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Disneyland raises ticket prices by 3% to $154 a day

Christopher Palmeri

Bloomberg

 /  Wed, February 12, 2020  /  08:01 pm
Disneyland raises ticket prices by 3% to $154 a day

People visit Disneyland on August 14, 1977 in Anaheim, California, the United States. (AFP/File)

Walt Disney Co. raised admission prices by 3.4 percent at its Disneyland resort in California, but the increase was smaller than in years past despite coming after the opening of a costly Star Wars-themed land last year.

A single, peak-day ticket now costs $154, the company’s website showed Tuesday, up from $149. Last year, the single, peak-day price rose 10 percent. Annual passes also increased, with the highest-priced Premier access rising to $2,199, up 5 percent since June and 13 percent from a year ago.

Disney, the world’s largest theme-park operator, has been trying to find ways to manage crowds and keep its resorts more accessible by offering lower prices during off-peak times, such as weekdays in the winter when kids are in school. The company has also expanded its offering of annual passes, as it invests billions of dollars in new attractions.

“A visit to our parks is the best value in entertainment bar none, and we offer flexible ticket choices to enable families to choose what’s best for them,” Disney said in a statement.

Last year, Disney opened Star Wars-themed lands at its Hollywood Studios park in Orlando, Florida, and at the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California, at a cost of $1 billion each.

Attendance at the company’s domestic resorts was flat in the fiscal year that ended in September, and up 2 percent in the most recent quarter.

The company also increased prices for annual passes at its Orlando parks, according to the website WDW News Today.

Disneyland is the second-most-visited theme park in the world, after the company’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando. It attracted 18.7 million guests in 2018, according to the Themed Entertainment Association.

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