The "happiest place on Earth" might be a little less happy these days as Disneyland fans turn grumpy over a new round of price increases -- including the introduction of an annual pass that costs more than $1,000.
This week, Disney eliminated many of its current annual pass options for both the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, replacing them with new passes that in most cases are more expensive.
And in one case, it's a lot more expensive: An annual pass to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure with no blackout dates has jumped by nearly $300.
The new $1,049 Disney Signature Plus replaces the $779 Premium Annual Passport. Like the Premium pass, the Signature Plus allows for unlimited attendance to both Anaheim parks and provides discounts on some food and merchandise. The Signature Plus will also include additional perks such as parking and unlimited downloads of PhotoPass images such as the pictures taken on rides.
A lower-priced pass offers access to the parks 350 days a year -- all but the two busy weeks around Christmas and New Year's -- for $849.
A full list of prices and benefits is available on the Disneyland website.
It's the second time this year annual pass prices have risen, with a February increase bringing the no-blackout cost from $699 to $779.
Some parkgoers are complaining that the increase comes as Disneyland gets ready to shut down a number of popular attractions for an extended period, including the Disneyland Railroad and Tom Sawyer Island, due to construction of the new "Star Wars" land.
The price of single-day tickets did not change, with a day at Disneyland costing $99.
Prices for annual passes at Walt Disney World also jumped, with the new Platinum Pass -- which allows entry into the parks all year -- now costing $749. The annual pass had previously cost $654.
A number of other passes are also available at both parks, including passes for local residents and members of the Disney Vacation Club. The Disney Premier Passport, which offers unlimited access to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, now costs $1,439, up from $1,099.
The company said more changes may be ahead, including pricing that could vary from day to day based on demand.
“We have to look at ways to spread out our attendance throughout the year so we can accommodate demand and avoid bursting at the seams,” Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek told The Wall Street Journal.
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