Disneyland annual pass holders who’ve been itching to renew their expiring passes will soon get the possibility to take action, however with two less-than-magical caveats.
Prices are going up for all of the passes, with the top-tier annual pass climbing from $1,399 to $1,599.
And even the priciest annual pass received’t get you into the park for a number of days earlier than and after one of many busiest occasions of the 12 months: Christmas.
The price hikes — as excessive as 16% — and the restrictions on Christmas visits are the newest chapter within the saga of the resort’s annual pass program, which may be very fashionable with hard-core Disneyland followers however has been blamed for elevated crowding on the resort, particularly in the course of the peak summer time and vacation journey seasons.
The earlier annual pass program was scrapped in the course of the 13-month pandemic shutdown and changed final August with a new annual pass program dubbed Magic Key. It created 4 annual passes that ranged in price from $399 per 12 months for Southern California residents to $1,399 for the choice with no block-out days and the best flexibility for making reservations.
But in May, Disney paused all gross sales of recent Magic Key passes to higher management crowding at first of the busy summer time season. Starting Aug. 18, present pass holders will be capable of renew their Magic Key passes for a 12-month interval, however the resort received’t be promoting annual passes to new holders, presumably to higher management crowding on the parks.
The top-tier pass within the new plan, generally known as the Inspire Key, will price $1,599, changing the Dream Key, which bought for $1,399 final 12 months and had no block-out dates. The Inspire Key will embody limitless photograph downloads and a 20% low cost on use of Disney Genie+, the app that lets guests pay additional to skip the lengthy strains on the preferred rides.
But the Inspire Key received’t get you into the resort from Dec. 21 by Jan. 1. You’ll have to purchase a day by day ticket for these dates — priced at $164 per individual per day. And be warned: Tickets could promote out quick because the resort usually reaches capability round Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Although the brand new Inspire Key will block pass holders for 12 days round Christmas, Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown mentioned parkgoers can nonetheless partake of the vacation festivities as a result of the resort celebrates the vacation for eight weeks, beginning in early November.
“We think we have a lot of options for our Magic Key holders to experience,” she mentioned.
The Believe Key, which was priced final 12 months at $949 with 48 block-out dates, most of which fall round Thanksgiving and the December holidays, is now priced at $1,099. It additionally contains limitless digital photograph downloads and the 20% low cost on Disney Genie+. Brown mentioned the block-out calendars for the annual passes might be comparable however not precisely the identical.
The Enchant Key, which was priced final 12 months at $649 with 149 block-out dates, together with most of June and July and the times round Thanksgiving and Christmas, is now promoting for $699. It now contains a 25% low cost on customary parking and 20% off Disney Genie+.
The Imagine Key was priced final summer time at $399 and bought solely to Southern California residents. It had 218 block-out dates, with no out there weekends and many of the summer time blocked out. It will now promote for $449. It contains 25% off customary parking, plus the 20% low cost on Disney Genie+.
A Disneyland pass holder sued the resort in December, saying she purchased the costliest pass, assuming she might get limitless entry to the park. The lawsuit claims entry to the park is restricted as a result of the resort now requires a reservation to go to both Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park, whatever the annual pass standing. The reservation system was added on the resort final 12 months to assist Disneyland handle the park crowds.
Disneyland officers say they’ve been clear concerning the phrases of the annual passes and plan to defend in opposition to the lawsuit.