Lynn Russ, a teacher in Huntington Beach, was disappointed when Disney raised prices in January 2005, in advance of the 50th anniversary. She said she can't justify spending the full daily admission price for her four-person family because the kids get too tired to experience it all in one day.
"With those crowds, you can't get the value," she said.
Russ broke down in September and bought the cheapest annual passes, at $119 each, and takes her two children on Friday nights or weekdays when they're out of school.
"That's a better deal," she said, "but I'm not sure we'll be able to do it next year." The "2fer" is a bargain, Russ said, only if you want to go to California Adventure.
"Nobody really chooses to go to that park," she said. "The kids want to go to Disneyland." Based on recent strong hotel bookings, it's likely that Disney expects to see steady traffic through the summer.