Disney Guests Protest Following Major Perk Termination

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Turnstiles at the entrance of Disneyland Park

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As of late, Disneyland Resort has been through a lot, especially with Hurricane Hilary shutting down both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure early and with the surprise earthquake hitting California. Now, there has been a major operational change that has hit the parks, and guests are furious at the change.

If there is one thing that you can count on when you go to Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort, it is that you are going to be spending a lot of money.

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First, guests must purchase a flight if that is their plan, then a Resort. If they are staying at Disneyland Resort, they can pick between the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Resort and Spa, or Disney’s Paradise Pier (soon to be Disney’s Pixar Place). All of these hotels come with a hefty price tag, which already puts your Disney vacation off to a pricey start.

On top of a hotel, you have to worry about the cost of food, drinks, and merchandise, which can quickly add a few thousand to that total, depending on your party size, where you eat, and what you drink. Then, you must also buy park tickets to enter both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. Thankfully, Downtown Disney is free.

Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure
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We have seen the cost of tickets constantly increase over the years. The price of a one-day ticket now ranges from $104 to $179 based on the day. The most expensive one-day Park Hopper ticket is now priced at $244 per day.

If you are buying both a stay at one of the Disneyland Resorts and the theme park tickets, one of the larger perks has been Extra Magic Hours!

guests who are checked in and staying at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels can enter Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park 30 minutes before the regular park opening to enjoy select attractions, dining and shopping locations.

Now, a huge change has been made to this perk. Disneyland says effective January 20, 2024, either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park will open 30 minutes early each day for guests staying in one of the Disneyland Resort hotels. Currently, both theme parks open 30 minutes early each day for hotel guests. This means that guests will not have an option between the two, and if they were not planning on visiting the park that will be offering Early Entry for the day.

Disneyland After Dark
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With everything at Disneyland rising in cost, many guests are upset to see things being taken away instead of added. Online, many have been furious of the change, and are expressing it via a Reddit thread that broke the news.

Knispy said, “Makes those inflated prices for the on-site hotels have even less value. It was bad enough dropping to 30 minutes and having limited ride options now this”

Raylangibbons1 added, “They want to cut payroll and squeeze every penny out of you.” Another Disney fans chimed it, “One less reason to stay at one of the Disney hotels.”

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TheDukes2 said, “This seems like a bad idea because now everyone who can access the park early will all be funnelled to that one park and thus make it more crowded for not just those that are early entry but also those who aren’t. At least the way it is now, people are dispersed.”

Related: Disney Gets Rid of Early Park Access for Certain Hotels in 2024

Overall, the reaction to this news was highly disappointing to all, especially considering that Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier (soon to be Pixar Place) are all more costly compared to Value Resort pricing at Walt Disney World, so guests booking one of these hotels no longer have many perks outside of easier theme park access.

The monorail passes the front of the Grand Californian
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What’s Available at the Theme Parks During Early Entry?

During early entry admission, guests may enjoy the following offerings, according to Disneyland. 

Disneyland Park Attractions

Alice in Wonderland
Astro Orbitor
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Disneyland Monorail
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
King Arthur Carrousel
Mad Tea Party
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
Peter Pan’s Flight
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
Space Mountain
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

Disneyland Park Dining and Shopping

Churros near Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Esplanade Stroller Shop
Fantasyland Fruit Cart
Guide II
Little Green Men Store Command
The Mad Hatter in Fantasyland
Main Street Fruit Cart
Market House
The Star Trader

Disney California Adventure Park Attractions

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission BREAKOUT!
The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
Monsters Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
Soarin’ Around the World
WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure

Disney California Adventure Park Dining and Shopping

Cappuccino Cart
The Collector’s Warehouse
Esplanade Stroller Shop
Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe
Fillmore’s Taste-In
Mortimers Market
Seaside Souvenirs
WEB Suppliers

All offerings may vary and are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice, and not guaranteed. To learn about any closures or long-term refurbishments, please check for the latest details about attractions, dining and shopping at Disneyland.com or via the Disneyland app.

Are you upset to learn of this Early Entry change at Disneyland? 

Are you looking to visit Disneyland? Considering Disneyland, located in Anaheim, California, is the first ever theme park, and the only one that Walt Disney himself was able to walk through, it holds a magical spot in all of our Disney-loving hearts. Seeing Sleeping Beauty Castle is a picture-perfect moment; there is so much to do! When it comes to attractions, Guests can enjoy the spooky adventures in The Haunted Mansion during the year and Haunted Mansion Holiday (featuring the characters from Nightmare Before Christmas) during the holiday season. Pirates of the Caribbean will take you on a swashbuckling journey, and Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain provide thrills like no other. Classic rides like Matterhorn Bobsleds, Storybook Land Canal Boats, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and Snow White’s Enchanted Wish are a must, and dining is excellent with stand-out locations like Blue Bayou and Carnation Cafe. Want to start booking so you can see Mickey Mouse in his home in Toontown? The Disneyland website has everything you need to know about the Disneyland app, hotels, tickets, and the Disney Genie+ service. Click here to check it out. 

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