Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea will raise their entrance fees on 1 April this year, as announced by their operator The Oriental Land Company.
For the adult one-day pass, the new price will be 8,200 yen (about S$103), which is a 700 yen (about S$9) increase from the original 7,500 yen. The price of a one-day pass for high school students aged 12 to 17 will increase by 400 yen, from 6,500 yen to 6,900 yen (about S$87), while the price for children aged 4 to 11 will remain the same at 4,900 yen (about S$62).
This will be their first increase since April 2016, excluding price hikes related to tax increases. According to the operator, the increase in entrance fees is due to an improvement of the theme parks’ value, with new attractions opening like the expanded Fantasyland which features Beauty and the Beast.
Apart from the price hike, the two theme parks will also be introducing discount tickets for people with disabilities. These discounted one-day passes for adults, high school students and young children will be priced at 6,600 yen, 5,500 yen and 3,900 yen respectively.
Regarding the price increase, it seems the Japanese are not so happy about it. One netizen said, “If you’re targeting families, 8,200 yen for adults is too much to handle.” Another said, “It’s really becoming a land of dreams.” Among all the exasperations at the price hike, one said on a positive note, “It was too cheap previously. Compared to other theme parks, this is cheap."