Disney Expands Its Pause on New Annual Pass Sales

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In the “old days,” purchasing an Annual Pass for Disney Parks was as simple as selecting the pass option on the Resort’s website rather than regular theme park tickets. For many Guests, it was a quick matter of doing the math between how many days they knew they would visit the Parks within the year, compared to the cost of multiple day-tickets or an Annual Pass.

On top of the savings for Guests who visit the Parks enough, Annual Passes come with several benefits, like merchandise and dining discounts, special offers for Resort stays, and occasionally (depending on the specific Disney Resort and the Pass) photos taken on attractions or by Disney photographers.

Actually purchasing one of Disney’s Annual Passes; however, has become quite the challenge since Resorts around the world began to reopen during the pandemic. And in the latest Annual Pass update, the pause on sales of new passes has been expanded upon once again.

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The pause on sales of new Annual Passes has hit particularly hard for fans of Walt Disney World, where new passes have not been available to purchase since March 2020, except for very limited options for Florida residents only.

At the Disneyland, sales of new Magic Key passes have resumed intermittently since the Resort reopened, but each time they have sold out quickly, and as of this writing they are paused once again.

Guests who have been able to purchase or renew Annual Passes have also been met with the same challenges as day Guests when it comes to the theme park reservation system, which has even prompted some passholders to sue Disney, citing a discrepancy between no-block out date passes and the system showing sold-out dates at the Parks.

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While we had hoped to begin reporting more positive news on new Annual Pass sales, the latest update from Disney is that the pause on new passes has been expanded to another Resort. Unfortunately for Guests’ whose closest Disney Resort is Disneyland Paris, the pause on sales is now in effect in Europe.

Like the pause on Annual Pass sales at Walt Disney World, Guests who already have valid passes are able to renew, but those looking to purchase a new pass will be unable to for the foreseeable future.

@DLPTownSquare shared the email the Resort sent to current passholders on Twitter:

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With the news of yet another Disney Resort pausing AP sales, you may want to seriously consider renewing, even if you do not have many trips planned in the following year. Depending on how often you go, you could still be getting the greater value by renewing than being put in a position where you are unable to purchase a new pass at a later date.

Disneyland Paris is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, which wraps up on September 30, 2023, so Annual Pass or not, this year is an exciting time to visit the Resort! You can always check for Park reservations and Annual Pass sales on Disneyland Paris’ official website ahead of your next trip.

Of course, we always hope to hear more positive news on Annual Pass sales at Disney Parks, and we hope to share updates soon here on Disney Tips.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."