Price hike puts popular U.S. Disneyland annual pass over $1,000

Mon Oct 5, 2015 11:29pm EDT
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By Daina Beth Solomon

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Disneyland has hiked rates for its annual passes, a spokeswoman said on Monday, putting some prices above $1,000 for the first time as the Southern California theme park owned by Walt Disney Co cashes in on growing demand during peak seasons.

One daily pass was discontinued while two costlier options were added on Sunday, a move that provoked frustration across social media with some fans saying they would not renew at higher rates.  

Suzi Brown, Disneyland Resort’s director of media relations, said the international tourist attraction generally raises ticket prices once a year.

The new annual passes "will help us manage strong demand and continue to deliver a world-class experience, while providing more choices for guests to select the pass that best meets their needs”, Brown said in a statement.

One of the new passes is similar to the discontinued option in offering year-round access, but costs $270 extra for a total of $1,049, with limited extra benefits.

The other new pass costs $849 a year with two weeks of blackout dates during the winter holidays. Brown said the option is geared for Southern California locals, who comprise the majority of pass-holders and are easily able to visit at other, less-crowded, times of the year.

Individual tickets cost $99, and were last raised by $3 in February. The figure had steadily grown since its $50 price tag about 10 years ago.

Some Disneyland-goers expressed concern that the price hikes could deter low-income families.   Continued...

Sleeping Beauty's Castle is pictured during Disneyland's Diamond Celebration in Anaheim, California May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni