Disneyland Raises Prices for Single-Day and Annual Passes

Visits to Disneyland and California Adventure will get more expensive beginning Sunday when new price increases take effect at the iconic theme parks.

The cheapest one-day tickets, or value tickets, to either park are increasing from $95 to $97.

Ticket prices for regular and peak days are increasing $5 — to $110 and $124, respectively.

The parks moved to a seasonal pricing system in February 2016, resulting in increased admission prices on most days and a small decrease on other days depending on demand.

The increased prices were done in the hopes of spreading out demand at the often packed theme park.

“Our pricing provides guests a range of options that allow us to better manage demand to maximize the guest experience and is reflective of the distinctly Disney offerings at all of our parks,” said Suzi Brown, director of media relations and external communications at the park.

Price increases will take effect Sunday. The single park and park hopper tickets will be adjusted between $2 and $5, based on the seasonal price.

One park tickets

Value: increase from $95 to $97

Regular: increase from $105 to $110

Peak: increase from $119 to $124


Park hopper tickets

Value: increase from $155 to $157

Regular: increase from $160 to $165

Peak: increase from $169 to $174

In addition to the single-day prices, the SoCal Select, SoCal and Deluxe annual passes will increase between $10 and $20.

The SoCal Select and SoCal passes will increase by $10 each: from $329 to $339 for select and $459 to $469 for SoCal. Deluxe passes will increase from $599 to $619.

Prices for the Signature, Signature Plus and Premiere Passport passes will not change.
The cost of parking is also going up, from $18 to $20.

The new increases come as a major part of Disneyland remains closed for construction of the new Star Wars land, which isn’t scheduled to open until 2019. The park has brought back the popular Main Street Electrical Parade, however, and new attractions are scheduled to open at California Adventure this year.

Walt Disney World to Increase Ticket Prices Sunday

Prices for tickets and annual passes at Walt Disney World will increase Sunday, while the resort will also make changes in policies regarding online purchases and expiration dates.

Disney last year introduced seasonal one-day ticket pricing, with three tiers based on time of year.  For most Disney theme parks, mid-tier tickets will cost $107, up from $102. Peak season tickets – generally for spring break, summer and Christmas break – will cost $119, up from $114.

A one-day visit during the least-popular value days will cost $99, up from $97.

The Magic Kingdom has a premium tacked on to its admission. Prices will rise for value and regular seasons, but the peak price will remain unchanged at $124. A mid-tier ticket will rise to $115 from $110.

Prices are for adults do not include tax. Tickets for children 3 to 9 will also become more expensive.

Annual-pass prices will also increase Sunday. Florida-resident gold passes with blockout dates during Christmas and spring break will cost $559, up from $549. Platinum passes with no blockout dates will cost $679, up from $649.

“Our pricing provides guests a range of options that allow us to better manage demand to maximize the guest experience and is reflective of the distinctly Disney offerings at all of our parks,” the company said in a statement.

Prices for Disney tickets have typically risen each February.

Also starting Sunday: Visitors buying tickets online or on their phones can save $20 on Magic Your Way bundles from three to 10 days.  SeaWorld and Universal Orlando also charge less for online purchases.

And all tickets will have expiration dates starting Sunday, not just single-day tickets. The dates will vary.

Disney World visitors typically buy multi-day tickets or passes rather than making single-day visits.

The price increases go into effect a few months before a new land based on “Avatar” will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Overall, attendance declined 1 percent at Disney’s domestic theme parks in fiscal 2016. On Tuesday, the company reported the number of domestic visitors fell 5 percent year over year for the first fiscal quarter. The company blamed the decline on factors including Hurricane Matthew and a Christmas holiday shift. Seasonal pricing could also be encouraging visits during less busy times, executives said.

“However, the fact that Disney was still able to increase its theme-parks segment’s revenue by 6 percent and operating profit by 13 percent is exactly why it’s going to go through with this month’s inevitable hike,” analyst Rick Munarriz wrote Friday on the Motley Fool financial website. “Disney is learning to make more with less, and it won’t stop until revenue and earnings suggest otherwise.”

Still, the company could be reaching the point of pricing out potential visitors, said Bob Boyd, an analyst with Pacific Asset Management.

“We believe it’s going to become increasingly difficult for Disney to continue raising theme-park prices,” he said in an email.

The price of preferred parking, an option added last year, will rise to $40 instead of $35. Preferred parking is one of many perks Disney has added to generate more revenue from guests with the means to pay extra for them.

Also, Disney will eliminate the “water park fun and more” standalone option, which had combined admission to Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon with a golfing outing or a visit to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  Visitors can still get the combo with a park hopper ticket.

From the Orlando Sentinel

Disneyland Annual Passholders to Enjoy a Limited-Time Offer for $1.00 Popcorn and $1.00 Sipper Refills

Your next visit just got a little tastier! When you purchase a special 64-ounce Annual Passholder Refillable Popcorn Bucket or an 18 to 20-ounce Refillable Made with Magic Sipper from May 27 through September 5, 2016—you can receive a refill during that time period for just $1.00, plus tax.

How It Works

  1. Purchase your refillable souvenir vessel(s) at select food and beverage locations throughout Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, while supplies last. Options include:
    •  64-ounce Annual Passholder Refillable Popcorn Bucket for $15.00, tax included
    •  18-ounce “Fantasmic!” Chernabog Refillable Made with  Magic Sipper for $25.00, tax included
    •  20-ounce World of Color Refillable Made with Magic Sipper for $25.00, tax included
  2. Bring your special Annual Passholder Refillable Popcorn Bucket and/or Refillable Made with Magic Sipper back to select locations at either park on subsequent visits between May 27 and September 5, 2016 and receive a refill of a fountain drink or popcorn for just $1.00, each time you replenish. Frozen lemonade refills are $1.50, plus tax.

Know Before You Go

  • Offer available only at select food and beverage locations in Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park.
  • Check your Passport carefully as blockout dates may apply and affect your ability to be admitted into the theme parks to redeem this offer.
  • A Guest must present a valid Passport at time of purchase and for each refill. Photo I.D. may also be required.
  • Made with Magic Sipper refills valid for fountain drinks only. Frozen carbonated beverage refills are $1.50, plus tax.
  • Subject to change or cancelation without notice.
  • If you have further questions, call the Annual Passport Member Services team at (714) 781-7277.

Walt Disney World Introduces Tiered Annual Pass Program

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Walt Disney World is introducing an all new Annual Pass ticket program, with new pricing and new benefits.

Some tickets are only available to Florida Residents, including the Silver, Weekday Select and Epcot After 4 Pass. The Gold Pass is available only to Florida Residents and DVC Members.

For non-Florida Residents, there are two passes available, The Platinum Plus Pass and Platinum pass.

Disney Vacation Club Members can purchase Platinum Plus, Platinum, and Gold.

All Annual Pass tickets now include complimentary parking. Monthly payment plans continue to be available with a $112 down-payment up-front.

New pricing is effective October 4 2015, and is for ages 3+.

Disney Platinum Plus Pass

New: $829 + tax / Florida Residents and DVC Members $729 + tax.

Renewal: $705 + tax / Florida Residents and DVC Members $619 + tax.

Charter: Non-FL Resident $685 + tax / Florida Resident and DVC $599 + tax.

Platinum Plus Pass Includes:

  • Parking
  • Magic Band
  • Admission to all 4 parks
  • Park Hopping
  • PhotoPass downloads
  • No Block Out Dates
  • Water Parks, Oak Trail Golf and ESPN Wide World of Sports

Disney Platinum Pass

New: $749 + tax / Florida Residents and DVC Members $649 + tax.

Renewal: $635 + tax / Florida Residents and DVC Members $549 + tax.

Charter: Non-FL Resident $615 + tax / Florida Resident and DVC $539 + tax.

Platinum Pass Includes:

  • Parking
  • Magic Band
  • Admission to all 4 parks
  • Park Hopping
  • PhotoPass downloads
  • No Block Out Dates

Disney Gold Pass

New: Florida Residents and DVC Members $549 + tax.

Renewal: Florida Residents and DVC Members $466 + tax.

Gold Pass Includes:

  • Parking
  • Magic Band
  • Admission to all 4 parks
  • Park Hopping
  • PhotoPass downloads
  • Block Out Dates: December 17–31, 2015; January 1, 2016; March 19–April 1, 2016; December 16–31, 2016; January 1–2, 2017.

Disney Silver Pass

New: Florida Residents $389 + tax.

Renewal: Florida Residents Renewal $330 + tax.

Silver Pass Includes:

  • Parking
  • Magic Band
  • Admission to all 4 parks
  • Park Hopping
  • Block Out Dates: December 17–31, 2015; January 1, 2016; March 19–April 1, 2016; June 6–August 11, 2016; December 16–31, 2016; January 1–2, 2017.

Disney Weekday Select Pass

New: $259 + tax.

Weekday Select Pass Includes:

  • Parking
  • Magic Band
  • Admission to all 4 parks on weekdays only
  • Park Hopping
  • Block Out Dates: No Saturday or Sunday admission; December 17–31, 2015; January 1, 2016;
    March 19–April 1, 2016; June 6–August 11, 2016; December 16–31, 2016; January 1–2, 2017.

Epcot After 4 Pass

New: Florida Resident $249 + tax.

Renewal: Florida Resident $211 + tax.

Epcot After 4 Pass Includes:

  • Parking
  • Magic Band
  • Admission to Epcot only

WDW Planning to Reinvent the Theme Park Shopping Experience with New Mobile App

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Disney is getting ready to introduce a new mobile app that will make finding, buying and shipping merchandise from the Walt Disney World theme parks easier and faster than ever.

Unlike the merchandise being offered by the existing DisneyStore.com site, the new app will offer nearly the full range of merchandise available in the parks, and should once-and-for-all resolve that problem of – “I wish I had bought it when I was there..”

Called ‘Shop Disney Parks,’ the app will allow guests to locate, order, and ship merchandise from any Disney operated retail store at Walt Disney World.

For guests shopping at home within the US, the app will let them browse, buy and then ship the items directly. Guests that are already in the parks, will have the capability to browse, buy and then ship to the front of park, or for resort guests, directly to the hotel.

Inside the stores, guests will be able to scan the merchandise for more information about the product.

By linking in with My Disney Experience, the app will also honor discounts, such as Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts.

The app will be launching soon, and will be available for iOS devices, such as iPhone and iPad, and Android.

Disneyland Resort May Be Increasing Ticket Prices Soon

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According to multiple sources prices for tickets to either of the Disneyland Resort parks could be increasing very soon. According to sources the price of a single day ticket will rise from $96 to $99.  It’s also expected that prices for children’s tickets, which is currently $90, will increase about the same $3 bump. The big shocker is going to be to the Passholders. We are hearing that the price of a Premium AP will jump up from the already sky high $699 to $779.

It is rumored that the price increase will probably take place within the next week or two, so if you are planning a trip to Disneyland parks, you might want to buy your tickets or Annual Pass online NOW before the price increase takes effect.

Disneyland Resort Raises Ticket Prices & Suspends Sale of New SoCal Passes

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Disneyland Resort raised its ticket prices today.  With the price increase, its one-day, one-park ticket for guests 10 and older is now $96.

The $4.00 increase at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure is about the same as previous hikes, which usually happen about once a year. Single-day ticket prices have more than doubled since 2003.

The cost for annual passes also increased.

“Like any business, we periodically evaluate our pricing and make adjustments based on a variety of factors,” said Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman, in a statement.

“A ticket to our theme parks represents a great value, particularly when you look at the breadth and quality of attractions and entertainment we offer and the special moments guests experience with our cast.”

The increase comes as the Disneyland Resort is experiencing strong growth. Since Cars Land opened as part of the Disney California Adventure makeover in June 2012, Disney has often reported record attendance during its quarterly reports.

Disneyland also suspended new sales of its popular Southern California annual passport due to the crowds. Guests who already have them can renew them. And those who let Southern California passes expire in the last 90 days will be able to renew them as well.

The parks have been particularly crowded on Sundays – the only weekend day usually available for those with the Southern California passes, which now cost $379 on renewal. A cheaper pass – the Southern California Select at $289 – is blocked out on weekends and is available for new purchases.

Other annual passes like the Deluxe, which has some Saturday and peak-holiday-period blackouts, selling for $519, and the no-blackout Premium, which sells for $699 have not been suspended but could be in the future.

“Due to the popularity of our annual pass program – and to preserve the guest experience for our annual passholders and all guests – future sales of all annual passes will be subject to availability,” Brown said in the statement. “We continue to offer a variety of other annual passes so that our guests can choose a pass that’s right for them.”

The Southern California passes could be sold again when “renewal rates return to an appropriate level that preserves the guest experience,” Brown said.

Disney rarely suspends annual pass sales, last doing so temporarily in 2001 when Disney California Adventure opened.