Just announced, there's a new type of Annual Pass coming to the Disneyland Resort beginning May 21 and to be honest, we're really excited about it!
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Priced at $599, it's cheaper than the current Deluxe Pass by $200 with the only actual "blockout" dates being the weeks of Christmas and New Year. The Deluxe Pass, for comparison, is blocked out for all holidays, all of July, half of June and August, and most Saturdays the rest of the year.
There is a catch, of course. Instead of having more blockout dates, this pass has some dates where you need to reserve your spot to be able to enter the parks. There'll be an online reservation system (on Disneyland.com or through the Disneyland app) where you can reserve which days you want to enter the parks. We don't know how many reservations will be allowed each day, so if this is an option you're thinking about, you'll want to try to make those reservations as soon as they're available to secure your spot. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance.
Check out the calendar for the new Flex Pass below. Green days are "good to go," blue is "reservations required" and there are just a couple of gray "blackout" dates. Please note: The reservation calendar is *slightly* different for Disneyland and California Adventure, so there are more DCA days available.
For people who live nearby and like to go to the parks at the drop of a hat, this might not be the best option for you since reservations could end up filling very quickly. HOWEVER, I think it's a fantastic option for people like me who live far away and need to do a little planning to visit, but still like to make a couple Disney trips a year.
Important Notes About Reservations
You'll be able to make reservations for any guests that are linked to your pass, meaning you can reserve for your family all at once (as long as you're all passholders) without needing to log in a bunch of different times. Also good to know, you can hold two reservations in a 30 day window.
While there's no penalty if you need to cancel a reservation (which can be done as many times as you need to up to 11:59pm the night before), if you "no show" three times in a 90 day period, you won't be allowed to make another reservation for 30 days.
What do you think? Does this look like a good Annual Pass option for you?