Southern Californians fretting that Disney would do away with its popular ticket discounts for regional residents got some good news and bad news.
On the plus side, prices for the three-day passes to the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks in Anaheim have been cut by $10 to $20. But this year, there are fewer ticket options, and the promotion will end before the summer, when Disneyland will open its much-anticipated “Star Wars”: Galaxy’s Edge land, one of the biggest projects in its 64-year history.
Overall, Disneyland on Monday increased prices up to 25 percent for daily tickets, annual passes and parking, which comes less than a year after the resort adopted price hikes of up to 18 percent. Under the latest increases, the cheapest daily ticket without a promotion will be $104. Daily parking prices are rising to $25 from $20 — a 25 percent increase.
The discounted Southern California tickets will be sold from Monday, Jan. 7, through May 20 and are available for use through May 23, with blackout days April 14-22.
In past years, the Southern California deal was available for both two- and three-day packages. This year, it’s just available for three-day passes. A three-day, one-park-per-day ticket is $179, down $20 from last year. A three-day park-hopper ticket is $234, down from $244 last year. Ticket sales are being conducted at onsite box offices and via disneyland.com/socal/.
The promotion is available to residents in the Southern California ZIP codes 90000-93599 as well as Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999. Proof of residency is required for purchase and admission.
Park visitors willing to brave the crowds will have new things to see and do this year. Here’s a look at this year’s attractions and highlights:
Mickey & Minnie Celebration: Beginning Jan. 18, Disneyland will celebrate the 90-year history of Walt Disney’s famous cartoon couple. “Mickey’s Mix Magic” is a new projection, light and laser show that will be screened throughout the park nightly. It features a “DJ” Mickey Mouse spinning classic Disney songs. It will be accompanied by fireworks on select nights. On Jan. 25, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade will return with two new floats.
Lunar New Year: From Jan. 25 through Feb. 17, the incoming Year of the Pig will be celebrated at Disney California Adventure. There will be themed Asian foods for sale, children’s crafts and activities and Mulan’s New Year Procession, a parade featuring the Chinese warrior princess and her lucky dragon with a special appearance by Disney’s Three Little Pigs.
Disneyland After Dark: Introduced last year and already sold out, these separate-ticket nighttime parties return with two events this winter: “Sweethearts’ Night” on Feb. 7 and “’90s Night” on March 7.
Tropical Hideaway: Just opened weeks ago in Disneyland’s Adventureland, the tropical-themed outdoor restaurant specializes Asian fare, including bao buns, dumplings, lumpia, chilled ramen salad and Dole Whip.
Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival: From March 1 through April 23, the park’s eight-week food fest returns with visits by celebrity chefs, cooking classes, children’s “junior chef” programs and booths selling gourmet bites, craft beers and cocktails.
New Pixar Pier rides: Last year, Disney California Adventure Park unveiled Pixar Pier, which revitalized and rethemed the former ocean amusement park attraction as a showcase for Disney-Pixar characters. Still to come in 2019 are the opening of Jessie’s Critter Carousel, with a “Toy Story” theme, and the Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, a children’s hot air balloon-style ride themed to the film “Inside Out.”
Downtown Disney transformation: The retail/dining promenade between the two parks continues a multiyear revamp with the just-reopened Naples Ristorante. Still to come this year a Ballast Point brewery and Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes restaurant.
“Star Wars”: Galaxy’s Edge: Billed as the largest single-land expansion in Disneyland history, this 14-acre walk-through environment will open — rumors say possibly in June — in a shuttered section of the park behind Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Fantasyland. Visitors will explore Black Spire Outpost, a spaceport on the planet Batuu favored by smugglers, rogue traders and exotic space creatures. The land will have three major attractions. Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is a virtual-reality ride in Han Solo’s famous ship. “Star Wars”: Rise of the Resistance allows riders to take part in a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. There will also be Oga’s Cantina, similar to the one on Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine, where blue milk will be sold. The land will also feature shops and encounters with Star Wars characters, including R2-D2 and Stormtroopers.
For more, visit disneyland.com