If you’re looking to visit one of the happiest places on earth, you may need to dig deeper into your wallet.
Disneyland, in Anaheim, California, raised some ticket prices and updated its ticket system from three tiers to five tiers, offering guests a variety of price points to pick from when visiting. But figuring out how much your tickets cost and what you’re buying can be overwhelming.
If you purchase a Tier 1 one-day, one-park ticket ($104), that ticket only gets you in on a Tier 1 date, which are typically weekdays when available. But if you purchase a higher-tier ticket, your date options expand. For instance, a Tier 5 one-day, one-park ticket ($154), works for a Tier 5 date or any of the lower tiers. Tier 5 tickets are typically during weekends and peak traffic times.
The lowest daily ticket price of $104 for Tier 1 remains unchanged. In tiers that have seen prices increases, it appears ticket prices have gone up between $5 and $20, per The Orange Country Register and Walt Disney World News Today.
Disneyland increased prices more significantly on many of its annual pass options. Its flex annual pass used to cost $599 and now costs $649, for example, and its premier option rose from $2,099 to $2,199.
Some Disney World prices go up
Walt Disney World, near Orlando, Florida also raised prices on its annual passes, reports the Orlando Sentinel and WESH Orlando, though the maximum 1-day ticket price of $109 hasn’t changed. For example, Disney World’s premier annual pass increased to $1,295 from $1,219 for non-Florida residents, though it stayed the same for Florida residents at $999.
Disney World’s gold and silver passes each increased $20 to $719 and $539, respectively. The park also launched a new ticket choice: Water Park and Sports Option.
Will Disneyland, Disney World visitors pay steeper prices?
Disneyland is far from pricing itself out of its target market of middle- and upper-middle-class families, Len Testa told the Arizona Republic, which is a part of the USA TODAY Network, last year. Tesla owns TouringPlans.com, a website that tracks crowds and visitation patterns at Disney parks and sells personalized itineraries to subscribers.
But Testa believes that even those travelers have a breaking point.
Should the price hit $150 per person per day (which it now has, in Tier 5) without a corresponding increase in family income, Testa said, he would expect a significant drop in attendance.
While Disneyland charged $149 for a single-day ticket during peak season, the price came down significantly with each additional day purchased.
Disney, for its part, emphasizes that a day in a Disney park offers incomparable entertainment value and provides flexible options. Disneyland launched its Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge campuses at both U.S. parks last year, and its Avengers Campus is slated for a California launch this summer.