Disneyland Resort annual passholders just lost some freedom in choosing which parks to visit in the near future. New planning calendars for the upcoming year have been released, one for each park, with separate park-specific blockout dates listed for both starting June 2019.
Disney explained the new system in a statement, saying, “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.”
To allow guests to better plan around the new system, Disneyland has extended the calendars to 13 months, displaying dates as far out as June 2019, when the park-specific dates officially begin. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open in the summer of 2019, and theses dates could hint at a more specific time frame for the new land’s debut.
The changes primarily affect Deluxe annual passport dates, leaving Signature passholders unaffected; for the month of June 2019, Deluxe passholders will be blocked out of Disneyland Park Fridays through Sundays, as well as the entire last week of the month. This gives Deluxe passholders a total of 13 days with both parks available and 17 days where only Disney’s California Adventure is an option. Compare that to this June, when guests had admission to both parks for 25 out of 30 days. Southern California passholders will have 20 days open at California Adventure only, and Southern California Select passholders will have a total of 3 days at California Adventure only for the month.
Disney stipulated that guests who purchased their annual passports prior to June 1st, 2018 will not be affected by the new dates until renewal of their passport.