Disneyland Raises Ticket Prices

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Disney has raised ticket prices at Disneyland as the summer theme park-going season is about to heat up.

Admission prices for a single ticket to the park in Anaheim, Calif. for guests 10 years old and up is now $96, an increase of $4. An adult park hopper pass to Disneyland and sister park California Adventure is now $150, up from $137.

The company also has suspended new sales of its SoCal Annual Passport. The popular pass for locals enabled access to the park on weekends, when attendance is at its highest. A SoCal Select annual pass, for $289, is still available but cannot be used on weekends.

Renewals are still being granted to those with SoCal passes that expired in the last three months.

But prices have increased for SoCal Select (by $10), while a Deluxe pass now sells for $519, up $20; Premium is $699, up $30 to $699; and Premier is now increasing $50 to $1,029.

While Disney had not given advance warning of the price increases at its California parks on Sunday, it already upped ticket prices at its Orlando resort in February — its second increase in less than a year. The move raised a four-day pass for Walt Disney World by 15% to $294, and single day tickets by 21% to $99.

Disney also had boosted ticket prices to its resorts last year around the start of the summer season when it raised a one-day adult ticket at either Disneyland and Disney California Adventure by $5 to $92 and a kids ticket to $87, also up $5. One-day park hopper passes increased from $125 to $137 at that time.

 

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  1. Brandon Hann says:

    Sadly, it’s not about greed. It’s simple economics. People want to go to Disneyland and they come from all over the world to do it. If the prices were lowered, then every day would be a sell out (50,000+ people) and the quality of the park would start to go down…rapidly. Lines for every ride would be over 2 hours long, the crowds would be so thick, you would spend another 2 hours just getting to your next location and you would have a hard time trying to watch a show or parade.

    Unfortunately it’s a vicious circle that has no absolute solution. I am a passholder and I certainly don’t like the idea of paying more for the same “value,” but I have also seen an influx of guests month after month and I can’t even stand being there for over an hour most days. The only way to reduce the population is to up the prices. It’s horrible that this solution ends up pricing out the average family of four who now have to save for months just to go one time, but what else can they do??

    • Roxanne says:

      No, it is about greed. Disneyland is one of the largest corporations in the world, do you really think they are going to suffer if they keep the prices affordable for the average family? One of the main reasons Walt Disney created Disney Land was so that families could do something fun and affordable together. Instead of hiking up the prices and turning people off from visiting the park, they should be smart and only allow a certain amount of people enter the park at a time. This will also solve over crowding…I mean come on, $100 to ride 4 rides? No thanks, I can find cheaper and better ways of enjoying family time. Its a simple solution…but unfortunately this is the true definition of greed, at its finest.

      • Brandon Hann says:

        You obviously missed my point. First of all, pay attention….I never said Disney world suffer if they lowered their prices. They could even make the price zero dollars and still not suffer.

        And we all know why Walt Disney created Disneyland, but nobody could have predicted its success at today’s levels. The history, the legends, the man himself plus all the tie ins with Disney movies and characters all add to the allure and the draw of Disneyland. Today, you have all 50+ years of history and multiple generations still going for the memories. None of this even begins to include the tourist trade.

        Second, the fire code of Anaheim already limits the amount of people that can go in. That number is somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 to 60 thousand people each day. As a local, I can’t count how many times I’ve wanted to go to the park and have been confronted with a “Disneyland is at capacity.” notice on the way in. Because I have a pass, this doesn’t bother me, but what about the families that traveled to get here…the ones who request vacation time from work, save money, reserve hotel rooms and flights??? Imagine going through all that and you can’t even get in!

        So to pose some questions to you, how do you pick and choose who gets in on busy days? If the prices are lowered you will get many more sold out days. How else do you control the ever growing population that doesn’t include selective access or price hikes?

        The real issue is that Disneyland hasn’t hit the price that will keep that many visitors away, so the laws of economics and supply and demand hold fast. Since it sounds like you want someone to blame, blame the people that keep paying the high prices. Without them, Disney wouldn’t be able to raise the prices every year.

  2. Mjkbk says:

    I feel so old. I remember when Disneyland had GENERAL ADMISSION for well under 5 bucks back in the 60s. A poor high school student like me could gain entry and take advantage of a host of free and lower-cost things to see and do.

    • Brandon Hann says:

      A true fact indeed, but it’s tough to compare that price to today for a few reasons. First, of course you have inflation. Second, back in those days you had to buy separate tickets to ride anything and to see certain shows. And third, there was a lot less to do in the park and the rides were nowhere near as complex. So while “value” is a subjective term, you have to consider that even though you still pay a lot more today, what do you get for that extra money? Unlimited rides, shows, parades and other attractions, the option of paying a little bit more to get all the same in an entirely different theme park, longer operating hours (on some days..remember Disneyland was often closed two days a week back then) and possibly better entertainment (subjective to your own opinion of course, but think Fantasmic and World of Color).

  3. I can think of far better ways to spend my money than an overpriced park, selling overpriced goods and food. There is plenty of other things to do in the “neighborhood” of LA.
    Hated it both times my now (ex) husband “had” to take the kids there even though his son begged to go to Canada to their famous archeological site instead.
    Walt Disney never intended this to be the Greedy, money grabbing business it has become. When he died so did his vision. Perhaps he should not have spared the rod on his successor son whose only interest in the business is profit margin.

    • FAS says:

      “Perhaps he should not have spared the rod on his successor son whose only interest in the business is profit margin.”

      Walt Disney did not have any sons.

  4. Relentless Vidtrekker says:

    Walt did not create Disneyland only for the super-rich! The world is being held in the vice of unbridled GREED and AVARICE…and there will be a reckoning.

  5. MPB says:

    I would laugh for a week solid if they went bankrupt, but sadly, there are way too many Americans who will gladly whip out their plastic and “pay” whatever those greedy SOB’s ask, but a reckoning is not far down the road, for both individuals living above their means and our country as a whole.

  6. Michele Ruley says:

    Pure greed!

    • Brandon Hann says:

      Pure economics more like. Disneyland and Disney’s other parks are not infinite in supply and space. If the prices were lowered, then even more people would go causing crowds so bad, nobody would have a good time. Pricing hikes are essentially a form of population control. Alternatively, they’d have to build yet another park in order to alleviate the crowds, but even then there are no guarantees that people would be interested in going. People want to see Disneyland…it’s a cultural icon.

      To put it into perspective, consider another SoCal theme park just a few miles west of Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm. Their tickets are $39 online, yet they only see about 3 million visitors a year. Disneyland can charge $96 and gets 16 million per year. In other words, if Disneyland was only $39, it would be sold out every day before 11am.

  7. FSN Global 's Rick Fox says:

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