Disneyland raising prices ahead of summer expansion opening

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Daily ticket prices for Disneyland are set to rise ahead of the opening of the new "Star Wars" theme park.

As reported by the Associated Press, the cheapest single-day ticket for a "low-demand" day in the Anaheim park will now cost you triple digits for the first time - $104. Off-peak daily tickets start at $109, with regular daily tickets starting at $129 and peak-demand daily tickets at $149.

But tickets aren't the only thing that will cost a little more, as parking at the theme park has raised from $20 per vehicle to $25. That will cost you a whopping $1,949 - and that's a 23 percent bump from past year.

Spokeswoman Liz Jaeger says the resort offers a variety of tickets while helping manage demand and spread visitation.

Multi-day ticket prices also saw a spike in pricing, with two-day, one-park tickets now costing $225 (previously $210).

The price of other passes, which allow visitors to visit other parks on the same or visit the same park on multiple days, also went up.

Attendance at the company's parks worldwide rose 4 percent previous year, while spending per guest increased 6 percent.

Still, some fans were devastated and bemoaned the price hikes. The cheapest annual pass, which blocks out all weekends for most of the summer months as well as fall and winter holidays, will cost $399. "Disney has invested heavily in promoting itself as a lifestyle brand, and its dedicated fans won't abandon it over these price increases".

The park is anticipating a surge of interest for the opening of its Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge expansion, which includes a 14-acre immersive world based on the popular sci-fi franchise and new rides and attractions (including the one pictured above, where visitors can "fly" the Millennium Falcon).

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