Edito: Is the annual pass still as interesting post COVID?

Disneyland Paris has reopened its doors since July 15th, offering us a whole range of health measures and choices concerning how days in the Park are run. With all these changes, is the annual pass still as interesting as ever?? Our columnists ask themselves this question.

Two editors, two opinions: Make your choice!

 

Yes it’s interesting, I can’t do without the annual pass!! by Nicolas

It’s now been 3 years since I moved to the dark side of the annual passes, and of course as for me, I was looking forward to the reopening of our beloved park!

 

Of course COVID-19 has left some marks on our paradise, but Disneyland has done its best to bring back the magic. To do this, they had to review the entire organisation of the park, but also take measures to allow it to reopen.

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Floor signage to enable respect of social distancing

The measures taken for the annual passes are enough to make some people cringe, but for my part, I found that the measures taken are concrete and in line with the measures at country level. They are ideal for everyone’s health and safety.

 

A few small adjustments are to be taken into account when we come: 

  • First important point, we have to book our visit on a virtual calendar, based on availability. Indeed the park is obliged to reduce its capacity of guests and must therefore control the flow of visitors. This is no easy task, because between the undated tickets and the annual passes, it is very difficult to measure the potential number of visitors on a daily basis. I much prefer this way of working, as it avoids having to travel without being able to enter the park, especially when you come from very far away. Of course the first days were very popular, and very quickly unavailable. But in my opinion it’s only a matter of time. Once the park has resumed its cruising speed, everything will be more easily accessible! The Parisian resort is also to be congratulated for having stopped the monthly standing orders during confinement for the annual pass payments. But also congratulate them for the extension of the pass as well as the month offered to compensate the fans of the park. 
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Online booking system on the Disneyland Paris website

 

  • Another of the measures taken was the soft opening reserved for annual pass holders. It’s a great pleasure to feel awaited to celebrate the reopening of Disneyland!
  • And also a small advantage of the annual pass when you come by car: for the last few days, Disneyland Paris has dedicated two lanes to make your arrival easier and arrive more quickly at the park.

Apart from that, in my opinion there are no big changes, I advise of course to take out an annual pass when you have the possibility to come several times a year to the park!

Because there are still the same basic advantages:

  • You can come as many times as you like.
  • You get discounts in shops and restaurants.

As for me, I know that I will continue to come to live my passion but also to support the park which will have suffered a lot this year!

Don’t forget that magic doesn’t exist without us!!!

 

No, given the situation, I won’t renew… by Alice.

It’s already been a week since Disneyland Paris reopened its doors in compliance with the strictest health measures.

And even if we are of course delighted to find the big-eared mouse again, we also have a lot of questions…

Among them, should we renew our annual pass if it expires in the coming weeks? For me, the answer is definitely “no”! At least, not for the moment!

For the park’s 25th anniversary 3 years ago, the prices of annual passports have increased considerably while offering its share of advantages in return.

First of all, by taking the Infinity pass, the top-of-the-range replacement for the Dream, you were sure to have access to the park 365 days a year. So you could get up any morning and decide to visit Mickey just because you missed him or because the weather was nice and what better way to enjoy a sunny summer day than a walk around the castle or a crazy ride on the Mine Train?

However, since the reopening a new reservation system has been put in place with a limited number of available places. It is therefore necessary to reserve your place in advance, provided there is availability. To date, for example, the July timetable is almost full. Goodbye to the impromptu weekend at the park during your summer holidays!

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Example of reservation availability for annual pass holders as of Thursday 23rd July 2020

The purchase of friends and family tickets, for those who take advantage of their pass to share the magic with their loved ones, used to be done at the park’s cash registers. But now it’s going to be a lot more laborious too! To date, you can buy your tickets via the infinity line at least 15 days in advance and receive them by post. Goodbye, once again, the impromptu visit! Alternatively, it is also possible to go to the ticket offices of Walt Disney Studios Park and buy them on the spot, taking the risk of being refused access if the park is full. Not great if you live more than 5 minutes away!

 

Another considerable advantage that justified the price increase was the possibility of reserving a VIP place to admire the afternoon parade as well as the night show projected on the castle. However, with the parade and the show suspended until further notice, this advantage proves to be absolutely useless. At least, for the time being…

Similarly, it was possible to book access to the swimming pools of Disney hotels (except Disneyland Hotel). But with the limited capacity of the swimming pool at the Newport Bay Club Hotel and the closure of the Sequoia Lodge, this advantage has also been suspended.

You still have access to the Privilege car park, nearest to the park, but with the limited number of people, is it really worth paying so much to gain a row? The only advantages maintained are the discounts in shops and Disney restaurants. But another little hitch: with the low traffic, very few restaurants are open. As for buffets, they have been transformed into table service. Not sure therefore that you will be able to take advantage of this advantage as you used to!

 

To sum up, since the reopening, you have the advantages of the 2017 Dream pass but at double the price with the 2020 Infinity! So no thanks for the renewal!

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