Disneyland quietly rolled out new theme park admission price increases Sunday morning, raising prices across the board. The biggest price hikes were a $13 increase for One-Day Park Hopper tickets and a $50 jump for the Premiere Annual Passport. The price jumps come as Disney prepares to kick off the busy summer season with another one of its popular 24 Hour Party events this weekend but with no new attractions for guests coming later this summer. Today we’ll take a look at the new Disneyland prices and fan reactions as well as update you on all the latest goings-on at the resort in today’s update.

Don’t miss your weekly Disneyland Resort crowd forecast — provided by our friends at MouseAddict — in the Weekly News and Information Roundup at the end of today’s update!

Get a closer look at today’s update! Click on any photo in today’s blog to see a larger, high-resolution version.

It’s another big news week, so let’s get started!


Welcome to Disneyland!

Guests arriving at the parks will be met with a few remaining refurbishments before most of them wrap up before this weekend’s official launch of the busy summer season.

Up, up, and away
Disneyland quietly raised admission prices on Sunday. The price hikes are right on schedule, as Disney traditionally rolls out new ticket prices right as the summer season kicks off. Instead of announcing the price hikes on the Disney Parks Blog, the news broke in the Sunday edition of the Orange County Register with Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown delivering the canned “our theme parks represents a great value” line.

The across-the-board price hikes included increases of up to $13 for tickets and up to $50 for Annual Passports but the big news was the suspension of new sales for the Southern California-level Annual Passport. The SoCal AP is no longer available to buy new, but Passholders can still renew at that level, including those whose passes have expired within the last 90 days. Disney made a point of telling the OC Register that sales on all levels of Annual Passes are subject to suspension; indeed, we’re hearing that Disney already plans to “suspend” the SoCal Select AP later this year. We wouldn’t expect the suspension of the SoCal pass sales to ever lift, in fact it appears this is the first step in permanently phasing out the lower-tier Annual Passports. Phasing out these popular lower-tier passes is seemingly an effort to thin the massive Annual Passholder population that routinely crowds the parks without spending as much money as the average tourist.

Disneyland Resort Theme Park Ticket Price Increases
Effective May 18, 2014
Ticket New Price
Age 10+ / Age 3-9
Old Price
Age 10+ / Age 3-9
Price Increase
Age 10+ / Age 3-9
5-Day
Park Hopper
$305 / $289 $300 / $279 + $5 / + $10
5-Day
1-Park Per Day
$266 / $250 $265 / $244 + $1 / + $6
4-Day
Park Hopper
$289 / $274 $285 / $265 + $4 / + $9
4-Day
1-Park Per Day
$250 / $235 $250 / $230 + $0 / + $5
3-Day
Park Hopper
$265 / $254 $260 / $244 + $5 / + $10
3-Day
1-Park Per Day
$226 / $215 $225 / $209 + $1 / + $6
2-Day
Park Hopper
$217 / $204 $210 / $197 + $7 / + $7
2-Day
1-Park Per Day
$178 / $165 $175 / $162 + $3 / + $3
1-Day
Park Hopper
$150 / $144 $137 / $131 + $13 / + $13
1-Day
1-Park
$96 / $90 $92 / $86 + $4 / + $4

Disneyland Resort Annual Passport Price Increases
Effective May 18, 2014
Annual Passport New Price Old Price Price Increase
Premier
(Disneyland & Disney World)
$1,029 $979 + $50
Premium $699 $669 + $30
Deluxe $519 $499 + $20
Southern California
NOT AVAILABLE
$379 $359 + $20
Southern California Select $289 $279 + $10
Auto Parking Increases
Effective May 18, 2014
Parking $17 $16 + $1

These new prices continue the aggressive post-50th Anniversary trend of annual price hikes that are seemingly an effort to slow down annual attendance growth and overcrowding while maintaining profit growth. Is this the right strategy for Disney? Is it sustainable when the cost of admission has more than doubled since 2003 and there have been no new E-Tickets added at Disneyland park in nearly 20 years? When will the price be too high for too many people? Wouldn’t a better strategy be to aggressively expand the parks, utilizing existing expansion pads in both parks, to add capacity that will help grow business and disperse crowds?

We asked our followers on Twitter if they thought Disneyland and Walt Disney World had added enough over the last ten years to warrant a doubling in admission prices. Below are some of the responses we received.

Despite a majority of our followers responses saying not enough had been added in the last 10 years, the results were more mixed when we asked our followers if they’d still renew their Annual Passes after these new increases.

Prices will likely continue to climb until Disney starts seeing attendance and guest spending drop. But when will prices be too high?

Admission prices aren’t the only increases around the parks. Earlier this month outdoor vending carts saw most items get a 25-50¢ increase for everything from churros and popcorn to ice cream and turkey legs.

Rock Your Disney Side — 24 Hour Party
Friday, May 23 | 6 a.m. – 6 a.m.
at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure

Disneyland will kick off summer for the third year in a row with a 24-hour party that will keep both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (as well as Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World) open from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. Below are some special food and entertainment offerings that you can enjoy throughout Friday’s 24 hour party.

Guide to Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Party
Theme Park Hours
Both theme parks will be open for 24 hours May 23-24, 6 a.m. – 6 a.m.

Early Arrival:
For previous 24-hour parties, guests could begin lining up for theme park admission beginning at 10:00 p.m. the night before. We suspect that this will be the case again this year, but Disney has yet to release official details on this.

[center]Special Dining Opportunities[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • [b]Carnation Cafe[/b] Fried Sampler Plate with crispy fried zucchini, crunchy onion rings, and those addictive fried pickles.
  • [b]Blue Bayou[/b] Pan-seared New York pepper steak topped with asparagus, poached egg, lump crab meat, Cabernet and Béarnaise sauces with potato galette.
  • [b]Café Orleans:[/b] Bananas Foster Brioche French Toast topped with caramelized bananas and caramel sauce and bacon on the side. Mickey-shaped mushroom-and-asparagus frittata. Slow-braised short ribs with ñora pepper sauce.
  • [B]Plaza Inn[/B] Fried chicken and Mickey Mouse waffles.
  • [B]Jolly Holiday Bakery Café:[/B] Super Sub Sammie with salami, cappicola, prosciutto topped with kicky arugula salad, whole-grain mustard and citrus aioli on a French roll.
  • [B]Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor:[/B] Black and White Ice Cream Sandwich with hand-scooped vanilla ice cream between chocolate chip cookies with a white and dark chocolate drizzle and mini chocolate chips.
  • [B]Rancho del Zocalo:[/B] Street Taco Trio with beef, chicken or carnitas on corn tortillas with cilantro and onion and topped with salsa casera or salsa verde. Fried sopes (fried masa cakes) with refried beans, beef, chicken or carnitas, shredded cabbage, cotija cheese and drizzled with salsa casera or salsa verde. Pozole, a mild chile and pork stew with hominy, garnished with shredded cabbage, julienned radishes and oregano.
  • [B]French Market Restaurant:[/B] Shrimp Po’ Boy with crispy popcorn shrimp, mayo, sliced tomato and shredded lettuce with oil and vinegar, served on a toasted potato roll with house-made potato chips and fresh fruit.
  • [B]Village Haus Restaurant:[/B] “Pastram’boli” Flatbread: Cheesy roasted garlic flatbread with beef pastrami, caramelized onions and pickles and topped with a Dijon mustard sauce. Apple berry flatbread: Poached apples on sweet cream cheese topped with fresh berries and mint.
  • [B]Hungry Bear Restaurant:[/B] Sweet and Spicy Hot Dog on a jalapeño cheddar roll with honey mustard and sautéed onions and peppers.
  • [B]Harbour Galley:[/B] Turkey Tortilla Soup with roasted corn and black beans, garnished with sour cream, pico de gallo and fried tortilla strips.
  • [B]Stage Door Café:[/B] Funnel cake fun with red velvet funnel cake with cream cheese frosting. Raspberry and mango funnel cake a la mode and blueberry. Kiwi funnel cake a la mode.
  • [B]Bengal Barbecue:[/B] Sweet skewers – brownies and crispy cereal squares.
  • [B]Mint Julep Bar:[/B] Super Power Punch with sprite, a shot of cotton candy and Dessert Pear gourmet syrup.
  • [B]Tomorrowland Terrace[/B] Breakfast Burrito with eggs, chorizo, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, queso fresco and black beans in a flour tortilla with fresh fruit.

[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • Wine Country Trattoria Surf & Turf featuring roasted lobster tail and grilled sirloin with mac ‘n cheese croquet and a lemon beurre blanc and blue cheese demi-glace.
  • Award Wieners: Raven’s Feast hot dog with barbecued pulled pork and seasoned red cabbage slaw on a garlic-chive brioche bun. Dragon Storm with lemonade and grape syrup topped with Sprite and a green glow cube or Maleficent stir stick.
  • Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta: Mac & Cheese Flatbread with sun-dried tomato sauce, crispy bacon, mozzarella, and basil pesto.
  • [B]Paradise Garden Grill:[/B] Mediterranean Angus Beef Pita Wrap – beef is drizzled with feta pepperoncini hummus and comes with Greek salad in a warm pita. Tabouleh on the side.
  • Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream: S’mores Bar dipped ice cream treat.
  • Cucina Cucamonga: Chicken Mole Plate with grilled half chicken topped with a spicy, smoky mole negro and served with rice, beans and a side of tortillas.
  • Flo’s V8 Cafe: Beef and Cheddar Sandwich. Breakfast menu available during regular breakfast hours and again from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m.
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery: Steamed Chicken and Veggie Dumpling Bowl with rice and rice wine vinegar dipping sauce.
  • Pacific Wharf Cafe: Green Chile Corn Chowder in a sourdough bread bowl.
  • Taste Pilot’s Grill: Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sliders – one with teriyaki glaze, the other with Cajun seasoning and spicy Buffalo sauce. Served with combo of fries and onion rings.
  • [B]Mad T Party:[/B] Rum cocktails – Hurricane and Mai Tai.
  • [B]Boudin Bread Cart:[/B] Captain American Shield-shaped sourdough bread.

[center]Special Entertainment[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • Rock Your Disney Side Fireworks Kick-Off: 6 a.m., May 23
  • Royal Swing Ball: 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Swing dancing at the Royal Theater in Fantasy Faire.
  • Tomorrowland Terrace Dance Party: 12 midnight – 5 a.m.
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle DJ Dance Party: Dance party starting after evening fireworks and continuing until 5 a.m.
  • Mickey’s Soundsational Parade: 6:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
  • Avengers Super Hero Movie Marathon: Throughout day and night.
    Movie marathon in Magic Eye Theater featuring “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger”
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • Paradise Garden Bandstand: 11:55 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.
    Live bands throughout the day and night.
  • “Frozen” Sing-Along Screenings: Throughout the day, starting at 11:30 a.m. Special sing-along screenings of the hit animated film at the Muppets Theater
  • World of Color 9:45 p.m. and 3 a.m.
  • Pacific Wharf Dance Party 10:30 p.m. – 5 a.m.
  • Mad T Party 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Kingdom Construction

[center]Corridor Construction[/center]
In Main Street, the work has started on the new Guest Flow Corridors behind Main Street, USA. With the Main Street lockers closed during construction, signs outside of the park direct guests to the lockers facility in the main entrance plaza.

If you need a locker this summer, be sure to grab a locker as soon as you arrive and before heading into Disneyland.

With construction taking place in what is traditionally backstage areas, there’s not much to see as far as construction goes from Main Street.

On Center Street, the lockers facility is now closed while it’s converted into the temporary First Aid location.

Locker sign covered up

The existing First Aid and Wish Lounge facilities at the end of Main Street remain open for now.

[center]Members Only[/center]
In New Orleans Square, the major Club 33 expansion continues.

Work continues on the New Orleans Square rooftops

Pirates of the Caribbean reopens Friday but the exit tunnel is still getting serious work done.

The walkway here is now closed as construction overhead continues

The caricature artists have been relocated and are now across from the Cafe Orleans entrance.

[center]Pinned[/center]
In Frontierland, the Westward Ho Trading Company pin shop has reopened after a brief refurbishment.

[center]Alice in Blunderland[/center]
In Fantasyland, work on Alice in Wonderland’s vine retrofit continues…

[center]“it’s a Cal/OSHA world”[/center]
Meanwhile, “it’s a small world” is set to reopen by the end of the week, fully retrofitted with new Cal/OSHA safety railings for Cast and maintenance workers throughout the attraction.

Unfortunately, the facade didn’t get a refurbishment during the long closure.

Nearby, the old Fantasyland ticket booth that was last used as a Kodak photo supply kiosk remains empty and uncared for, despite the new Nikon sponsorship in full effect.

[center]Toon-Ups[/center]
Back in Mickey’s Toon Town, the fountains are running again and Gadget’s Go Coaster has reopened after the refurbishment.

Looks great.

Roger Rabbit isn’t back yet but will be soon.

[center]Dried Up[/center]
In Tomorrowland, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is still dry while its refurbishment continues.

[center]Space Junk[/center]
Space Mountain won’t close for refurbishment until next week now, but once it does hopefully the closure will include a proper cleaning for the filthy exterior.

[center]Pierfecting…[/center]
In California Adventure, the shade structure on Paradise Pier continues to get a lot of work to address its big wood rot issue.

[center]Dry Run[/center]
Over at Grizzly River Run, that popular water ride is closed through June 19 for refurbishment, just as the summer season gets started…

Bats Day in the Park

Over the weekend, the annual unofficial Bats Day events came to Disneyland.

Similar to the last Gay Days event, Disneyland got into the spirit and served up a variety of themed desserts at select dining locations throughout the park. I really like that Disney is doing this now — these special offerings really make Disney seem more engaged with these sub-groups of fans, it’s easy money for Disney, and it’s really fun as a guest of these events to have something unique in the park. Kudos to the foods team for putting these offerings together — I hope to see more in the future!

Merch Madness

More of the recent retro and Adventureland merchandise lines continue to roll out along with Graduation 2014 and summer vacation-themed items.

Aloha Isle is found at Walt Disney World…

Ceramic Dole Whip container

New merchandise for Disney’s upcoming Maleficent movie has come to the parks…

Due to its popularity Disneyland has implemented a 5-item limit for Frozen merchandise.

A selection of graduation 2014 items are available now.

And a line of new summer vacation t-shirts have replaced the spring break shirts.

And a few new character tees

Weird…

This and That

California Adventure is getting ready for the summer season with patriotic decorations going into window displays on Buena Vista Street.

It’s too bad the bad window displays are still being used.

In Downtown Disney, the art and collectibles room in World of Disney is now behind walls as it gets a remodel.

A smaller selection of art and figurines has been set up nearby during construction.

Around the Parks

We’ll wrap up today’s update with some photos from around the parks…


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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
May 19 — 25, 2014
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]California Adventure[/B]
Mon.-Thu.: 9 am – 9 pm
Friday.: 6 am – 6 am
Saturday: 9 am – 12 am
Sunday: 9 am – 11 pm
Mon.-Tue.: 9 am – 8 pm
Wed.-Thu.: 9 am – 9 pm
Friday: 6 am – 6 am
Sat.-Sun.: 9 am – 10 pm
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
[/CENTER]
[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • [B]”it’s a small world”:[/B] Closed through May 22 for fall safety equipment installation
  • [B]Pirates of the Caribbean:[/B] Closed through May 22, 2014 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Space Mountain:[/B] Closed May 27 through July 3 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Alice in Wonderland:[/B] Closed through July 3, 2014 for enhancements and safety redesign of outdoor portion of ride track.
  • [B]Matterhorn Bobsleds:[/B] Closed August 25-November 13 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage:[/B] Closed through September 26, 2014 for major refurbishment.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • [B]Grizzly River Run:[/B] Closed through June 19, 2014 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Blue Sky Cellar:[/B] Listed as reopening July 1, 2014 on Cast Member document.
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
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[center]
A weekly look at projected crowd levels at the Disneyland Resort.[/center]

May 19-26, 2014

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Things are gonna get a little crazy this week!

  • Grad Nites continue on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday with students gathering to celebrate and swelling the park crowds.
  • As if being open until 3am for Grad Nite wasn’t enough to exhaust the hard-working cast members, both parks will be open 24 hours starting Friday at 6am and closing at 6am the next morning.
  • And as if that wasn’t enough, it’s Memorial Day weekend. In fact, we’ve included an extra day of projections here to help you plan, from our new Tomorrowplan feature in the Mouseaddict app.

Want to see farther into the future? The Mouseaddict app now features the premium Tomorrowplan feature, with two weeks of continuing crowd projections. Download free on the App Store or at mouseaddict.com.

[center]Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
  • A new “Frozen” pre-parade will debut this summer in front of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at Disneyland. (Disney Parks Blog)
  • Disneyland’s long-rumored new nighttime parade is rumored to be back on track for a debut during the park’s 60th anniversary celebration. (MiceAge)
  • Disneyland and Walt Disney World have joined photo-sharing app Snapchat. (Disney Parks Blog)
OK, that’s all for this week’s edition of Dateline Disneyland. How do you feel about the new ticket price increases? Will you continue to pay the price or will you be saying goodbye to Disneyland? If you are sticking around, will you be Rocking Your Disney Side at the 24 hour party this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below!

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