This month, Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders were taken by surprise when Disney officials announced the abrupt cancellation of the Annual Passport program.
Few details were given at the time, other than the fact that “new membership offerings” would eventually be presented and that existing Passholders would still be able to take advantage of certain discounts upon visiting either the Downtown Disney District or the partially reopened Buena Vista Street area of Disney California Adventure theme park.
Recently, Disneyland Passholders began receiving various versions of a survey that gave some insight into what these upcoming “membership offerings” could look like when Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park are finally allowed to reopen following their coronavirus-related closure, which began on March 14, 2020.
Instagram user DisneyNews55 shared a screenshot of the Passholder survey, which included a series of questions about which ticket option Guests would purchase. In this particular screenshot, three Passport options, a 3-day multi-visit ticket, and standard 1-day, 2-day, and 3-day theme park tickets are offered.
Here, we break down how Disneyland memberships could look in the future based on details from the aforementioned survey.
The Passports will be reservation based.
All of the Annual Passport offerings in the Disneyland AP survey required park reservations for theme park admission. This is unsurprising since we already know that the Disney Park Pass system — the same reservation system that is already in place at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL — will be used whenever Disneyland Resort fully reopens to Guests. This was hinted at during a Disney Parks presentation over the summer.
Furthermore, Disneyland Resort already has experience with a reservation-based Annual Passport. The Disney Flex Passport, which debuted in 2019, required Guests to make reservations on traditionally busy Disney Parks days, such as weekends and throughout the holiday season. A calendar similar to Disney World’s Park Pass calendar was used.
As noted by the OC Register:
All of the memberships presented in the surveys require advance reservations with passholders able to make 2, 4 or 6 reservations at a time — depending on the package. Reservation windows range from 60 to 90 to 120 days.
The Passports will offer discounts.
It looks like Passholder discounts will not become a thing of the past if these sample Disneyland Passport options are any indication. All three of the choices that these survey takers were given provided a discount on food, beverage, and/or merchandise purchases. The option of a discount on Disneyland Resort parking was also presented.
The merchandise or dining discount amount, however, did depend on which Passport was selected and ranged from 10% to 30%.
There will be blackout dates.
Similar, again, to the setup of the Disney Flex Passport, certain dates appear to be blacked out for Guests with every Passport type in this survey. These include major holidays, such as Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, and Easter Sunday, and, in certain cases, busy times of the year, such as early August.
The number of blackout dates Guests’ new Annual Passes have — and the number of blackout day tickets they are eligible to purchase, presumably in a year — will be dependent on what type of Passport is selected according to the information in this particular survey.
The Passports may or may not include Disney extras.
Disney Parks fans know that Disney magic comes at a price and, in the case of Disneyland Resort’s possible new Annual Passholder options, the less you are willing to pay, the fewer magical extras you might get to experience during your visits to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
Disney MaxPass, Disney PhotoPass service, and included parking fees are all pixie-dusted extra features that look to be included with certain Passports and not others — this is very similar to how Disneyland’s previous AP options were set up, so it shouldn’t come as a huge shock to former Passholders.
The OC Register also notes that one of the perks presented for Annual Passholders is a dedicated entrance to Disneyland and DCA that would only be available for specific APs. Something similar was implemented at Walt Disney World Resort a few years back.
Bear in mind that this is purely speculation based on the recent survey at this time. Disneyland has not yet shared what its specific Passholder options will be moving forward, and all of this information has been gathered from the various surveys that have been distributed to select former Annual Passport holders.
At this time, Disneyland Resort remains closed — with the exception of the previously mentioned shopping and dining options at Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street. No reopening date for the theme parks — or a grand opening date for the much-anticipated Avengers Campus area — have been announced at this time. The hotels of the Disneyland Resort are still temporarily closed, as well.
Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom canceled the regional stay-at-home order that had previously been impacting Orange County. This is likely to have an almost immediate impact on Downtown Disney District and Buena Vista Street operations, but no details have yet been shared by Disneyland officials.
Stay tuned to Inside the Magic for all of the latest Disneyland Resort news.