Disneyland Ups Admissions Prices in Advance of Star Wars Attraction and Fans Aren't Happy
"Why, Disney, why?!"
As excited as we all are for the opening of the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge additions at Disneyland this summer and Walt Disney World this fall, the new attractions come with significant takeaways for fans. Previously, there have been reports that Disney theme parks have been quietly been removing seating areas in order to deal with the overcrowding they expect in conjunction with the opening of Galaxy's Edge. Now, new reports indicate that the theme park in Anaheim, California, will be raising the prices for daily tickets, annual passes, and parking by a whopping 25 percent.
The price hike, which took effect last Sunday, means that the cheapest daily ticket will cost more than $100. To combat the cost, Disney introduced "demand pricing" in 2016, which offered lower rates on days with fewer visitors, such as weekdays. However, now even a one-day, one-park ticket to Disneyland on "low-demand" days from $97 to $104. A "regular-demand day" will cost $129 (up from $117) and a "peak-demand day" will run you $149 (up from $135).
Annual pass holders will also be affected. The cheapest option, the "Southern California Select Pass" (which blocks out all weekend as well as peak months) will increase from $369 to $399. There's also been an increase of "block-out days" from 202 in the past year to 211 in the coming one. Meanwhile, the "Premier Pass," which doesn't have block-out days, has increased by 23.4%–going from $1,579 to $1,949.
Disney declined to comment outrightly on how the opening of the 14-acre "Star Wars Land," as it has been dubbed, will affect regular visitors.
"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," Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Liz Jaeger told The LA Times.
But staunch fans of the theme parks are dismayed by the premature price hike.
Some people are worried about whether or not they can legitimately afford to go to the "happiest place on Earth" now.
Others are seriously considering whether or not to renew their annual pass.
Still, there are those that say that going to the theme park is completely voluntary and raising prices to balance out the cost of the new attraction is totally reasonable.
And if you want to read more on the changes coming to Disney theme parks this year, see here for everything you need to know about the new resorts opening up and projects currently in the works.
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