Disneyland Raises Annual Pass Prices, Introduces New Passports

Changes include the elimination of the Premium Annual Pass and the debut of a $1049 no blackout day pass

Some of the most faithful Disneyland fans will have to dig a little deeper in their pockets after a second pricing overhaul this year went into effect Sunday at the "Happiest Place on Earth."

As the park celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Disney introduced two new annual passports, eliminated one and hiked rates for existing passes.

The $779 no blackout day Premium Annual Passport is no longer an option for visitors. Instead, a new Disney Signature Plus pass for $1,049 was introduced with no blackout days.

"In addition to our continued investment in the guest experience and the expansion of our parks, our new selection of 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," Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said.

Visitors can also purchase a new lower-tier pass for $849, with blackout days only during the park's busiest times, the two weeks around Christmas and New Years.

Both passes also include merchandise and dining discounts, free parking and the new PhotoPass, which allows visitors unlimited digital access to photos taken of them in the park.

The existing Deluxe pass increased by $50, and the park's cheapest pass, available only to Southern California residents, increased by $30.

The Southern California pass, which increased from $389 to $459, is only available for renewal by existing holders. The Southern California Select Pass, now at $329, is available for purchaase and renewals.

Southern Californians were torn on the price hike.

"It's way overpriced now," said Jose Cisneros of Coronoa. "Not just that but food in there is expensive."

"We get good discounts on stuff that you wouldn't get if you just went to the park," said passholder Victor Rocha of San Leandro. "So I think it is kind of worth it, but on the other hand, though, it's a lot of money."

Parking prices were also raised at Disneyland theme parks.

For more details on pricing changes, visit Disneyland's website here.

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