7 Ways to Entertain Yourself for Less than the Cost of a Disneyland Annual Pass

Disneyland prices are at an all-time high. Here are seven other ways to entertain yourself for less than the cost of one annual pass.

Disneyland ticket prices have risen to their highest levels ever. This year, single-day tickets to the Anaheim parks will spike as high as $209 on “high-demand” dates. The cost of annual passes has risen too. A Disney Deluxe Passport–the middle tier of five options–now runs $829. To put that eye-popping price into perspective, here are seven other entertainment experiences you could have for less than the cost of a pass to the Mouse House.

Five orchestra seats for Hamilton at the Pantages: $675
It’s been years since peak Hamilton-mania, but tickets, even for the touring production, remain expensive. Nonetheless, we were able to find orchestra level seats for $135 for various performances of the 2020 L.A. run.

Two annual passes to each of the other SoCal theme parks: $676
If you’re really dedicated to theme park life, you can snag a pair of annual or season passes to Universal Studios ($144), Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor ($93), and Knott’s Berry Farm ($101), and still have enough left over for one off-peak single-day ticket to Disneyland.

Yearlong dual memberships to every big, admission-charging museum in L.A.: $768
Buy a dual-level membership and you and a plus one can skip all the admission charges for an entire year of visits to the Natural History Museum ($89), LACMA ($130), the Petersen Automotive Museum ($114), the Huntington ($350), and Norton Simon ($85).

General admission wristbands for Coachella and Stagecoach: $778
Coachella ($429) might have a rep for being a pricier music fest, but you can attend and throw in a pass for Stagecoach ($349) while still coming in under one Disney Deluxe. Mickey might be cool, but he’s no Frank Ocean

26 tickets to a Sparks game: $780
You could pretend to fly the Millennium Falcon a couple times—or take an entire youth sports league out to see some of L.A.’s most inspiring pro athletes for $30 a seat. Your choice.

Your own movie theater for a screening: $800
Want to get some friends together for a big-screen viewing of your favorite classic flick, Disney or otherwise? Book a 29-seat auditorium at Laemmle’s Santa Monica cinema for a 7:30 weekday showing.

Just stay at home and watch TV: $809
For the price of a pass you could buy a 43-inch 4K Toshiba TV ($249), pay for a year of subscription fees to Netflix ($108), Hulu, and (obviously) Disney+ ($156 for both), and get a new IKEA Sandbacken sofa ($299) to relax on, measles-free.

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