In the wake of the ongoing pandemic, many aspects of the Disney theme park experience have changed from the way they were even earlier this year. One major change is the fact that all of Disney’s open properties — Tokyo Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Walt Disney World Resort — now require Guests to make reservations before visiting.
Gone are the days of waking up in the morning and spontaneously walking through the gates of your favorite Disney Park. This is especially challenging for Annual Passholders who are used to being able to visit their preferred Disney theme park property on a whim, without having to plan in advance.
Today, likely as a direct result of new procedures, Tokyo Disneyland announced it will be ending its Annual Passholder program and will no longer be holding its monthly park entry lottery for Passholders. There has been no official announcement about if the AP option will return in 2021 or if this is a permanent change, but it is expected that sometime next year they will announce more information on if and when APs can be purchased again.
It is important to note that neither Disney World nor Disneyland in the United States have lotteries for APs or single-day ticket Guests — both parks will ultimately use Disney World’s existing Disney Park Pass system.
The lottery measure had to do with the overwhelming demand for Tokyo Disney Resort entry when it began its phased reopening.
The official Tokyo Disneyland website reads:
- Requests for refunds will be accepted starting October 23, 2020.
- Park admission lottery will no longer be held after the lottery for December 2020 Park admissions ends.
- The extension of validity which had been planned initially, will not be offered.
- The updated information regarding Annual Passports hereafter will be announced on the Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website by the end of March 2021.
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are jointly owned by the Oriental Land Company and The Walt Disney Company. This means Disney does not solely make decisions for this theme park.
At this time, Walt Disney World’s current Passholders are able to access all four of the Resort’s theme parks via the Disney Park Pass reservation system, though Park Hopping is currently suspended. Disneyland’s Annual Passholder program is currently under assessment due to the continued closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park.
What are your thoughts on Tokyo Disney Resort ending its Annual Passholder ticketing option?