If you frequent Disneyland, this might put a downer on your holiday plans.
Disneyland Resort has indefinitely discontinued their Disney Southern California Annual Passport. Rather than offer the $469 park admission pass, guests are encouraged to spend $339 on the Select Annual Passport. The less expensive locals-only pass will probably ruffle more than a couple of feathers, unfortunately.
The pass is limited to 170 days of admission to the Disneyland Resort and not able to be used on holidays, through the summer or on weekends. Guests looking to hit Disneyland on a weekend will have to shell out $619 for the Disney Deluxe Passport. As of now, South California residents with the discontinued pass can renew, but no new passes will be sold.
This isn’t the first time the pass has been discontinued. In 2014 they got rid of it but restored it in 2016. Disneyland has been undergoing several financial changes in the last few years as they raised the prices of passes, tickets, and parking. The MaxPass system was introduced to allow guests the convenience of booking FastPasses from their phones. The service costs ticketed guests $10 per day, Disneyland Resort passholders $75 annually and absolutely nothing for Walt Disney World visitors.
Disneyland has some major expansions coming, such as Pixar Pier and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Externally, the Disneyland renovations will spread to Downtown Disney where there is an expected Star Wars virtual reality experience as well as a new hotel.
If you’re a Californian not willing to pay even bigger bucks, the Southern California Resident ticket will allow three visits to one park or both parks for $189 — a deal likely to be offered again next year.