Disneyland Is Ending Its Annual Pass Program, Citing Difficulties Due To COVID-19 Restrictions
Disneyland confirmed that it will be ending its Annual Passholder program as its California parks have been closed for 10 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a notice on the Disneyland website, the company confirmed it was “sunsetting” the program, and cited challenges due to the “uncertainty of the pandemic and limitations around the reopening” of the parks.
“…We will be issuing appropriate refunds for eligible Disneyland Resort Annual Passports and sunsetting the current program. We are currently developing new membership offerings that will utilize consumer insights to deliver choice, flexibility and value for our biggest fans,” they wrote in part.
The parks will be issuing refunds to current eligible Annual Passholders and will be developing new programs for loyal parkgoers that have yet to be announced. Current Annual Passholders will also receive discounts at select Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street locations, which you can read about in full in Disneyland’s announcement here.
The Disneyland parks have been closed since March 2020 and all of the Disney parks around the world shuttered temporarily around that time. All of the other Disney theme parks have reopened since then (though Hong Kong Disneyland has closed, then reopened, and now has been closed since December 2).
Disneyland reopened its Downtown Disney District on July 9 and although it had previously announced plans to reopen the rest of its parks throughout July, those plans were put on hold indefinitely. Last October, California released its reopening guidelines for theme parks, which say that parks of Disneyland’s size will not be able to reopen until its county is in the yellow designation for COVID-19 cases. Disneyland will then be able to operate at 25 percent capacity. Disneyland’s president issued a statement at the time saying that the guidelines keep them closed “for the foreseeable future.”
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