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Revolutionary New "Flex" Annual Pass Introduced at Disneyland

The fine print

Pixar Pier

Image: Patrick Pelletier, Flickr (license)

In addition to the up to the 160+ vists included with the Disney Flex Pass, this annual pass includes Park Hopping (as long as both parks are "good to go" or you have a reservation), and also includes 10% discounts on food and merchandise. However, it is important to note that this annual pass does not include parking.

The Disney Flex Pass will go on sale in just a few days on May 21 and will cost $599, making it one of the best value annual passes Disneyland has offered in recent years, other than the renew-only Southern California Select Passport.

Finding strategic value in this new pass

FASTPASS for Haunted Mansion

Image: HarshLight, Flickr (license)

One of the most interesting things about this pass is the different strategies guests could potentially use to get the most out of this pass. On the one hand, guests who know far in advance what days they want to be in the park can get the most value out of their flex pass by booking their most important dates in as far in advance as possible, so they can secure these dates before they "sell out". 

However, since passholders can only reserve two days in advance, the total number of dates that can be used might be limited overall if guests use the above strategy. Guests who want to visit Disneyland Resort more often (and don't really care about when) can instead try and reserve their flex dates as soon as possible so they can free up more reservation dates later on, and potentially use their pass more, as long as there aren't too many people using the first strategy and "selling out" far out dates. 

Of course, there's a further wrinkle for guests trying to plan out their Disney Flex Pass strategy: the number of available reservations for Disney Flex Pass holders will vary daily, which can make it even harder to try and plan in advance and get the most out of this pass. 

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