Walt Disney Theme Parks
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(6/13/16) Disneyland Resort Adding Eastern Gateway Parking Structure (MORE...)
(6/8/16) Disneyland Resort To Add 4th Resort Hotel (MORE...)
(2/29/16) Disneyland Moves To Seasonal Based Ticket Pricing (MORE...)
Ticket Pricing - (2/29/16) After a few years rumbling around as a rumored new possibility Disney decided to move forward with new “seasonal” based ticket pricing at their Florida and California parks on Sunday. The way the new Disney prices work is based on just how busy the parks are expected to be on the day you visit. If you plan a visit on a slow weekday when school is still, you can expect to pay the cheapest price, but try to visit on days when the parks are most packed, like weekends in the summer or anytime around the Christmas holiday season, and you will pay the peak day price. In short, planning a visit to a Disney park will now be similar to the kind of price fluctuation you expect when booking a hotel room.
At the Disneyland Resort ticket prices are now set into three tiers: Peak, Regular and Value days and to know the exact price of each day you will have to now consult Disney’s online calendar that will show prices for the next 8 to 11 months in advance, setting each day as:
Value Day: $95 for adults or $89 for ages 3-9 and a 1-Day Park Hopper is $155 for adults, $149 for ages 3-9.
Regular Day: $105 for adults or $99 for ages 3-9 and a 1-Day Park Hopper is $160 for adults, $154 for ages 3-9.
Peak Days: $119 for adults or $113 for ages 3-9 and a 1-Day Park Hopper is $169 for adults, $163 for ages 3-9.
General Resort News - (9/3/15) According to the local news a developer has finally submitted plans to build a 4-Diamond JW Marriott hotel at the Anaheim GardenWalk, taking advantage of a generous subsidy offered by the city. The $150 million project would be 12-stories tall with 466 rooms, meeting rooms, ballrooms and more... all within easy walking distance of the Disneyland Resort.
???? - FastPass+ - Development - (8/6/15) Screamscape had heard back in May that Disneyland may be preparing to test the paper-free FastPass+ mobile based ride reservation system in the future, minus the whole MagicBand thing. Well, a brand new Disneyland app launched online for iOS and Android smart-phones will already tell you the current wait times, but also allow you to "Link a Pass" to the app, so you can use your phone instead of your pass-card. While there is no mention of FastPass+ in the app yet, the design appears to be very similar to the Disney World app, and even includes the Mickey-Head icon that guests use to scan their RDIF enabled passcards and MagicBands with. So this is likely the first step towards the eventual arrival of FastPass+ in California.
(5/25/15) The LA Times reports that according to Disney's COO Tom Staggs, Disney's MagicBands from Walt Disney World will not be coming to the California parks anytime soon. As the Disneyland Resort has many more local resident guests who are single day guests, or many of which only drop in for a few hours at a time, the MagicBand system just wouldn't work well with the California demographics. The MagicBand system was really designed from the ground up with Walt Disney World in mind, where the typical guests are there as part of a multi-day vacation experience, with a good percentage of them actually staying at an on-site WDW Resort hotel, where they can use the MagicBands not only for theme park admission, but also as their hotel room key in addition to making cashless purchaces anywhere on Disney property.
That said however... I have still heard that Disneyland and California Adventure may be looking to test out the FastPass+ system from the Florida parks however, which would replace the paper FastPass ticket machines with a new entirely electronic system guests can access from anywhere through their SmartPhones and even make certain attraction reservations up to 90 days in advance through a website as part of their on-site resort travel package, an option that was also opened up to annual passholders as well later on.
(1/12/15) Is the MyMagic+ / FastPass+ system coming to the Disneyland Resort? According to the OC Register, Disney’s own Tom Staggs mentioned that the new high-tech reservation system would be rolled out to Disneyland as well as other Disney parks around the world in the near future. Of course, no timeline was given as to when we might see this rolled out at Disneyland, but having finally experienced it at Walt Disney World myself last month, I will say that there will have to be some tweeking of the system before they can roll it out in California.
Of course, the system has been under review and constant tweaking in Florida since it first rolled out to all the parks last year, and once it does, it is bound to frustrate a lot of Disneyland Resort guests to no end at first. As someone who still misses the old FastPass free days of visiting Disney parks, I always had a distaste for the original FastPass system. It took away a bit too much from my self-given education I had built up over the years as a Theme Park Commando, by leveling the playing field a bit. But there was a method to the madness, and you could still find loopholes in the original FastPass system and ways to "work the system" to your advantage if you knew how.
With FastPass+, you can pretty much flush all that knowledge down the toilet and be prepared to start all over again from scratch my Padawan. That isn't to say that there aren't way to "work the system" in your favor anymore... because there are, but if my first day with FastPass+ is a typical reaction, most of you may find yourself incredibly frustrated to no end by the new system, and it's limitations. As I said, it's a whole new game with new rules to play by, but it can be played... so have patience and we'll see how this works out if they bring it to Disneyland.
One thing I know they will likely have to address is the park-hopping limitations of the current WDW system, which requires you to book your 3 FP+ reservations at once, all in the same park, which does you no good if you had planned to park hop during the day, once or twice. In Walt Disney World, the parks are far enough away that some guests don't park hop at all, but with the entrance to California Adventure a few steps away from the entrance to Disneyland, I think this issue will have to be addressed first.
Late 2018 - Eastern Gateway - (8/13/16) The Disneyland Resort confirmed this week that they are breaking ground on a new "Eastern Gateway" project for the park that will see a new parking structure (6,800 spaces) built on the East side of the Resort, along with a new transportation facility for buses, taxis and shuttles, as well as an elevated pedestrian bridge over Harbor Blvd to the main entrance plaza. Look for this to open in late 2018, with the elevated walkway going through the site currently used by the soon to close (October?) Carousel Inn and Suites that Disney purchased last year.
2021 - New Resort Hotel - Planning - (6/8/16) The Disneyland Resort has announced plans to build a 4th luxury resort on property, taking advantage of a new tax incentive program from Anaheim for new luxury hotels. The resort has yet to set a theme or even a name yet, but the proposal is for a 700-room 4-diamond resort and parking structure to be built on a 10-acre site at 1401 Disneyland Drive, at the north end of the Downtown Disney parking lot.
The new hotel is earmarked to open in 2021, with construction starting sometime in 2018. While the design is still in flux, the plan is for it to feature a large rooftop viewing area where hotel guests will be able to sit and enjoy the nighttime fireworks from Disneyland.