The Disneyland and Disney World chat rooms are alive with chatter after information from the Disney Vacation Club was supposedly leaked about a possible new annual pass program that would give subscribers unlimited admission to both parks on the Disneyland Resort (Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure), as well as the seven parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL.
While annual pass sales for the Disneyland Resort have skyrocketed in the last year with the option of no-interest monthly payments (as opposed to the $179-$439 in one lump sum) for Southern California Residents, there's is some debate as to whether the dual-location passes are worth it -- current speculation puts the opening price line at around $800.00 per pass. With the rising cost of travel, is a bi-coastal plan going to benefit disney-goers?
Local residents of Southern California were pleasantly surprised last year when Disney announced the monthly payment plan for annual passes as low as $5.00 per month. Although the resort does offer passes for anyone, only SoCal residents qualify for the payment plan option, bringing hundreds of thousands of locals back to the parks.
While local residents have usually had the joy of having the parks almost to themselves for certain times of the year, that luxury is now passed. "There's hardly ever a day when the parks aren't packed anymore. We actually wait for the rain, now. Its easier to hang out there in the rain, than it is to try and guess when other people won't go," says Fullerton resident, Alyson Oviatt. "We hardly ever have a time anymore where we can just go hang out and enjoy the rides. Its always packed now." She adds, "although, what can I say? I'm one of those with the $5 dollar pass!"
Time will tell if the new Domestic Parks Passes will even come to fruition, with the Disney Vacation Club simply saying "nothing has been announced regarding any bi-coastal pass." Until then, local residents are happy to enjoy the little bit of paradise in our own neck of the woods.