SALT LAKE CITY – Your next trip to the happiest place on earth won’t leave your bank account happy. If you want to see the mouse, you will have to shell out extra money for the tickets.
Disneyland has announced that it is raising admission prices. Price increases are already in effect on the Disney website and at park ticket offices.
Disneyland offers several varieties of tickets to its guests.
A two-day park ticket is now $285, up $30 from the previous price.
A day ticket for the most popular days in the park increases by about 9%, from $164 to $179.
The Genie+ service, a popular ticket add-on that allows customers to skip some long lines, is going from $20 per ticket, per day to $25.
When asked to comment, a Disneyland spokesperson pointed to new park experiences and attractions that add to the value of a ticket.
The statement to FOX 13 News said, “Disneyland Resort is always planning the next new idea, attraction and story. We’re excited to share all the in-store fun amidst the 2023 Disney Wonderland 100-year anniversary celebration. Our tiered ticketing structure gives customers more options and choices to visit throughout throughout the year, including our lowest price – which hasn’t changed since 2019.
This lowest price is a “Tier 0” ticket – a one-day ticket for days when the park typically sees less demand. The price of this ticket is $104. According to the Disneyland website, the next available “Level 0” date is Monday, January 9, 2023.
A Utah travel agent specializing in Disney vacations says customer demand remains stronger than ever as many families are eager to make memories after Disneyland was closed for more than a year due to the pandemic.
“With inflation and the way they’ve been doing, it feels like they’re such a premium product,” said Jen Dunyon, COO of Get Away Today. “When you compare it to things like a concert ticket – we went to a concert and I paid that much for a 3 hour block of time or going to ski resorts – those memories and experiences are at a high price and Disney offers an amazing experience that gives you what you pay for.
Dunyon says people book their Disneyland vacations more than a year before they travel.
“We still think we have the smartest guests because we’ve had people since July booking for October 2023,” she said. “They know a price increase is coming and they don’t want to spend more. If you have a family of five, that could be an extra $400 or even more.
Booking early has its advantages.
Currently, travel agents like Get Away Today can sell tickets at previous lower prices for 10 days.
She says that until Thursday, October 20, travelers who purchase tickets through Get Away Today receive the prices that were in effect before the increases announced on Tuesday.
These tickets are valid until January 12, 2024.