I feel the same. In the article it’s mentioned they are planning “membership” options for guests with different tiers. I hope it’s not a convoluted mess to get into the park with a membership, and I hope this only lasts through their capped attendance, but this is really a blow to the so cal locals that call Disneyland homeWow. So what’s their plan moving forward? One reason I moved to SoCal was to go to DLR all the time. Will there be another AP-like option?
Yes. My guess is that your post is close to what will happen. They've been looking for ways to relieve those AP attendance crushes in the evenings. This will be their excuse to reinstitute an AP program that is more use restrictive, less generous than the present one.Annual passes have been a nightmare for DLR for years, and if there was ever a time to rethink how they work, it’s now. There have been more than a few rumors of them implementing something that resembles a mixture of a DTC monthly subscription service and the Flex Pass. Basically, your “subscription” permits you X number of reservations per month. The highest tier would essentially be unlimited while the lowest tier would offer the least days per month, particularly in the summer. One or two mid-tiers in between. Would be a “use it or lose it” model, too. They’d still charge you even if you don’t make a reservation for the month. Just something I’ve heard.
I literally said this on the last page or so, too. It wasn’t really a secret. It was pretty well known that Disney was looking to do this, they just didn’t know how to justify it. COVID gives them the cover to do it.
RUMOR: Disneyland Resort Already Planned to Discontinue SoCal Select, Deluxe and Signature Annual Passes Before COVID-19, Closure Provided Opportunity to Quietly Retire Passports - WDW News TodayA daily-updated resource for news and information on the Disney resort around the world.wdwnt.com
This like the third time I've said something and websites picked up on it. I should just start my own blog smh
I think fans will still compare it to the old tier system so $100 per visit for 10 visits won’t be worth it. Really, the “regulars” are screwed under this system.Has something like this ever been done for theme parks? Almost like private golf clubs with annual dues and green fees. Something like $500/year + $50/visit, $300/year + $75/visit, $100/year + $100/visit. They would make a lot of money upfront, like how Costco makes so much upfront on membership fees. This would get guests to spend at least $1000/year if they visit at least 10 times.