Disneyland Annual Pass Payments on Hold Starting April 5

Heather Navarro

Disneyland posted on its website that payments for current annual passes would stop April 5 due to the financial burden of the coronavirus pandemic.

Some annual pass holders had complained on on Disneyland Annual Passholders' verified Facebook page about continuing to be billed for annual passes to the Anaheim park.

"Now that it’s more than two weeks it’s time to suspend billing AP’s. This whole extension thing made sense for two weeks but too many families are now struggling financially. Billing them during the closure would be a bad look for Disney," said Facebook user Doug Williams Jr on Disneyland Annual Passholders' verified page.

Veronica Retro Bella also commented, "So when is Disneyland gonna freeze payments on its annual passholders? That's the real question."

Disney Theme parks in the Orlando area are empty after being shut down over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

Disney officials posted on the site that pass holders would have the option to postpone payments starting April 5.

Local parks -- including Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain -- all promised to honor annual passes paid in full by tacking on the days of the closure to the expiration date of guests' passes.

Payment plans for Disneyland passes that range in benefits run from $39.17 per month ($649 total) all the way up to $105.84 per month ($1,449 total).

Comparatively, here's how annual passes at other theme parks break down:

Universal Studios passes range from $144 to $449 total online, with flex spending options.

Knott's passes range from $13.50 per month (or $101 total) to $31 per month (or $220 total).

Six Flags' passes range from $7.85 per month to $18.85 per month.

NBCLA reached out to Disney for comment on the annual pass payments.

“Our Annual Passholders are some of our most loyal guests, and we are available to help them during this incredibly uncertain time. Information on annual pass payments and extension dates are available on our website," Disney officials said.

To see all the information available on passes, check out this website.

The coronavirus pandemic had forced local and state governments to put orders in place requiring residents to only leave the house for essential business, as cases across the globe reached more than one million. More than 58,000 had died.

Disney Resort officials announced the closure of Disneyland and California Adventure starting Saturday.

Universal Studios is owned by NBCUniversal, the same parent company as NBCLA.

Editor's Note: This article was updated due to new information available on annual pass payments.

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