Disneyland Hikes Ticket Prices As Much As 30%

Prepare to pay even more to stand in line waiting to enjoy rides. For the second time in less than a year, Disney is hiking prices at its California theme parks. The cost of tickets will increase 9% (from $80 to $87) for the humble one-day pass for guests over 10, and 30% (from $499 to $649) for annual passes that include the cost of parking.

The new prices were announced last Friday, and went into effect almost immediately on Sunday the 20th. As always, annual passes are somewhat cheaper for residents of southern California.

Disneyland Resort Ticket Price Update [Official Disney Parks Blog]
Disney raises ticket prices for both Anaheim theme parks [LA Times]

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  1. LabanDenter says:

    And the parks will still be full

  2. Blueskylaw says:

    “Disneyland Hikes Ticket Prices As Much As 30%”

    This must certainly mean the economy is in full recovery, because as we all know, only greedy and non-rational business raise prices during a time of high unemployment and economic distress.

    • HomerSimpson says:

      They’re not marketing towards the working class peeons. Those commercials touting $2000+ vacations (only $70 a day! mere pocket change!) aren’t being aimed at the guy working 28 hours a week at Walmart.

      • Kuri says:

        Pretty much. Eventually such people may not know what a vacation is any more.

        • Torchwood says:

          Is this what you are talking about? http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vacation

          • Kuri says:

            Well, maybe we’ll at least be telling kids of the future about a mythical time when middle to lower class people took vacations.

            • StarKillerX says:

              Vacations are just like many other expenses and your being able to afford one, or not, if more an issue of priorities then anything else.

              Sure a worker at McDonalds wont be going on world cruises, but there thousands of other options available which cost little it anything. For example I live in Western NY and within a 4-6 hour drive are several theme/amusement parks, various other attractions such the US Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio, Howe Caverns in central NY, the Toronto Science Center, a zoos in Buffalo NY and Erie PA, an aquarium in Buffalo, countless other museums, galleries and at least a dozen nice State and/or national parks.

              It almost funny to hear people where I work complain about not being able to afford a vacation when almost to a person those complaining about it have expensive smartphones and phone plans, eat out at least 3 times a week, shop at convenience stores instead of a the supermarket. Oh and it REALLY pisses them off if I point out “you know, for what you’ve spent on your iphone in the past year you could have had a nice get away.” lol!

              • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

                I think it’s more that the guy working at McDonalds isn’t going to get the time off for a vacation, because his bosses will just rather can their ass and hire the next guy that walks in.

                I’m happy with even a stay-cation. I’ve never heard of a low-class job ever giving a proper weekend let alone two disjointed days off.

                • StarKillerX says:

                  As someone who worked in a hospital for 9 years, and most of the time since have worked in production in a plant that operates 24/7 I can say that it’s very easy to make working weekends, and even having your days off broken up, a blessing instead of a curse

                  My wife and I used to get season passes to Sea World in Ohio when we worked weekends and would regular drive down after work one day, stay overnight and then hit the park on our day off and then drive home afterwards. This was especially nice during when school was in session as the park was almost empty and it wasn’t unusual for some shows to have more staff involved then people in the audience.

                  We used to do the same thing for Niagara Falls and various other similar destinations.

      • Blueskylaw says:

        I didn’t know people could actually get 28 hours a week at Walmart; I thought they limited the number of hours people worked in order to avoid paying overtime and benefits.

      • rstark says:

        2000? I wish. That’s if you’re staying in one of their partner hotels with no meal plans and going to one park. Latest trip I’ve booked is at a Modest hotel owned by them including meals is costing around 7000 not including airfare.

        • redskull says:

          Jesus, I flew to China and stayed for two weeks for way less than that.

        • nbs2 says:

          ??????

          We (2 adults, 1 kid, 1 free kid) went to WDW last year and ended up at roughly $2k, all in. We spent $1700 on hotel (staying on property), dining plan (they threw it in free), and single park tickets. We spent about $250 on gas and hotels driving down and back from the DC area. We spent about $50 on souveniers for the kids and family.

          I guess we did spend $50 picture things and some random amount on tips that I can’t remember.

          Point is, $7k is you getting ripped off.

          • rstark says:

            well regardless people are going to argue my point. 7k includes everything….including the dining plan which was not thrown in for free….the higher end of the dining plan including unlimited tours and use of the recreation facilities/vehicles. Im not complaining about the price; when I go on vacation I want everything covered. Just because people like you who think Im getting ripped off do everything to save a penny and complain when you get there that things cost money and yell at your kids every time they want a piece of candy because you can’t afford it……that’s not my fault or problem. I am willing to spend the extra up front so I’m not broke and surprised at the end of the vacation.

            • nbs2 says:

              Whoa, settle down there, tiger.

              The tone of your first post ($2000. I wish…) sounded like you were frustrated that you couldn’t get down there for for less than $7k. I was just trying to point out that it was possible to do so. That you are opting for the higher end dining plan, it makes sense that you are spending more than we did. It’s possible your kids are older than ours, and so the activities of the pricy dining plan are worth it. They weren’t with tykes.

              Yeah, we got the plan for free, but it wasn’t our idea. We ended up rebooking since we got an offer in the mail after we had already booked out trip. If Disney is offering a free dining plan for your dates, you’re foolish not to take advantage of it (they will credit against the higher tier plan). Being a smart consumer generally entails taking advnatage of offers a company throws at you when you already meet the strings attached to those offers.

              Nevertheless, I don’t think we were in a position where we were trying to avoid spending money. Did we bother with souveniers that the kids wouldn’t bother playing with? Of course not. Did we turn down candy “because we can’t afford it”? No. On the regular dining plan, we were so caught up in enjoying the parks and our time there, that we had to scramble to use our leftover meal credits. It was good that we drove, since we had 12 “snacks” from the Werthers shop in Epcot-Germany and 7 “quickserves” from Epcot-Norway – our cooler was full.

              Also, your plan doesn’t include everything. Tips aren’t included. Souveniers aren’t included. Other than the activities (which we wouldn’t have had time for), signature meals counting as only one meal, and the ability to use your plan at Victoria and Alberts, you really aren’t getting anything of great value beyond the regular plan. Even the extra snack and switch from QS to sit-down meal aren’t of great value – sit down meals really demand planning around your reservations and we had enough snacks. Some QS stands will let you spend a sit down credit, but not all.

              If you opt for a meal on the run, souveniers, or tip your wait staff, and aren’t expecting to have a bill to settle at the end of the trip, you are in for a surprise.

          • dangermike says:

            Comparing prices for a trip to Walt Disney World (Florida) to Disneyland (California) might not be exactly oranges-to-oranges, county names aside.

        • LadySiren is murdering her kids with HFCS and processed cheese says:

          If you’re paying $7K, you need to rethink your Disney strategy. We did a family reunion for 12 people at WDW, including a character breakfast, for about $5,000 total. If you’re flexible and research your options, you can have a great vacation without selling a vital organ.

          • rstark says:

            paying 7k for hotel, food package and shuttle. that’s for 8 days, all parks. It’s not selling a vital organ, it’s called having a savings account and making sure everything is covered in the package.

            • LadySiren is murdering her kids with HFCS and processed cheese says:

              My $5K figure included lodging, food, weeklong hoppers, parking, and a few miscellaneous items. You just have to know where to find the savings at. ;)

        • StarKillerX says:

          I’m curious as to how many people that’s for? I mean I know Disney isn’t cheap, but holy crap!

      • coffee100 says:

        $2000 vacation? Where to? Fresno?

  3. Bativac says:

    Holey crap, Disney!

    My wife and I used to have season passes for Walt Disney World but the prices just got too steep. We complained, but we also noticed the parks (especially the Magic Kingdom) were never NOT full. So I guess they’re charging “what the market will bear.”

    I keep thinking of the discussion from Jurassic Park. “This will not cater only to the super rich.” “Sure, maybe we’ll have, uh, a coupon day, or something.”

    • adamstew says:

      This article is about Disneyland in California. Disney World has not announced any price increases for this year yet.

      • coffee100 says:

        Well, there’s undoubtedly at least one round of layoffs to announce, so let’s not rush them or anything. All that money-counting can get tiring.

        • nopirates says:

          the parks are generally staffed by young college students and the workforce turns over constantly. there is not need for layoffs as staffing is always seasonally-adjusted.

          • coffee100 says:

            Oh good the layoffs are built in. That way the management doesn’t need to make any decisions. It’s not like college students need food or a place to sleep or anything.

            • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

              They can just stay at Vista Waaaaaayyyyyyy

            • jeb says:

              I know Disney provides housing for at least some of their workers.

      • scoosdad says:

        Wait for it. After all they did have that pesky 140 character limit on the announcement….

        /s

    • rstark says:

      really? complaining about prices for a luxury?

      • Bativac says:

        Hey, I live in Florida. Disney World is a luxury just like my gold-plated yacht is a luxury. What are you, middle class or something?

    • George4478 says:

      I’ve taken my kids to Disney World once and the per-day costs were the same as our trip to Europe.

      I had the same reaction I’ve had to every amusement park I’ve been to: you pay a ton of money to stand in line to do ANYTHING. Rides, food, bathrooms, etc.

      • StarKillerX says:

        If your spending your day standing in line your doing it wrong!

        I’ve taken my family to Disney World a few times, we stay in one of the value resorts and always go to whichever park has the early opening that day. We head around the outside ring of the parks instead of moving into the middle like everyone else and while everyone else is at Small World or the Teacups we are walking straight into Pirates, and the haunted house and by the time the lines start to form it’s coming up on lunchtime so we go back to the hotel to eat and kick back around the pool. In the evening we have an early dinner and then hit the part again just after dinner time when 75% of the people are jockeying for position for the evenings firework display.

        In 3 trips there, for a total over about 15 days I never was in any line for more then 15-20 minutes and we rode everything we wanted at each of the parks.

    • samonela says:

      This is not a move in “what the market will bear”…

      Because that implies that if it didn’t work out, Disney would actually lower the ticket prices.

      I can’t ever remember hearing or reading a press release about Disney lowering their admission prices because “attendance was down”.

      • Bativac says:

        Has attendance ever been down? I know it gets lighter during certain months, but obviously if they lowered the price those months, everyone would wait til then to go.

        Really, I think the government should intervene and force them to either lower their prices, or provide me with some kind of income assistance (under the newly-created TPWP or “theme park welfare program”) to ensure my continued ability to visit Disney World, Universal Studios, and even Holy Land Experience should I be so inclined.

        • coffee100 says:

          If you knew how much money Disneyland pockets from the government each year you would dry heave for hours.

      • some.nerd says:

        That’s true… Six Flags is practically giving away season passes this year (at least at SF New England)… I think the commercial said something like, “make your one-day pass a season pass for $10 more”?
        I’d be all over that offer this year if I didn’t have an infant… KIDS! (I jest… my wife doesn’t care for most amusement park rides either).

  4. LightningUsagi says:

    That’s not too bad, considering we just paid $120 per person to go to Islands of Adventure last week.

    • mattyb says:

      $120 gets you into Islands of Adventure AND Universal Studios. Which is still too much in my opinion for one day.
      I bought a season pass for $169 and one that includes parking for $224, and my wife and I will go all summer long.

      • YOXIM says:

        Why are you people paying full price for theme park tickets? Haven’t you ever heard of craigslist? Knowing people who work at the parks helps, too. : )

        • Mah Freedoms says:

          Oh, so *you’re* one of the ones I get to turn away from the front gate at work because the turnstile tells me “Ticket is used!” because you unknowingly bought a used ticket on Craigslist.

    • majortom1981 says:

      I am guessing this price increase is to pay for the cars land expansion.

  5. Kuri says:

    Probably because the Florida park is larger and has more to offer. Last I heard the California park is still the same as it was in the early to mid 90s when I went.

    • homehome says:

      the florida park is great, they’re still adding stuff

      • Kuri says:

        I’d say a great amusement park is never truly done,

        To the rest, my mistake, like I said, I haven’t been there in over two decades.

    • Laura Northrup says:

      It can’t get any bigger because it doesn’t have anywhere to expand. Sounds like they’ve changed some things in Tomorrowland and added new rides since I was there in 1997.

      • There's room to move as a fry cook says:

        They also added a whole new park (Disney California Adventure) and Downtown Disney – where the parking lot used to be.

    • tralfaz says:

      Walt Disney World may be larger, but Disneyland itself (not including DCA) has more attractions than nearly all of Walt Disney World combined. Walt Disney World uses “all that extra space” to make you walk farther, and forces you to visit multiple parks to even come close to the number of attractions that Disneyland has in one park.

      Walt Disney World has resorts and better restaurant choices. I concede that. But attractions? Can’t hold a candle to Disneyland.

    • almightytora says:

      They are actually opening “Cars Land” in California, hence the price increase.

      Also, I believe what I was told by a worker there (not a Cast Member) is that the parking add-on to the non-Premium passes is now $150 (was $50), and that Cast Members won’t have as many “Bring a Guest for free” passes as well as their ENTIRE SUMMER is now blacked out (used to be certain busy weekends and such were blacked out).

      The current Annual Passholders were given a chance to get a voucher to pay the “old” price when their Pass expired, so they could go one more year without the price increase.

      • kethryvis says:

        We were? That’s news to me. i’m a Premium pass holder, and was never given any option to lock in this year’s price for my pass which expires in January. If your pass is expiring, you can renew early, but there’s not much of a window to do so, so anyone who renewed this weekend got to lock in the old price but there is no “voucher” for the rest of us.

    • There's room to move as a fry cook says:

      Disneyland has almost DOUBLED in size since you were there in the mid-1990s. The huge parking lot in front was transformed into Disney California Adventure in 2001 – and parking moved to a parking garage.

    • whylime says:

      The article is referring to the California parks, not the Florida parks.

  6. floyd fan says:

    They’re making up for John Carter.

  7. CommonSense(ಠ_ಠ) says:

    Mice are expensive!

  8. sendmoney2me says:

    out of my price range…just lost a lot of concerts.

  9. Vox Republica says:

    Of course, this coincides with my first ever trip to California—and, more importantly, my first ever trip to Disneyland—on Thursday. Pretty sure this qualifies as a first world problem. Disneyland! Woo!

    • George4478 says:

      Make sure your immunizations are up to date.

    • dks64 says:

      I’ll be there on Thursday. I’ll look for you, a confused tourist who stops in the middle of a walkway to read a map, with a fanny pack, and confused look on their face. ;) You’ll blend right in.

  10. aleck says:

    We were just in Disney World in Florida a few weeks ago. Many locals who own season passes to multiple parks said that Bush Gardens is a much better value in terms of enjoying the rides.

    • lilah says:

      It’s a much better value because at Busch Gardens you can (or at least could) buy a regular price day pass and use it for free admission for a year. But as a Florida resident my Disney annual pass was less than $400. I only had to go a couple times for it to pay for itself.

  11. coffee100 says:

    Let’s not forget that prior to this, Disney deliberately and maliciously destroyed their animation division with several rounds of brutal, cruel layoffs that put irreplaceable craftspeople out in the streets, literally.

    They did this for absolutely no reason at all and they never had to justify it.

    Oh sure, they claimed it was over “costs.” But later after it became clear they had obliterated the creative soul of the company, they scrambled around for a solution and eventually desperately wrote a seven BILLION dollar check to buy Pixar.

    Costs, apparently, are only expensive when a skilled, qualified American is being employed at a professional, adult wage.

    Oh, and Disneyland is a rancid, fetid cesspool compared to what it once was. It’s a shameful, hateful, sagging, rotting monument to greed and the intentional infliction of suffering on as many people as possible. I’d sooner french-kiss a rattlesnake than buy a ticket to that dump.

    • axhandler1 says:

      “If you’re looking for Joe Cooper, I suggest you look wherever you find the most heinous, blatant, and vile exploitation of children on the planet.”

      “Scenerio #2: Coop went to Disneyland.”

    • GrayMatter says:

      Aw c’mon–why not REALLY state your opinions instead of sugar-coating them.

      (Were you part of the layoffs? And, from what I read, it was one of the stupidest moves made by Disney Corp)

      • coffee100 says:

        I wasn’t part of the layoffs. All I could do was be a bystander. But it was an act no less offensive to me than if they had walked into the Lincoln Memorial and urinated on Abe’s foot.

    • There's room to move as a fry cook says:

      Disney had a studio full of 2D animators, poor reception & revenue on a string of recent releases, (Treasure Planet ,Home on the Range…) and thought that the market was going to 3D (faster than it was) where they didn’t have expertise. It was a business decision & way to cut costs from a money losing division. It may have been a poor decision but it wasn’t malicious.

      • coffee100 says:

        One myth after another. They fired a studio of 4000 people who were directly responsible for over $200 million in top-line revenue. That was Lilo and Stitch. It was AFTER those layoffs that the box office tanked. And the reason is crystal clear.

        Disney Animation has never been a money-losing operation. Not once in 80 years. The merchandising that division is directly responsible for dwarfs every other category of revenue for that company.

        It was malicious. It was deliberate and it was flagrant vandalism, publically conducted, on a hallowed American art form. It was a disgusting, knees-bent, repulsive act of pure greed, and it destroyed the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people for absolutely no reason at all.

        Stop defending it.

    • Raider Duck says:

      What are you talking about? We went there three years ago, and it was immaculately maintained.

      Expensive as all get-out, mind you, but cleanliness was not a problem.

    • Kuri says:

      Would you care to post links to articles about, well, all of this?

    • BrienBear Thinks Stupidity Defies Logic says:

      Don’t worry, the bf and I bought tickets in your stead.

      Dear Disney – I love you, I love your parks.

  12. Cat says:

    If only I could convince the wife and kids that Disney is a ripoff and bad value. Mrs. Cat insists that we HAVE to go, because it’s Disney – and EVERYONE should go to Disney World at least once in their life, right??

    My BIL took his daughter to Knotts Berry Farm for half the price of Disney World and they had a much better time. Most importantly, Disney is 2x the price to stand in line 2x as long. Oh, and did I mention that my son isn’t even 2, Mrs. Cat won’t go on any rides that are too scary, and neither will my youngest daughter. She even freaked out on the merry-go-round at the zoo last year!

    So, yea, lets blow $ thousands that we don’t have to stand in line all day, and get our pictures taken with a mouse.

    • TheMansfieldMauler says:

      Oh, and did I mention that my son isn’t even 2

      The solution is simple. Start saying stuff like “Remember when we went to Disney?” and “You loved the Teacup Ride at Disney when we went”. The kid will get it in his mind that he’s been. Do that for a while and he’ll grow up thinking he’s already been.

      I just saved you $2K. You’re welcome.

      • scoosdad says:

        LOL, my mom did that to us I’m sure. For years I thought we had been at Disneyland when it was dedicated, only to find out none of us were even born yet.

    • Raider Duck says:

      Last time we went to Knott’s Berry Farm (in 2005), it was OK but we were bored after about 6 or 7 hours. No comparison to Disneyland at all (where we spent three days without getting bored at all, and could have gone another two).

    • dks64 says:

      Knotts is so boring to me. I’ve been a few times and never had a good time. I go to Disneyland regularly and still never get bored. I still haven’t even done everything in California Adventure.

  13. joe h says:

    Haven’t been to Disneyland since 96, hear the lines have become unbearable. But Disney world has become an overpriced dump. The entire resort has added maybe 3 rides since 95. We stopped by during 500 weekend and went through the studio and magic kingdom parks in less than 5 hour and hit every major ride.

    • whylime says:

      What are you talking about? Disneyland added the California Adventure park to the resort in 2001. They’re about to open the 12-acre Cars Land next month.

    • Ayla says:

      Actually the lines have gotten awesome. In the past decade they have really coordinated things so that wait times are way down. I remember when waiting for the newest ride, like when Splash Mountain opened, meant a three hour wait. In the last decade I think I’ve waited maybe 45 minutes at most and I nearly literally walk onto so many of the rides. Of course, I also travel on the off seasons, like winter and fall so that may make a difference.

    • dks64 says:

      Overpriced dump? Yeah, I can tell you don’t go regularly. That place is kept in excellent condition and they’re constantly making improvements. Space Mountain was redone a few years ago. They’re working on Matterhorn now. If you go during the week and not near any major holidays, the wait is minimal. My favorite time of year to go is February and March, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Mouse Wait App is great too, tells you when rides are down and what the wait time is. And you must be trippin’ about the resort only adding 3 rides… ever heard of California Adventure? D’oh! I go 20-40 times a year, I know what I’m talking about.

      • dks64 says:

        Sorry, I just realized you said Disney World, not Disneyland when talking about the overpriced dump part. Disneyland really is kept in great shape.

  14. technoreaper says:

    Americans need to learn how to take their money somewhere else. Disneyland is not worth this much. We are not smart consumers.

    • Moniker Preferred says:

      Ummm…. A big percentage of folks at Disney parks are tourists from outside the USA. Money spent at a Disney part by these folks is just as good for the country as exporting a car.

      Then again, as a Really Big Company, Disney might just assign all their profits to some address in the Cayman Islands and pay little US tax, as with so many other big companies.

  15. Outrun1986 says:

    $87 doesn’t sound bad to me especially when the run down constantly changing owners park near me charges something like $54.99 for each adult to get in and if you buy your tickets at a store you get like $3 off…. For a family of 4 that is over $200 for one day, and honestly no one in my area can afford that for one day of entertainment. Considering the extremely sub-par experience this park offers I would gladly pay the price increase to go to disney provided I was already on my way to an area near a disney park, and I don’t live near disney, but if I had a choice it would be disney. Otherwise its the local park with clean, well maintained rides for 24.99 per person and free parking.

    These other parks have no customer service, at least Disney has customer service, unless that is changing, again I have never been there so I don’t know. I wouldn’t go near Six Flags if my life depended on it..

  16. gedster314 says:

    Quit your belly aching. They now allow you to pay your enterance fee in monthly installments. At least they didn’t bring back the ticket booklet and requiring.tickets for the rides.

  17. Darkrose says:

    Dis-freaking-counts!!!

    I’m going to Disney in June and got a pretty sweet deal. 6 of us are going from up here for about $2,500, all inclusive. That includes a rental car (for about 40% off courtesy of my work) + gas and tolls. We’re staying on property (courtesy of my “Cast Member” sister who got us rooms at 1/2 off at a value resort), and we’re getting the four day “parkhopper” with “fun & more” options since I am a vet.

    We are bringing snacks for the room and will be eating danish/honey buns for breakfast, and we’re going to carry around a Brita filter bottle and Mios to keep the kids happy and off the sodas (they hate the taste of FL water). We’ll filter the water and refill the bottles they will bring with them every day (24 pack of water for free with purchase of 2 mios, and we had a $1.00 off two coupon).

    There’s a pretty nice HoJo on US 192 that you can get rooms at for $30/night if you don’t want to stay on property. You’re only really going to be there to sleep and shower anyway, right? If my memory serves, they also have a shuttle bus to/from the parks.

    • technoreaper says:

      Disney is just a greedy corporation run by clueless Ivy League MBA morons. McDonald’s is pretty much the same. They are not the same company that they used to be when they started up. They want to increase the price while compromising the quality and value of their product. They all think this is so brilliant, until one day, consumers wise up, find a better competitor and sales go down. It usually happens overnight. Look at McDonald’s, I went there for lunch the other day and found that their 10 piece McNuggets cost $3.99, while the 20 piece costs $4.99. I’m essentially being forced to buy the 20 piece because it makes no sense to get ripped off ordering 10 pieces. So I just keep the other 10 pieces for later. Everything at McDonald’s has no taste anymore. If they were ever accused of having food that tasted like cardboard, they sure are guilty of it now. Every time I go, there’s nothing on the menu that I want, but there’s a billion items that I don’t want.

      Going back to Disney, $87 is ridiculous. Sometimes, I happen to be in the area to visit family, and at $87, I have zero interest in going. That’s just too much, especially at my age with no kids. They need to get real. There are plenty of attractions in that area that I can go to instead.

  18. lvdave says:

    I was taken to Disneyland in 1959, during the family’s move to San Diego from San Francisco, and then I went again on my own just after they put in Space Mountain with my then girlfriend, sometime around 1976. The wife keeps making noise about wanting to go, and I keep reminding her what a ripoff it has become. This manages to get her to change the subject for a while, but it keeps coming back up.. Maybe *this* bs price increase will END these “Honey.. I want to go to Disneyland”… we can only hope… I cannot imagine paying this kind of money to spend the time standing in ENDLESS lines, buying overpriced food/drink/trinkets. It puzzles me how ANYbody can…

    • One-Eyed Jack says:

      Sounds like you’ve already made up your mind to have a terrible time if you ever go back.

  19. scoobydoo says:

    This isn’t news until we have a year Disney does NOT raise prices. Price increases for their properties are just a fact of life :(

  20. YouDidWhatNow? says:

    Wow those prices are crazy. It’s been several years now, probably like 7, but the last time we did any theme-parking it was in Florida – we went to Busch Gardens, and I want to say one-day passes were something like $50-60 each…and year-long passes were maybe twice that. I think that Universal Studios was about the same, as well as SeaWorld.

    If we lived in the area, holy crap are the year-long passes a good deal. We’d eat dinner at the big white house thing in Busch Gardens every night – the slighty-snooty restaurant on the top floor was selling an all-you-can-eat fish or chicken dinner, with every accompaniment you can think of, for like $15 a person. Was crazy…and crazy good.

  21. Polar_Bear says:

    The Disney resort in California has undergone massive expansions and improvements. They have made a big effort to provide a great experience for guests. There are new rides and many great new places to grab a bite to eat. In my opinion they try to give you value for your money. I am a passholder and visit weekly and have seen the improvements taking place. California Adventure has evolved into a real gem. Yes it does get crowded so if you are coming from out of the area just plan on staying a couple of days so you can relax and enjoy yourself.

    • coffee100 says:

      As long as you don’t have to think about the women in Honduras making Mickey Mouse t-shirts for $1.50 a day in a building you could burn to the ground with a soaking wet dead cat.

  22. HogwartsProfessor says:

    The bf wants to take me to Disney World and we both want to go to Harry Potter World. I’m sure there are economical ways to do it. I hear about specials all the time on flights, packages, etc.

    • One-Eyed Jack says:

      You used to be able to get great deals on Universal Orlando tickets through aboveboard resellers like UndercoverTourist (dot com), but Universal has been pulling back the discounts like Disney has been. If you’re going to Universal during high season, I recommend staying at one of their resorts for the complimentary front of the line unlimited Express Pass for nearly every ride in the two parks (except Harry Potter & The Forbidden Journey, but its queue is so great you don’t notice the time spent in line). If you’re going during off-season, pick up the best ticket discount you can find and stay off-site at whatever lodging your pocketbook and sense of cleanliness & security will allow. There are a lot of budget options in Orlando, but it’s definitely a ‘get what you pay for’ kind of town. The book Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (aka touringplans dot com) reviews a lot of area lodgings, not just those inside the WDW boundary.

      As for Disney, you won’t find much in the way of ticket discounts unless you’re active duty or retired military, or can take advantage of some special student or convention pricing. If you want to stay on site, look for the percent off discounts (lower % discounts on the value resorts, higher % off on the deluxe and Villa resorts). Also consider a trip when they’re offering free dining if you can make the travel dates and length-of-stay dates work for you (but no current FD offers available). Do the math to compare packages because different offers may work better for your family than the one that seems most obvious.

      MouseSavers.com is a great site to follow for Disney discounts, as you might imagine. Or consider working with a Disney specialty travel planner (like myself, full disclosure) who can help you find deals you may not be aware of.

      Some recent stuff from Disney says they hope to offer more “added value” packages than discounts in the future. We’ll see if that holds. A couple years ago Bob Iger made the bold prediction that they wouldn’t be offering any discounts after a few months, but that didn’t quite pan out. Free dining was back a couple times as well as the frequent seasonal room discounts. WDW is opening a 10,000-bed resort in stages this year, so they’ve got plenty of inventory to fill. They’re offering room discounts in the middle of summer high travel season of June-July-August, which says to me that bookings are running under what they hoped. Just my humble observations.

  23. kethryvis says:

    Yes, DCA is adding a new land, and Disney has poured $1 Billion into the park to improve it. But here’s the thing. If they’d actually branded that park right from the get go, they wouldn’t have to have spent $1 Billion (yes, with a b) in reskinning the park. DCA was a fiasco from the get go, and it’s taken them 10 years and massive amounts of money to fix it. that should be their cost of not doing their business right, and i don’t want to fund their mistake.

    And yes, you *can* spread your payments over 12 months, but only if you’re a CA resident, and those payments just went up… almost doubled (my current payment is around $33, with the new increase it’ll go up to around $54). And yes, the pass pays for itself in 2.5 visits… but those prices just went up too (a 3 day park hopper is now $250, which is what i base my price on, i can’t imagine going for much less and being able to do anything, the lines are just too ridiculous anymore).

    Oh, and when all the AP holders hit the AP Facebook page to complain, Disney started deleting complaints. Classy.

    i think they’re trying to cull the herd of AP holders… there are close to 1 million now just for the CA parks, and they’re blaming a lot of the Leap Day fiasco on AP holders (CA was expecting 44k visitors for their 24 hour event, they got 106k. The park was a bloody madhouse.). i say they cut the SoCal specific passes and cut a lot of the problems there TBH.

    i’m sad that my time as an AP holder is coming to an end, so soon after it started (i’ve had mine for two years). i really *do* enjoy my time there, and my friends and i have created a lot of memories there. But the last increase was hard enough to take, and this one is impossible.

    Disneyland was created so that families had a place to go and enjoy themselves. Families are now priced out of visiting the parks. It’s just sad.

    (but they’ll keep mortgaging themselves to come because Disney has done entirely too well at their marketing of their park to be where you make magic memories.)

    • dks64 says:

      Yeah, they messed up royally at the beginning with DCA. They should definitely eat the cost of their mistakes. Adding Toy Story Mania was great, that’s the best attraction in the park. Honestly… Cars land doesn’t look too promising to me. We’ll see though.

      As disappointed as I am, I’ll still renew my pass next year. Disneyland is my “get-a-way” place. When I’ve had a stressful work week and have Tues, Wed, or Thurs off, I try to go there to relax. Since I have a pass and go semi-regularly, I don’t have to stress about hitting all of the rides or seeing everything. I do the basics (Haunted Mansion, Pirates, Thunder Mountain, and the goats, f I don’t get there too late) and go home. With the price increase, I’ll just make sure I buy less from the park when i go. I’ll start bringing in more of my own meals and snacks. Just a few years ago I got my pass for $129, now it’s $269. Ridiculous.

  24. Kuri says:

    Sad thing is my grandmother wants to take my four year old cousin to one of these parks one day…. looks like it may not ever be possible.

  25. all4jcvette says:

    yep, they raised the prices in Florida as well. We took the family on vacation. For 3 days at Disney they wanted more the Universal(2), Seaworld(2), Wet ‘N Wild(1) and Kennedy(1) combined. $1200 for 4 adult and 2 kid tickets and that was with a veterans discount. That is just insane. I’m spending less then $900 for all the other cominbed for 6 days of enjoyments with the family. We used to love Disney, but we love them a lot less with those prices.

    • One-Eyed Jack says:

      The last WDW price increase was about a year ago, early June. Prices may or may not go up again soon. They usually give 2-3 days notice, tops.

      The current Disney military offer goes through the end of September. Google Disney Military Salute for info. It’s a great deal if you can take advantage of it: $138 4-Day Park Hopper Tickets at Walt Disney World in Florida. The deal applies to active duty and retired military personnel. There are a lot of stipulations, so be sure to look over the entire T&C. There is also a room-only discount of up to 40% available for military.

  26. Mark702 says:

    I’d rather go to Knott’s Berry Farm at $37 a day or $69 for a season pass. Disneyland is a total rip. You can even get tickets to Six Flags Magic Mountain for $37 a day or $62 for the season right now.

  27. dks64 says:

    Just a few years ago, I was able to buy the So Cal Select pass for $129. It’s now $269. I renewed my pass in February for $199. These price hikes are ridiculous because they happen so often. In 5 years, I’m sure the cheapest pass will be what the price of the top pass was just a few years ago.

  28. Ayla says:

    This is terrible. My family and I LOVE Disneyland but with four children who can afford those prices, even for a day? It’s ridiculous, they are one of the richest companies on the planet, they shouldn’t do this to people. They should at least offer ways for people to earn points and discounts, or have coupon days or something for lower income people. Currently any of their “deals” are super lame and really offer limited benefit. *sigh*

  29. One-Eyed Jack says:

    For those of you looking for Disney ticket discounts, and have children, check out the YES program. I’m not super familiar with it since I don’t have kids, but it combines educational programs with ticket discounts. http://www.disneyyouth.com/individual-enrollment/