Why Did Walt Disney World Stop Sales of Most Annual Passes?

The internet was a buzz yesterday as Disney released word that they would stop selling most Walt Disney World Annual Passes for the time being. From reading around different forums and boards, a lot of people were planning on getting them as holiday gifts.

Right now the Pirate Pass, Sorcerer Pass and Incredi-Pass are all not available. But the lowest cost, Florida resident, Pixie Dust Pass is still available.

New sales of select Annual Passes are currently paused.

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Many are upset as Disney only started selling the passes again just a couple of months ago.

So why are they doing this?

Disney hasn’t given an official reason, but I can tell you what sources have been telling us here at PnP.

According to sources Disney has done this because it’s been a “nightmare” with reservations issues during the holiday season. Plus the demand for APs has been higher than expected.

Sources say it’s likely all happening because they need more control over the amount of people coming in. They have stopped a lot of day passes as well. Walt Disney World is very busy during the holiday season and we know they are short staffed as it is. Or it could be based on other “variables” that Disney is watching.

What I do know is that there is still quite a bit of availability for Park Pass Reservations during December. If they wanted to limit the capacity they would cut availability for Park Pass Reservation days. I don’t quite understand why they would stop selling them all together.

Current Annual Passholders seem to be fine though.

People are not happy as there was no warning:

No matter what the reason is, if you were hoping to get an Annual Pass and haven’t, you are out of luck for the time being. Hopefully this is indeed just a temporary issue and they will start selling them again after the holidays are over.

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