Disneyland hikes admission by $4

Posted at 1:20 PM, May 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-19 13:20:47-04

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Get ready to pay more to enter the Magic Kingdom.

Disneyland is boosting the price of a one-day ticket for visitors 10 years old and older by $4 to $96 apiece.

The price of a “One Day Park Hopper” ticket, which allows visitors to hop between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, is also rising — to $150 from $137.

It’s even worse news for Southern Californians who may have wanted to become regulars. Annual passes are no longer available.

The park was apparently filling up with too many locals on Sundays, so Disney said new Southern California Annual Passes will be “temporarily unavailable.”

The good news: if you already hold one of these passes, you’ll still be able to renew it.

The price hikes come just as Disneyland heads into peak tourist season.

“Disney is trying to get people to look at Disneyland as more of a vacation destination as opposed to a place for day visits,” said Robert Niles, editor of the “Theme Park Insider” blog, which closely follows all things Disney.

Niles said Disney consistently raises theme park prices, sometime twice a year. “As long as attendance keeps going up, and they’re rising prices – Disney will keep on raising them,” he said. Disney World raised prices back in February.

“Like any business, we periodically evaluate our pricing and make adjustments based on a variety of factors. A ticket to our theme parks represents a great value, particularly when you look at the breadth and quality of attractions and entertainment we offer,” Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said in statement

Disney has been on a tear lately. Earlier this month, it reported a near 30% jump in profit, year over year.

Disney’s hit movie “Frozen” is already the highest grossing animated movie in history.