Disneyland Resort has now been closed for nearly a year, and with that came many difficult decisions for the Walt Disney Company. One of those tough calls was to cancel the Disneyland Annual Passport program for the foreseeable future. That being said, Disneyland Annual Passholders can expect one final parting gift as their refunds begin.
Paul @Paulsthemeparkadventures took to Instagram to post a photo of a Disneyland AP magnet that celebrates Disneyland Resort’s 65th anniversary. According to this Disneyland fan, blogger, and Passholder:
New A.P. Magnet to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Disneyland! These are Free with any purchase at World Of Disney or the AP corner in Buena Vista Street
As a reminder, although Disneyland and Disney California Adventure currently remain closed, the Downtown Disney District remains open while following the State of California’s restrictions, amid the stay-at-home order. Therefore, local Disneyland APs can head to Downtown Disney and collect their complimentary AP magnet after a purchase has been made — and APs can even get 30% off their purchases right now!
- The Disneyland Resort AP program is being suspended for the time being amid the ongoing pandemic and theme park closures in California.
- In the next several days, eligible Disneyland APs will begin receiving appropriate refunds. A pro-rata refund will be issued for your Passport if you are entitled to one.
- A new offering will become available in the future, though the specific details of that offering have not yet been revealed. Disney shared that former APs will be the first to know about the “new membership offerings” during the “next chapter.”
- Annual Passholders who held active Passports as of March 14, 2020, will continue to receive applicable discounts, based on their Passport type, on merchandise and food & beverages at select Downtown Disney District and Buena Vista Street locations, until new membership offerings are announced. Starting January 18 through February 25, 2021, these Passholders will receive a 30% discount on select merchandise at select locations in Downtown Disney District and Buena Vista Street, Monday through Thursday.
- Details on AP refunds can be found at Disneyland.com/PassportRefund
- Details on the AP special offers can be found at Disneyland.com/APSpecialOffers.
Disneyland President Ken Potrock did announce that “new membership offerings” would become available in the future. Although what those memberships will entail remains unknown, previously we theorized that it may be something similar to the Flex Pass.
For those who do not know, the Flex Pass required Passholders to make a reservation (on busy days) to enter the parks. It only had two weeks of blackout dates, but was priced at a mid-tier level and didn’t limit how many times you could enter the park — the only catch was you could only have two reservations at a time. This is quite similar to the way Disney Park Pass reservations are working in Disney World at the moment, so it would not be surprising to see a similar structure for APs implemented at Disneyland — once it can reopen.
The introduction of a “new membership offering” for those who were once Annual Passholders, however, may take a while to come into effect considering the park’s closure. California Governor Gavin Newsom currently will not allow the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks to reopen to Guests — according to his theme park reopening guidelines — until Orange County is in the Yellow tier. The Yellow tier would mean Orange County would only be allowed to have one new positive coronavirus case per 100,000 residents each day. Currently, Orange County is in the most restrictive tier and has a long way to go.
Stay tuned to Inside the Magic as we continue to report all of the news regarding Disneyland’s Annual Passport program, as well as any other Disneyland news.
Are you a Disneyland Passholder? Are you happy about the new Disneyland magnet offering? Let us know your thoughts!