Disney Considering Annual Pass Blackout Dates After New Attractions Open

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts guest surveys often have some interesting questions for guests. Remember when they asked about a possible Uber style service? Or how about the infamous $15 resort fee? Well, now they are asking some annual passholders about the possibility of blackout dates after ride and shows open up and what they might do if they were not allowed into the parks after the debut of something new.

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It would be intriguing to see what such a rule might do to the already confusing annual pass pricing structure at Walt Disney World, but this is still a very blue sky concept at this point.

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Bob R
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Bob R

That’s odd. It wasn’t that long ago they were offered Passholder previews for new attractions and now they don’t want to deal with the nuisance of so many guests? I wonder if this is just being considered for Florida residents?

I hope I get to fill out one of these surveys, because I would be eager to share my opinions!

Kerry Petit Jr
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Kerry Petit Jr

Yep…this is going to go over well.

becky
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becky

Because Disney does such a good job with opening new attractions on time. Oh, and having them functional. Fail.

Pamela Weber (@pamelawdwfan)
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Pamela Weber (@pamelawdwfan)

I’m not a passholder, but that would make my decision to NOT renew them if they did it.

Sheri
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Sheri

It’s a survey, relax people.

Yolanda
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Yolanda

Last time Disney had a survey that was about cutting the experience for guests if they can profit from it has been exactly never. It’s a done deal. Maybe not in this fashion, but Disney has no love for annual pass holders now that they can get families $2000/day.

She's a Doomsday Prepper
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She's a Doomsday Prepper

Ok, calm down Yolanda. These wildly completist statements have to go. Lighten up, or you could simply not go to Disney. It’s a privlidge, not a right.

Larry
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Larry

No, she works there as a cast member dumb ass. If she didn’t go, it wouldn’t open. I also think she’s right!

Roger
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Roger

Oh the irony in Larry’s post!!

Larry's Labotomy
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Larry's Labotomy

Oh Larry. You’re so dumb.

Kathy Thompson
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Kathy Thompson

We probably would not renew. The biggest perk of an annual pass is to go whenever you want. Take away that then why buy it? We go to FL every 6 weeks from Iowa. Our trips would go down to one a year.

Ed Joshlyn
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Ed Joshlyn

I do not feel this would be a good direction to go. I understand that this is just a survey question, but hopefully Disney is paying attention to sites like this as well.

Michelle H
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Michelle H

It’s crazy that there isn’t a I wouldn’t go to Disney anymore option…I’m not paying for a day pass when I have an AP, and I’m not going to Disney without an AP because it’s too stressful/expensive for just a day for this local.

RP
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RP

Sounds like someone is Goofy

Yolanda
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Yolanda

I work at the parks (as some here know). This isn’t a maybe. It’s a done deal. Additionally, fast passes soon to become more restrictive to higher paying guests. Stay at a Deluxe resort, and spend a lot in stores, you’ll be getting a lot of fast pass times whenever you like. If you’re a local annual passholder, your times will be few and far between. Disney does not want locals or pass holders, they don’t spend as much, thus we need them as much as they used to for the shoulder seasons. Sorry, but true.

Jim
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Jim

There should have been a fourth choice on the survey. “If you do this I will not renew my pass and will start vacationing somewhere else”!

Michael
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Michael

Universal here we come!!!!

D Jones
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D Jones

As long as they offer a more expensive pass that has no black out dates, I am good…

Disney Facts
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Disney Facts

Announcing the new Super Value Annual Pass! Only $105 for adults, good for 365 days after purchase. Blackout dates apply January1, 2017 – March 31, 2017 and April 2, 2017 – Dec 31, 2017.

Dave
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Dave

That’s pretty funny.

Jarrett
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Jarrett

This will never work because people can’t organize but pass holders need to start complaining before they implement this horse shit every time you go to the park make it a point to stop by guest relations and vent

Larry
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Larry

Disney has never cared about complaints though. They only care if they get bad PR. Being able to charge more for much less only makes them happier.

Not Disney PR
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Not Disney PR

Disney always cares about complaints. They take each one very seriously so that they can make guests’ experiences even more magical. As for price increases, Pixie Dust isn’t cheap you know. Have a magical day!

Dave
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Dave

This sounds pretty low. If Disney is going to offer an annual pass it should be an annual pass. They keep chipping away and decreasing the value. What if there were no annual passes? If you want to go, pay the price of admission. Never say never…

Steve
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Steve

Wftv channel 9 just did a story on it said for seasonal pass holders that all ready have black out dates but would have up to two months of black out dates after a new section is open . So they could not go until two months after opening of places like starwar land or toy story land.

Brandon
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Brandon

Honestly I’m not that surprised they would be doing this. Look at Disneyland, it’s $1,049 to go with no blackout dates compared to $649 for FL residents AND you get memory maker. Obviously once Star Wars Land and Toys Story Land open, Studios will be absolutely slammed. This is where I think the greediness comes in, you have all these out of state and foreign tourists that have avoided Studios until then. The amount they’ll make on hotel rooms, dining, and souvenirs fair outweighs what they’ll make off of APs coming. They’ll want the regular guests going home and telling… Read more »

Larry
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Larry

With the crowds at Disney, and Disney obviously having little interest in making it larger or ‘better’, they only close areas to refurbish now, and areas to sell are their media franchise and merchandise purchases only refurbishment they do, I’m not surprised this will happen. And I believe it has to: I’ve felt in the last years since recession over that all ticket prices should go up until attendance goes down, and then improve the product. Our family hates most that they kinda raise prices, but so TERRIBLY cut service, cleanliness, quality of food, etc. Even to point yesterday at… Read more »

Sister Christian
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Sister Christian

Larry, please go away, PLEASE

Tonya
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Tonya

Good points larry. I’d pay more, if they cut the crowds, nonsense, and improved the quality of the parks. It’s gotten pretty seedy.

Disney Facts
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Disney Facts

Congratulations Tonya! You’ve unlocked today’s Disney Fact of the day: Walt Disney’s famous dedication speech was actually much different in its original form, but due to audio issues, some of the words were actually cut out. Here is the full transcript of Walt’s original speech. “To all not seedy who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land as long as it’s not crowded. Here, age relives fond memories of the past before quality went downhill, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future unless they’re an infant, in which case they have no… Read more »

Tonya
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Tonya

We’re here now visiting. The parks busting at seams and filthy with grumpy employees moving the thousands of strollers closer to park more. THEY GOTTA DO SOMETHING TO CUT ATTENDANCE AND MAKE THE PARK ENJOYABLE. FOR REAL. The place isn’t fun. Kids like it, but they get in free..which makes no sense. They should have built another park.

A Grumpy Old Man
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A Grumpy Old Man

I couldn’t agree more! Lousy mooching 1 and 2 year olds taking up all the space having fun for free! Good thing you’re here to set them straight! I already had 3 jobs when I when I was 2 and 1 of them didn’t pay me, I just did it because I didn’t want to look like all these other mooching 1 and 2 year olds. They’re not even buying any food! They shouldn’t just be paying, they should be paying double for taking up space that could be used by an honest hard working American adult. Thank you for… Read more »

Happy
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Happy

Thanks for this post Grumpy, it’s terrific for all the doom and gloom around here.

larry
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larry

Grumpy Old Man sounds like a grumpy old Nazi. I don’t see ANYWHERE the posts say what yours do. What a freak who’s trying to make a political statement. Go burn Nazi!

Larry's Nurse
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Larry's Nurse

Jesus, Larry – lighten up and hit the meds…hard.

Grumpy for President
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Grumpy for President

This! Thanks for the post, Grumpy! This has been the highlight of my day!

Jeff
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Jeff

Wow, do you have kids? Ages 3-9 pay child’s prices. Strollers? Are you kidding? We were just there in August and true, the parks were not as clean as they were in the past, but we had very friendly castmembers. As Guest Services always tell you, they want you to praise great castmembers as well as call them out. So if you’re not happy go to guest services. As you stated, THEY GOTTA DO SOMETHING TO CUT ATTENDANCE” well they raised the prices and even more for certain times of the year, they charge extra for parties, they charge a… Read more »

Tonya
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Tonya

Yea, I have 3 kids, but we don’t take the infants to the park who aren’t going to remember any of it. The older ones go, and it’s a bargain price…we just don’t like how low the quality and safety have gotten. Not sure where you’re getting an adult park idea…that wasn’t my idea….kids are great and a part of Disney…but now every inch matters most days as it’s packed, and why any admission to the park is free doesn’t make sense. Let alone the poor tiny ones are miserable in the heat, and parents look rather miserable. And Guest… Read more »

A Grumpy Old Man
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A Grumpy Old Man

Yeah Jeff, she’s not saying you should ban infants, just you’re a horrible parent if you do bring them. She clearly knows how to use her inches at the park for more important things than babies, like churros and turkey legs. Besides, if w World was meant to cater to babies, they’d have an air conditioned child care center in every park that has darkened rooms with rocking chairs to rock an overheated child. Alas they don’t, so clearly it is no place for a baby. It’d be crazy and selfious for a family that’s been saving for 3 years… Read more »

larry
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larry

Grumpy Old Man sounds like a grumpy old Nazi. I don’t see ANYWHERE the posts say what yours do. What a freak who’s trying to make a political statement. Go burn Nazi!