-day ticket prices at its domestic parks starting today.

Tickets for those ages 10 and older to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., will rise from $71 to $75, while tickets for children ages 3 to 9 will go from $60 to $63.

At Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., one-day prices will rise from $66 to $69 for those ages 10 and older, and from $56 to $59 for children ages 3 to 9.

The price increase applies in varying degrees for longer stays, while the park hopper option, an add-on that allows ticket-holders to move among any of Disney's parks, goes from $45 to $50.

On Saturday, the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $3.89, down from $4.09 a month ago, according to AAA. In North Carolina, the average price Saturday was $3.85; in South Carolina, it was $3.70.