News Flash! New Disney Pricing Now in Effect, and How to Save Using Points and Miles
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In the months following a new pricing structure at Walt Disney World Resort (Florida), Disney quietly increased the pricing of Disneyland (California) tickets and annual passes, among other things like food and MaxPass.
Most attribute the price hike to the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a new attraction opening summer 2019 in Disneyland and fall 2019 in Walt Disney World Resort. Ticket prices are seeing increases ranging from 5% to 10%, and annual passes have risen between 8% and 23%.
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Let’s dive into the price changes, and even a few ways to book Disney tickets and hotel stays using miles and points!
Disneyland Ticket and Park Hopper Prices
While the range of price changes are from 5% to 10%, the majority of tickets rose 7%. This is not uncharacteristic of Disney, as prices regularly increase every year or so in some fashion or another.
The largest increases are the 1 Day Regular and the 1 Day Peak at 10% a piece. With Disney’s increased focus on getting customers into the park at non-peak times, this seems to align with the price changes.
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Note: If you’re a Southern California resident, you can still save on 3-day tickets!
Disneyland Annual Pass Prices
Here is where we see the largest price increases, (upwards of 23%!) on the annual passes. These passes grant the holders things like discounts off dining and merchandise, parking, and admission to multiple parks (blackout dates may apply).
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How to Book Disney Tickets and Hotels With Points
Even though we don’t love price increases, it gives us even more reason to showcase that you CAN buy tickets and book hotels with points!
We recently shared that you can buy Disney tickets using Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders can buy tickets for Walt Disney World Resort. However, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Ink Business Preferred Credit Card cardholders do NOT have access to Disney through the portal. This problem will hopefully be fixed in the near future, though Chase hasn’t addressed it.
You can also book hotels and resorts near Disney using miles and points from some of the best hotel credit cards, so you can save BIG on what could otherwise be very expensive hotel accommodations. For example, you can book:
- Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort using Marriott points
- Disney’s Beach Club using Citi ThankYou Points (Citi Premier Card)
- Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort using IHG points (IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card)
Disneyland prices have increased for tickets by 5% to 10% and annual passes by 8% to 23%.
While this does happen every year or so, it seems that this increase is higher than what we’re used to. BUT, there are ways for you to help offset these higher prices by using points and miles to pay for tickets through the Chase Travel Portal or by booking one of the many hotels or resorts nearby!
Let us know if you have any money-saving Disney tips!
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