Disneyland Quietly Increases Parking Prices, And Yet Still No Trams

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Disney Parks have seen many changes to the magic during the pandemic.

From health and safety measures to transportation closures, Guests are noticing more and more alterations to the previously “all-inclusive” Disney theme park experience.

On October 25, Disney Guests were greeted with a price raise on most single and multi-day tickets, with a quiet change to the parking charge, an increase that many Disney fans are calling unjustified with the tram service still not running.

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Ticket prices for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure increased an average of 6%, with some single-park, Parkhopper, and multi-day tickets being raised by more than 8% – the first price increase since the phased reopening of the Disneyland Resort back in April 2021.

Additionally, a new Tier 6 ticket was added to the pricing structure for the most in-demand days of the year. All tickets still require a valid theme park reservation.

Alongside these ticket increases came a parking charge increase for self-parking, as well as a coincidentally timed announcement that the beloved tram service would return “early 2022”.

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The daily theme park parking rates rose from $25 to $30. Self-parking at the Disneyland Resort’s three hotels also climbed from $25 to $40. Hotel valet parking jumped from $35 to $50.

But with the tram service still not currently running, Disney Guests are expressing anger at the parking rate rise. 

Visitors to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim have to huff and puff along the two-thirds of a mile walk along the tram route between the parking garages and the entrances of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The tram route is about the same length as the distance from the Disneyland front gate to the back of the Park in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

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Mawa Nicole on Twitter expressed a seemingly common opinion from Disneyland Guests about the parking increase:

how is Disney making us pay $25 for parking when they removed the parking lot trams???? their park tickets are already expensive enough. it’s way too hot to be walking in the parking lots rn

Even Stephen Colbert has chimed in on the tram situation, joking in the segment that Disney has turned the parking lot walk into an attraction called “Simba’s Boiling Asphalt Stroll.”

Guests at Disneyland are now paying more for an experience that has not added any more value, and instead still makes them walk to the theme parks.

The price increases divided Guests who are experiencing the Parks with several popular attractions still closed since Disneyland reopened from the COVID-19 closure. Fantasmic and World of Color, as well as the amazing parades down Main Street U.S.A., have yet to return to Disneyland Resort.

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Furthermore, Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lanes, the new paid-for FastPass replacement service, will be heading to Disneyland soon after its launch at Walt Disney World last week. The additional cost of riding attractions, plus these new ticket prices, is only adding to Guest complaints about the ever-changing Disney Park experience.

Let’s hope Disney can give a more concrete return date for the tram service soon. Keep posted to Inside the Magic for future updates on the parking and tram experience at Disney Parks.

What do you think about the parking price increase at Disneyland? 

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