Disneyland prices climb as ‘The Lone Ranger’ comes to California Adventure

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort

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Published on June 03, 2013 at 5:05 am with 42 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • thedustycoyote

    anyone else think the tracks on big thunder don’t quite look right? i thought the wooden ties would help, but they almost seem to just get lost under the bright cherry red tracks. i guess i’ll have to see it in person to really make a judgement, and hopefully they look better as they age.

    • mondo

      Agree. It doesn’t look right.I mentioned this before, the tracks should have been silver or grey.

    • LoveStallion

      I had assumed they’d be painted or something. That fire engine red will never do.

  • theyams

    Great report but i think you have a typo in the price. The article says the Parkhopper is $147, but the table below says $137 (which is what the Disney site says).

    • Good catch – that was a typo and has now been corrected. The note that one-day Park Hopper saw the biggest price increase ($12) for regular park tickets remains accurate, however.

      Thanks for reading!
      -Andy

  • zuliek

    I wonder why, with the huge crowds Disneyland had to raise prices. It does not sound like much to most folks but when you are on a fixed low retirement income combined with raising hotel, parking, food and gas (we live in Nevada) costs, it really adds up. We have not been to Disneyland in about 17 years and we have a handicapped daughter (she is 24 but mentally she is like a 1st grader) who watches a Disneyland VHS tape every week and we would love to take her. I am wondering how many rides you can ride in a day, and what does that make each ride cost. Just seems like you pay a lot of money to stand in line and wiggle your way thru crowds. We have been lucky to be able to get the package deal for the Knott’s Halloween Haunt. For around $100 a person we got admission to the Haunt, a nice big room with two beds at the Knott’s Hotel, Parking, Dinner Buffet, Breakfast Buffet, and free T-shirts for all of us. Not only were we able to go thru all the mazes twice or more, we also did a lot of rides. Of course we went on a week day. It is a wonderful thing that Knott’s is still affordable for most people. Perhaps some November we will be able to go to Disneyland.

    • StevenW

      The longer you wait, the less you can afford. Two years ago, they were begging for guests to go to the original terrible California Adventure. Now, everything has gotten better and you pay more. You wait, you lose. How much longer will you wait? 17 years is a long time to keep avoiding Disneyland. It always cost a lot. It is so much more expensive. Perhaps you should spot making excuses and go.

      November has smaller crowds, but avoid the week of Thanksgiving. The first two weeks of December has small crowds too, but it can be rainy and cold.

    • second blue teacup

      You miss the point.

      Because they have huge crowds, they need to raise prices. That will lower crowds… which means less standing in line.

      Basic economy, if you lower prices, more people will come (because it’s cheaper). Raise prices, fewer people come.

  • Quitterdan

    i’ve definitely got Knott’s on my list next time I go to SoCal. I haven’t been since 1974, and it looks like they’ve done some great sprucing up of the park!

  • WheresMickey

    Awesome report!

  • Rex Dopey24

    i loved the scrambler ride back in 96 and im glad they brought it back.

  • majestros23

    Funny how every site went to the log ride OPENNING DAY,

  • majestros23

    Funny how every site went to the log ride OPENNING DAY, but no one got on.. I always pick on guests who have to go on opening day, and Dec 24th and 25th… Awesome pics, fav part about mon. morning..

  • Algernon

    How’s this: instead of all those ugly railings, the workers wear safety lines when working in those areas?

    Las Vegas would be wise to go family friendly again. A family of four can stay at the Circus Circus for between $24 and $49 a night, plus an $11 resort fee. Parking is free, the food is way cheaper, it has it’s own theme park, plus there’s a whole city to see. If MGM Resorts jazzed that place up, and places like the Treasure Island went family friendly again, it would be a nice alternative to Disneyland, with its $92 a person admission. That’s where Las Vegas was headed in the 1990′s, when they were growing by leaps and bounds, and the money was rolling in—before they decided to go after boring luxury and the twenty and thirty-something hipster wannabes, who are living off a credit card. They blame their downturn on the economy, yet Disneyland is able to raise prices endlessly, under the same economic conditions.

    • Ryan120420

      Vegas makes far more money with gambling, booze, sex, up-scale entertainment, shopping and dining as attractions than they would with family aimed attractions.

      Vegas will probably never have another wave of family friendly attractions like they did in the 90′s.

  • 4Apples4Disney

    Great update as usual!!

  • MorningStar

    Hi there! i’m a new member and I am so excited! I love Disneyland! I mean who doesn’t?

    Thanks for posting those pictures for us. It makes me feel so good to see Disneyland as if I am there every day ( I wish) . i love the New Orleans buildings. i’m curious, what is inside the second story of those buildings? Do they keep stock there or is it empty? Are visitors allowed to see?

    Waiting for your response!
    ~Hilda :D

  • ralzap

    Go to Knott’s and tell them the ghost town is cool, The rest does not belong to the first theme park in America. Get rid of the swing. Pony express should not go through boot hill. The silver bullet takes up way to much of the park, and is not themed. Calico Square should be part of ghost town. They are making progress, so go buy season passes, and buy chicken dinners.

    USA USA…….. K…N… O TT’s spells Knott’s. Don’t forget your roots……
    It started with a Boysen Berry Jam, and a Pie.
    My pass will never pay, but I will keep buying them to support the new group who understands the history of the park. Great call on the log ride. Just need a dark ride and more theming.