Ep238: Disney Dawn (What we’re excited for this year)

Jan 9, 2019 | Podcast episode, Podketeers

In this episode: In this episode we give our thoughts on Mary Poppins Returns, celebrating New Year's Eve at the parks, the latest increase on the annual passes, we talk about some of our favorite Cast Members and what we're excited is coming in 2019 from the Disney company!

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Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG

Maynard Smith is one of our favorite cast members at the Disneyland Resort. He was recently featured in an OC Register article which you can read here:

Meet Maynard Smith, the 25-year Disneyland employee who’s an attraction himself

Who are some of your favorite cast members? Leave a comment down below!

Just under one year after the last set of increases, the prices for daily passports and annual passes has once again gone up. The range is anywhere from 8%- 24%. Here is price breakdown:


Annual Passes
Annual Pass Old New
Select $369 $399
Deluxe $729 $799
Signature $999 $1149
Signature Plus $1149 $1399
Premier $1579 $1949
1 Day Ticket
Ticket Old New
1 Day, 1 Park VALUE $97 $104
1 Day Park Hopper VALUE $147 $154
1 Day, 1 Park REGULAR $117 $129
1 Day Park Hopper REGULAR $167 $179
1 Day, 1 Park PEAK $135 $149
1 Day Park Hopper PEAK $185 $199
2 Day Ticket
Ticket Old New
2 Days, 1 Park/Day $210 $225
2 Days Park Hopper $260 $280


3 Day Ticket
Ticket Old New
3 Days, 1 Park/Day $280 $300
3 Day Park Hopper $330 $355


4 Day Ticket
Ticket Old New
4 Days, 1 Park/Day $305 $325
4 Day Park Hopper $355 $380


5 Day Ticket
Ticket Old New
5 Days, 1 Park/Day $320 $340
5 Day Park Hopper $370 $395


Ticket Old New
Maxpass, SINGLE DAY $10 $15
Maxpass, YEARLY $75 $100


Ticket Old New
Per vehicle $20 $25


The move itself is not surprising because we’ve been seeing ticket prices climb steadily since 2000 as illustrated in this chart:

Where do you stand on the latest price hike? What is your cut-off before you stop buying an annual pass? Leave a comment down below!

Until next time! °o°

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  1. Kristin D.

    I loved hearing about the different Disney Cast Members that everyone loves in this episode. My family went to Disney World this past Labor Day weekend 2018. It was the first Disney trip for my 3 year old son, who was 2 at the time and the second trip for my 14 year old step-daughter. There were 4 different cast members who really impressed me during our trip and unfortunately I never got their names. Two were photopass photographers who took their time with my grumpy toddler in order to get at least one picture of him not in tears or just not looking. He had a major meltdown when we met Jake the Pirate even though he was excited to meet Jake while we stood in line. Toddlers, go figure….But they were giving him stickers, blowing bubbles all around, dancing, telling him “secrets” and really anything to make him happy. The other photopass photographer was so incredibly sweet and patient and refused to let us go until she got him smiling for a photo in front of Cinderella’s Castle. Another cast member was an older gentleman working in Momento Mori. A quick storm had come up and we ran in there to avoid the rain and to get those awesome pictures made where they turn you in to a ghost (They are so freaking cool by the way). My son was being grumpy and not listening, you know typical toddler again, and this cast member stopped and told my son stories and gave him stickers and a small box to keep them in. He really made my son feel like he was special, and he gave my husband and I a much needed few minutes to get our patience back. The last cast member went out of her way to help me track down these Disney Park Cars that are the size of hotwheels and represent the different Disney characters. My son is obsessed with cars and we found a Peter Pan one that he loved. So I wanted to try and get him the ones of the Fab 5. She spent a good 15 minutes of her time without a second thought or a brush off, finding out which other stores in the park sold them. Only certain stores had them. I have never been anywhere else where you get any type of customer service like that. They treat you like family, are never rude to you and always go above and beyond to make sure that your family is having that magical getaway. No other business teaches or trains their employees to do that. They make you feel like your family is special and they do that to everyone they encounter. For that family who has been saving for years to take a trip there and may not get the chance to do it again, it makes it all that much more magical in my opinion. It’s one of the many, many reasons I love going there.

    • Heyzen

      WOW! This is such a great story! We really agree with the that feeling of family that you get (and got) during all your interactions! BTW, those character cars are really nice! We’ve seen them around in the parks and love them too!


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