Photo Credit: ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 30: An entrance area to Disneyland stands empty on September 30, 2020 in Anaheim, California. Disney is laying off 28,000 workers amid the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on theme parks. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Disneyland Ending Its Annual Pass Program Due to COVID-19
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have announced they are getting rid of their annual pass program. The decision comes as a result of the continuing rise in the number of COVID-19 cases ten months after the parks’ initial closure in March.
The parks were originally scheduled to reopen at a lower capacity in mid-July, but a COVID-19 spike in California caused those plans to be prolonged.
The annual passes allowed holders to visit Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park all year long, and were popular among California locals and Disneyland super fans. Current pass holders will be issued refunds.
Ken Potrock, president of Disneyland Resort, said in a statement, “We want to thank our Annual Passholders for their understanding during this closure period. We are currently developing new membership offerings that will utilize consumer insights to deliver choice, flexibility, and value for our biggest fans.”
Potrock remains uncertain of when the new offerings will be available, as the current climate remains unpredictable. However, Orange County officials announced Monday that the Disneyland Resort will serve as a mass vaccination site at which thousands of vaccines will be given daily.