Disneyland Resort Photo Report for May 21, 2012.
Welcome Back to the Disneyland Resort

Disneyland dropped a bombshell late Friday afternoon when they announced a significant increase in Disneyland admission prices.  Hardest hit were the annual passports, especially the Premium which saw a 30% increase of an additional $150!  On a brighter side, the new Brave Meet ‘n Greet opened this past week.  Located near “it’s a small world”, guests now have the opportunity to meet with Merida, her three cubs, practice archery and play a few games.  We take a look at the Disney California Adventure construction progress and give you a tour of the signs of Buena Vista Street.  The Mad T Party installation is nearly complete and the Monorails have new looks, and personalities!

…but first here are this week’s crowd predictions from Touring Plans


With less than one month until Cars Land and the revamped Disney California Adventure open, now is the time to head to Disneyland if you want to avoid the summer crowds. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the parks with our per-park Crowd CalendarLines – Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. Now more than ever, it’s a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!

Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.

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Day
Resort Crowd Prediction
Tues, April 22, 2012
3 out of 10
Weds, April 23, 2012
3 out of 10
Thurs, April 24, 2012
out of 10
Fri, April 25, 2012
out of 10

Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you’ll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:

  • Full block outs on Saturday.
  • More Grad Nights this week.
  • Disney California Adventure is a 3.1 on the Crowd Calendar on Monday.

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Disneyland Announces a Significant Increase in Ticket Prices

It’s that time of year again, and this time Disneyland is doing a massive increase! Directly on the doorstep of the relaunch of Disney California Adventure and the grand opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street, Disneyland is increasing ticket prices by as much as $150 for some. The Annual Passports are seeing the biggest increase. The premium jumped $150, and the SoCal Select jumped $70! Even the Annual Pass parking add-on was increased by $30.

Disney made the announcement on Friday afternoon. The increase goes active on Sunday, May, 20, 2012

Here is a breakdown of the latest increases:

New Disneyland Resort Admission Prices

Type of Ticket New Adult / Child Old Adult / Child Increased by:
1-Day 1 Park $87 / $81 $80 / $74 $7 & $7
1-Day Park Hopper $125 / $119 $105 / $99 $20 & $20
2-Day 1 Park Per Day $170 / $158 $158 / $146 $12 & $12
2-Day Park Hopper $200 / $188 $173 / $161 $27 & $27
3-Day 1 Park Per Day $220 / $205 $209 / $193 $11 & $12
3-Day Park Hopper $250 / $235 $224 / $208 $26 & $27
4-Day 1 Park Per Day $245 / $225 $234 / $216 $11 & $9
4-Day Park Hopper $275 / $255 $249 / $231 $26 & $24
5-Day 1 Park Per Day $260 / $240 $251 / $231 $9 & $9
5-Day Park Hopper $290 / $270 $266 / $246 $24 & $24
6-Day 1 Park Per Day Discontinued $256  —
6-Day Park Hopper Discontinued $271
So Cal Select Annual Pass $269 $199 $70
So Cal Annual Pass $329 $269 $60
Deluxe Annual Pass $469 $379 $90
Premium Annual Pass $649 $499 $150
Premier Passport $849 $749 $100
AP Parking Add-On $129 $99 $30
Blackout Ticket $70 $59 $11

You can see the most recent increases below:

June, 2011 Increases

August, 2010 Increases

What are your thoughts on this increase? Do you feel that Disneyland is still a value when compared to the new entertainment options which will become available starting June 15th? Or is Disney out of reach for too many now? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

All new ticket prices are now in effect.

 

Brave, Merida Meet and Greet

Disneyland’s latest ‘Meet and Greet’ opened this past week near “it’s a small world”.  Guests now have the opportunity to meet Merida, the main character for Disney / Pixar’s next release, Brave.  After meeting Merdia and her three cubs, guests have the opportunity to practice archery or spin on the “Wheel of Destiny”.  There is also a bean bag toss and coloring area for the little ones.

Disneyland Brave Meet and Greet

Disneyland Brave Meet and Greet - Merida

Disneyland Brave Meet and Greet

Disneyland Brave Meet and Greet

Disneyland Brave Meet and Greet

Disneyland Brave Meet and Greet

Disneyland Brave Meet and Greet

The three cubs are audio animatronic and seem to interact with Merida, playing peak-a-boo.

Disneyland Brave Meet and Greet - Merida & Bears

Disneyland Brave Meet and Greet - Merida

Disneyland Brave Meet and Greet - Bears

Disneyland Brave Meet and Greet - Bears

Guests can practice their archery skills after meting with Merida.

Disneyland Brave Meet and Greet - Archery

Disneyland Brave Meet and Greet - Archery

Spin the ‘Wheel of Destiny’.

Disneyland Brave Meet and Greet

Disneyland Brave Meet and Greet

Disneyland Brave Meet and Greet