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Disney Park Passes
Disney Park Passes
Disney offers many admission options. In February 2018, Disney increased its seasonal pricing fees (see Non-Hopper Passes below). For planning, it’s safest to budget up to $135 a day for adults and kids ages 10+ ($127 for kids 3–9), the single-day price for one park on a peak day. See https://disneyland.disney.go.com/tickets/ for the most up-to-date prices. Most multi-day passes emphasize flexibility over big savings, so you can do more for a slightly lower price, but are only good for 13 days after the first use. Also note that most passes can be upgraded at the parks as long as they haven't expired. Consider buying an annual pass for just one member of your party to take advantage of discounts. Military members and some groups* are occasionally offered discounts. Here’s the deal on the different passes in 2018, based on options at press time—prices include tax and go up pretty regularly:
The least-expensive option, multi-day passes allow admission to only one park each day. At press time, a one-day, single-park value-day pass is $97/adults, $91/child (ages 10+ are considered adults). Regular passes are $117/$110, and peak passes are $135/$127. See https://disneyland.disney.go.com/faq/tickets/ticket-dates/ for a list of peak, value, and regular dates. Two-day tickets are $210/$198; three-day tickets are $280/$264; four-day tickets are $305/$337; and five-day tickets are $320/$301. Note that the price per day decreases as you buy longer-length tickets; five-day passes come out to $64/day for adults, $60 for children. Five days is the maximum length for passes. If you buy a ticket for three days or more in advance, it comes with early park admission for one day of your visit (during a "Magic Morning"). The tickets expire 13 days after their first use.
Park Hopper Passes
Park hopper tickets allow you to move between the parks as often as you like for the duration of your pass. The two Disneyland parks are a short walk apart, so "hopping" from one park to the other is as easy as going from Fantasyland to Frontierland, except for having to present your ticket. A one-day value hopper is $147/adult, $141/child. Regular season one-day hoppers are $167/$160 and peak hoppers are $185/$177. See https://disneyland.disney.go.com/faq/tickets/ticket-dates/ for a list of peak, value, and regular dates. Two-day and longer hoppers are a flat $50 more per person than single-park passes, so two-day hopper passes are $260/$248, three-day hoppers are $330/$314, and so on.
Southern California CityPASS
If you’re planning to visit other parks, this is a great deal! For $346/$314 (at press time), you get a three-day Park Hopper Pass for Disneyland (including one Magic Morning early entry), plus a one-day ticket for LEGOLAND and one for SeaWorld--At this price, you're paying just $30 total for LEGOLAND and SeaWorld. Pass expires 13 days after your first use. Purchase at Disneyland (phone, resort, or https://disneyland.disney.go.com/tickets/southern-california-citypass/) or directly at http://citypass.net/southern-california.
Disney Deluxe Passport
Unlimited admission to both Disneyland parks for 308 days of the year (holidays and Saturdays in peak season are blocked out) with this annual pass. Cost is $729 for all ages, representing a decent savings over park hoppers if blockout dates don’t get in the way and if you visit enough. Disney no longer offers special tickets for blockout dates to annual passholders. These passholders receive extra benefits, such as up to 10% off select Disneyland Resort restaurants and shops and 20% off many tours (restrictions may apply). Disneyland resort hotels and many Good Neighbor hotels offer discounts to annual passholders. You cannot share an annual pass. For a list of blockout dates, visit https://disneyland.disney.go.com/passes/blockout-dates/. Disney no longer offers a renewal discount if you renew before the pass expires.
Disney Signature and Signature Plus Passports
The Signature pass ($999/all ages) offers the same privileges as the Deluxe Passport but the only blockout dates are 15 days around Christmas and New Year, plus free parking in most parking areas, up to 15% off dining as well as up to 20% off merchandise at select locations, and free PhotoPass downloads. The Signature Plus ($1,149) offers the same, plus no blockout dates, and slightly higher discounts. Unless you really, really want to be in the parks at Christmas time, the Signature is a much better deal.
Disney Southern California PassPort and Select Passport
At just $339/person (monthly payments also available), the Southern California Select PassPort is far and away the best deal, but you have to live in ZIP codes 90000-96199 to qualify and all weekends (Friday-Sunday), nearly the whole summer, and most holidays are blocked out. Parking is not included, but this offers up to 10% off select dining and merchandise prices. New in 2017 is the Southern California PassPort. At $469, this PassPort includes free parking and offers more dates than the Select; these passholders can visit the parks on most Sundays and some dates in June, while December holidays and Easter week are still blocked out.
*Disney usually has deeply discounted tickets available for military members and their families; check with MWR or ITT and order well in advance. Disney also sometimes offers discounts for California teachers (check with the California Teachers Association), college students (ask at your student union), and some corporate employees (your HR office should have any details).
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