For a long time, visiting the Happiest Place on Earth has always been considered an expensive excursion that requires a lot of saving and a fair amount of planning. From when you would like to visit, to where you will stay, and what you will eat, there is a lot that goes into creating the perfect Disneyland vacation for you and your family.
One of the biggest factors for a Disneyland Resort vacation is the budget — which can include hotel cost, food, merchandise purchases, and then the huge one, theme park tickets. Unfortunately, a majority of tickets to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are about to see a price jump.
Disneyland previously offered tickets on a 5-tier system, with tier five tickets being the most expensive and tier one being the least. A tier five ticket allowed the Guests to visit whatever day of the week they would like. The lower the tier, the cheaper the tickets, but the fewer days Guests can choose from to make their theme park reservations — which are now required for all Guests visiting the Parks.
Single-day, single-park tickets saw an increase of about 8% when it came to the new tier six tickets. However, tier-one tickets (the cheapest option) did not see a price increase. Multi-day and Park Hopper tickets also saw a price jump from over 3% to just over 8% — the higher the ticket tier, the higher the price jumps.
Disneyland theme park tickets are not the only thing to see a price increase. From the time the Parks opened until October 24, parking at Disney lots — including Mickey and Friends, Pixar, Toy Story, and Pumbaa — was $25, but that price has now increased to $30. However, parking at any of Disneyland Resorts’ three hotels — Paradise Pier, Disneyland Hotel, and Grand Californian Hotel & Spa — saw the biggest jump from $25 per day to $40 per day.
It is not unusual for Disney to raise the cost of its ticket prices almost every year, with the last ticket price increase coming in February 2020. Shortly after the ticket increase in 2020, the Parks were forced to shut down due to the pandemic, which most likely accounts for why the next ticket price increases did not come until late in 2021.
If you are thinking of planning to visit Disneyland Resort, make sure to check out Disneyland’s admissions calendar to see the most up-to-date ticket prices. Be aware that different days of the week may have different prices. For example, the week before Thanksgiving has four different ticket prices within a seven-day period, ranging from $119 to $159.
What do you think of Disney’s ticket price increases?