Disneyland tickets get even more expensive as crowds return after pandemic

Visiting Disneyland is getting more and more expensive.

A full-day adult ticket to a single park during Disneyland’s busiest times, like the Labor Day three-day weekend, will cost $ 164, under a new sixth level price level in the multi-level ticketing system based on the demand of the theme park. A ticket to visit Disneyland Park and the adjacent Disney California Adventure Park will cost $ 224.

These tariffs will come into effect in March 2022.

In addition, tickets in lower levels will be more expensive.

  • Level 2: $ 119 (up to $ 5)

  • Level 3: $ 134 (up to $ 10)

  • Level 4: $ 149 (up to $ 10)

  • Level 5: $ 159 (up to $ 3)

Adult tickets for Level 1, for the slower days of Disneyland, are the only ones to keep the same price, at $ 104.

For those on extended vacation to Disneyland, five-day tickets to visit both parks will drop from $ 415 to $ 440. In addition, parking for major Disney parks is reduced from $ 25 to $ 30.

The price hikes come less than two years after Disney previously raised the price of its Disneyland tickets. These increases hit just before the pandemic in February 2020, when park tickets went over $ 200 for the first time.

So what explains the most recent big price increases?

In a public statement, Disney said the price hike reflects “A rejected request after a 14-month shutdown. “

Disney is adding new attractions to its parks. Star Wars Land and the Avengers Campus are scheduled to open in 2023, and the famous trams, which has not reopened with the rest of the park last april, will resume service.

Still, visitors fear the latest price hikes will make it impossible to visit Disneyland. A Twitter user said, “When they make it impossible for an average family of four to go to Disneyland for a day… that’s when I stop thinking about going back to Disneyland. Already.” Another tweeted: “It’s not about the experience anymore. It’s a question of merchandising.

The increased prices suggest that visits to Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., increased dramatically after the park closed during the height of the pandemic. And the high ticket prices don’t really frighten customers – the $ 1,399 Dream Key pass are currently sold out. The Annual Pass offers unlimited park tours, free parking and merchandise discounts, and allows up to six reservations to be made for both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park.

At Disney World, Orlando, the cheapest day ticket is $ 109. Disney did not announce a price hike for this park this week.

During fiscal year 2020, Disney parks lost $ 6.9 billion following the pandemic. But during a call with analysts in May, Disney CEO Bob Chapek expected participation this fall to return to something akin to pre-pandemic levels, all the more so. that the Centers for Disease Control loosened his mask recommendation for people vaccinated outside, and several states, including California on June 15, lifted their mask warrants in response. And Disney’s last quarter ended in June reflects the rebound: Park revenue rose to $ 4.3 billion of just over $ 1 billion at the same time a year ago.

Unvaccinated people are more likely to plan trips to a theme park, with 70% of them saying they would go there within the year, compared with just 50% of those vaccinated, according to a survey by the New York University School of Professional Studies and Family Travel Association.

Leisure is not the only sector where prices are skyrocketing. The Ministry of Labor has indicated that wholesale prices increased by 8.3% over the past year and will likely continue to climb. Supply chain safeguards and one buying push following the pandemic are largely to blame.

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