RUMOR: Disneyland Resort Already Planned to Discontinue SoCal Select, Deluxe and Signature Annual Passes Before COVID-19, Closure Provided Opportunity to Quietly Retire Passports

While the cancellation of all annual passports at the Disneyland Resort may have surprised some today, it was less surprising to company insiders. According to Disney officials, plans had already been in the works for years to discontinue most Disneyland Annual Passport tiers.

Sources indicated that the SoCal Select, Deluxe, and Signature annual passports were scheduled to be discontinued at some point in the next year or two. The elongated closure of the Disneyland Resort theme parks allowed Disney an opportunity to hit the reset button without drawing the attention that would’ve been drawn under normal circumstances.

With the plan always to leave the highest tier, no-blockout Signature Plus annual pass and the relatively new, reservation-based Flex Passport still available, it’s possible that Disneyland will have something with frequent or even unlimited access to parks for guests somewhere down the road. Further indication of this was presented by Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock today when he wrote “We plan to use this time while we remain closed to develop new membership offerings that will utilize consumer insights to deliver choice, flexibility and value for our biggest fans.

What do you think of the cancellation of all Disneyland Resort annual passports? Will you buy whatever new “memberships” are offered in the future?

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