Providing an excellent experience for park guests of the Disneyland Resort, is the official reason being given for suspending new sales of the Southern California Annual Passport. No other Disneyland annual passports are affected.
In a statement, a Disneyland spokesperson said "Our Annual Passes are very popular with guests. 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."
It is not the first time Disney has halted sales of this pass. In May 2014, sales were suspended and only resumed in September 2016. Prior to that, Disney temporarily halted sales of all annual passports before the 2001 grand opening of Disney('s) California Adventure (Park), but quickly resumed sales when the new park failed to bring in the guests.
Then as now this stop sale affects only new passes, and has no impact on existing APs. Current Southern California pass holders can continue to use the pass, and may renew the pass before it expires.
Those who recently allowed their SoCal pass to expire without renewing it will be given a grace period during which they can renew the pass at the same level. Disney is today mailing letters to eligible guests, with instructions.
Also still available are the:
- Deluxe Passport ($619) – blocked out most holidays, most Saturdays, and two weeks in December.
- Signature Passport ($849) – blocked out December 18-January 1.
- Signature Plus Passport ($1,049) – no blockout dates.
- Premier Passport ($1439) – no block out dates, valid at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.