Disneyland has announced that they are ending their annual passport program. The theme park has been closed for 10 months due to the ongoing public health crisis. When the park first closed in March 2020, many thought it would only last a few weeks. Those weeks have turned into months, and we are now just two months away from being a full year since Disneyland closed its doors.
In October 2020, Disneyland Tokyo announced that they were ending their annual passport program and many speculated that the California park was not too far behind. Ken Potrock, president of Disneyland Resort, emailed current pass holders to notify them of the changes and to address refunds for people who are still paying for their passes. Potrock says, “Due to ongoing pandemic uncertainty and restrictions surrounding the reopening of our California theme parks, we will make appropriate refunds for eligible Disneyland Resort annual passports and discontinue the current program.”
As the Disneyland Annual Passport program draws to a close, Ken Potrock is optimistic about the future after nearly 40 years. “I know the expiration of the annual passport program will be disappointing for many of our pass holders who are just as concerned as we are to reopen our gates and welcome guests when the time is right,” he said. He continued, “We are also very excited about what lies ahead. We plan to use this time while remaining closed to develop new membership offerings that will leverage consumer insights to provide our greatest fan choice, flexibility and value.” What the new membership offer will be is unclear at this point. No further details have been made available, but it can be assumed that they are hard at work behind the scenes to come up with an alternative.
Current pass holders can get their discounts at Downtown Disney for now, but those benefits expire March 14. Residents of Southern California have enjoyed the annual passport for decades. Families could come early in the morning, ride a few rides, grab a bite to eat, and come home, instead of spending all day there. Over the years, Disneyland has been criticized for increasing prices on their annual passes, even as they added new options to combat overcrowding.
For now, Disneyland will remain closed indefinitely as the Florida park will remain open. However, the park is currently a mass vaccination area, which local residents can visit, as is Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. When Disneyland can reopen its doors, they will not be able to reach full capacity for quite some time and strict health guidelines will have to be followed in the near future. The news about the annual passport was first announced on the official Disneyland website.
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