Disneyland Annual Pass System To Be Revamped – Cancelling Current Annual Passes

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Wow! In a move that certainly took me by surprise today, Disney took to social media today to share that the current Disneyland Annual Pass system, would be no more and the the whole thing is going to be revamped. In addition, current Disneyland Annual Passholders would be receiving refunds for their passes.

Here is the full statement that was shared, by the President of the Disneyland Resort, Ken Potrock:

 

Disneyland Annual Pass

 

We want to thank our Annual Passholders for their understanding during this closure period. Due to the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and limitations around the reopening of our California theme parks, we will be issuing appropriate refunds for eligible Disneyland Resort Annual Passports and sunsetting the current program. We are currently developing new membership offerings that will utilize consumer insights to deliver choice, flexibility, and value for our biggest fans.

 

According to the Disneyland website, there is a bit more information. Annual Passholders who held active Passports, as of March 14, 2020 will continue to receive applicable discounts based on the type of passport they had, for merchandise and food and beverage options at select Downtown Disney District and Buena Vista Street locations until any new membership offerings are announced. As an added benefit, starting January 18 and running through February 25, 2021, those Annual Passholders will receive a 30% discount on select merchandise at select locations, Monday through Thursday.

Disney states that a pro rata refund will be issued, if you are entitled to one and that refunds will be processed as quickly as possible.

What if you were a Premier Passholder who had access to visit both Walt Disney World and Disneyland? You will still be able to enjoy Walt Disney World and and passholder perks through March 31, 2021. Passes will be cancelled after that date. Premier Passholders will be able to renew their Walt Disney World Annual Passes through April 30, 2021.

Currently those with Walt Disney World Annual Passes will still be able to use them. They have not been cancelled or retired.

Of course, they did not share any details on what this new program that they plan to roll out in the future would entail. Based on the date that was mentioned repeatedly, March 31, I would expect we will have details somewhere around there about what the future may hold for Disneyland and its new membership program. Of course, that’s just me reading into things. We’ll make sure to share the details whenever they actually do become available.

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2 thoughts on “Disneyland Annual Pass System To Be Revamped – Cancelling Current Annual Passes

  • January 14, 2021 at 6:55 pm
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    Don’t hold your breath for future details on the new “membership” program. I think Anaheim management saw the reduced-capacity disaster that played out in Tokyo (tons of AP locals, very few admission slots available by lottery, lots of anger, and all APs canceled and refunded in October), and knew the exact same thing was bound to play out at Disneyland.

    Between pent-up local demand and presumed capacity restrictions whenever they can reopen, Disneyland will be “full” with ticket-purchasing guests for a good while. No point in reintroducing APs or something like them until they see excess capacity to fill in the parks.

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  • January 14, 2021 at 7:29 pm
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    Andy nailed it. Whenever DL opens, they are most definitely going to have less capacity than WDW, a huge demand from AP holders and day guests, but the day guest tickets will have Disney receiving much higher per guest spending at the park and hotels than they will get from local AP holders.

    I am also willing to bet that the new APs will be more expensive than the prorated refunds being given to current AP holders.

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