Disneyland Update! New Ticketing Options Coming

New Survey Reveals Plans for Disneyland Updated Ticketing

Disneyland announced last week that they would be discontinuing their Annual Pass program and would be coming up with new options for ticketing and passports.

Surveys were sent to current and former Disneyland passholders asking a variety of questions including features they value most and would be most interested in, how often they visit in the past and would be likely to visit once reopen.

The survey was over 50 pages long. Let’s dissect some of the aspects of it that Disney will analyze.

Related: Disneyland Ends Annual Pass Program

Annual Pass Pricing

It has been rumored for some time that Disney would be doing away with the monthly payment option for Disneyland passholders. This is reinforced by this survey. One specific questions states, “Imagine that monthly payments were no longer available at the Disneyland Resort.” We know Disney wants to get rid of this option, this question will provide insight into how many people would not return if it wasn’t an option.

The survey provided a number of new ticketing options. On each page, users were asked to select the ticket type they’d be most inclined to buy. Also in what quantity. Most pages offered several annual pass options, a multi-visit ticket option, and day tickets (1, 2, or 3-day). One of the pages offered no annual pass tickets at all, possible insight immediately following the reopening when the park will likely be operating at extremely limited capacity.  

a few things made the biggest swing in prices: 1) the number of blockout days, 2) the number of days in advance that tickets could be reserved, 3) the number of reservations held at one time, and 4) whether or not parking was included.  The more of those items which were included and the greater the value of the total items, the higher the pass price.   

Related: Disneyland Will Open as COVID-19 Vaccine Super Site

There were 6 price points Disney used frequently throughout the survey. The features and benefits available at those price points varied significantly throughout the questions.

It was clear to us that the focus of this survey was getting a handle on features and enhancements available at each tier. These include number of reservations that can be made, the window in which to make them, parking and more.

Details

The survey presents four possible ticket offerings. The 3-Day Multi-Visit ticket has an extensive blockout window. Guests choosing that option are only able to visit Disneyland Resort January through May. 1-, 2-, and 3- day tickets have no blockout dates.

Passports require a reservation. The reservation window varies based on the Passport. Two of the three Passports feature an “anytime reservation” that would allow guests to secure a reservation on short notice.

Discounts and other features vary based on the Passport. Passports are available for adults and children under 6.

Each ticket has a 120 day reservation window. No additional features or discounts are included with tickets. Guests under 9 may enter with a child ticket.

Breakdown of Ticket Options Proposed

The survey outlined a number of different ticket options for Disneyland guests. Let’s break down the options and what was included in each.

Passport 1 — $999 Adult / $809 Child

  • Calendar
    • Blockout Dates: Easter, Christmas, and New Year Holidays
  • Reservation Features
    • Reservation Window: 90 days
    • Reservations Held at at Time: 4
    • Anytime Reservation: 6 per year
  • Ticket Features
    • Blockout Day Tickets: 1
    • Friends & Family Tickets: 0
  • Discounts
    • Merchandise: 10%
    • Food and Beverage: 30%
    • Special Event Tickets: 20%
  • Other Features
    • Parking: 20% discount
    • MaxPass: Yes
    • Unlimited PhotoPass: Yes
    • Dedicated Entrance: Yes
    • Rewards Program: No

Passport 2 — $1,399 Adult / $1,399 Child

  • Calendar
    • Blockout Dates: Easter, Christmas, and New Year Holidays, June, July, early August
  • Reservation Features
    • Reservation Window: 90 days
    • Reservations Held at at Time: 6
    • Anytime Reservation: None
  • Ticket Features
    • Blockout Day Tickets: 2
    • Friends & Family Tickets: 0
  • Discounts
    • Merchandise: 30%
    • Food and Beverage: 10%
    • Special Event Tickets: 20%
  • Other Features
    • Parking: Included
    • MaxPass: No
    • Unlimited PhotoPass: Yes
    • Dedicated Entrance: Yes
    • Rewards Program: Yes

Passport 3 — $999 Adult / $899 Child

  • Calendar
    • Blockout Dates: Easter, Christmas, and New Year Holidays, June, July, early August
  • Reservation Features
    • Reservation Window: 120 days
    • Reservations Held at at Time: 2
    • Anytime Reservation: 4 per year
  • Ticket Features
    • Blockout Day Tickets: 1
    • Friends & Family Tickets: 0
  • Discounts
    • Merchandise: 30%
    • Food and Beverage: 10%
    • Special Event Tickets: None
  • Other Features
    • Parking: No
    • MaxPass: No
    • Unlimited PhotoPass: No
    • Dedicated Entrance: Yes
    • Rewards Program: No

3 Day Multi-Visit Ticket — $199 Adult / $179 Child

  • Calendar
    • Blockout Dates: June through December
  • Reservation Features
    • Reservation Window: 120 days
  • Ticket Features
    • None
  • Discounts
    • None
  • Other Features
    • None

1 Day Ticket — $104 – $209 Adult / $98 – $201 Child

  • Calendar
    • Blockout Dates: None
  • Reservation Features
    • Reservation Window: 120 days
  • Ticket Features
    • None
  • Discounts
    • None
  • Other Features
    • None

2 Day Ticket — $235 – $290 Adult / $220 – $275 Child

  • Calendar
    • Blockout Dates: None
  • Reservation Features
    • Reservation Window: 120 days
  • Ticket Features
    • None
  • Discounts
    • None
  • Other Features
    • None

3 Day Ticket — $310 – $365 Adult / $290 – $345 Child

  • Calendar
    • Blockout Dates: None
  • Reservation Features
    • Reservation Window: 120 days
  • Ticket Features
    • None
  • Discounts
    • None
  • Other Features
    • None

That’s what we know. Or more accurately what appears to be in discussion at Disneyland. We expect brand new ticketing structures at Disneyland when it is reopened. In addition, it is now clear that Disneyland will operate on a theme park reservation system similar to what Disney World is doing.

Related: Disney Theme Park Reservation System Extended to 2022

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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