If you were too wrapped upped in Oscars buzz (or Hollywood traffic) this weekend, you may have missed a bit of Disneyland news: the theme park has transitioned to a demand-based, tiered ticketing system.
As of Sunday, February 28, the Anaheim theme park has moved from a flat-fee ($99) for its one-day, one-park tickets to "seasonal pricing" based on the predicted crowd levels: $95 for value days, $105 for regular days and $119 for peak days. Advance ticket purchases now need to be selected for a given day or price tier.
Value tickets will cover 83 days out of the calendar year—think non-summer weekdays—while the slightly more expensive regular days span just under half of the year, including most weekends and summertime dates. Those remaining 83 days constitute the peak days: spring break, long weekends, mid-summer weekends and nearly all of the November and December holiday season. On the bright side, those are the days when waiting in line for Disneyland rides is about as enjoyable as sitting in traffic on the 5 anyway.
The demand pricing is also reflected in multi-day tickets and the popular park hoppers, which allow access to both Disneyland and California Adventure. The current park hopper price of $155 will now cover admission on a value day, while you'll need to pay $160 for regular days and $169 for peak days. Annual pass prices, which increased last fall, remain the same.
Let us know what you think about the price changes in the comments—or if you're too hyped for Star Wars land to care.