When will Disneyland make major changes to its AP program?" Well, the answer is "today."A couple of days ago, a Theme Park Insider reader asked "
This morning, the Disneyland Resort introduced park-specific blockout calendars for most of its annual passes, effective in June 2019. Currently, blockout dates on Disneyland annual passes apply to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park. But starting next summer, some annual passes will be blocked out on certain days at Disneyland while allowing access to DCA.
And yes, Disneyland will be blocked more often than its younger sibling — thanks to the impending opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at the original park. Today's move expands the number of blockout days at Disneyland for most annual passholders, while it reduces the number of blockout days at Disney California Adventure.
That means that more annual passholders will be able to enjoy additional days at the resort — so long as they visit DCA. (Deluxe APs get in the entire month of June next year.) Yet annual passholders who want to visit Galaxy's Edge — or anything else at Disneyland — will find fewer opportunities than they would have had if Disney had simply extended its current AP blockout calendar into 2019.
But, let's face it — no one really expected that to happen.
"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," a Disneyland spokesperson said in an email to Theme Park Insider.
The Disneyland Resort did not change the price of any of its annual passes, nor did it discontinue the sale of any pass tiers, as some fans had suspected the resort might do in anticipation of crowds filling the park when the new Star Wars land opens next summer. But, as the spokesperson said, "this is the first step." Expect more changes as we count down the months to the opening of Galaxy's Edge, including what likely will be another annual price increase. (The latest Disneyland ticket and pass price increase came last February.)
As part of today's changes, Disneyland is now publishing AP blockout calendars 13 months in advance. Because the split blockout calendars take effect in June 2019, that means any AP bought and activated yesterday or later will be subject to the next calendar. Everyone else's passes will expire before then, so the new calendars won't affect them until renewal.Tweet
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