Disney announces discounted theme park tickets for Canadians
Credit: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort.

Disney aims to improve crowd control with tiered ticket pricing

ORLANDO — Disney’s properties in Orlando and Anaheim are rolling out seasonal prices for single-day tickets, hoping to spread out demand at the theme parks.

Most of the tickets are either staying the same price or increasing. The changes announced Saturday will let visitors look at a calendar eight to 11 months from now to see which days are considered ‘value’, ‘regular’ or ‘peak’. People will pay more on ‘peak’ days when busier times are forecast.

The park has grappled with how to manage throngs of crowds, especially since the popularity of franchises such as ‘Frozen’ and ‘Star Wars’. At times during holidays and spring break, Disney has had to stop selling tickets because so many people are in the park.

“The demand for our theme parks continues to grow, particularly during peak periods,” said Jacquee Wahler, spokeswoman at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.

Value days for the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando will cost US$105, the same as a current, one-day ticket price. Regular days will be $5 more and peak days will be $124.

In California at Disneyland, the value ticket is going down $4 to $95. The regular ticket price will be $105 and the peak will be $119.

Prices for annual passes won’t change.