Disneyland Cancels Vital Annual Passholder Program In The Face Of Continued CA Shutdowns

Disneyland Cancels Vital Annual Passholder Program In The Face Of Continued CA Shutdowns
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Gavin Newsom’s war on California’s economy continues unabated.

On Thursday, Disneyland (Anaheim) announced they would be suspending the extremely popular annual passholder program as a direct result of continued COVID lockdowns imposed by Governor Gavin Newsom.

From KUSI News in San Diego:

Disneyland is ending its annual pass program 10 months after the theme park shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The park in Anaheim, California, said Thursday it would begin issuing “appropriate” refunds to eligible passholders. It was not immediately clear how many people hold these passes.

“Due to the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and limitations around the reopening of our California theme parks, we will be issuing appropriate refunds for eligible Disneyland Resort Annual Passports and sunsetting the current program,” Ken Potrock, president of Disneyland Resort, said in a statement.

The announcement comes the same week that Disneyland allowed county health officials to use its parking lot for a large-scale coronavirus vaccination site.

The park’s annual pass program is one of its most lucrative staples and has become a mainstay for California residents, who have always enjoyed taking advantage of their proximity to one of the greatest theme parks in the world.

Potrock says the park will return to the passholder program when it can reopen in the future. Unfortunately there are absolutely no guidelines or indications coming from Newsom’s office as to when they might be allowed to safely open. Meanwhile, Disneyworld in Florida has been open for business with modified safety guidelines nearly the entirety of the epidemic.

Why Newsom would deliberately kill one of California’s largest employers without even a whisper of when they might plan on resuming operations is beyond what anyone seems to be able to reason out. Newsom has offered no science or data connected to park closures that might illuminate why Disneyland should stay closed. They have been flying blind since last March and now they’ve finally hit a wall.

Some economic experts have estimated that close to 87% of Anaheim’s business is directly or indirectly related to Disneyland. On a personal note, this writer lives quite close to Anaheim, and I have never seen it so desolate, empty, sad and in some spots downright apocalyptic. What was once a vibrant and bustling city has turned into a ghost town.

The governor’s only answer has been silence.

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