In the biggest change, Disney stopped selling a pass that let users attend its two Anaheim theme parks any day of the entire year, replacing it with two pricier options.

The now-discontinued Premium pass, which cost $779, enables endless attendance to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park and provides reductions on some food and merchandise.

The new Signature Plus pass, costing $1,049, contains all the benefits of the Premium pass, as well as parking and endless downloads of keepsake pictures shot through the PhotoPass program.

The new Signature pass, costing $849, is the same as Signature Plus – except it comprises about two weeks’ worth of blackout days.

Visitors cannot use it to obtain entry throughout the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season, which will be the parks’ most popular time, Brown said.

The costs of Disneyland’s other annual passes also increased: The Deluxe pass, allowing entry for both Anaheim parks 315 days of the year, rose 9% to $599. The Southern California pass, allowing admission 215 days annually and may only be renewed, not purchased new, grew 12% to $459. The Southern California Select pass, which allows entry 170 days per year, grew. And the Disney Premier Passport, which allows unlimited entry to the draws not only in Florida but also in Anaheim, now costs $1,439, up 31%. Moreover, the price of parking in the Anaheim parks increased to $18 from $17. All cost changes took effect immediately.

Earlier this year, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts sent a survey to visitors that indicated it was thinking about charging more for entry on peak days.

During a 24 hour bash in May to establish the Anaheim park’s 60th anniversary celebration, the entry gates were temporarily shut twice when the park reached capability – an estimated 80,000 guests, according to insiders.

The cost changes come less than two months after Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger announced plans for a new “Star Wars” land in the Anaheim theme park.