Four new Disneyland Paris Annual Passes coming – with up to 79% price increase

Monday, 27th February 2017 at 23:39

Disneyland Paris Annual Passes Pass Annuel Discovery, Magic Flex, Magic Plus, Infinity

The cost of 365 days of Disneyland Paris fun is about to almost double in price. Four new Annual Passport tiers are set to come into effect soon, with a major price increase for the top tier pass.

Titled Discovery, Magic Flex, Magic Plus and Infinity, the four new annual passes will completely replace the existing range of Classic, Fantasy and Dream passes from 29th March 2017.

The gap between each pass will now become drastically more distinct, with the lowest tier pass effectively losing 130 days of access and the highest tier pass offering 365 days seeing an enormous 79% price increase.

  • Discovery — 150 days access — €139
  • Magic Flex — 300 days access — €189
  • Magic Plus — 350 days access — €249
  • Infinity — 365 days access — €399

For that increase, however, Disneyland Paris is aiming to offer a more premium experience with the Infinity pass, such as PhotoPass included as standard and even a preferential car parking spot for the Disney Parks.

Above that, Infinity passholders will also reportedly get a reserved viewing area for the daily parade and nighttime show.

Both Magic Plus and Infinity passholders will apparently be able to benefit from a reserved entrance turnstile at each park, speeding up entry.

Current Disneyland Paris Annual Passports range (to 28th March 2017):
Current Disneyland Paris Annual Passports range (to 28th March 2017)

As with the current Annual Passports, where the new Discovery, Magic Flex and Magic Plus passes offer less than 365 days access, these days will be defined by set Blockout Dates, often preventing access on busier days.

For the Magic Plus pass, there will be only 15 restriction days, perhaps actually making this the best value annual ticket and the best replacement for the current Dream pass for most visitors — although still with a €26 price increase on the current 365 day ticket.

However, comparing access days directly, the cost of a true 365 day pass will rise from €223 for the current Dream pass to €399 for the Infinity.

The worth of the lowest tier Discovery pass has to also be questioned, at just €4 more than the current Classic pass, but with only 150 days access — you’d have to be seriously flexible (or lucky) with your visits to not feel short-changed.

Disneyland Paris Annual Passes Pass Annuel Discovery, Magic Flex, Magic Plus, Infinity

The longstanding “Passeport Annuel” name will also be shortened to “Pass Annuel”.

Disneyland Paris has admittedly been underpricing its Annual Passports for many years, with overly-generous access on the lower tiers. Compared to most other Disney resorts they are (or were) a steal, and we’ve become used to recommending them for visitors instead of even the standard four or five day tickets.

Including PhotoPass as standard is one idea borrowed from Disneyland California’s passes, for example, which are priced up to an astonishing $1,049 (€991 at today’s exchange) for the highest tier pass.

It can’t be any coincidence that this major pricing and structure change comes as The Walt Disney Company seeks to take an almost total grip on the resort.

With everything good this development might hopefully bring, it’s already presenting one serious drawback: forcing Disneyland Paris — or more accurately, in this case, its guests — to finally pay its way and turn a profit.

Will you pay for a new Annual Pass with these incoming changes? And which of the four passes would you choose? Moreover, do you agree with offering “preferential” treatment to holders of a premium-priced pass, above even those who pay to stay at Disney Hotels?

The current range of Annual Passports remain on sale and priced as before until 28th March 2017. If you were thinking about getting an annual pass this year and aren’t bothered about the new “premium” perks, it might pay to grab one now.

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Comments

  • Which pass we buy, or if we buy one at all will depend on blackout dates.
    We’re ok to buy Magic Plus, if wne can visit in August.

    Sponsorship seems to have reduced to only 6 months free extension.

  • Nope. 4 passes to buy means goodbye DLP.

  • Victoria Murray  28th February 2017, 06:39

    I won’t be renewing our passes at those prices. We spend a fortune When we are there and have been 3 times already since October. So no if the prices go up that much I wouldn’t buy them again

    • I think we’ll probably buy Magic Plus when we visit at the end of August, we can then use them again at the beginning of August 2018. We’ll give it one last chance to see all the changes / anniversary events in the parks.

      Whether we buy again after that will depend on Shareholders discount – we don’t expect that to last much longer.

      Maybe they will offer discounts to people renewing, like they do in the US?

  • what will be the new Hotels discount / percentage?

  • I purchased my first annual pass last year and managed to get 3 people signed up with me as their sponsor which entitled me to a free years pass, will this offer still apply? I was going over to claim it in march

  • Have the blockout dates for the new APs been released yet or do we need to wait until 28/3/17?

  • Magic Flex blockouts seem to be weekends and holidays (a bit vague, sorry).
    Magic Plus seems to be Halloween week and Christmas / New Year week.

  • If we purchase the Fantasy pass in the next month, how long will we have to exchange the tickets for the actual pass?

    • I just bought 4 dream annual passes like today, and i was told by the disney planner that i have 6 months from today to exchange to a real pass :-)

    • 6 months to exchange an AP voucher for actual AP at the park. AP will run from whenever the voucher is exchanged.

  • We buy 6 passes 2 adults 4 kids we wouldn’t be able to pay the new prices

  • I just bought 4 dream passes and i was told i have 6months to get it done :-)

  • Having had a bit of time to digest this info it is not as bad as first seems the magic plus is pretty much the same as dream pass with a couple of adjustments nothing really major – unless you want to go xmas and halloween. but you could always look at inclusive package for them. With a price increase of 26 euros (£22)not too bad could have been worse.

  • 20% discount for 5 or more–do we know if that is going away with the new passes?
    also, with the lowest Discovery pass, will it still prevent going on day 2 and day 3 after the 1st time activating?

  • Tomo  8 days ago

    Though the prices will be much higher, still I have to say the prices are MUCH CHEAPER than other Disney theme parks in the world!!! Europeans are very lucky!!!

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