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Are you considering buying a Disneyland Annual Pass For Southern California Residents? If you live in Southern California and want to visit Disneyland this year then an Annual Pass may be a good deal for you.
Due to the current closure of Disneyland Resort, this article has been updated to include details about what happens if you have already purchased a Disneyland Annual Pass for Southern California Residents.
Disneyland Annual Pass For Southern California Residents
Disneyland last announced a ticket price increase on January 6th, 2019. For the past 3 years, the price increase has come in February. However, it has come even earlier in 2019.
Probably because of the highly anticipated opening of Galaxy’s Edge. Or perhaps, let’s face it, just because they can.
We have been writing this blog for many years and have updated this post many times. Every time the news for the Disneyland Annual Pass for Southern California Residents has been bad.
The tickets which have increased in price the most are the Disneyland Annual Passes. It has happened again in 2019.
We are even predicting, if not the end of the benefit for living in Southern California for saving money going to Disneyland, but certainly the slow and systematic erosion of benefits. A SoCal Disney pass used to be a bargain. Now not so much.
Florida residents enjoy a lot of discounts for living close to Disney World. The discounts for Florida residents on Disney World tickets are still generous and worth seeking out. Disney Cruise lines also regularly give substantial discounts for Florida residents.
However, if you live in Southern California there is the sense that Disneyland really doesn’t want you anymore. I adore Disney and am loyal to the core. However, I can see that Disneyland Southern California benefits are pretty much gone.
There is one annual ticket left for Disneyland Southern California residents. The Disneyland Southern California Select Annual Pass is now your only real option.
Disneyland Annual Pass For Southern California Residents
Although prices for Disneyland tickets increased across the board, they weren’t as much as we feared in 2019. This probably has a lot to do with the hefty price hikes we have experienced for Disneyland annual passes in recent times.
Perhaps we are getting used to big prices rises and alterations to the availability of different tickets for Southern Californian residents. The prices and perks certainly used to be a lot better than they are now.
How much does the Disneyland Annual Pass For Southern California Residents cost? There are two types of Annual Pass just for Southern California Residents. To qualify you have to live in the zip codes 90000-93599.
However, the big change from late 2017 is that there is now only one Disney Southern Californian Annual Pass available to purchase unless you are renewing.
The Disneyland Southern Californian Annual Pass is only available if you already have one and are renewing it.
There is a very strong indication that Disneyland wants to discourage discounted Annual Passes for Southern Californian residents. In years gone by, when attendance was much lower and Disney’s California Adventure Park was just not getting the crowds Disney needed, they offered several different types of Southern California Pass.
Millions of people live close to Disneyland and they were easy to attract to the parks. However, those days are long gone. Crowds are high and Disneyland doesn’t need the locals as much as they used to.
With the opening of Star Wars Land in 2019, it is anyone’s guess as to whether or not any Southern California resident discounts will be wiped out altogether in the future. Disneyland California residents may find themselves with no Disneyland tickets discounts at all if the current trend continues.
In reality, there is now only one discounted option for Southern California residents. This is a seriously restricted option and it doesn’t come cheap – the Disneyland Southern California Select Annual Pass.
Disneyland Southern California Select Annual Pass
This has blackout dates but allows up to 170 days in the Disneyland and California Adventure Parks. The cost of the Southern California Select Annual Pass is now $399 (increased from $369).
When you consider that this Pass was $339 in 2017 you can see just how quickly these ticket prices are going up.
There is no longer the option to purchase a parking pass so that will cost you a whopping $25 each time you visit.
There is a Monthly Payment Option – Southern California Select has a down payment of $154.00 and an additional 12 payments of $20.42.
Discounted tickets are no longer available for block out days as they have been in the past. If you visit on a day not covered by the Disney Southern California Select Annual Pass you will be paying full price for a day or multi-day ticket.
You can see the Disneyland blackout dates and more details of these Annual Passes on the Disneyland site.
You can also upgrade a Disneyland ticket before it expires to an Annual Pass. So if you visit Disneyland and realize that you are having so much fun and want to come back another time then you can go to the ticket booth and upgrade your ticket.
The cost of your original Disneyland ticket will be put towards the cost of your Annual Pass. You must remember to do this before your ticket has expired though. You can’t go back a week later and ask nicely!
If you decide you want a “higher” Disneyland Season Pass you can also upgrade that in the same way.
The other options for Disneyland Annual Passes are covered in detail at
In summary, these passes are now available:
The Disneyland Signature Plus Passport with no blackout dates costs $1399.
This has a monthly payment plan which is $154 down followed by monthly payments of $103.75. This Disneyland Annual Pass includes theme park parking, Disney PhotoPass downloads, 15% discount on dining and 20% on merchandise.
The Disneyland Signature Plus Pass is the only annual ticket which has the MaxPass included. For every other annual pass, this is an optional add on of $100 per year (up from $70 in 2018).
The Disneyland Signature Pass which offers the same benefits as the Signature Plus but has blackout dates for 2 weeks around the Christmas Holidays. Note that this pass does not include the MaxPass.
The Disneyland Signature Pass costs $1149. This was $849 in 2018 so the price increase is huge. There is a payment plan with $154 down and monthly payments of $82.92.
The Disney Deluxe Annual Passport is $799 and does not give free parking! This annual pass was “only” $599 just 2 years ago. So if you park at Disneyland, which really you have no choice unless you are paying for parking at a hotel, that is an additional $25 per visit.
This Disneyland Season Pass has blackout dates and offers 10% off dining and select merchandise. Again it has a monthly payment plan option with $154 down and monthly payments of $53.75.
Want an annual pass that includes both Disney World and Disneyland? The Premier Pass is the princely sum of $1949.
What Are The Perks of Disneyland Annual Passes?
There are other advantages to an Annual Pass for Disneyland as well as saving money on the entrance to the parks.
One of the best of these benefits is the discount on Disney dining. For the Southern Californian Disney Annual Passes the discount is 10% on dining. The Signature Plus Annual Passport offers a 15% dining discount.
The discount is for food and drinks but excludes alcohol. However, you probably might expect a discount when you are paying over $1000 for your pass!
Disneyland Annual Passholders are often offered discounts at Disneyland Resort Hotels. This can be a substantial saving if you intend to stay at the hotels.
Extra Magic Hours are sometimes offered to Disneyland Passholders, but in recent times this has been quite rare.
Only the Disneyland Signature Plus Passport and the Disneyland Signature Pass include parking.
What If I Bought an Annual Pass and Disneyland is Still Closed?
There are 2 possible ways in which you bought your Annual Pass – you either paid in full or are paying by monthly installments.
- If you paid in full your Annual Pass expiration date will be extended for as long as the parks are closed. For example, if your original expiration date was August 2020 and the parks are closed for 4 months, your expiration date will be extended to December 2020.
- If you paid in full you have a second option that you can have a partial refund for the time you have not used. For example, if your Annual Pass expires in December 2020 and the parks are closed until September 2020 you can ask for a partial refund for the months when the park was closed. To do this you have to call Annual Passport Member Services at 714 781 4567.
- If you were paying in monthly installments your options are different. Disney automatically stopped taking monthly payments from April 5, 2020. If you were charged between March 14 and April 4, you will have this monthly payment refunded. The date your Pass expires will not change. For example if your pass was due to expire in December 2020 and the parks open in September 2020, your pass will still expire in December 2020. You will start being charged your monthly payments when the park opens again.
- If you are paying monthly you can opt to have the monthly payments restart when the park opens and then your Pass expiration date extended to add on the number of months you missed during which time the park was closed. For example, your Pass was due to expire December 2020. If the park reopens your installment payments will start again. Say this is in September. You will have missed 6 months at the park when it was closed. Therefore your expiration date will move to June 2021 as the missed months are added on to the end of the Pass. If you want this option you have to opt for it by calling 714 781 4567.
Which choice should you make? It is up to your own individual circumstances and right now it is impossible to advise as we have no idea how long Disneyland and California Adventure will be closed.
Of course, if we had a crystal ball and knew how long the park would be closed, what it looks like when we return, and how much Disney ticket prices will go up in the near future, we would know what choice to make. Unfortunately, right now, we really don’t know which way this will go.
The Future of Disneyland Southern California Annual Passes
What is the future for Disneyland Southern California Annual Passes? Will the discount for Disneyland disappear for California Residents?
It is very clear to see that Disneyland doesn’t need Southern California residents as it used to. I get it. As someone who has benefited from discounts in previous years, I am thankful.
However, I think that in the future there will continue to be one ticket for Southern California residents. Yes, it will be discounted, but not by very much.
Attendance at Disneyland is going to go off the scale when Galaxy’s Edge opens. Why would they need to discount such a high quality and in-demand product?
It’s sad, but I think an era is over. Demand is so high now and can you imagine what Star Wars will bring to the amount of the crowds?
I will still keep going and paying whatever they ask. Because it is still worth it to me and my family. However, many people will no doubt consider the price increases too much.
Are you going to buy a Disneyland Annual Pass For Southern California Residents? Have you been a Disneyland Annual Passholder in the past?
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