Disneyland is changing (almost) everything! The way you buy advance tickets now is based on daily rate changes. If you want to experience Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in the foreseeable future, you have to make a reservation to do so. Annual Passholders have had it rough, because as Disney projects high attendance, blockout dates abound on the pass holders calendar. There has got to be a better way! And there is! There is a new Disneyland annual pass called the Flex Pass and it may change the future of how annual passes work going forward.
The Flex Pass
The Flex Pass is the newest and cheapest annual pass in the lineup of Disneyland passports. It’s only $599 for the year, and it operates on a system that allows for limited blockout dates while helping to spread attendance for more consistent returns at the park. It works by using the Disneyland interactive calendar and reservations concept to leverage park accessibility.
What the Flex Pass Does
When you have a Flex Pass for Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, every day on your calendar is either green for open, gray for blocked out, or blue for reservation only. Under this system there are very few blockout dates and a lot of blue dates. You have the ability to reserve up to 2 dates within a 30 day period of each other and you must be within 30 days of the date to book it. These dates are not blocked but they are subject to availability.
The Flex Pass includes annual pass holder benefits such as exclusive events and merchandise as well as 10% off on select dining and merchandise.
Disney Deluxe Passport
First, let’s talk about the Deluxe Passport. The Disney Deluxe Passport costs $799 and actually has more blockout dates. However, on non blockout dates no reservation is required. The discounts and benefits are the same, so the $200 increase is primarily for the privilege of going to the park most dates without having to plan ahead.
Disney Signature Passport
Next, let’s cover the Disney Signature Passport. This pass has blockout dates more or less equivalent to the Flex Pass, but no reservations only dates. There is a slight increase in discount on select dining up to 15%. Merchandise discounts increase up to 20%. Also with the Signature Passport, you get free parking. The cost of this pass is $1,149.
Disney Signature Plus Passport
Finally, for $1,399 you can get the top of the line annual passport. It’s the same as the Signature Passport, plus MaxPass. This feature is normally extra and allows better access to Fastpasses and includes Photopass. This pass also has no blockout dates.
Which Disneyland Pass is Right for You?
How do you determine which pass is right for you? Well, first and foremost, you need to factor in the cost. There is no need in purchasing an annual pass that might make your budget a little too tight for the next few months. Secondly, this is a very personal decision. Are you ok with having to pre-plan your trips and depend on reservations? Then the Disney Deluxe Passport may be right for you. Would you rather go to the parks whenever you fee like it? Consider upgrading to the Deluxe or Signature Passport for more flexibility with your times.
Whatever pass you choose, make sure you know what you’re signing up for before you pay that bill!