Theme park increases annual entrance pass to $1,000 and above

The increase however sparked controversy on social media with fans saying they would not renew passes at hiked rates

Disneyland has increased rates for its annual passes, putting some prices above $1,000.

The Walt Disney Co theme park in Southern California hiked its prices as a result of growing demand during peak seasons, a spokeswoman said on Monday.

The increase however sparked controversy on social media with fans saying they would not renew passes at hiked rates.

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"The new annual passes will help us manage strong demand and continue to deliver a world-class experience, while providing more choices for guests to select the pass that best meets their needs", Disneyland Resort's director of media relations, Suzi Brown said in a statement.

One of the new passes costs a total of $1,049 , single tickets about $99 while another pass costs $849.

Brown says the option is aimed at reducing number of visiting Southern California locals who compromise majority of pass-holders and are easily able to visit at other, less-crowded, times of the year.

However, some Disneyland-goers raised the issue of low-income families being unable to afford the new prices while others defended the decision of the 60-year-old theme park saying the hike would help cut down crowd.

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