Disneyland Is Surveying Guests About Annual Pass Replacement Options

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Disneyland recently cancelled their Annual Pass program and is now refunding those that had current annual passes. Then Disneyland President, Ken Potrock, discussed how they are looking at possible replacements for the “membership program” moving forward stating:

This is not designed to limit choice and flexibility. It’s designed to enhance choice and flexibility. People may say, ‘Here’s how I’ve always used it.’ People may say, ‘Here’s what I bought, but I didn’t quite use it and optimize it.’ People may say, ‘I have a different family structure or my financial situation is different. I would love to do it a little bit differently than I’ve done in the past.’ What we’re hoping to be able to provide is the choice and flexibility for all of those different evolving states.

Now we have a look at the survey they have sent out to Disneyland AP holders from @imaginat1on on Twitter.

 

As a reminder here are the types of passes that existed before they cancelled the program:

  • SoCal Select Annual Pass for $299
  • Deluxe for $549
  • Premium for $779
  • Premier for $1,099

Here are the “Passport” options they offered in the survey:

Option 1 at $999/Adult and $809/Child

  • Reservation Window for 90 days and you can have 4 reservations at a time.
    Anytime reservations are 6 a year.
  • Blockouts for Easter, Christmas and New Years Time
  • 2 Blockout tickets
  • No friends and family tickets

Other

  • 10% of Merchandise
  • 30% off Food and Beverage
  • 20% off Special Event Tickets
  • 20% discount on parking
  • MaxPass
  • Unlimited Photopass
  • No Rewards Program
  • Dedicated Entrance

Option 2 at $1,399/Adult and $1,399 Child

  • Reservation Window for 90 days and you can have 6 reservations at a time.
  • No Anytime Reservations
  • Blockouts for Easter, June, July, Early August Christmas, New Years Time (wait…and you are paying MORE for this?)
  • 2 Blockout Tickets
  • No Friends & Family Tickets

Other

  • 30% off Merchandise
  • 10% off Food and Beverage
  • 20% off Special Event Tickets
  • Free Parking
  • No MaxPass
  • Unlimited PhotoPass
  • Dedicated Entrance
  • Rewards Program

(Wow!)

Option 3 – $999 Adult / $899 Child

  • Reservation Window: 120 days with 2 reservations at a time.
  • 4 Anytime reservations
  • Blockouts for Easter, June, July, Early August Christmas, New Years Time
  • 1 Blockout Day ticket
  • No Friends and family tickets

Other

  • 30% off Merchandise
  • 10% off Food and Beverage
  • No discount on Special Event Tickets
  • No Parking
  • No MaxPass
  • No PhotoPass
  • Dedicated Entrance
  • No Rewards Program

There are also some ticket options they are putting out there:

Other than the first option they are basically the same pricing for tickets you could buy before the Pandemic, but they have Park Pass Reservation guidelines.

3 Day “Multi-Visit” Ticket at $199/Adult and $179/Child

Reservation window of 120 days with Blockout dates of June-December. That’s half a year.

No ticket features and no discounts or anything else. It’s basically you get a discount for their lower crowd times and you can’t go for half a year.

Other Options:

1 Day Ticket at $104-$209/Adult or $98-$201/Child

Up to $209 for one day but no block out dates and no discounts or features. So a regular ticket then.  How are these “new” options?

As a reminder here’s the last ticket price list from 2020 from Touring Plans:

 Disneyland Resort 1-Day 1-Park Tickets Main Entrance Price Ages 10 & Up
Tier 1
A 1-Day Value Ticket is valid for one admission to one theme park on any Tier 1 season date.
$104
Tier 2
A 1-Day Regular Ticket is valid for one admission to one theme park on any Tier 2 season date.
$114
Tier 3
A 1-Day Peak Ticket is valid for one admission to one theme park on any Tier 3 season date.
$124
Tier 4
A 1-Day Peak Ticket is valid for one admission to one theme park on any Tier 4 season date.
$139
Tier 5
A 1-Day Peak Ticket is valid for one admission to one theme park on any Tier 5 season date.
$154

 

2 Day Ticket at $235-$290/ Adult or $220-$275/Child

You get a discount for buying multiple days and there are no block out dates. You have 120 reservation window but no other specials, discounts or features. So a basic 2-day ticket with hopping option or without.

3 Day Ticket at $310-$365/ Adult or $290-$345/Child

For a three day option you get no block out dates, 120 day reservation window and nothing else. So again….a regular 3 Day ticket, but now with Park Pass Reservations restrictions.

The Passport and 3-Day 1/2 year availability tickets are the only real “new” offering here.
The passports vary wildly.  Walt Disney World initiated reservation requirements and kept the Annual Passholder system. They limit the amount of “reservations” available for those buying tickets and for those with APs.

I’m not sure why they couldn’t do the same at Disneyland. But likely they will pull the APs from Walt Disney World guests soon too.

At the end of the day it seems that Ken Potrock’s comment is just about limiting the Passholders so they can charge more on daily tickets all while saying it’s to “spread out attendance.

Spread out attendance at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure while satisfying the largest number of people.”  – Ken Potrock, Disneyland President.

Don’t want to take up all the spots with people who aren’t going to pay a higher rate to get in.

What do you think? Comment and let us know.

Sources: @Imaginat1on Twitter, Touring Plans, Hat tip to WDWNT


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