Disney released some new information regarding annual passholders in their updated travel and information page. The main changes are that if you have already paid your pass in FULL then you will get an extension of your expiration date by however many days the parks are closed. If you do not want an extension you can request a partial refund on however many months you still have left to go on your pass.
If you are doing the MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN then:
Monthly payments will be waived for the length of the closure.
Payments made between March 14th through April 4th will be refunded.
You will not get an automatic extension on your pass.
You may choose to extend their pass the length of the closure and pay the amount at a later date.
It is that time of year again, Disney has released ticket price increases overnight for Disneyland and soon Walt Disney World. Due to soft attendance last year, the increases were small to modest, but still increases nonetheless. The biggest change came to the pricing structure. Disneyland got rid of the (Value, Regular, Peak) tickets and introduced a five tier system.
Universal quietly dropped their annual pass prices and did so pretty significantly some time in the past couple of weeks. According to an insider Universal is pretty happy with the amount of tourists and VIP’s visiting the park, but is underwhelmed by the amount of local traffic. Repeat visitors are what drives in park spending the most so Universal really relies on passholders during the slow and busy seasons to keep up the bottom line.
The new amounts are listed as follows:
Platinum (Includes no blackout dates and Universal Express): $629 now $449
Gold: $329 now $249
Silver: $179 now $174
I expect once Secret Life of Pets opens next year and when Nintendo opens in 2021 those prices will shoot back up so I would purchase a pass and enjoy the reduction while you can. Another great option, which is what I always purchase, is the season pass which for $149 ($10 more than a one day ticket) grants you 9 months or 275 days of access to the park. It does not include parking, but I always just park at the nearby Metro stop which is only three dollars and take the tram to the entrance.
Will these new price reductions encourage you to purchase a pass? Do you think Universal still does not have enough to do to get a pass? Let me know in the comments below!