Disneyland has undergone several changes to its operations and ticketing management since closing to the public for a little over a year back in March 2020. The park initially reopened in April 2021, but only California residents in groups no larger than three households could visit at the time; Disneyland lifted this qualifier shortly thereafter, opening its doors to out-of-state residents in June 2021.
One of the biggest changes to remain for all visitors is the updated ticketing system, which requires guests to have valid Disneyland tickets for the days they choose to head to the park. Disneyland introduced this system back in February 2020, a month before the park shut its doors to the public due to the pandemic, and has since increased most of its ticket prices. The park also introduced a tiered structure for single-day tickets during this time; that same structure was later expanded in October 2021 with the debut of a new tier.
The tiered system is in place for one-day park tickets and one-day park hoppers only (so if you're purchasing a two- to five-day ticket, the tiers aren't applicable). The tiers each contain a selection of dates for guests to book. Certain calendar dates during your ideal visit may be blocked out at the lowest price, which means buying a higher tier — aka more expensive ticket — guarantees more flexibility for your visit.
Previously, the Disneyland ticketing system for one-day park tickets and one-day park hoppers only included five tiers. Tier 6, the latest and most expensive tier, guarantees more flexibility by allowing visitors to schedule their trip on any of the viable days outlined in Tiers 1 through 6. Tier 5, the second most expensive tier, excludes most Saturdays in July, October, and November, but is ultimately the next best choice in terms of flexibility. The lower the tier, the fewer booking dates are available for guests to choose from (for exact dates, visit Disneyland's ticketing page). Although some of those excluded dates overlap between tiers, a Tier 1 ticket is the least expensive option of the five.
You can find the new Disneyland ticket prices detailed in the chart below.
Disneyland Ticket Tier Pricing Information For Adults and Children
|Ticket Type||Adult (One Park Per Day)||Adult Park Hopper||Child (One Park Per Day)||Child Park Hopper|
|One Day (Tier 1)||$104||$164||$98||$158|
|One Day (Tier 2)||$119||$179||$113||$173|
|One Day (Tier 3)
|One Day (Tier 4)
|One Day (Tier 5)
|One Day (Tier 6)
Another way the tiers come into play is for those guests who have to reschedule the date on any unused tickets purchased from when the park was closed during the pandemic. Currently, Disneyland has said any unused non-promotional single-day tickets that had been set to expire on Dec. 30, 2021, or March 31, 2022, now won't expire until Dec. 30, 2022. The new deadline grants guests who missed out on their Disney experience the time needed to make up for a lost opportunity.
For example, if you have an unused Tier 5 ticket from 2020 that falls under the extended expiration date, you can make your reservation for any available day outlined in Tiers 1-5. As for the remaining tiers, visitors looking to validate or reschedule their unused tickets can contact Ticket Services for the latest information on the ticketing system and available dates for rescheduling tiered tickets purchased during the pandemic. Similarly, ticketing information can also be accessed through the My Disney Experience mobile app by checking your individual account reservations.
— Additional reporting by Melissa Santoyo