Disney ticket prices on rise in Orlando

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland is seen on Wednesday Dec. 23 2015 in Anaheim Calif. Follow @Erik_Verduzco

Ticket prices at Walt Disney World in Orlando and at Disneyland in California are increasing, company officials said Sunday.

Disney, which has a three-tier structure that charges visitors more during peak periods to help spread out crowds, said peak one-day tickets for a single theme park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, would see the biggest increase, rising to $135 from $124.

Price increases that took effect Sunday varied by resort location, the number of days purchased, state residency and other factors. That's a $4 increase.

Prices for Florida residents have also changed, as reflected on the park's website. The price of a ticket on peak demand days is 135 US dollars, up from 124 USA dollars. A single-day regular ticket now cost $114, a $7 increase from past year. And the value ticket will cost $97, no change.

At the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, annual pass prices are going up by just under five to just over nine percent.

Disney also says it will extend its pre-published, date-specific pricing to multi-day tickets at Walt Disney World. And the Silver pass with block out dates during Christmas, spring break, and the summer costs $439, up from $419.

Annual pass prices at California's Disneyland are going up by as much as almost 18 percent, as Disney looks to better balance its crowd levels throughout the year. Managers of the company have been struggling for years to balance their desire to keep the parks full against the reality that they are crowded on a daily basis.

Disney has several projects in the works including Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, set to open in 2019, a Guardians of the Galaxy coaster at Epcot and a Tron coaster at Magic Kingdom.

In October 2015, Disney introduced flexible pricing at USA parks as an incentive for guests to visit during less busy times.