The and Disney California Adventure theme parks in California remain closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, once they open there will be a massive change at both parks: Disney has announced it’s ending its long-running annual pass program.
In an sent to annual pass holders, Disneyland Resort president Ken Potrock said, “For nearly four decades, our Annual Passport program has been an important part of connecting with some of our most valued Guests. We are incredibly honored and grateful for that legacy, and the memories and magical moments you have helped us create over the years… I know that sunsetting the Annual Passport program will be disappointing to many of our Passholders who are just as anxious as we are to reopen our gates and welcome Guests back when the time is right.” The company also released a statement on Twitter, which you can see below.
Those who have active passes will receive refunds from the company and, according to Disney, there will be “membership offerings” announced at some point. It remains to be seen what those would entail.
This news comes as Disneyland has been closed for 10 months. The company’s parks at Florida’s Walt Disney World are open, though operating at reduced capacities. It’s not just the theme park restrictions that have financially impacted Disney during the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s also the that have been delayed due to theaters being closed.
While there’s no telling when Disneyland will open again, the park’s parking lot is about to get pretty busy. It was recently announced the lot would become a site supplying the to local residents. It’s expected that the location will be able to administer thousands of vaccine doses each day, once up and running.