Disneyland Paris has confirmed that a “new product range” will be replacing Annual Passes. Those with a current Disneyland Paris Annual Pass will be able to renew under their original contract.
Disneyland Paris Annual Pass Program
Yesterday, Disneyland Paris announced they were stopping sales of all Annual Passes. Now they have released more information about the future of the program.
Per the Disneyland Paris website, sales were stopped because “We are always listening to our guests and continually strive to bring new experiences and develop new products which deliver choice, flexibility, and value for our Annual Passholders.
We are currently developing a new product range for our most frequent visitors based on the valuable feedback our Passholders have given us, and as a result, we are pausing sales of new Annual Passes. Therefore our Annual Passes are now only available for renewals for individuals who currently have a valid Annual Pass.
We look forward to sharing more with you later this year.”
Anyone with a current Disneyland Paris Annual Pass is eligible for renewal for a period of two months before the expiration date.
Annual Pass Troubles
This move is not entirely unprecedented, with now four Disney resorts having halted some or all Annual Pass sales following the COVID-19 pandemic. Tokyo Disney Resort fully canceled its Annual Passport program in October 2020, with no replacement in sight despite some hints and allusions over the past three years.
Annual Passes at Walt Disney World went through a similar development to what’s rumored for Paris. New sales were halted almost immediately upon reopening from the COVID-19. At the time, Disney assured guests it was a “temporary” measure due to capacity restrictions at Walt Disney World. In August 2021, Walt Disney World announced an overhaul of their pass system, replacing the four tiers introduced in 2015 with a more confusing character-based system. New passes then went on sale in September 2021, and remained on sale for nearly three months before being suspended in late November. Later, the two middle tiers were briefly on sale last June for a single day before halting again. At this time, only renewals are allowed for existing Annual Passes, except for the lowest tier Pixie Pass, which is only available to Florida Residents and blocks out all weekends and holiday periods. But unlike in California and Tokyo, guests were able to smoothly transition from their old to new pass types upon renewal.
Over at Disneyland, their 16-month closure prompted a “sunset” of their original Annual Pass program, only to be replaced with the Magic Key system, which is essentially the same, but with reservations and blackout dates for even the highest tiers. Those passes have sporadically gone on and off sale, even amid a lawsuit alleging Disney falsely advertised the highest tier as having “no blackout dates” by including a reservation system.
Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland have continued to sell Annual Passes except during their government-mandated closure periods from 2020 to 2022.