Walt Disney World announced today that it is pausing new annual pass sales for certain levels of its annual pass program. The news comes as a surprise since guest spending is up 30 percent at Walt Disney World, compared to 2019, according to the most recent Disney earnings call.
Guests have filled the parks and resorts over the past few months, as Florida’s coronavirus percent positive rates have dipped below three percent for the past month. And looking ahead, there are plenty of days leading up to the busy holiday season at Walt Disney World where there are limited park pass reservations or hotel rooms to be found.
As of now, the Pirate, Sorcerer, and Incredi-Pass are no longer being sold to guests, unless they are renewing an annual pass. According to Disney, the Florida resident-only Pixie Dust pass is the only annual pass currently available for new purchases. Current annual pass holders who have a child who will turn three, the age that Disney requires that guests have a ticket of their own, during the pause can purchase an annual pass for the child.
When annual pass sales launched September 8, 2021, Disney’s most loyal fans were vocal about the changes being made to the program, most notably, year-long passes cost more money, but have fewer benefits. One benefit that was removed was complimentary downloads of photos through Disney’s PhotoPass service. Now guests can purchase a photo package for $99. Another benefit was access to FastPass+, which has since been replaced by Disney Genie+, which costs $15 per day, per user.
Disney’s Orlando theme parks aren’t the only location that’s stopped annual pass sales. The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California has suspended sales of it’s Dream Key Pass, which is part of the new Magic Key Pass program at the resort. The Dream Key Pass sold out in late October, though all other pass types are currently available for Disneyland patrons to purchase.
There’s no official word on when Walt Disney World annual passes will resume sales as of publication.