Disneyland is going to be a lot more expensive just in time for the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The $1 billion expansion is all set to open this June in Anaheim and later this fall in Orlando. The expansion adds an additional 14 acres of the park, which is expected to bring in a lot more parkgoers this summer. It has been estimated that the wait time for the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride will be up to six hours during the first few weeks.
The new Disneyland price hikes went into effect on Sunday, raising some tickets up to 25%. Previous price increases have not deterred visitors from coming to the park and the latest increase isn't expected to make too much of a dent either, but people will undoubtedly not be very happy about the second increase in less than a year. Parking has gone from $20 to $25 and the cheapest ticket to get into the single park with now be $104, up from $97.
The two-park Disneyland pass also sees an increase, going to $129 from $117. The price of a ticket on peak-demand days has gone to $149, up from $135. The annual passes are obviously effected by the new increases too. The cheapest pass is now $399, up from $369, and adds even more blackout days in addition to weekends and most summer days. It's believed that this pass won't allow visitors into Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge upon its opening, but that has not been confirmed at this time, but it makes sense since most of the summer is already blacked out.
The Deluxe Disneyland pass goes up to $799 from $729. For the most expensive pass, the Premier Pass, which includes parking, access to both parks and no block-out days, the price is now $1,949 from $1,579, which is significant 23.4% increase. It has been reported that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will only be available for guests who opt to spend more money on The MaxPass. The pass is an extra cost that lets park goers reserve spots on a ride from their smartphones and will undoubtedly be the only way to jump on the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride. The new price is $15, up from $10 per ticket.
Star Wars fans are going to have to plan accordingly to get a peek into Galaxy's Edge this summer. Most fans of the franchise will more than likely wait until the fall for the hype to die down a little, while others are going to be hitting up family members who work at the park for some special treatment. For the time being, expect to spend a significant amount of money to be in a very crowded park with a lot of Star Wars fans. The Disneyland price increase news was first reported by The Los Angeles Times.