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Carlye Wisel
January 07, 2019

Entering the Disneyland Park gates to see Sleeping Beauty Castle, ride Haunted Mansion and transport to a land straight from "Star Wars" is now going to cost more money.

Disneyland Resort raised single and multi-day ticket admission across the board over the weekend, with prices increasing an average of 8%, according to The Orange County Register.

The Anaheim, California resort, which operates two theme parks, a downtown district and three hotels, sells single-day admission on a calendar across three time periods: Value, Regular and Peak. Single-day Value tickets now cost $104 (a $7 increase from $97) and Regular tickets now cost $129 (a $12 increase from $117) for adult admission to one park.

A one-park ticket during summer, holidays or other busy times of year will now cost $149 per adult and $141 per child. The Orange County Register reports that in 2000, admission was $43, thus tripling over the span of nineteen years.

“Park Hopper” admission granting single-day access to both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure will cost $154, $179 and $199 during Value, Regular and Peak periods respectively; children’s single-day park hopper admission is now $148, $172 and $191.

Two-day and multi-day tickets, which operate outside dynamic pricing, also increased in price, as did all annual passes. Parking now costs $25, and MaxPass, the digital system that allows guests to quickly book FastPasses from their phone instead of walking between kiosks, will cost $15.

Still, park admission increases, which have been occurring annually and typically in February, have not seemed to affect Disneyland crowds. The Anaheim parks are always busy and often bustling, with these price hikes serving as somewhat of a necessary burden in anticipation of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening this summer.

If you’re a Southern California resident — and want to visit the parks prior to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening this June — you’re in luck. Disneyland Resort also re-introduced its SoCal Resident Ticket, which offers a staggering discount over standard admission. The limited time only 3-Day ticket functions like a short annual pass, letting you visit The Happiest Place On Earth three times between now and May 23. 1-Park tickets cost $179, 2-Park “Park Hopper” tickets cost $234 and both are blacked out between April 14 and April 22, allowing for admission on days many annual passes aren’t even granted access, letting locals get their fill of the park without feeling the burn of higher prices.

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