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Disney calls it the “Happiest Place on Earth,” but your bank account may beg to differ.

The Mouse House said it is hiking the price of most of its tickets to the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks, citing “strong” demand, following a 15-month stretch during the pandemic where the park was either shuttered or reopened at limited capacity.

The Anaheim, California-based theme park said it is raising its single-day ticket price for the most popular times to a whopping $164 for admission to one park.

While Disney did not change its cheapest ticket, which costs $104 for a one-day, one-park ticket, the company said that price tag is only available on the park’s least popular days, like weekdays when school is in session.

That marks a 6.5 percent increase over the price of top-tier tickets previously, according to pricing data collected by Disney travel website LaughingPlace.com.

AN image of a hand holding tickets to Disneyland with California Adventure Park in the foreground.
Ticket prices rose as much as 9 percent, while parking prices jumped 20 percent.
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A ticket called the “park hopper” pass, which allows customers to enter one theme park a day, jumped to $224 for a peak time ticket, while a two-day park hopper pass, which used to cost $290, is now $319, up nearly 9 percent.

Disney said with the price changes, the resort is “offering guests more ticket choices to meet a variety of budgets as it moves closer to dynamic pricing designed to spread visitation throughout the weeks, months and year.”

Elsewhere, Disney hiked the price of parking by 20 percent to $30. The price changes take hold in March.

People enter Disneyland Park as it reopens for the first time since the COVID 19 pandemic forced the park to shut down in 2020.
Disneyland hasn’t raised its ticket prices since February 2020, before the pandemic hit.
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Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Statue at Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty's Holiday Castle and "Believe In Holiday Magic" Fireworks spectacular held at Disneyland Resort on December 13, 2007 in Anaheim, California.
Disney said the price changes offer guest more options for different budgets.
 With a view of Disneyland behind them, Disney fans wait in line to attend the debut of Disney California Adventure's "A Touch of Disney" food event at Disney California Adventure Park Thursday, March 18, 2021 in Anaheim, CA.
The price hikes will take hold in March 2022, according to Disney.
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Overall, ticket prices are getting hiked between 3 percent and 9 percent, depending on the ticket type, length of stay and time of year the customer visits.

It’s the first ticket price hike at Disneyland since before the pandemic; increases went into effect in February 2020, shortly before the parks shut down.


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