This year has been a year of changes for theme parks. While some of these changes aren’t permanent, others are here to stay. The Tokyo Disney Resort has announced that it is ending its annual pass program entirely, at least for now. Could that mean that other Disney parks will also get rid of the passholder program?
Previously Tokyo Disney Resort guests who had annual passes had the expiration of those passes extended to a future date equivalent to the amount of time the park was closed due to the pandemic. However, now that extension has been canceled and guests with annual passes need to apply for refunds. There’s no telling if the passholder program will return to Tokyo Disney.
Tokyo Disney Resort relies upon a mostly local audience similar to the Disneyland Resort in California. With capacities being limited due to physical distancing requirements theme parks would much rather have those valuable spots taken up by freer-spending guests on day tickets rather than annual passholders.
Eliminating Annual Passes would simplify managing who could visit the theme parks. It could also keep the websites from crashing when Annual Passholders rush to book spots under the Disney Parks Pass reservation system.
Getting rid of the Passholder Program would be a short-term solution, especially at the Disneyland Resort. But it would need to be replaced with something else. The question is, what?
What would you think if Disney got rid of the Passholder Program?