Shocker! Disneyland increases annual pass and ticket prices

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Disneyland continues to be known as “The Happiest Place on Earth” despite the rising costs of ticket prices increased on Jan. 6.

Many news sources have published that Disneyland raised its ticket prices by 25 percent, however, according to park representatives, this is not the case.

Liz Jaeger, Disneyland Resort spokeswoman, said one of Disneyland’s main focuses is to offer visitors a great experience at a reasonable price.

“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,” Jaeger said.

One-day, two-park regular tickets for Disneyland and California Adventure have been raised from $117 to $129. The most limited passport also was raised from $369 to $399.

Disney released new local and domestic o ers, such as three-day, one park per day tickets for $179.

As much as students at California Baptist University and California residents enjoy visiting both Disneyland and California Adventure, Disney’s “Annual Passports” are becoming more popular as an economical option for frequent visitors.

Tyler Doench, freshman business administration major, is an annual passholder and said he still plans on renewing his pass, despite rising ticket costs.

“I read Disney raised the prices, and while I am super-bummed they did, I understand the reason. It won’t stop me from going, though I will definitely continue to renew my pass anyway because no amount of money can compare to the love and happiness I feel every time I go to Disneyland,” Doench said.

Becky Boyd, senior sociology and psychology double major, has also been an annual passholder for many years and said she does not regret it.

“It’s lame that the prices have risen. They have the intent of raising them for the sake of less people, but in reality people just continue to renew their passes and the crowds continue to get larger and larger,” Boyd said. “A lot of my friends have passes and I love going, so I figured that buying a pass would be less expensive in the long run, given the number of times that I go.”

“I’ll highly consider renewing my pass as I’m grand-fathered into the SoCal pass, which they got rid of two years ago. It’s not expensive and offers more than the lowest pass. Ultimately, I just love Disneyland and it is my splurge. Some people go to movies, some eat out, I go to Disneyland.”

While planning a trip to Disneyland on its website, one may notice that ticket prices depend on the time of year, the number of cumulative days in the pass, if they are park hopper tickets, or if there are special events going on. The calendar is divided into “Value,” “Regular” and “Peak” days, making the expected busy days, such as weekends and holidays, more expensive.

For students at CBU who regularly enjoy visiting Disneyland, buying an annual pass can be a cheaper alternative to save. Passes range from $399 to $1399 based on blackout dates, parking and other passport holder perks.

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