There was some news across the US Disney Parks today as both Disneyland and WDW increased prices. Along with that, Disneyland gave a few more details on the upcoming holiday season. In this post, we’ll cover all of the news and offer commentary on each item.
Disneyland Ticket & Genie+ Price Increase
In unsurprising news, Disneyland Resort has increased ticket prices. Single day ticket cost will vary depending on what date guests visit, as had been the case, but now there are a laughable seven tiers of the pricing. It’s laughable because seven seems like way too many and instead of going tiers 1-7 they did tiers 0-6. You’re trying to trick this tired ol’ blogger into calling it 6 tiers! I will not be stopped. Anyway, here are the details.
1 Day Ticket Without Park Hopper:
- Tier 0 – $104 (new tier)
- Tier 1 – $114 (previously $104, up 9.62%)
- Tier 2 – $129 (previously $119, up 8.4%)
- Tier 3 – $144 (previously $134, up 7.46%)
- Tier 4 – $159 (previously $149, up 6.71%)
- Tier 5 – $169 (previously $159, up 6.29%)
- Tier 6 – $179 (previously $164, up 9.15%)
Multi-Day Ticket Without Park Hopper:
- 2-Day – $285 (previously $255, up 11.76%)
- 3-Day – $360 (previously $330, up 9.09%)
- 4-Day – $395 (previously $360, up 9.72%)
- 5-Day – $415 (previously $380, up 9.21%)
Adding on the park hopper option to a single-day ticket is now $65 instead of $60. Adding the option to a multi-day ticket is still $60. As you can see, multi-day tickets don’t deal with the different tiers and do have a set price.
Finally, the cost for Genie+ per day increases from $20 to $25 per person if you buy in advance. Genie+, if bought the day of, will have dynamic pricing based on demand.
As for commentary, we all hate price increases and these are pretty significant ones, usually in the 8 or 9% range. I’m not surprised to see it happen though. Disneyland is extremely crowded these days and that won’t slow down anytime soon with the holidays coming followed by the Disneyland 100 celebration. Does that justify increasing prices? That’s in the eye of the beholder, but there’s certainly demand for it.
Along those same lines, inflation is another cause for the increase. At least that’s what Chapek would point to. That reason will likely be gone by the time there’s the next round of ticket price increases.
Frankly, there’s not much to say about Disney ticket price increases at this point. They obviously aren’t outpricing enough people to make a dent in the attendance. I’m sympathetic to those who can’t go anymore because of the increase and it’s frustrating to be see the increases along with the charges for items that used to be included with the cost of admission. We’ll see if it hurts attendance in the long run but it hasn’t thus far.
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Walt Disney World Price Increase on Food, Merchandise and Genie+
To go along with the last topic, WDW has increased prices on the majority of food items as well as merchandise and Genie+ in some areas. The merchandise is largely in Galaxy’s Edge with the increase on droids and lightsabers. Like Disneyland, Genie+ has switched to a same day dynamic pricing system. They will charge based on demand.
As far as the food, alcohol and table-service items saw the biggest increase in prices while standard counter-service fare is up anywhere from $.25 to a dollar.
Like with Disneyland, these increases aren’t surprising and can be attributed to demand as well as inflation. There’s not much to add there but I wouldn’t hesitate to buy Disney World tickets now because an increase probably won’t be too far behind. If you know that you’re going to WDW then buying the tickets now is always the way to go since tickets haven’t decreased in… maybe ever?
Disneyland Holiday Season Details
Christmas at Disneyland and Festival of the Holidays at California Adventure are fast approaching! The events will run from November 11th through January 8th. Disney released some more details on what to expect today, here they are!
At Disney Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure park, take in the sights and sounds of cherished holidays including Christmas, Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day, starting with a spirited lineup of world-class entertainment! New this year, Tina and The Sounds of Celebration! will bring her powerhouse vocals and dynamic musicians to perform holiday tunes with an uplifting repertoire of salsa, merengue, cumbia and rock Latino! Other fantastic returning acts include the Mariachi Divas, Mostly Kosher, Blue13 Dance Company, Phat Cat Swinger and The Mistletoes, and the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party returns!
Be sure to catch the character celebration “Mickey’s Happy Holidays” and the magically merry rhythms of the Holiday Toy Drummers performing throughout the day in Disney California Adventure park.
Delight in the treasured traditions of “World of Color – Season of Light” at Disney California Adventure park and “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade and “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks on select evenings at Disneyland park.
With MagicBand+ coming to Disneyland Resort this fall, you’ll be able to light up your Disneyland Resort holiday experience in an all-new way this year! Wear your MagicBand+ for extra magic and watch it come alive with vibrations and colorful holiday lights during the nighttime spectaculars of “World of Color – Season of Light” and “Believe… in Holiday Magic” fireworks.
Ho-Ho-Hello, Santa! Direct from the North Pole, you may mingle with Mr. Kringle as he visits various locations throughout the Disneyland Resort including Critter Country in Disneyland park, Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in Disney California Adventure park and at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort!
I’m excited to see World of Color back in the fold, as the show was missing from 2021’s holiday season. Along with that, Mostly Kosher and Phat Cat Swinger are returning which are two of Wandering in Disney’s favorite bands to watch in the parks. Don’t miss them! The holidays at Disneyland Resort is my favorite time of year and we’re excited to see it coming soon!
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