Thursday, May 22, 2014

More to meet the Mouse - Disneyland hikes admission prices

Less than a week before Memorial Day weekend – widely regarded as the official start of summer and vacation season -- Disneyland has hiked the price of admission to its flagship Southern California theme parks.

On May 18, admission prices for a single ticket for guests 10 years old and up increased $4, to $96, while an adult “Park Hopper” pass that allows admission to Disneyland and the adjoining California Adventure property went from $137 to $150. Kids’ tickets, for ages 3 through 9. are now $90 per day.

California Screamin' at California Adventure
Two-day passes, which are among the parks’ most popular, are now $178 for one park and $217 for a Park Hoppper pass for adults, while kids’ prices are $165 for a single park and $204 for both.

The latest action marks the second year in a row the park raised prices just before the start of summer. In 2013, Disney raised a one-day adult ticket to either Disneyland or California Adventure by $5, going from $87 to $92, and a child’s ticket from $83 to $87. Park hopper passes increased fro $125 to $137.

The latest round of price increases mean the cost of a one-day adult admission has jumped about 16% and the cost of an adult Park Hopper pass rose 20% in a little more than a year.

At the same time, Disney pulled back on a category of annual passes specifically targeting those who live within about an hour’s drive of the Anaheim attractions. The company suspended new sales of its SoCal Annual Passport, which gave local residents access to the park on weekends, when attendance is at its highest.

Disney is continuing to sell the SoCal Select annual pass, which again targets locals and offers park admission during the week. At a cost of $289, the Select annual pass cannot be used on weekends.

In February, Disney hiked ticket prices at its Orlando resort, Walt Disney World. The increase, which was the second in less than a year, raised the cost of a four-day pass by 15% to $294, and single day tickets by 21% to $99.

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