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Disneyland raises admission prices, suspends sales of new SoCal Annual Pass

Disneyland Resort increases its 2014 admission prices and suspends new sales of one of its SoCal Annual Pass options.
Disneyland Resort increases its 2014 admission prices and suspends new sales of one of its SoCal Annual Pass options.
Paul Hiffmeyer. Photo courtest of Disneyland Resort, used with permission.

Disneyland Resort raised its admission prices on Sunday, May 18, an increase that was not announced beforehand and went into effect midnight Saturday. Disneyland has also suspended new sales of one of its annual pass options for Southern California residents, a decision Disneyland says will help address crowds at the Anaheim, Calif. theme parks.

As the OC Register notes, single-day ticket to Disneyland have doubled since 2003. A one-day ticket to either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim is now $96 per adult and $90 per child (up $4). A one-day Park Hopper, with admission to both parks, now costs $150 per adult, $144 per child (up $13).

Disneyland Resorts offer multi-day ticket and annual passes that drops the cost-per-day of admission. These prices also increased by varying amounts. The most expensive pass is the Disney Premier Passport, which offers admission to both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. That pass now costs $1029, an increase of $50. Parking fees also increased from $16 to $17 for automobiles and motorcycles. Fees for oversized vehicles and buses also increased $1.

Dland Live offers a complete breakdown of the 2014 Disneyland Resort Admission prices. The site also offers a history of recent increases to admission prices.

That the domestic Disney theme parks increase their admission prices is nothing new, an annual increases – or more – have become the norm. Disneyland last raised its prices June 2013. Walt Disney World Resort raised its 2014 prices in February, the second time within a year. But what is new, if not unprecedented, is that Disneyland has suspended sales of the SoCal Annual Pass. That pass allowed local residents entry to the park 215 days per year.

According to Suzi Brown, Disneyland spokeswoman, the decision to suspend new sales of the SoCal Annual Passes is a decision based on maintaining the guest experience and crowds.

“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.”

While new sales of a SoCal Annual Pass have been suspended, Disneyland guests with a current one, or one that expired within the past 90 days, may renew their admission media at increased renewal prices ($379 for adults). Also, eligible guests may purchase the SoCal Select, the less expensive annual pass and one that offers more blockout dates. Disneyland Deluxe (up $20 to $519) and Premium (up $30 to $699) Annual Passes may still be purchased.

“Like any business, we periodically evaluate our pricing and make adjustments based on a variety of factors,” Brown said 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.”

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