Disneyland visit limit for some annual passholders.
Disneyland announced the first of what could be sweeping changes coming to its annual passport program that will limit – for the first time – which parks some passholders can visit on specific days.
The changes come at a time when resort officials are debating how best to manage enormous crowds expected when the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land opens in Disneyland in summer 2019.
Disney planned to send emails this morning to passholders explaining the new program, which will create two new admission calendars, meaning that some passes would be good at certain parks on certain days, but not necessarily both parks on the same day.
“As our business evolves, this is the first step in reshaping our Annual Pass program, which will better manage the guest experience and allow all Disneyland Resort visitors to have a great visit, particularly as we look forward to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in summer 2019,” Disneyland spokeswoman Liz Jaeger said in a prepared statement.
By some accounts, there are as many as 1 million annual passholders to the Disneyland Resort, though Disney has never confirmed this.
Starting next June, instead of one calendar, passholders will see two calendars – one for each park. They will need to check both calendars to see which park they can visit on which day. The biggest changes will be to holders of the mid-priced Deluxe passport, with the higher levels experiencing no change at all.
Annual passholders can go online and use drop-down menus to see if they can visit Disneyland or DCA or both on their chosen date. A green date means yes. Gray means no.
Disneyland is extending its planning calendar to 13 months to allow people to look now and see which days they can visit in June 2019. In the past, the calendar would only have been visible through May.
The current two-park-per-day system on a single calendar will continue intact for the coming year, until the end of next May.
Since the annual pass program began at Disneyland in June 1983, people have been able to choose from different levels of passes, depending on how much they want to spend and how many days they want to attend the park each year. The lowest level basic pass, geared for Southern California locals, admits its owners only on weekdays and off-season. The highest level allows visits every day of the year, even the most crowded ones, which are typically around Christmas. Prices range from $369 to $1,149 per year.
|Ticket type||June 2018 admission days (both parks)||June 2019 admission days (both parks)|
|So Cal Annual Passport (on hiatus – only renewals)||19||0 (20 for DCA only)|
|Select Annual Passport||4||0 (3 for DCA only)|
|Deluxe Annual Passport||25||13 (Plus 17 for DCA only)|
|Signature Annual Passport||30||30|
|Signature Plus Annual Passport||30||30|
Currently, most passholders face “blockout dates” when they can’t go to the parks, however, if they are not blocked out, they can visit either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure or both. It’s common for people to hop between the parks in one day.
People use the Disneyland website or use the mobile app to find out which days they are able to visit and which are blocked out.
The resorts are already often packed with pass holders, even on weekdays that formerly were considered low season, leaving observers to speculate how Disney plans to accommodate the huge demand that Star Wars will certainly bring.