Everyone knows that tickets to Disney's parks aren't cheap—and now they're about to get even pricier. For the second time this year, . So if you want to visit the park a few times a year, you're going to have to pay some hefty fees.
Disneyland in Anaheim, California just raised its lower-tier annual passes by $60 and raised the highest-tier bicoastal passes for Walt Disney World and Disneyland by a whopping $300.
Disneyland has also eliminated the no-blackout, $779 Premium Annual Passport. Instead, the park is now offering two new top-level passes: The Disney Signature Plus pass, which has no blackout days and costs $1,049 per person, and the new Disney Signature Pass, which is good for visiting 350 days a year and costs $849. The new Signature Pass doesn't allow passholders to access the park in the two weeks surrounding Christmas and New Year's, which are Disney's busiest times of year.
The passes come with parking, discounts for merchandise and dining and a new PhotoPass that allows passholders unlimited digital downloads of photos of themselves taken at the park, for example during character meet-and-greets or on rides.
For Walt Disney World in Florida, the Disney Signature Platinum Plus annual pass for all four theme parks and water parks—with no blackout dates—now costs $829.
The California theme park, which is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary, announced earlier this year that it is planning to build a Star Wars-themed park (pictured below), and many are speculating that the huge price hikes are the result of those plans. Disneyland officials have said that they will close several attractions—some even permanently—in order to make room for the new park. There is also speculation that the price hikes are an attempt to reduce large crowds that occur during peak times.
Either way, Disney is about to make an even heftier profit off of its park goers.