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Disneyland rolled out a new passholder option a couple of months ago called the Disney Flex Passport. We are here to take a look at what you need to know about this new passport to the happiest place on earth.
This pass requires passholders make an advance reservation in order to get into Disneyland and also into Disney California Adventure on high traffic days.
Reservations can be booked either on the Disneyland website or on the Disneyland app. Reservations can be made up to a month in advance or on the day of a planned visit to the parks.
The Flex Passport is designed to provide visitors with more flexibility when planning days in Disney. The pass also allowed Disney to be more in control of crowd management for passholders.
If you are a planner, this pass may be for you. If you like to plan your park days in advance, this pass is a great option for you. If planning isn’t really your style and you tend to be more of a last minute Disney decision maker or you tend to hit the parks on low crowd days anyway, this pass may not be your best best. For those with less of a planning tendency, the $399 SoCal Select pass may be the most sensible option for you.
At $599, this particular pass is a steal of deal when comparing the cost of the $1,149 Signature pass and for those who tend to go often and busy park days are more in line with your schedule, this is a great option.
The Flex pass calendar has four types of days: Good to Go (No reservation required), Reservation Required, Reservation Unavailable and Blocked Out. For those Good to Go days, Flex passholders need not make a reservation and can just head on in. If you log into the app however, and get a “reservation unavailable” message, you are a no-go for that day unless you booked your reservation already of course.
Another important note regarding the Flex pass is that reservations, as we mentioned above, can be made up to 30 days in advance but Flex passholders can only have up to two reservations on their account at a time. As soon as you enter the park on your reservation day however, you can jump on the app to make another reservation for a different day.
Flex passholders can add up to eight people to their reservation as long as those individuals are connected to the passholders Disney account prior to making the reservation.
Cancellations can be made until 11:59 p.m. the night before your reservation using the Disneyland website or app. There is no penalty for canceling reservations.
However, there is a penalty for no-shows on reservations. After three no- shows during a three-month period Flex passholders, All existing reservations will be canceled for that passholder and a hold will be put on any new reservations that are made. In order to rectify this situation, passholders will have to call the Disney passholder line and discuss the situation with a castmember.
Beware of block out dates. Although Disney says that guests with this pass can theoretically get into the Disneyland parks any day of the year, in reality, there are more than 200 potential block out days a year with this pass.
Flex passholders have unlimited access to both parks on off-peak days, generally Monday through Thursday during most of February, March, April, May, September and October. There are also a few Good to Go days on Fridays in November, January, February and March.
For the majority of June, July and August, Thanksgiving Week and most of December as well as several weeks during high volume Spring Break time, advance reservations must be made and there is no guarantee of availability for these.
Flex pass perks include 10 percent off merchandise and dining. This is a smaller discount compared to the Signature and Signature Plus passes that offer 15% off at restaurants and 20% off at shops. Unlike the Signature passes, Flex passes do not come with parking discounts.
Be sure to head over to Instagram and check out Amber and Gerardo of Our_DisneyAdventures, who were kind enough to supply us with these amazing images for this post. They are Disneyland enthusiasts and Annual Passholders! They post the cutest photos and sure have that Disney style down to a science.
If you are interested in this newest Disneyland pass, contact Disney’s annual passholder hotline at 714-781-7277.