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Disneyland Tickets (types, prices, & tips)

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Disneyland Tickets (types, prices, & tips)

Ready to talk about Disneyland tickets?

You’ll have several ticket lengths and a couple add-ons to choose from so it is important to know exactly what you need to avoid wasting money on something you may not use.

Here’s everything you need to know…

Types of tickets

Unlike Walt Disney World where tickets can last anywhere from 1-10 days, at Disneyland the maximum length for a ticket is 5 days long. 

1 Park Per Day (base ticket)

These are the least expensive tickets available and allow you to get into 1 park (either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure) each day.

disneyland ticket types

Park tickets vary in price, where busier times of the year are reflected in higher ticket costs but start in price at about $104 dollars for a 1-day adult ticket during a less-busy time of the year, all the way up to about $415 for an adult 5-day ticket.

Keep in mind that the price of a 1-day ticket ranges from $104 to $179 based on the day. For exact ticket prices for your trip, you’ll want to check the Disneyland website.

Disneyland Resort 1-Day 1-Park per Day Tickets Tickets
Main Entrance PriceAges 10 & UpAges 3-9
Tier 0
A Tier 0 ticket is valid for one single-day admission on any date in Tier 0
$104$98
Tier 1
A Tier 1 ticket is valid for one single-day admission on any date in Tier 1
$114$108
Tier 2
A Tier 2 ticket is valid for one single-day admission on any date in Tier 2 or a lower tier (Tier 1)
$129$122
Tier 3
A Tier 3 ticket is valid for one single-day admission on any date in Tier 3 or a lower tier (Tiers 1 and 2)
$144$136
Tier 4
A Tier 4 ticket is valid for one single-day admission on any date in Tier 4 or a lower tier (Tiers 1, 2 and 3)
$159$150
Tier 5
A Tier 5 ticket is valid for one single-day admission on any date in Tier 5 or a lower price tier (Tiers 1, 2, 3 and 4)
$169$159
Tier 6
A Tier 6 ticket is valid for one single-day admission on any date in Tier 6 or a lower price tier (Tiers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5)
$179$169
Disneyland Resort Multi-Day 1 Park per Day Tickets
Main Entrance PriceAges 10 & UpAges 3-9
2-Day Disneyland Resort Ticket
(1 Park per day)
$285$270
3-Day Disneyland Resort Ticket
(1 Park per day)
$360$340
4-Day Disneyland Resort Ticket
(1 Park per day)
$395$370
5-Day Disneyland Resort Ticket
(1 Park per day)
$415$390

Early Entry

Early Entry gives guests staying at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels 30 minutes early entry into Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure to enjoy select attractions, dining and shopping locations.

disneyland early entry hours

Valid hotel stay, theme park admission and park reservation are required for Early Entry access.

Early Entry happens every day. You can find times posted on the official Disneyland calendar online or in the app.

Park Hopper

Park Hopper tickets at Disneyland work exactly the same as they do at Disney World.

These tickets allow you to enter either park – as many times as you want – each day your ticket is valid.

  • Important: Disneyland park hopping begins at 1 p.m.

But, unlike Disney World where we don’t always recommend them, we (very strongly) do recommend Park Hopper tickets for Disneyland, and here’s why:

The Disneyland Resort area is very small and quite compact, making it easy to walk from the gates of Disneyland over to the gates of California Adventure in just a minute or 2. 

And, with the way the Genie+ system works out in California, you can easily go back and forth between the parks to hit all of your favorites.

Park Hopper Cost

The cost to add-on the Park Hopper option is $65 per ticket. The most expensive Park Hopper ticket is now priced at $244 per day.

disneyland park hopper option cost
Disneyland Resort 1-Day Park Hopper Tickets
Main Entrance PriceAges 10 & UpAges 3-9
Tier 1
This ticket is valid for one single-day admission on any date in Tier 1
$179$173
Tier 2
This ticket is valid for one single-day admission on any date in Tier 2 or a lower tier (Tier 1)
$194$187
Tier 3
This ticket is valid for one single-day admission on any date in Tier 3 or a lower tier (Tiers 1 and 2)
$209$201
Tier 4
This ticket is valid for one single-day admission on any date in Tier 4 or a lower tier (Tiers 1, 2 and 3)
$224$215
Tier 5
This ticket is valid for one single-day admission on any date in Tier 5 or a lower tier (Tiers 1, 2, 3 and 4)
$234$224
Tier 6
This ticket is valid for one single-day admission on any date in Tier 6 or a lower tier (Tiers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
$244$234
Disneyland Resort Multi-Day Park Hopper Tickets
Main Entrance PriceAges 10 & UpAges 3-9
2-Day Park Hopper Ticket$345$330
3-Day Park Hopper Ticket$420$400
4-Day Park Hopper Ticket$455$430
5-Day Park Hopper Ticket$475$450

Genie+

FastPass and MaxPass no longer exist at Disneyland. Just like at Disney World, there is a new system called Genie+.

Genie+ gives you the ability to skip the Standby Line at select attractions across both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.

radiator springs racers lightning lane entrance disneyland

This new system is similar to the now-retired MaxPass at Disneyland and is built directly into the Disneyland app.

After you pay for Genie+, you’ll be able to choose the next available arrival time for a variety of attractions and other experiences.

When your return time is called, you’ll enter the attraction via the “Lightning Lane,” the new name for FastPass lines.

Genie+ Cost

This service costs an additional price on top of your park admission.

The price of Genie+ at Disneyland varies due to the variable pricing structure and the cost will range depending on when you purchase and the time of year.

Here’s a breakdown:

  • Genie+ costs $25 per day when purchased in advance as an add-on with a new ticket or vacation packages
  • Single-day purchases through the Disneyland app start at $25 per day and may vary by date, based on demand
walt disney world and disneyland genie+ attractions

Individual Lighting Lane

This pay-per-ride option allows you to purchase a time to ride select popular attractions at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.

Once your return time is called, you can board the attraction using the Lightning Lane.

Keep in mind that Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane passes are separate from one another, but both are built into the Disneyland app.

comparing dl and wdw lightning lanes

Individual Lighting Lane Cost

The price for Individual Lighting Lane selections varies.

You may end up paying the same amount for the chance to ride multiple Genie+ selections (typically nearly every attraction in each park) as you would to ride Individual Lightning Lane selection.

For example, on October 11, 2022, the price to ride Rise of the Resistance via the pay-per-ride Lightning Lane option was $25 per person.

Depending on on the day and when you purchase, for the same $25 you could choose to purchase Genie+ instead, which would give you access to 12 attractions at Disneyland Park.

If you wanted to purchase both Genie+ and a pay-to-ride Lightning Lane pass for Rise of the Resistance, that could cost you $50 per person.

Annual Pass

Disneyland’s Annual Pass program is called “Magic Key.”

disneyland magic key program

There are 4 tiers, which offer a variety of admission days, pricing options, experiences, and discounts on food, beverages, and merchandise. This program offers reservation-based admission to one or both Disneyland Resort theme parks.

  • If you have a partially used ticket that’s not expired and is eligible to be upgraded to a Magic Key, you can upgrade it in the Disneyland app. Unused tickets can also be upgraded, but this must be done at a ticket booth. If you upgrade an unused ticket to a Magic Key at the ticket booth, know that you will lose your park reservations. You may want to wait until the last day of your ticket to upgrade so you don’t lose any park reservations.

Here’s a breakdown of the keys:

Inspire Key

  • Price: $1,599

This is the highest tier, which includes:

  • Up to 6 theme park reservations at a time
  • 20% off the purchase of Disney Genie+ service (subject to limited availability) on days when you use your pass for park admission
  • Unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads
  • Up to 20% discount on select merchandise
  • Up to 15% discount on select dining
  • Sandard theme park parking included (excluding blockout dates, at the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure, Pixar Pals Parking Structure and Toy Story Parking Area)
  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks most days of the year (view Believe Key blockout calendar)

Believe Key

  • Price: $1,099

This is the second-highest tier, which includes:

  • Up to 6 theme park reservations at a time
  • 20% off the purchase of Disney Genie+ service (subject to limited availability) on days when you use your pass for park admission
  • Unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads
  • Up to 10% discount on select merchandise and dining
  • 50% off standard theme park parking included (excluding blockout dates, at the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure, Pixar Pals Parking Structure and Toy Story Parking Area)
  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks most days of the year (view Believe Key blockout calendar)

Enchant Key

  • Price: $699

This is the second-lowest tier and features:

  • Up to 4 theme park reservations at a time
  • 20% off the purchase of Disney Genie+ service (subject to limited availability) on days when you use your pass for park admission
  • Up to 10% discount on select merchandise and dining
  • 25% off standard theme park parking at the Toy Story Parking Area, excluding blockout dates
  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks select days of the year (view Enchant Key blockout calendar)

Imagine Key

  • Price: $449

This is the lowest tier, is for Southern California residents only (zip codes 90000 to 93599), and includes:

  • Up to 2 theme park reservations at a time
  • 20% off the purchase of Disney Genie+ service (subject to limited availability) on days when you use your pass for park admission
  • Up to 10% discounts on select merchandise and dining
  • 25% off standard theme park parking at the Toy Story Parking Area, excluding blockout dates
  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks select days of the year (view Imagine Key blockout calendar)

There are also additional benefits. You can find out more about Disneyland Annual Passes over on the official Disneyland website.

  • Important: There is a “no show” policy. Magic Key holders who are a “no show” for 3 reservations in a 90-day window will be unable to make new park reservations for 30 days. Existing park reservations at that time will not be cancelled. The 30-day period begins the day after the third “no-show,” and will continue even if the pass is upgraded to another pass during that time. Cancellation of a reservation must be done by 11:59 pm. PST on the day before the reserved date.

How long are tickets valid for?

Multi-day tickets must be used within 13 days of first use.

What is great about that is how easy it makes it to spread your visits out over a longer Southern California vacation by alternating park days with non-park days.

This is different from Disney World where your ticket window varies greatly by ticket length and can even vary depending upon where you stay. 

Where should you buy Disneyland tickets?

Disney

There are lots of options for purchasing tickets, but you need to be smart about it because there are lots of ticket scams out there.

For the safest and most hassle-free option, we recommend you purchase your tickets directly through Disney.

disneyland ticket

3rd Party Vendors

You can usually save a few bucks if you purchase your tickets through a 3rd party vendor. But, before you do, here’s a few things to keep in mind if you plan to purchase your tickets from a source other than Disney:

  1. If you do decide to use a 3rd party vendor, you’ll want to make sure that you are working directly with an official authorized ticket reseller. Definitely do your research ahead of time!
  2. While you can save a few bucks, the savings aren’t usually that big (and often not worth the hassle).
  3. Make sure you understand how you’ll get your tickets (mail? email?) and don’t forget, you’ll need to link those tickets to your Disneyland App if you want to use MaxPass.

Never (ever) buy your tickets here

Used ticket re-seller

Used ticket resellers are a hot thing.

You can find them on websites like Ebay and even on street corners near theme parks.

If a price is too good to be true, it isn’t. Ever.

Every year, used ticket resellers scam countless families out of their vacation dollars by selling them tickets that won’t work at the parks.

Remember: once a ticket has been used it is non-transferable.

You will have your picture taken when you enter the parks the first time, and each time you enter after that your photo will be checked.

If they don’t match, you won’t be allowed in.

Please don’t try to save a few bucks by buying one of these used tickets – it will have somebody else’s profile attached to it and when you try to use it, you’ll find out quickly (and likely with a lot of embarrassment) that it won’t work.

Stick to an authorized reseller or even better yet, purchase directly from Disney.

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