There's a New Annual Pass in town and it's the most technologically integrated passport yet. The Flex Pass is only $599 per year, and it creates a world of options by essentially letting you control your own limitations and keeping the hard block out dates to an absolute minimum. Since you can expect to jump a few tears and pay more than double for a pass that does not impose block out dates, this is a pretty awesome thing. Here is how the Disneyland Flex Pass Works.
Three levels of accessibility for the Disney Flex Pass
The Disneyland Flex Pass offers an interactive calendar where you can see upcoming dates for visiting the Disneyland Resort parks. When you log into your My Annual Passes page, you will find it under ticket info. Dates marked in green are dates that your pass automatically entitles you to. Gray dates are blocked out dates that you cannot use your pass for. All other dates are blue and allow you to get into the parks with a reservation.
Reserving a Date with the Disney Flex Pass
You can reserve your date by logging in and selecting the park(s) you want to visit, then pick the date(s) if they are blue. Green dates do not need any reservation. Once you reserve your date(s), you can use your pass to enter the park(s) at the specified time. You will not be able to make a reservation if the date fills up. That's where the flexible part of the Disneyland Flex Pass comes in. You are able to cancel your reservation up to the night before your reserved date. This is important for a couple of reasons outlined below.
There are some limits to this Flexible plan. You can't just reserve any days you want, whenever you want. There is a period of time you have to wait until you are within 30 days of the date you want to visit before you can schedule a reservation. You also are limited to only 2 reservations within a 30 day period. Once you use one, you are allowed to schedule another, but the nearer the date, the less likely you will find availability.
So, canceling becomes important if you need to free up an opportunity to schedule another time. In addition, there will be a penalty for too many no shows. Failure to use your reservation 3 times within a 90-day window will result in temporary suspension (30 days) of your ability to schedule further reservations.
Benefits of the Disney Flex Pass
As with any of the Disney Annual Passport options, the Disney Flex Passport has some great benefits at an excellent price point:
- Admission to one or both parks during select days of the year;
- Up to 10% off select dining; and
- Up to 10% off select merchandise in-store or online at shopDisney.
Other Annual Passholder Options for Disneyland
Besides the Disney Flex passport, there are other Annual Pass options available.
Disney Deluxe Passport
The Disney Deluxe Passport costs $799 and technically has more block out dates than the Flex Pass. However, on non-block out dates, no reservation is required to access the parks. The discounts and benefits are the same as with the Flex Pass, so the $200 increase is essentially for the privilege of going to the park without making reservations ahead of time.
Disney Signature Passport
The Disney Signature Passport has block out dates pretty similar to those of the Flex Pass, but no reservations-only dates. There is also an additional 5% discount on select dining. Merchandise discounts increase up to 20% with the Disney Signature Passport, and you get free parking, as well. However, the cost of this pass jumps up to $1,149.
Disney Signature Plus Passport
For a mere $1,399 you can get the top of the line annual passport. It features similar benefits as the Signature Passport, but with no block out dates. It also includes Disney MaxPass. This feature is normally an additional cost and allows premium access to FastPasses and includes PhotoPass.
What Do You Think?
Which Annual Passport option is right for you? Do you want Flex Pass? Do you think it is worth it? Share your thoughts on the pros and cons of the Flex Pass in the comments.