Disneyland hikes prices by a whopping 25 PER CENT this year – would you still go?

Disneyland has hiked its prices so much that the cheapest tickets to the California theme park in the USA now cost more than $ 100 (£78). Prices at the park have been raised as much as 25 per cent this year, figures show. The increase varies greatly from ticket to ticket. The average admission price rise is eight per cent. The price surge comes ahead of the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which opens this year.

In the themed area – launching at both Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort – you can “live out your own ‘Star Wars’ story, fly the Millennium Falcon and explore a remote outpost where adventure awaits,” explains the Disney Parks website.

A one-day adult peak ticket has risen by 10 per cent from $ 135 (£106) to $ 149 (£117).

A one-day regular ticket has also been hiked by 10 per cent from $ 117 (£92) to $ 129 (£101) but cannot be used on certain dates.

The cheapest ticket of all – a one-day value ticket, which comes with more restriction – has been upped by seven per cent having risen from $ 97 (£76) to $ 104 (£82).

The annual premier pass – which combines Disneyland and Walt Disney World admission – has increased by a huge 23 per cent. It will now set visitors back $ 1,949 (£1,528), up from $ 1,579 (£1,238).

The annual select pass – which has limited use – has increased eight per cent from $ 369 (£290) to $ 399 (£313).

This marks the sixth year in a row Disneyland has hiked its prices with ticket costs tripling since 2000.

Last year when prices were upped, Disney said it wanted to shorten lines at attractions.

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Andrea Finger, a Disney spokesperson, told Conde Nast Traveler in 2018: “We know how important making memories at Disney theme parks is to families.

“We will continue to evolve our pricing in a way that gives families a range of options to meet their budget and helps better spread attendance throughout the year so they can make the most of every visit.”

This year, Liz Jaeger, Disneyland Resort spokesperson, said: “We continue to provide our guests with a variety of ticket offerings to meet their needs, while helping us to spread visitation, better manage demand and deliver a great experience.”

For holidaymakers looking to save money on flights and hotels this year, you should make sure you’re buying from reputable sites and covered if something goes wrong.

Firstly it’s important to use the right websites. HolidayPirates use algorithms to manually search the internet for the best deals whether you’re after a hotel, flight or entire holiday package, Sam Katterfield, Senior Editor at the website explained.

Sam added: “You can also find other excellent deals on platforms like Loveholidays, which also includes last minute deals, or Kayak, which collates the best deals from a number of holiday, airline and hotel providers.”

However, if you opt to book with a travel company you aren’t familiar with then it’s advisable to do background research.

“Make sure the website has a clear customer support section with a phone number as well as an email address,” Sam recommended.

“Similarly, it is a good idea to look at the company’s social media accounts. You will be able to tell a lot about a company and their customer service through how their users interact on social media.”

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Steer clear of copycat websites by making sure sites have an ABTA registration.

“Most reputable sites will display their registration in an obvious place and if it is difficult to find, or if the image is blurry, then you should avoid the site,” said Sam.

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