So you’re planning a trip to Disneyland? I’m so STOKED for you! Beyond excited! I’m so excited there isn’t even a word to describe it! Now that you’ve decided to go to Disneyland, there are so many questions. Where to stay? How long to stay? Visit other attractions? Where to eat? Why is it so expensive? How can I save money? I’ve done it all from 1/2 a day to a week to lavish or budget. So, I’m here to help you break it down!
For this particular post I’m going to talk about cost of entry to Disneyland. I’ve seen the prices rise significantly over the past 3 years alone and it’s kind of staggering. Now, before you get angry, you have to understand that Disneyland IS NOT Disney World. It is a much smaller resort area only spanning about 160 Acres while Disney World is….wait for it…27,443 ACRES. Now that it’s put into perspective, annually Disneyworld welcomes over 52 million people and Disneyland welcomes about 22 million. Disneyland is about 0.6% the size of Disneyworld yet it welcomes just under 50% of the same amount of people as Disneyworld. Don’t believe me? Disneyland has had to close its gates due to capacity and overcrowding a fair amount over the past few years and there is no signs of it slowing down. Disneyland is an amazing place and I can understand why so many people come to this magical place! That being said, Disneyland has a serious overcrowding issue and to make crowds more manageable the only way is to figure out how to thin those crowds, and since people are willing (and will probably always be willing) to shell out the money to visit the happiest place on earth, it just makes good business sense.
I practically live in LA. Yes, it’s out of hotel rooms and suitcases BUT, I’m always there whether with family, friends, or solo. I decided 2 years ago that I would invest in an Annual Pass for Disneyland. It gave me something to do and honestly I’ve never looked back. Until this year, I’ve taken pause to actually think about the feasibility of keeping my annual pass. So, this is helping me as much as it’s helping you.
When I first got my annual pass in 2013, I only paid around $650 for a Premium Passport. The highest tier of passports available at the time, there were some excellent perks. No blackout dates, it included parking, 20% discount on merchandise, 15% discount on food, and a slew of other discounts. Fast forward to 2015 and the my Premium Passport is not available anymore, although I renewed a month before it magically disappeared. When I renewed in September (and boy am I glad I did) it was $779. In October 2015 Disneyland rolled out 2 NEW passports and discontinued my tier of passport (fear not they are honoring it until it expires). Let’s review the Passport tiers shall we? Continue reading