Visiting Disneyland, by the numbers
“Have a magical day!” is a familiar greeting you’ll get at Disney’s parks, or even their corporate offices. For those eager to visit Disneyland’s theme park and California Adventure, the question is, what’s the cost of a magical day? Especially with the parks’ recent raise in prices.
To do the math, we consulted a plethora of resources, from Disneyland Resort theme parks to travel planning websites/mobile apps like Disneyland’s Lines from TouringPlans.com.
As mentioned, Disney parks had a price raise as of June 2. In a statement submitted to Yahoo! Travel, the parks said, “Like any business, we evaluate and adjust our pricing based on a variety of factors. A ticket to our theme parks represents a great value, particularly when you look at the breadth and quality of attractions and entertainment we offer, and the special moments guests experience with our cast.”
What the price hike means for a 1-Day 1-Park Ticket is $86 for ages 3 to 9 and $92 for ages 10 and up, an increase of approximately 6%, or $5 per ticket. Enabling visits to both parks are “hopper” tickets. Purchasing a 1-Day Park Hopper ticket ups the cost to $131 for ages 3 to 9 and $137 for ages 10 and up.
Families looking to spend more time at the parks, and doing so economically, can buy 2-Day, 3-Day, 4-Day and 5-Day passes, along with hopper options. The savings isn’t a bad deal for theme park fanatics. Pick up a 5-Day Hopper ticket for $279 (ages 3 to 9) and $300 (ages 10 and up), and a Magic Morning Early Admission Day is thrown in, giving access to the park prior to the general public’s opening hours.
Admission savings over the course of five days: totals of $376 and $385.
Add to the mix vacation packages like the current 4 Days, 3 Nights, 2 Parks for One Great Price offer that runs through Aug. 24. The price for a family of four starts at $1,517 and includes 4-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper passes and three nights at a conveniently located hotel.
So what’s the perfect amount of time to spend in each park? Suggests Laurel Stewart, business manager of TouringPlans.com, “We recommend first-timers spend at least two days at Disneyland Park and one full day at Disney California Adventure."
The Clock Starts
Arrive at the Disney parks during their current summer hours – Disneyland at 8 a.m. to midnight, Disney California Adventure Park at 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. – and there are approximately 16 hours in the day with which to grab the magic. A strategic move – arrive before opening.
First things first – getting to the entrance. Parking a typical car costs $16 (up $1 since the rate increases). Says Amanda Ficili, one of several “Mom and Dad Panelists” for Disney Parks’ online forum, “Once onboard, travel between Disneyland parking structure and the theme park entrances only takes about five to 10 minutes, depending on the day and time of day you visit.”
Wait time to get into the park, once in the plaza and past security, is approximately 15 minutes. Still ahead – those 16 hours with which to tackle Disneyland Park’s 55 attractions, including longtime favorites Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain, and California Adventure’s 36 attractions, from Cars Land, The Little Mermaid and Toy Story Mania!