Disneyland has announced new changes and restrictions to its annual passport program that regular park goers will want to know about.
Beginning in June 2019, the program will operate on “park-specific calendars,” according to an email Disney sent to passholders last week.
At that time, annual passholders will need to check two separate calendars for both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks for new “blockout” dates that will apply to one of both parks, depending on the type of pass purchased. Annual passes will allow access to select parks on select days but not necessarily both parks on the same day.
Those who purchase the most expensive option (Disney Signature Plus Passport, starting at $1,149) will not experience any changes.
“As our business evolves, this is the first step in reshaping our Annual Pass program, which will better manage the guest experience and allow all Disneyland Resort visitors to have a great visit, particularly as we look forward to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in summer 2019,” Disneyland spokeswoman Liz Jaeger said in a statement to the Orange County Register.
Disney hopes the new system will reduce crowding, especially when Disneyland’s much-anticipated “Star Wars” park opens next year. The park has not announced how many blockout dates will occur per year.
The blockout dates through June 2019 are already available to view online.
Earlier this year, Disneyland issued a significant price increase in annual passes. Annual passes start at $729 per year.