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Disneyland and Disney World Annual Pass Prices Have Just Gone Up

Destination & Tourism | Michael Isenbek | October 04, 2015

Disneyland and Disney World Annual Pass Prices Have Just Gone Up

Hanging with Mickey and co. just got a bit more expensive.

As announced in the Orange County Register, Disney has increased annual pass prices at both Disneyland and Disney World.

The second price boost this year for Disneyland, according to the Register, an annual pass at the highest tier now exceeds $1,000.

In this latest pricing plan to visit both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, per the website, the two top-level passes are the Disney Signature Plus (now $1,049/no blackout days) and the Disney Signature (now $849/good about 350 days a year).

Annual passes in the lower tier also experienced increases: The Deluxe (now $599 with some Saturday and peak holiday blackouts); Southern California (now $459, available for renewals); and the cheapest, the Southern California Select (now $329).

The Register revealed that the no-blackout, $779 Premium Annual Passport has been eliminated, but passholders can still use it until the expiration date — though it cannot be renewed.

Blackout days are typically the two weeks around Christmas and New Year’s Day, usually the busiest time of year the Register said, when crowds sometimes force Disneyland to close the gates.

According to the Register, top-tier pass perks include parking, dining and merchandise discounts, and the new PhotoPass, which gives passholders unlimited digital downloads of photos taken of them enjoying the park, whether meeting characters, on rides, or just walking around.

California residents can still establish monthly payment plans, the Register noted.

Annual passes for Walt Disney World have increased as well, the Register said. The Disney Signature Platinum Plus pass, which allows access to all four Disney World theme parks and water parks with no blackout dates, is now $829.

“In addition to our continued investment in the guest experience and the expansion of our parks, our new selection of annual passes will help us manage strong demand and continue to deliver a world-class experience, while providing more choices for guests to select the pass that best meets their needs,” said Suzi Brown, a Disneyland spokesperson, via the Register.

Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the Register said, the theme park has been putting up record attendance numbers, and is moving forward with plans for a “Star Wars”-themed land.

Speculation about the reason for the elevated pass costs has turned to these overwhelming crowds.

“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,” Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek told The Wall Street Journal, the Register reported.

Over 16.7 million people visited Disneyland with an additional 8.7 million visiting Disney California Adventure last year, according to The Themed Entertainment Association, a theme park industry trade group, the Register said.

Annual passholders are the specific target for this latest price increase, the Register pointed out. Their number is estimated by a number of unofficial Disney blog sites as a sizeable group of 1 million people.

And while Brown would not tell the Register any specific Disneyland passholder number, she did say it has increased by 250 percent since 2001. 

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