Disney is making a number of changes at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World that should make fans and annual pass holders happy, including park hopping, parking costs, and PhotoPass.
Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products provided the updates in the form of an open letter. He spoke about the upcoming Tron opening at Magic Kingdom, as well as Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Toontown at Disneyland Park, and other openings overseas, then got into the upcoming updates.
Walt Disney World Changes
Theme Park Reservations: Annual passholders will be able to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Epcot each day after 2 p.m. without needing a park reservation. At Magic Kingdom park, annual passholders will be able to visit each day after 2 p.m. without needing a park reservation except on Saturdays and Sundays. Pass blockout dates will continue to apply.
Hotel Parking: Self parking at Disney-owned Walt Disney World Resorts is now free for guests staying at that resort.
Disney PhotoPass: Beginning in the next few months, guests who purchase Disney Genie+ will receive digital downloads of their Disney PhotoPass attraction photos taken in the park on the day of their purchase, at no additional charge. Passholders will also receive access to Disney PhotoPass lenses and one complimentary Cinderella Castle Mural of Memories experience.
A new offering is also coming that will allow passholders to create and share short Disney-themed video slideshows their favorite PhotoPass photos.
Disneyland Resort Changes
Inexpensive Ticket Days: Disney ticket prices are different prices on different days. They are increasing the number of days that are least expensive. Almost 60 different days over the next year will be $104 for a one-day, one-park ticket.
Park Hopping: Starting Feb. 4, guests with park hopper tickets or annual passes can park hop starting at 11 a.m. each day.
Disney PhotoPass: Starting Feb. 4, all guests will get free digital downloads of their Disney PhotoPass attraction photos.
Annual Pass Availability: Disneyland will start making Magic Key passes available for sale more times during the year as inventory becomes available.
Additionally, they’ve announced new ticket offers over the past few weeks, including at Walt Disney World, 2-, 3- and 4-day Florida Resident Disney Weekday Magic tickets and a special package offer that includes a Disney Dining Promo Card for guests staying at select Disney Resort hotels. They are also offering a three-day SoCal Resident weekday ticket for $73 per day through late May at Disneyland Resort.