The Happiest Place on Earth? Disneyland Just Got Way More Expensive

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If you're a Disneyphile and a SoCal resident, you might decide to splurge on a Disneyland annual pass. (It just so happens to be this writer's birthday present to herself every year - I simply cannot get enough of the Haunted Mansion.) Unfortunately, if you're planning on dropping some cash for easy access to the Anaheim amusement park, you may have to dip into your wallet for a few more bills: the Disneyland annual pass just had a major price increase, and it proves that the happiest place on Earth certainly isn't the cheapest.

Disneyland has never not been expensive, but if you live nearby and plan on going on regularly, the pass can actually be a great way to save some money. You could previously purchase the $779 "Premium Passport," which let you into the park without any blackout dates - not a terrible deal considering each time at the park already costs guests $99. Unfortunately, that somewhat reasonable pass is totally eliminated: now, Disneyphiles must purchase the new Disney Signature Plus Passport for $1,049 or the Disney Signature Passport for $849, which has blackout dates around the holidays. Obviously, the price hike - which was announced earlier this week - surprised plenty of Disneyland regulars.If you were in the lucky group who renewed your pass before the announcement, the previous price of $779 still holds - but if not, you have to choose between forgoing your annual pass or shelling out more cash. That's actually the point of the price hike: the fewer people who purchase the more expensive pass, the less crowded the park will be without Disneyland suffering a significant monetary loss.

Disney may be a magical place, but now more people than ever are going to have to consider just how much its magic is worth.

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