Disneyland Further Raises Prices By 150% On Select Lightning Lane Rides

Disneyland has raised prices by more than 150% on the two most popular rides in Disney California Adventure as new payment costs for Lightning Lane have skyrocketed during the traditionally busy Christmas holiday season at Disney’s theme parks. ‘Anaheim.

Lightning Lane’s individual prices for Web Slingers and Radiator Springs Racers have dropped from $ 7 to $ 18 per trip this week as DCA braces for the winter vacation crowds that typically descend on the resort around this time of year. the year.

The new Disney Genie service debuted in early December as part of the Disneyland mobile app as a replacement for the FastPass and MaxPass line deletion options. Disney’s new personal assistant service is divided into three parts: the free Disney Genie option, the paid Disney Genie + alternative, and the paid individual access to Lightning Lane.

The $ 20 Disney Genie + service offers direct access to 19 rides at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Individual access to Lightning Lane for three of the most popular attractions – Rise of the Resistance, Web Slingers, and Radiator Springs Racers – costs $ 7 to $ 20 each way, with prices varying by day. Individual Lightning Lane attractions are not part of the Genie + paid rides lineup.

The Individual Lightning Lane line cutting service promises to dramatically reduce wait times – which stood at 240 minutes for Web Slingers, 145 minutes for Rise of the Resistance and 90 minutes for Radiator Springs Racers at the time of going to press. Wednesday 22 December.

Disneyland has consistently stated that Lightning Lane’s individual prices for the paid service will be flexible and adjustable.

Introductory prices ranged from $ 7 for Web Slingers and Radiator Springs Racers to $ 20 for Rise of the Resistance when the new Disney Genie service rolled out on December 8.

The new $ 18 cost for Web Slingers and Radiator Springs Racers represents a whopping 157% vacation price increase since the initial launch. At times, weekend prices for Web Slingers and Radiator Springs Racers have soared to $ 12 each since the introduction of Lightning Lane. Prices for the top two DCA rides are often $ 7 each midweek.

Lightning Lane’s individual fees didn’t increase for Rise of the Resistance during the last price hike – with the $ 20 cost already at the top of the price range.

Without those limits in place, a 157% price hike would have brought the cost of the Individual Lightning Lane for Rise of the Resistance to over $ 50.

Die-hard Disneyland fans are still adapting to the new paid ride concept which is reminiscent of the A to E tickets used during the early days of the park.

An e-ticket was the best coupon in the Disneyland ticket book that gave the wearer access to the main rides in the park during the ticket book era that spanned from 1955 to 1982.

Electronic tickets cost 85 cents in 1959 when they were first introduced at Disneyland. That same e-ticket would cost just over $ 8 today, including inflation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A new reservation system in place since Disneyland and DCA reopened in April following a one-year pandemic shutdown promises to help manage crowd levels during the busy Christmas holiday season. Prior to the pandemic, Disneyland was often forced to temporarily shut down and divert visitors to DCA between Christmas Day and New Years Day when holiday crowds reached capacity levels.

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