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Disneyland Resort hikes ticket prices in advance of Cars Land debut

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The Disneyland Resort has announced significant ticket prices increases, as it prepares to open the Cars Land expansion at Disney Calfornia Adventure.

Prices have risen by above-inflation levels across the board, but the biggest increases will apply to annual passes. In some cases, these have been raised by more than 30 percent, with the cost of a Premium Annual Pass becoming $649 versus $499 previously.

1-day, 1-park tickets will now cost $87, a rise of 8.75 percent. However, single-day "Park Hopper" tickets, which enable guests to visit both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on a single day, will increase by more than 19 percent to $125, reflecting the growing stature of Disney California Adventure.

Southern California residents will be particularly hard-hit by the Annual Pass price increases, with the cost of the SoCal Select Annual Pass rising to $269 from $199. However, "Park Hopping" privileges remain in place for Annual Passholders, despite rumors that these would be removed.

Disney last raised prices at the Disneyland Resort in June 2011. The company has pursued a policy of increasing prices at least once a year for the last several years, as it seeks to maintain profit levels despite the economic downturn.

This year's increases have been put in place just in time for the resort to increase maximize revenues from the highly-anticipated opening of Cars Land. The new addition to Disney California Adventure will be themed around Pixar's Cars movies, and will be dominated by $200 million E-Ticket attraction Radiator Springs Racers.

A full list of updated Disneyland ticket prices can be found on the official Disney Parks Blog.

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