Lovers of the “Happiest Place on Earth” are no longer happy – thanks to the new round of price hikes. The Annual Passports to Disneyland now retails for more than $1000.
The top level Premium Pass that went for $779 has been discontinued. Two new options, the Signature Plus Passport and Signature Passport have been added. The former costs $1,049 with no block-out; the second one is $200 cheaper, but the pass holders cannot visit Disneyland during peak days, Christmas holidays or the New Year’s Eve.
Both the passes allow unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads, with a 15% off on selected dining and a 20% discount on certain merchandise. The prices of the lower tier Deluxe and Southern California Select passes have gone up by $50 and $30 respectively.
The Parking charges have been raised too. The annual passes for the Walt Disney World have gone up – the new Platinum Pass costs $749 as opposed to previous $654. The Disney Premier Passport that offers unlimited access to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland is now $1439, from $1099. A single day in Disneyland will cost the same $99 with no changes.
This is the second time this year Disneyland has raised its costs,
“We have to look at ways to spread out our attendance throughout the year so we can accommodate demand and avoid bursting at the seams,” says Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, speaking about the hikes.
It isn’t just the price hike that’s irked Disney lovers, though. Disneyland is also temporarily closing down the Tom Sawyer Island, the Disneyland Railroad and the Rivers of America as construction for a 14-acre Star Wars themed attraction is underway.
The said attractions will therefore be unavailable until sometime next year as no announcement has been made regarding their re-opening.
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