Earlier this year saw an increase in ticket prices for Disney. While it is not news that Disney is expensive, it is helpful to see what the price differences are and why they were made in the first place.
Disneyland raised the cost of their tickets in anticipation of the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Why did they do this? Liz Jaeger, Disneyland Resort spokesperson stated, “We continue to provide our guests with a variety of ticket offerings to meet their needs, while helping us to spread visitation, better manage demand and deliver a great experience.”
By spreading visitation, she means Disney wants to try and make attendance more even throughout the year. This is corroborated by the editor of ThemeParkInsider.com, Robert Niles. The prices differ from season to season. Peak times of the year, which can be loosely seen as Summer Break and other holidays around the year, are more expensive than off-season days.
The Scoop on the Prices
The least expensive of the one-day passes is called the one-day value ticket. The blackout dates last from June 18thto December 31st. The price was $97, but the price has gone up to $104. The regular ticket price went up from $117 to $129. While the regular ticket does come with blackout dates, they are fewer than the value ticket. Finally, we come to the one-day price for peak time. The cost of these lovely passes went up from $135 to $149.
After the single days, we have annual passes. The Southern California Select pass went up by 8.1%, from $369 to $399. The Deluxe Pass went from $729 to $799, an increase of 9.6%. Then there’s the big boy: The Premier Pass. This pass will cover parking fees and has zero blackout dates. The original price was $1,579. It has since raised to $1,949. That’s a whopping 23.4%.
What Does This Mean for You?
We all love Disneyland and want to escape when we get there. But before you decide to uproot your family and make the trek, please take a moment and consider the price increase and the time of year you’re going. The ticket prices can’t be changed, but you can still make wise decisions about when you go, potentially saving your family substantial money.