Disneyland removes annual passes and fans are devastated
After four decades, Disneyland has ended its popular annual passport program, and the park’s biggest fans are losing their minds a bit. Disneyland President Ken Potrock sent an email Thursday afternoon explaining that the company was in the process of “shutting down” popular tickets due to “the continued uncertainty of the pandemic”. The company was also concerned that it could accommodate the hordes of fans expected to descend on the park when it reopens with limited capacity. Potrock, who was named president last May, offered pass holders a temporary 30% discount in the Downtown Disney shopping district, as well as an automatic prorated refund of the pass. He hinted at a new membership program but gave no details. Shortly after the announcement, Mouse cat reported there was a five hour wait to speak with Disney customer service.
We asked long-time annual pass holders to share their thoughts on the end of the program and what it would mean for them. We could hear a ten year old girl crying in the background as her mother spoke to us.
“I have had a pass since the 90s. There are different cliques of pass holders. I’m not one of those rabid fans or pin dealer, I just love being there. I have the pass that includes parking and I just love to walk in. Sometimes we just take the train around the park, grab something to eat, hook up with friends, and come home. Sometimes we sit in front of a fire at the Grand Californian. In the 80’s when they still had ABCDE tickets my parents were Auto Club members and they offered a magical pass that you could wear on your clothes and go on any trip without needing extra tickets. . I still have it in my photo album. Brooke Keesling, Burbank
“My wife and I had our honeymoon at Disneyland 30 years ago and started getting passes then. It has become our favorite stay. When they introduced the $ 99 pass, it made Disneyland a babysitting place where parents could drop off their kids, which had serious consequences for the park. There is this unpopular nickname of “passholes,” which applies to people who feel empowered because of the annual passes. Last year we pretty much lived in Galaxy’s Edge. I met all the hardcore guys who had the same interests as me and who were passionate about Disney with the costumes. I would wear a rebel jacket and utility belt and felt like a resident of Black Spire Outpost. Shawn Crosby, Westchester
“I was an employee and had a cash pass. Our daughter is ten years old, so we have had the annual pass for nine years. Having it gave us the luxury of not being stressed to do it all in one trip. I’m very hurt so my husband says they have to pump pure oxygen around Disneyland because it made me super relaxed. We have friends who hate Disneyland but their kids want to go, so they send them with us. We are socialists, practically communists, so we should hate it, but as artists and creatives it inspires us a lot and brings us so much joy. We are Disney pros. I literally have a Google spreadsheet on how to hack Disneyland. It’s been so hard this year. I keep saying the first thing I’m going to do after COVID is hug everyone and then go to Disneyland. ” Geneviève McCaw, Eagle Rock
“I’ve been a pass holder since 1999, with the exception of a small amount of time when I couldn’t afford it. It got more expensive over the years and I had to sacrifice things like concerts or certain clothes but I made it a priority because I needed this escape and the happiness it brought me. . I would go two or three times a week. Sometimes I even go down for an hour just before they close. It’s one of my favorite moments. I’m still in denial and that says a lot about how much it affects me. It breaks my heart not to be able to come down and check out things that have always been there. It reassures me that some things are not changing. Ginger Leigh-Lanny Duncan, Alhambra
“My wife and I have had the Premiere Pass for both parks for about ten years. We go to Disneyland every two weeks and to Florida five or six times a year. We are both teachers. I teach in high school and she teaches in college. We don’t have children, but we are surrounded by children all the time. Seeing famous actors like Maynard in the Enchanted Tiki Room is like seeing an old friend. Disneyland is a great way to connect with my students. Their music is different and their TV is different, but when they find out I love Disneyland it really connects them: “Oh Mr. K, I was just there last week! It will come back at some point. Fingers crossed.” David Knatcal, Sherman Oaks
“We live in the San Francisco Bay Area and I fly every two months with my daughter. She is a filmmaker and spent two summers at USC. My first trip to Disneyland was when she was two in 2004. We went to the Rose Bowl, and since my husband is a football fan, he got to see the game and we were able to go to Disneyland. I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s about more than the attractions. I love to sit on a bench. I love the Dapper In. I love to watch little girls run. If we were to pay $ 100 a day it would start to add up for sure. I don’t want to go less, but we’ll see how much we have to pay for college. Christy Vaca, Richmond
“We are so spoiled with the Annual Pass that many of us go when we can. I have had a pass for ten years. The annual payment was $ 100 per month which is reasonable, but if we pay $ 200 per day it might be a bit more prohibitive. It is disappointing but not unexpected. When they get the green light from the state, they’ll have to do something to prevent a million people showing up fighting and shouting to get in. Some pass holders want to feel important and feel like they’ve accomplished something. The odious ones have a sense of entitlement and feel that the pass gives them a magical right to personally own the park – to sit where they want and ride what they want, but you can’t. blame the pass for someone who is a fool. It is a privilege and not something guaranteed, even at a price. Robert Ratinoff, Sherman Oaks