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BREAKING NEWS! Disneyland Annual Passholer Program Is Ending

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Disneyland Annual Passholder Program is ending.  Just announced moments ago, the news spread across the interwebs that the Disneyland Annual Passholder program is ending, During these difficult and trying times

Disneyland Annual Passholer Program Is Ending

that have affected every person in every industry, even a magical one, Disney has made the very, very difficult decision, and sadly, the Disneyland Annual Passholder program is ending. Due to the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and limitations around the reopening of our California theme parks, they will be issuing appropriate refunds for eligible Disneyland Resort Annual Passports and sunsetting the current Annual Passport program. With over 32,000 Disney Cast Members being laid off, and furloughed, and Disneyland still closed due to the pandemic with no opening date in the foreseeable future it was almost inevitable that the Disneyland Annual Passholder program would be the next to go. I think many of us are still in shock and disbelief as we read the news that the Disneyland Annual Passholder Program is ending

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Here is what we know about the ending of the Disneyland Annual Passholder Program Annual passholder such as myself, opened their email today to find this message from Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock.

“Dear Annual Passholder,

For nearly four decades, our Annual Passport program has been an important part of connecting with some of our most valued Guests. We are incredibly honored and grateful for that legacy, and the memories and magical moments you have helped us create over the years.
It’s because you’ve played such an important part in the history of the Disneyland Resort that I personally wanted to share this news with you. In the next several days, we will begin the process of issuing appropriate refunds for eligible Disneyland Resort Annual Passports and sunsetting the current Annual Passport program due to the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and limitations and expected restrictions around the reopening of our theme parks.
I know that sunsetting the Annual Passport program will be disappointing to many of our Passholders who are just as anxious as we are to reopen our gates and welcome Guests back when the time is right. But we are also very excited about what’s ahead. 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. Once we have more information to share about future membership offerings, our Passholders will be the first to hear from us as we embark on this next chapter.
Annual Passholders who held active Passports as of March 14, 2020, will continue to receive applicable discounts, based on their Passport type, on merchandise and food & beverages at select Downtown Disney District and Buena Vista Street locations, until new membership offerings are announced. As an added benefit, starting January 18 through February 25, 2021, these Passholders will receive a 30% discount on select merchandise at select locations in Downtown Disney District and Buena Vista Street, Monday through Thursday. For more details, visit Disneyland.com/APSpecialOffers. We also encourage you to stay connected with the Disneyland Annual Passholders Facebook page as we plan to continue our Annual Passport communication and digital content with more special opportunities to come until new membership offerings are announced.
A pro-rata refund will be issued for your Passport if you are entitled to one. We are committed to processing refunds as diligently and as quickly as possible. Please visit Disneyland.com/PassportRefund for more information.
While I have not had the chance to engage with many of you since assuming my Disneyland role in May of last year, I do want to thank you for your understanding during this challenging and unprecedented time. We are incredibly optimistic about our bright future—and look forward to you being part of it.
Again, thank you for your loyalty over the years and your continued support.”

Ken Potrock

President

Disneyland Resort

 

Annual Passport Refund Information

Disneyland Annual Passholer Program Is Ending
Disneyland Resort Annual Passports that were valid as of March 14, 2020 may be eligible for a pro rata refund due to the sunsetting of the current Disneyland Resort Annual Passport program. The pro rata refund amount for each such Passport, if any, is unique to the Passport and is based on factors such as: how much has already been paid toward the Passport, any refunds already provided, and when the Passport was activated. Applicable pro rata refunds for any additional features attached to the Passport—such as parking—will be included in the Passport pro rata refund amount.
Pro Rata Refund Eligibility and Calculation for Valid, Activated Passports (See Below for Exceptions)
If the total amount paid toward a Passport (minus any refunds already given) exceeds the “usable value” of the Passport, that excess amount will be refunded for that Passport. The “usable value” of the Passport equals the total sales price of the Passport divided by the total number of access days to any theme park permitted under the Passport at activation and multiplied by the number of days that the Passport could have been used to visit any park per the terms of the Passport prior to March 14, 2020.
• Pro rata refund amount = Total amount paid toward a Passport (minus any refunds given) — Usable value of Passport
• Usable value of Passport = (Total sales price ± Total number of access days at activation) x Number of access days available prior to March 14, 2020
Pro Rata Refund Eligibility and Calculation for Passports That Were Renewed During the Theme Park Closure Period
Passports Paid in Full at Time of Purchase
If a Passport was renewed during the theme park closure period and the renewal price was paid in full, the total sales price paid for the renewed Passport will be refunded for such renewed Passport.

Disneyland Annual Passholer Program Is Ending

Additionally, for the previous Passport that expired during the theme park closure period, if the total amount paid for such Passport (minus any refunds already given) exceeds the “usable value” of the expired Passport, that excess amount will be refunded for that expired Passport. The “usable value” of the expired Passport equals the total sales price of the expired Passport or the renewed Passport (whichever is greater) divided by the total number of access days to any theme park permitted under the expired Passport at activation and multiplied by the number of days that the expired Passport could have been used to visit any park per the terms of the expired Passport prior to March 14, 2020.
• Pro rata refund amount = Total amount paid for renewed Passport + (Total amount paid toward the expired Passport (minus any refunds given) — Usable value of expired Passport)
• Usable value of expired Passport = (Total sales price of expired Passport or renewed Passport, whichever is greater + Total number of access days of expired Passport at activation) x Number of access days of expired Passport available prior to March 14, 2020

Passports Purchased Under the Monthly Payment Program

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If a Passport was renewed during the theme park closure period under the monthly payment program, the monthly payment contract for the renewed Passport will be canceled and no monies will be owed under such contract.
Additionally, for the previous Passport that expired during the theme park closure period, if the total amount paid for such Passport (minus any refunds already given) exceeds the “usable value” of the expired Passport, that excess amount will be refunded for that expired Passport. The “usable value” of the expired Passport equals the total sales price of the expired Passport or the renewed Passport (whichever is greater) divided by the total number of access days to any theme park permitted under the expired Passport at activation and multiplied by the number of days that the expired Passport could have been used to visit any park per the terms of the expired Passport prior to March 14, 2020.
• Pro rata refund amount = Total amount paid toward expired Passport (minus any refunds given) — Usable value of expired Passport
• Usable value of expired Passport = (Total sales price of expired Passport or renewed Passport, whichever is greater + Total number of access days of expired Passport at activation) x Number of access days of expired Passport available prior to March 14, 2020

Pro Rata Refund Eligibility and Calculation for Unactivated Passports

Passports Paid in Full at Time of Purchase

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If a Passport was purchased on or after January 1, 2019 and not yet activated as of March 14, 2020 (i.e., not been used for park admission) and the sales price was paid in full at the time of purchase, the total sales price of the Passport will be refunded. If a Passport was purchased prior to January 1, 2019, the Passholder must contact Annual Passholder Member Services at (714) 781-7277 to confirm their contact and refund information prior to a refund being processed.
Passports Purchased Under the Monthly Payment Program
If a Passport was purchased on or after January 1, 2019 and not yet activated as of March 14, 2020 (i.e., not been used for park admission) and was purchased under the monthly payment program, the total amount paid towards the Passport sales price will be refunded. If a Passport was purchased prior to January 1, 2019, the purchaser must contact Annual Passholder Member Services at (714) 781-7277 to confirm their contact and refund information prior to a refund being processed.

Pro Rata Refund Eligibility and Calculation for Premier Passports

Disneyland Annual Passholer Program Is Ending

If the total amount paid toward a Premier Passport (minus any refunds already given) exceeds the “usable value” of the Premier Passport, that excess amount will be refunded for that Premier Passport. The usable value of the Premier Passport equals the total sales price of the Premier Passport divided by the total number of access days to any theme park permitted under the Premier Passport at activation and multiplied by the number of days that the Premier Passport could have been used to visit any park per the terms of the Premier Passport prior to March 14, 2020 (the date the Disneyland Resort theme parks closed).
• Pro rata refund amount = Total amount paid toward Premier Passport (minus any refunds given) — Usable value of Premier Passport
• Usable value of Premier Passport = (Total sales price ± Total number of access days at activation) x Number of access days available prior to March 14, 2020
In addition, Premier Passports will remain active for Walt Disney World Resort Theme Park access (please note, advance Disney Park Pass reservations are required for entry) and V.I.PASSHOLDER Perks through March 31, 2021, and will be canceled thereafter.

Pro Rata Refund Processing and Timeline

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Credit Card Purchases
For a Passport that was purchased using a credit card (even if the credit card was used in combination with other forms of payment) and the sales price was paid in full, the applicable pro rata refund will be issued to the credit card used in the purchase of the Passport. For a Passport purchased under the monthly payment program, any applicable pro rata refund will be issued to the most recent credit card used for payment.
Disney is committed to processing refunds as diligently and as quickly as possible. A separate confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with the Passport once any applicable pro rata refund for such Passport has been processed.
If the applicable pro rata refund is unable to be returned to the purchasing credit card, a check will be mailed to the billing address provided at the time of sale/renewal of the Passport.
Other Payment Methods
For a Passport that was not purchased with a credit card as a form of payment, the pro rata refund will be issued by check and mailed to the billing address provided at the time of sale/renewal of the Passport.
We are committed to processing refunds as diligently and as quickly as possible. A separate confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with the Passport once any applicable pro rata refund for such Passport has been processed.

Passports Paid in Full at Time of Purchase

Disneyland Annual Passholer Program Is Ending

Each Passport whose purchase price was paid in full will be individually refunded the applicable pro rata amount for such Passport even if the Passport was purchased in the same transaction as other Passports by the same purchaser.
Passports Purchased Under the Monthly Payment Program
Any pro rata refunds for Passports purchased under the monthly payment program will be issued to the current credit card on file with us. The pro rata refund amount will be issued per monthly payment contract and will reflect applicable refunds for all Passports purchased under such.

Passports Purchased Under the Monthly Payment Program

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Any pro rata refunds for Passports purchased under the monthly payment program will be issued to the current credit card on file with us. The pro rata refund amount will be issued per monthly payment contract and will reflect applicable refunds for all Passports purchased under such contract.
The Admissions & Blockout Calendars for each Passport type are included below to assist with calculating the number of applicable access days (days that Passholders could have visited a park) for the refund calculations set forth above.

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Walt Disney once said,

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” 

Disneyland Annual Passholder Program is ending.

It is with these words that I know that Disneyland will one day return as the Happiest Place On Earth, even more magical than before. And with my Annual Passport in hand, I will be the first person in line. Stay tuned right here for more breaking news regarding the Disneyland Annual Passholder Program ending and Disneyland Reopening News as it happens. With the announcement that the Disneyland Annual Passholer Program ending, what are your thoughts?