According to to the OC Register, and confirmed by a Disneyland spokesperson, we will have to say good-bye to the ever local popular Southern California Annual Pass. Starting Monday, November 20, the pass will go on “hiatus” and has been removed from the Disneyland.com website as of this morning. However, if you currently have the Southern California annual pass you will have the option to renew.
“Our annual passes are very popular with guests,” said Michele Himmelberg, a Disneyland spokeswoman. “We continuously seek the appropriate balance that helps manage demand for our product and allows us to deliver a world-class experience for all guests.”
This isn’t the first nor the last time Disneyland has discontinue the Southern California Annual Pass and it really comes as no surprise. In 2014, Disneyland officials removed the annual pass under the guise of trying to better manage the crowds that come Sundays at the theme parks. They eventually brought back the popular SoCal Annual Pass in 2016 and raised the prices of all the others along with it, again stating crowd control as the reason.
Disneyland has an estimated 1 million annual pass holders. In the next few years, we will have new lands: Star Wars land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge coming in a couple years as well as Pixar Pier, opening in the near future. Disneyland officials seem to be taking even more steps in trying to get ahead of future crowds heading their way.
For more information on Disneyland Annual Pass options be sure to check out the official Disneyland Website.