Trying to nail down ticket prices for Disneyland? Here's what you need to know about Walt Disney's original theme park resort:
Young Kids Pay Less
Children aged under 3 years get in free to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks. Kids ages 3 to 9 pay a youth ticket price, and kids 10 and older pay the adult admission rate.
It Matters When Go You
Several years ago, Disney introduced a surge pricing model for single-day tickets at Disneyland. This means that admission prices now fluctuate with demand, with higher prices during peak periods (think holidays and weekends) and lower prices during slower seasons. This mirrors the fluctuations in seasonal room rates that have long existed at Disneyland Resorts.
What does this mean to you? It makes more sense than ever to visit when Disneyland is least crowded. If your family can be flexible and visit at less crowded times, such as midweek during the school year, your tickets will cost less. But if you visit during weekends, school breaks and holidays, your ticket prices will reflect this peak timing.
There are three tiers for one-day theme park tickets: value, regular, and peak days. Disney uses its crowd calendars to categorize days and single-day tickets are now assigned to a specific day of use.
Single-day tickets at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure cost $97 for adults on value days, $110 on regular days, and $124 on peak days. Children 10 and older pay adult admission prices, kids ages 3 to 9 pay slightly less than adults, and admission is free for kids under age 3.
It's Smart to Buy Tickets Before You Go
To save time when you arrive, you can purchase your Disneyland Resort park tickets on disneyland.com or through the Disneyland mobile app.
When you purchase tickets online or through the app, you can choose to receive either a physical ticket or a Disney eTicket. Disney eTickets are delivered in PDF digital format, which can be viewed and printed on most desktop and mobile devices.
There's a Budget Option
Visiting Disneyland for more than one day? Seasonal pricing does not apply to multi-day tickets, whose per-day cost remains substantially less than for single-day tickets. In a nutshell, every day added to a ticket lowers the per-day cost.
Want to opt for the lowest-price ticket possible? The 1-Park Per Day tickets let you visit only one park in a single day. But if you buy a multi-day ticket, you can visit a different park each day and still get the lower price.
The more expensive Hopper Tickets let you visit both parks in the same day. For example, you can visit Disney California Adventure in the morning and then go to Disneyland in the afternoon. Note that the Park Hopper option is sold as an add-on. If you want to keep your costs down, stick to one park per day.
Stay Longer for Key Perks
If you buy a three-, four-, or five-day ticket online, you also receive a great-value perk called Magic Morning, which is early admission one day during your stay to Disneyland Park an hour before the park opens to the public. This gives you access to select rides and attractions before the crowds hit the park.
Use Them or Lose Them
Disney tickets expire 13 days after the first day of use. So if you purchase a 4-Day ticket on May 1 and use it that day for admission to Disneyland, you'll be able to visit a single Disney theme park on any of your three remaining days from May 2 through May 14. After that, the ticket expires, and any unused days will be lost.
There's an App for That
In 2017, Disneyland launched Disney MaxPass, which allows mobile booking and redemption of Disney FastPass return times through the Disneyland app. Disney MaxPass is available for $10 per day. (Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders also have the opportunity to purchase Disney MaxPass on a daily or yearly basis.) MaxPass will also give guests unlimited downloads of their PhotoPass images.
Disney MaxPass is an optional service. Guests who choose not to opt for MaxPass can still use the Disney FastPass service at no cost by obtaining FastPasses at attraction kiosks, as always.