Getting excited about your big family trip to Disneyland this spring or summer?
Before you head to the happiest place on earth, there’s something you need to know: It’s gonna cost you more.
Get ready to pay up to 10% more for a one-day ticket.
Just after the New Year, Disney raised the cost for a one-day peak season ticket at Disneyland and California Adventure from $135 to $149 (a 10.4% increase). The cheapest daily ticket also went up from $97 to $104.
Peak season = summer, weekends and holidays. Instead, try going in January and September; the crowds are few and the weather is usually mild in California.
The price jump is attached to the new Star Wars Land opening this year.
In 2017, 18.3 million guests visited Disneyland, and more are expected this year as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens.
The price increases are just one way Disney is trying to deal with its crowd control concerns.
Don’t worry — you don’t really have to pay full price.
There are discounts for multi-day purchases, military personnel and Southern California residents — but even so, we’ve got plenty of ways to save you money on your Disneyland vacation.
One way to save money is to buy an annual pass.
The pass with the most blackout dates costs $399 and the most accessible is $1,949. Monthly payments can cost $103 (not including the down payment) — so if you’re somehow able to go more than once a month, it could pay for itself. If you went for three days every several months, it would run you $1,788. A $399 annual pass suddenly becomes a good deal!
It also costs 25% more now to park at Disneyland.
You’ll pay $25 a day for parking. The cost of a MaxPass — which allows reservations and photos — rose a whopping 50% to $15.
TIP: Check if your hotel offers a shuttle service to the parks to avoid parking costs.