Here’s An Overview Of Disneyland’s New Price Hikes

Yet again, guests to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, will be paying more to partake in that Mickey Mouse sorcery.

The most recent increase were announced and went into effect on Wednesday, October 11. This is the exact one-year commemoration of a past increase in prices for the two amusement parks at the resort: classic Disneyland Park and the newer California Adventure Park.

One-park ticket on what Disneyland calls its Tier 0 days (which are days with the traditionally lowest attendance) have that price remains at $104. However, numerous other huge prices are going up, including for other one-day, one-park tickets.

Regular guests and new ones ought to take note of the price updates which can differ by such countless factors including the number of days spent there, the number of people in your party and their ages, whether you purchase skip-the-line choices, whether you park hop, and so on.

A final out-of-pocket tally is pretty much unique to the visitor, but here are some of the basic increases:

One-day, one-park tickets per person: As previously mentioned, Tier 0 tickets remain at $104. If you go on Tier 1 day instead, that’s going to cost you $119, a $5 increase from the previous price.

However, one-day, one-park tickets go all the way up to Tier 6 for the most traditionally crowded days. That will set you back $194 (previously it was $179).

As far as those cheapest Tier 0 days go, Disneyland is offering a similar number of days this coming winter and early spring compared with 2023. (The whole 2024 calendar isn’t out yet.)

Multiday passes: These aren’t on the tier-system. They cost the same whether you set reservations for busy times (think Christmas week) or slow times (mid-September or mid-January, for instance). Here’s that breakdown:

• Two-day ticket — now $310 (previously $285)
• Three-day ticket — $390 (previously $360)
• Four-day ticket — $445 (previously $395)
• Five-day ticket — $480 (previously $415)

Park Hoppers: These allow you go back and forth between classic Disneyland and California Adventure for an extra price on the same day. And the price of park hopping is going up – unless you’re on a one-day ticket. That remains at $65. Here’s the breakdown for other prices:

• Two-day Park Hopper add-on — $65 (previously $60)
• Three-day Park Hopper add-on — $70 (previously $60)
• Four-day Park Hopper add-on — $70 (previously $60)
• Five-day Park Hopper add-on — $75 (previously $60)

Annual passes: Called Magic Key Passes, these are particularly popular with locals and die-hard visitors, according to Don Munsil, president of MouseSavers, a guide to discounts and deals at Disney and Universal parks. The less expensive passes include more black-out dates, and the more expensive ones offer more date options. Those increases are:

• Imagine Magic Key — $499 (previously $449)
• Enchant Magic Key — $849 (previously $699)
• Believe Magic Key — $1,249 (previously $1,099)
• Inspire Magic Key — $1,649 (previously $1,599)

Other increases: Disney Genie+ is the park’s line-skipping feature to bypass long queues on popular attractions. If you purchase it pre-arrival, it will now cost you $30 instead of the previous $25. You can buy Genie+ after you arrive, but that price can be even higher depending on current line waits.

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Finally, parking is going up, too. Standard parking is now $35 (previously $30) and preferred parking is now $55 (previously $50).

“We are constantly adding new, innovative attractions and entertainment to our parks and, with our broad array of pricing options, the value of a theme park visit is reflected in the unique experiences that only Disney can offer,” said Disney spokesperson Jessica Good.

Meanwhile, a longtime Disney observer said these price increases at Disneyland point to a pattern of trying to manage park crowds, steering visitors away from high-attendance dates and toward days when crowds are usually lower. He noted that, Disney is trying to optimize park attendance to get a better experience for people paying full prices for a ticket and to maximize revenue.

Disneyland was the first theme park for the Disney brand when it opened on July 17, 1955. And the opening day entry price back then might make someone scratching up almost 200 buckeroos for a high-demand date try to invent a time machine instead.

Initial admission to the park was $1 for adults and 50 cents for kids. According to the US Inflation Calculator, that same $1 ticket should now cost $31. Clearly, Disneyland inflation has outstripped general inflation prices.

In 2001, Disney’s California Adventure opened, adding a second park to the resort. The price for a one-day ticket to either park was $43, and back then, Park Hopper wasn’t offered for one-day tickets.

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