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Disneyland breaks SoCal's $60 barrier

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Published: September 15, 2006 at 9:37 PM

A day at Disneyland or California Adventure will cost you an extra four dollars, as Disney's raised the price of a one-day, one-park ticket at the Disneyland Resort to $63. The price reestablishes Disneyland as the area's most expensive park, a "honor" that Six Flags Magic Mountain had wrested away with its $59.99 list price.

(Though, to be honest, the next person who pays $59.99 to visit Magic Mountain for a day might be the first. Six Flags discounted heavily again this summer, offering one-day tickets on its website for just $39.)

SoCal residents, as usual, can get a discount to Disneyland. The current deal is five bucks off the one-day park-hopper (making it $78). As always, check your local auto club, credit union or school or work activities department for additional discounts, as well.

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on September 16, 2006 at 7:12 AM
Is that more expensive than the FL parks? I really can't remember at the moment?
From Adrienne McDonald on September 16, 2006 at 4:04 PM
For THAT price, I could visit 2 parks, lol. Well, less really coz I have a SF Season pass sooo, I guess, if I lived there, it'd only cost me gas money & food. That's terrible, understandable but terrible. They only have the one park though right? Florida has all the others there? Seems like it'd be worth the price going to Florida park(s) instead.
From Erik Yates on September 17, 2006 at 7:11 AM
I think the last price hike at WDW pushed the price for a one day one park ticket to about 63 dollars. Disney Land has two parks, where Florida has 4 and two waterparks...I think it would be beneficial to visit Florida, though you will pay more....but they have all kinds of discounts if you stay more than one day. Either way you'll pay alot...its disney, you have to spend lots of money to have family fun.
From keith rayment on September 18, 2006 at 1:00 AM
To get a perpective of 'life' in the Free West perhaps consider that British theme parks are roughly equivalent in £'s sterling to the US $.
Also, the parks are generally of poor quality, albeit being hugely effective, money generators 'run' by exploitative conglomerates...
From Darrell Shimel on September 18, 2006 at 5:04 PM
They really don't expect many people to go for just 1 day. If you are local, they want you to wait until winter when you can buy "Buy DL, get DCA free" 2-day tickets. Or, if you're over $60, drop another $50 for the SoCal (off season only) AP.

If you're coming from out of town, then they want you to buy the 3-day ticket for $150, or better, the 4-day for $170 (on line prices listed). Or, what I do, the $240 AP that only blocks out 35 days (holidays and summer Saturdays).

So, the 1-day ticket is so expensive, only to make the 4+ day tickets such a bargain in comparison.


Hopefully the new fingerprint bio-metric devices will work out, and DLR can switch to the WDW model of 1 AP that costs $500-ish, and expect everyone else to go with non-transferrable, 10-day hoppers with 1 year expiration.

From Greg Mills on September 18, 2006 at 10:16 PM
And hence the reason I'm not going to Disneyland! Heh heh. Maybe everyone else can shrug it off and be like "Oh that's ok I still love the park," but personally, I don't think Disneyland is worth $63. I don't think ANY park is worth $63. If I'm gonna spend $63 just for the entry to a park, that damn place better have no less than 22 world-class coasters and at LEAST 6 really good flat rides! Does Disneyland meet these requirements? Nope.
From Danny Bernard on September 18, 2006 at 11:59 PM
I for one will be waiting for the 2fer to head out to Disneyland again.
From Ted Heumann on September 20, 2006 at 11:01 AM
All you belly-achers that are complaining about the price of DL, I'm sure wouldn't bat an eye to pay $100+ to see a 2 hour concert or pay $10-11 to see a 90-120 minute movie or pay $50+ to go to ANY sporting event.
Compared with other entertainment options most theme parks are comparable considering the cost vs the time (e.g. $63 divided by 10+ hours equals $6.30 per hour).

And for Greg, who has "22 world-class coasters and at LEAST 6 really good flat rides"?
Magic Mountain I believe has close to that number of coasters, BUT never runs them all at the same time. AND their flat rides are a joke.
Plus, when you get to that number of coasters, they start to repeat themselves after about 15 or so.

From Matt Thompson on September 21, 2006 at 5:58 AM
I think when discussing theme park prices, it is all relative. For someone living in California or Florida, $63 may seem like alor of money, especially if you plan to visit multiple times a year. For the average tourist, that price is not too bad. However, how often does someone visiting actually pay that much to visit a park. Most will spring for hopper passes a pay less per day for the parks.

I know that when leave home to visit a new park, I rarely look at the price. I personally always looked at theme parks as somewhat of a bargain when one could spend $30 at the movies, or $40 for ten go-kart laps at a local funpark.

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