Disneyland has a new multi-day California resident ticket deal for Summer & Fall 2023. This post shares info & details about the discount tickets, plus commentary about this promo and pent-up demand, Annual Pass sales, historical comparisons, and notable similarities & differences between this promo and past ones.
For a limited time, California residents can visit the Disneyland Resort theme parks for as low as $83 per day with the purchase of a special 3-day, 1-park per day ticket valid Mondays through Thursdays. Visit 3 times from June 12 through September 28, 2023–subject to theme park reservation availability.
Here’s pricing for Disneyland’s 2023 California Resident Ticket Deal:
3-Day (Monday to Thursday), 1-Park Per Day Ticket – $249 ($83/Day)
Not Valid for Admission on Fridays to Sundays
3-Day (Monday to Sunday), 1-Park Per Day Ticket – $299 ($100/Day)
No Blockout Dates Apply
If the California resident tickets aren’t for you due to limitations or because you’re from out of state, see our 2023 Discount Disneyland Ticket Buying Guidefor additional recommendations. There are several good options for saving money on tickets for Disneyland and other theme parks in Southern California, including Universal Studios Hollywood–home to the new Super Nintendo World!
As for this Summer & Fall 2023 Disneyland ticket discount, it’s valid for California residents within ZIP codes 90000-96199. Proof of eligible residency, including valid government-issued photo ID, is required for purchase and admission. Eligible residents may purchase up to 5 tickets per day with valid ID.
Tickets are nonrefundable, may not be sold or transferred for commercial use and exclude activities/events separately priced. Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Tickets may not be upgraded to longer durations. This promotion is subject to restrictions, change and cancellation without notice. Sales may be paused from time to time or terminated at any time.
California Resident Tickets with Monday to Thursday park admission days have the following Friday to Sunday blockout dates:
Notably, these tickets are not blocked out for Independence Day or Labor Day. They are blocked out for the start of Halloween Time at Disneyland, though.
Next, a couple of quirks to this promotion. First, this is valid for all California zip codes, from San Diego to Mount Shasta. The popular winter and spring ticket discounts are for Southern California residents only (including the 2023 deal), and encompass zip codes ranges of 90000-93599.
This is the third straight year this summer and fall ticket deal has been offered by Disneyland, and also the third time it’s been offered to all Californians instead of just SoCal residents. So it’s a clear trend at this point.
Disneyland’s pricing and approach to the summer and fall ticket deal is also interesting. These tickets are more expensive than their winter and spring SoCal counterparts, but they’re also sold during what’s a busier timeframe on average.
Summer is California’s main tourist season. By contrast, winter is still the off-season, with crowds spiking for ski week and spring break. Outside of those weeks and the conclusion of the promo period (when residents rush to use remaining days on the discounted tickets before they expire), crowd levels are lower from January through May than in June and July. In the start of summer, there’s also Grad Nites that impacts crowds, so be sure to avoid those.
Of course, this deal also encompasses August and September; although Halloween Time has become increasingly busy at Disneyland, those two months are still slower than summer season. For more comprehensive coverage of when to go and when to avoid, see our 2023 Disneyland Crowd Calendar.
These tickets are also significantly more expensive than the winter and spring ticket deal, starting at $83 per day instead of $73 per day. This likely reflects higher demand during the summer tourist season. It could also reflect the larger eligibility pool–even if a lower percentage of the population will pay the higher price, the population is larger.
It’s also interesting that these prices are exactly what Disneyland charged last year for these summer and fall ticket deals–$83 and $100 per day for the two different tiers. Our guess is that prices didn’t increase because Disneyland is expecting lower demand due to Annual Pass sales resuming several times since last year.
The lack of new Magic Keys last summer and fall probably pushed a not insignificant number of Californians to purchase these tickets. At least some of those same Disneyland fans probably are once again passholders (thereby reducing the aforementioned pool).
Speaking of past pricing, here are California resident ticket prices from the last several years so you can see how things have changed…
2023 SoCal Resident Winter & Spring Ticket Deal Prices:
3-day, 1 park per day weekday ticket – $219
3-day Park Hopper weekday ticket – $279
3-day, 1 park per day weekday ticket with Disney Genie+ service – $294
3-day, Park Hopper weekday ticket with Disney Genie+ service – $354
2022 California Resident Summer & Fall Ticket Deal Prices:
3-Day (Monday-Thursday), 1-Park Per Day Ticket – $249
3-Day (Monday-Sunday), 1-Park Per Day Ticket – $299
2022 SoCal Resident Winter & Spring Ticket Deal Prices:
3-Day, 1-Park Per Day Ticket — $199
3 Day, 1-Park Per Day Ticket with Disney Genie+ Service — $259
3-Day Park Hopper Ticket — $259
3-Day Park Hopper Ticket with Disney Genie+ Service — $319
2021 California Resident Disneyland Ticket Deal Prices:
2-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $149
2-day Park Hopper ticket for $189
3-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $179
3-day Park Hopper ticket for $219.
Note that resident tickets from previous years also included one Magic Morning early entry to Disneyland, which provided an extra hour on select days before the park opens to the general public.
Magic Mornings have since been replaced by Early Entry, which is not offered to Good Neighbor Hotels or certain ticket types. That’s actually somewhat surprising, as the perk has plenty of excess capacity–although probably not enough for everyone who buys this California resident ticket. (See our Guide to Early Entry at Disneyland for what you need to know about this pre-park opening access to Disneyland and DCA.)
As discussed elsewhere, pent-up demand is starting to fizzle out and “revenge travel” among tourists is declining. It seems increasingly likely that Disneyland is beginning to experiencing a slowdown, which is precisely why AP sales have resumed more frequently. With that said, if what we’ve seen and experienced recently is any indication, Disneyland is not hurting for attendance. Crowds over the course of the last month have been far worse at Disneyland than Walt Disney World.
To that point, Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro has warned that Walt Disney World would see a moderation in demand this summer, while claiming that Disneyland will continue to “perform exceptionally well.” This echoed earlier earnings call comments from CFO Christine McCarthy, who braced investors for a slowdown at Walt Disney World but not Disneyland.
In other words, unlike Walt Disney World where multiple “levers” are being pulled to entice visitors and boost bookings, Disneyland doesn’t have that problem…yet. The biggest differences are probably that Disneyland reopened much later than Walt Disney World, has more of a local fan base, and is largely immune to the impact of the battle between Disney and DeSantis being fought in Florida.
Accordingly, this California resident ticket discount–almost identical to one released for the previous two summers–is more about maintaining the status quo than it is luring back guests. (With that said, this deal actually is slightly better, running a couple weeks longer than last year’s version of the deal.) We’ll probably have to wait until the 2024 special offers drop before we see anything truly aggressive from Disneyland.
Ultimately, it’ll be interesting to see how popular these tickets end up being with locals–especially now that many more people have had the chance to purchase Magic Key APs. Blocking out weekends is a good move, and not doing so would’ve angered many passholders. There are otherwise no restrictions for peak summer travel weeks or Independence Day, which falls on a Tuesday this summer.
It’ll be interesting to see the degree to which this California Resident Ticket Deal ends up impacting summer and early fall crowds. Our guess is that this ends up being less popular than the promo last year, and purchased primarily (or disproportionately) by Central and Northern Californians, who are less likely to buy Annual Passes than SoCal residents. We’ll be watching to see how it plays out.
Will you be taking advantage of Disneyland’s California Resident Ticket Offer for Summer and early Fall 2023? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Any questions? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!