Disneyland's most expensive on-day ticket just cracked the $200 barrier, as the California resort announced its latest ticket price increase this morning. But if you hurry, you still might be able to get some tickets at the old prices.
The resort last raised its ticket prices in January 2019, so it's been 13 months between prices increases at Disneyland — an unusually long stretch. But the intervening year saw an also-rare attendance drop at the parks, as fans stayed away following the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, due in part to the price increases, more restrictive annual pass blockouts, and forecasts of big crowds for the new land.
Crowds returned for the resort's Halloween and Christmas festivals as well as for the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance last month, but perhaps in recognition of the softer months that preceded them, Disney did not raise its ticket prices this time nearly as much as it did in 2019.
Last year's price increases saw some one day-ticket prices rising over 10 percent and top annual passes going up by more than 20 percent. But this year, changes on single-day ticket prices ranged from flat on the low end to just over 3 percent on the high end for one-park-per-day tickets and 3 to 5 percent on the Park Hoppers.
Multi-day price increases range from just under 3 percent on the three-day Park Hopper to just under 6 percent on the five-day, one-park-per-day ticket. For annual passes, the two-coast Premier Pass, which provides unrestricted admission to Disneyland's as well as Walt Disney World's theme parks, went up about 5 percent. For Disneyland Resort APs, the increases ranged from just under 4 percent on the Deluxe Pass to just over 8 percent on the new Flex Pass.
Disneyland's biggest change this year was to add two more tiers to its date-specific pricing on one-day tickets. The old "Value, Regular, Peak" system is gone now — replaced by a five-tier system with the simpler names of Tier 1, Tier 2, etc. While ticket increases ranged up to 5 percent on one-day tickets, prices for specific dates might have changed more dramatically based on how Disney reassigns dates from the previous three-tier pricing structure into the new five-tier calendar. (You can see that calendar by looking for one-day tickets on on Disneyland's website.)
A Disneyland official said, "a visit to our parks is the best value in entertainment bar none, and we offer flexible ticket choices to enable families to choose what's best for them."
Here are the old and new prices on Disneyland Resort theme park tickets, which cover admission to Disneyland and/or Disney California Adventure.
|1 Day, 1 Park||$104, 129, 149||104, 114, 124, 139, 154|
|1 Day Park Hopper||154, 179, 199||159, 169, 179, 194, 209|
|2 Days, 1 Park/Day||225||235|
|2 Days Park Hopper||280||290|
|3 Days, 1 Park/Day||300||310|
|3 Days Park Hopper||355||365|
|4 Days, 1 Park/Day||325||340|
|4 Days Park Hopper||380||395|
|5 Days, 1 Park/Day||340||360|
|5 Days Park Hopper||395||415|
*Flex Pass was introduced in May 2019.
Maxpass is now $20 a day, or $125 for annual passholders to add to their pass. Maxpass is included at no extra charge for the Signature Plus annual pass. Parking prices remain unchanged.
Disneyland today also added Autopia and Monsters Inc to the Fastpass/Maxpass lineup and announced that Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run soon will be available via Maxpass as well.
If you're kicking yourself because you didn't buy your Disneyland tickets before today, don't worry. You don't need to find a time machine to get the old prices. While supplies last, our ticket partner is still selling discounted multi-day Disneyland tickets for less than the old prices. Please check with them ASAP to see what prices remain available. Update: Walt Disney World has raised its annual pass prices, too.
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Universal's turn in 3...2...1...
I'm surprised (again)... I'm also disappointed. But I guess they're just trying to reduce the crowds. DL is just too small. Maybe they should consider moving it to a new place. Somewhere that they can expand.
Can you imagine what would happen to Anaheim (and Los Angeles) if they moved out? What would happen if they moved out of California?
These incremental price increases year after year do little to reduce the crowds. Last year was the first time crowd levels went down at Disneyland (though not at WDW) and some would argue that the reasons are only sightly attributable to a price increase. On top of that. the increase was pretty dramatic (up to 20% on certain APs), with more guests more often citing the prediction of suffocating crowds and an incomplete Galaxy's Edge as to why they were staying away than higher prices. These increases that happen like clockwork at this time of the year are all about showing constant revenue growth to shareholders as the business matures and significant attendance increases become more and more difficult to come by.
People just seem to be willing to spend the money. But this also means that some people just can't afford the luxury of a Disney vacation. I have been very fortunate to have been to WDW 28 times for a week or more each time. Now, we've moved from MD to FL... and now we have the AP. So... now we do a day here and there.
It's just hard to believe that lines can be 4+ hours for a single ride. Fast Passes are good, but difficult to get. Boarding pass requires a full day's commitment. Food is still expensive...
I "was" 74 points away from 2 flex passes. Now I am 174 away. I am now 15 months away instead of about 8. Thank you Disney! Time to break the coin jar back out I guess...
Once more the classic line: "Everyone knows Disney is a business. They just hate it when it acts that way."
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Well, it was bound to happen: