Disneyland teases return of Main Street Electrical Parade after raising ticket prices


LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – “The happiest place on Earth” has become more expensive, as Disneyland on Monday raised the cost of most daily tickets and expanded its tiered ticket system. The next day, Disney announced the return of a beloved attraction – the Main Street Electrical Parade, leaving some to wonder if the park tried to dampen the news of the price hike.

While the cheapest single-park day ticket remains at $ 104, Disney has increased the cost of all other tiers from $ 5 to $ 10. It also expanded the demand-based system to include a sixth tier that will bring the cost of the highest ticket to $ 164.

Offering Another Option gives guests’ more ticket choices to meet a variety of budgets as it approaches dynamic pricing designed to spread visits across weeks, months, and year. “Said a press release from Disney, noting that” demand to visit Disneyland The resort remains strong thanks to the continued phased reopening. ”

Disney first introduced the tiered system in 2016 as a way to cope with increased demand and manage crowd size. Typically, guests will pay more to visit Anaheim parks on days of high demand, such as weekends, winter break, spring break, and during the summer. Admission is generally lower on days when fewer visitors are expected, such as weekdays other than summer and holidays.

Here’s a breakdown of ticket prices by level:

  • Level 1: $ 104 (unchanged)
  • Level 2: $ 119 (increase of $ 5)
  • Level 3: $ 134 (increase of $ 10)
  • Level 4: $ 149 (increase of $ 10)
  • Level 5: $ 159 (increase of $ 5)
  • Level 6: $ 164 (new)

Level 6 pricing is expected to be available for the first time next March, according to a spokesperson for Disneyland Resort. The calendar for March has not yet been released.

In addition to increasing the price of most tickets, it will also cost an additional $ 5 to add the park hopper option, i.e. the ability to go between Disneyland and California Adventure Park. in one day.

The park’s hopper price now adds an additional $ 60 for a day ticket, bringing the cheapest option to $ 164, with the most expensive reaching a high of $ 224.

Disney will also now charge $ 30 per vehicle or motorcycle for parking, an increase of $ 5 from the old amount.

While Disneyland typically hikes its admission prices once a year, this is the first such hike since the pandemic forced year-round closure of both theme parks and most of the Disneyland Resort. The last time Disney increased its prices was in February 2020, about a month before the shutdown began.

Disney has since done away with its annual passports for regular visitors, replacing them with the new Magic Key program. The Dream Key, the premier annual pass and the only one that grants visitors access every weekend, is now sold out – and complaints are pouring in from some key holders.

As the current Dream Key holder, take my advice, DO NOT buy the Dream Key! As the reservation system only blocks a limited number of places for key holders, it is very difficult to get a reservation, so the “no block dates” set is not much of a selling point relevant. Plus, you’re limited to 6 bookings at a time, so you have very little leeway or dates to play with. The current system is simply not worth it. I love you Disneyland but that’s not it.

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Key holders on social media said reservations aren’t available weeks in advance, and no weekend reservations are available through Thanksgiving.

Disney officials say the vast majority of key holders report having as much, if not more access to the parks than they expected, the Orange County Register reported.

Theme parks have also retired the FastPass and MaxPass systems, replacing them with Genie + and Lightning Lane. The new system is not yet available at Disneyland and California Adventure, but debuted last week at Walt Disney World in Florida.

Genie + and Lightning Lane are more like the MaxPass system, which allowed customers to pay a flat fee to be able to make a FastPass reservation through the Disneyland app, instead of having to go to the attraction to get one. FastPass, on the other hand, was free.

Once it launches later this fall, Disneyland Resort guests can pay $ 20 per ticket, per day to access the Genie + system, which will allow them to reserve an hour at most attractions. Lightning Lane allows customers to make reservations for top attractions for a fee, with or without the purchase of the Genie + option.

Amid the frustration over Disney’s Dream Key experience and rising ticket and parking prices, the company has hinted that its iconic Main Street Electrical Parade will make a return.

In social media posts, Disney posted video footage showing one of the illuminated floats accompanied by the parade soundtrack. Then the text is displayed: “To be continued. “

No further details were provided, including a date for the return of the popular nighttime attraction.

However, the fan favorite is unlikely to return until next year, when the parade celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The Main Street Electrical Parade debuted at Anaheim Theme Park in June 1972, dazzling generations of park enthusiasts with its sparkling array of illuminated floats and eye-catching “electro-syntho-magnetic” sound.

The fan favorite went dark at Disneyland in 1996, but has appeared at various Disney theme parks, including a nine-year run at nearby Disney California Adventure Park and a stint at Walt Disney World in Florida.

Most recently, The Night Show has seen limited-time engagements at Disneyland in 2017 and again in 2019.

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