The happiest place on Earth just got a little less happy for everyone's wallet. Disneyland recently increased the prices of most of its tickets and annual passes, and released a new five-tier pricing system that changes the prices of tickets based on peak days and seasons. During the highest peak times — largely holidays and Saturdays — a single day park hopper pass, which gets you into both the Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, is now a whopping $209. This is the first time a single-day ticket to the Anaheim theme park has ever surpassed the $200 mark.
The good news is that during off-peak times, the price of a park hopper pass is as low as $159. And thankfully one-day tickets for admission into a single park are still available for a significantly cheaper price, ranging anywhere from $104 to $154, depending on the day.
According to Fox, the new pricing system is meant to keep the park from getting too busy on peak days by encouraging attendance on off-peak days with lower prices.
This is the second recent price hike by Disney. Just last year, ticket prices were raised as much as 7% right before the park opened its $1-billion Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansion, the Los Angeles Times reported. And the year before that, there were increases of up to 18% on certain tickets.
It seems that Disney-goers are starting to get fed up with the park's continuing increases, and took to Twitter to share their frustrations after the recent announcement was made.
The Disney price increase doesnt affect me much because im a single person and when i go to disney i pay for 1 ticket. However its not realistic for an average family, $500 for one day and one park and thats just park admission, it doesnt include flights, hotels, food.— Bianca 🥨 (@BiancaJelani) February 12, 2020
I seriously can’t wait for the day when the parks are having problems getting people - Disney’s greed is clearly insatiable. Walt would be disgusted bu this company. People just won’t be able to afford to go. The day is close. https://t.co/er0sXzc8JQ— Scott (@Scott2Hill) February 12, 2020
It was a ridiculous amount BEFORE the price increase, Ive never been to Disney anything and never will— M (@coldheartt96) February 12, 2020
I’m obviously biased and will go to Disney regardless of price, but this price increase is bogus— Doug Marsh (@Doug__Marsh) February 12, 2020
Disney has never had a good explanation outside of "we can, so we will" for this but if they're gonna keep doing this 1-2x a year price increase, they need to start offering more options to those who don't live in SoCal or Orlando.— Misti Michelle (@mistimichellexo) February 11, 2020
i am really annoyed about the disney price increase— samantha 🦋 (@holymangos) February 12, 2020
But despite these increases and subsequent outrage, the LA Times reports that attendance at Disneyland has still been growing steadily. And with an all new Marvel-themed land inside California Adventure Park set to open this summer, guests can likely expect even more price increases in the future.
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