The Disneyland Resort recently suspended its Annual Passholder program. According to UBS financial analysts, Disneyland Annual Passholders made up 50% of Disneyland’s attendance.
With an estimated 1 million annual passholders, it is easy to understand why Disney ended the passholder program. Could you imagine how many people would try to visit the parks when they reopen?
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have been closed for almost a year now. The parks likely won’t return to full operation until late March or early April. When the parks do reopen, it’ll likely be at a reduced capacity and require park passes similar to Disney World.
With the number of Disneyland passholders so high, if even a fraction of them wanted to visit the parks when they reopen, there could be problems.
In 2019, Disneyland attendance reached 18.7 million visitors. Disney California Adventure attendance reached 9.9 million visitors that same year. Combined, the parks draw around 28.6 million guests annually with passholders making up 14.3 million of those visits.
At the daily rate for visitors, it would take Disneyland 20 days just to let each passholder into the park at once. Disney California Adventure would take twice as long. And that is with letting only passholders into the parks. It also doesn’t account for the parks being required to operate at 25% capacity when they reopen.
So, Disneyland ended their passholder program and will eventually replace it with something new. Were you one of the 1 million Disneyland annual passholders?
Source: OC Register