Disney Flex Pass

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Disneyland Annual Passes invite you into a whole new world, and Disneyland Flex Pass is no exception.

Disney Flex Pass

I bet you never knew how much you wanted a car magnet. Yup that AP magnet is elusive! Even if you don’t have the coveted AP magnet, this is the space you can flaunt your AP status and learn all about the newest AP on Main Street, the Flex Pass. 

Disney Flex Pass Important Details

If you want to be an Annual Passholder or are considering a downgrade (price-wise) to the Disney Flex Pass, this important details section is for you. Here you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about the Disneyland Flex Pass like how it works, cost and blackout dates. 

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What is the Disneyland Flex Pass?

The Disney Flex Pass is a new Annual Pass option introduced at Disneyland Resort in May 2019. It’s a twist on the classic Annual Pass, where some days you’re “good to go”, some days you’re blacked out, but more days are added with an advanced reservation. It gives Disney an opportunity to control how many Annual Passholders can enter the parks on a given day, and gives you more access to the resort at a lower price point. 

How does the Disney Flex Pass work? 

The Flex Pass is similar to traditional Annual Passes with the added flexibility of reserving dates to go to Disneyland. You don’t have to make a reservation every time, just select times that normally would be a black out date. The Flex Pass gives you more chances to Enjoy Disneyland when you need it most, like weekends and holidays. Some dates are still blocked out from the Flex Pass, but it really is just that—flexible.

It’s a good idea to look at the Annual Pass Calendar before you commit to buying the Flex Pass. Notice there are three daily categories:

  • Green, “Good to Go!”
  • Blue “Requires Reservation”
  • Grey “Blocked Out” 

On green “good to go” days, you can go straight to the parks without any prep work, and scan in using your Annual Pass pass or via the Disneyland app. 

On blue days you need to make a reservation to enter one or both parks. You can only have up two days in a 30 day period. After booking your reservation, which can be made same day, you can go directly to the gate and scan in using your Annual Pass pass or via the Disneyland app. 

On grey blackout days, you cannot enter either park. If you would like to enter the park those days you will need a regular park ticket or upgrade to the Signature Plus Annual Pass. 

See the full Disney Flex pass calendar here.

How long is the Disneyland Flex Pass valid? 

The Disney Flex Pass is good for 365 days, which starts on the first day you walk through the gates and scan your Annual Pass. You can buy your pass online and you will still be able to make reservations without your pass being activated. Once your pass is picked up at the ticket booth and scanned into the park, your passport will be active.

 

Disneyland 4th July

 

Will my Flex Pass get me into both parks?

Yes! On green “good to go days” You will not need a reservation and can enter either, or both parks. On reservation days you will need to either reserve one park only, or reserve both parks together. Reserving both parks still only counts as one reservation. Keep reading for more details on reservations below. 

What discounts do I get with Disney Flex Pass?

Just like other Disney Annual Passes, you’ll get some great discounts and benefits:

I love that discounts often off-set the cost of a tip or tax when making a purchase. 

Can I add Disney MaxPass to my Flex Pass?

Yes! For $100 you can add Disney MaxPass to your AP for the full year. This will allow you to use the digital FASTPASS system, and have unlimited PhotoPass downloads. 

Is parking included in the Disney Flex Pass?

No, this Annual Pass does not include parking, and can not be added on. You will need to pay for parking each day you want to park at the Disneyland Resort. Use this Disneyland parking guide before you go. 

Do I get PhotoPass with my Flex Pass? 

Only if you choose to add Disney MaxPass onto your AP

 

Disneyland App PhotoPass

 

Do I get Magic Morning with my Annual Pass? 

No, Magic Morning is only included in tickets purchased in advance for 3 or more days. You can purchase discount tickets through my affiliate link, and then upgrade to the Disney Flex Pass before the end of your Disneyland Resort vacation. If you are staying at one of the Disney owned hotels, you can utilize Extra Magic Hour each stay of your trip with your Disney Flex Pass and room key. 

 

Disneyland Flex Pass Calendar

Existing AP holders and even out-of-town visitors know how important the Annual Pass calendar can be when planning a Disneyland vacation. But with the Flex Pass, the calendar dates are even more important.

Disney Flex Pass blackout dates

Some days you can enter Disneyland and California Adventure, some days only California Adventure, some days you need a reservation for entry and others are completely blacked out. Here’s how to navigate the calendar system. 

Disneyland FlexPass Calendar

  1. Find the Flex Pass blackout calendar here
  2. Select Disney Flex as your Annual Pass type.
  3. Select your park, but remember to play around with it because you might be able to go to California Adventure and not Disneyland. Selecting “both parks” will show a more restrictive calendar by default, even if DCA is available. 
  4. View results in green, blue or grey. Then keep reading for reservation ins and outs below. 

Disney Flex Pass Reservations

The Disneyland Flex Pass allows for reservations on select days into Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure Park, with limited blackout days. The introductory price is $599.

Does the Disneyland Flex Pass have Blackout days? 

Yes. From December 21, 2019 to January 4, 2020 you will not be able to enter Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure. To enter during those days you will need a regular park ticket or the Signature Plus Passport. 

How do I make a reservation?

Reservations for the Disney Flex Passport can be made through the Disneyland website or the Disneyland App. To make a reservation on the app, log into your Disney account. 

Make Flex Pass reservation

  1. Scroll down on the main menu and Click on “My Tickets”
  2. Under your AP barcode you will see and click on “reserve days” 
  3. Select either one or both parks you would like to enter, and select the day you would like (selecting both parks only uses one reservation).
  4. Finish by selecting “Review Your Selections’ and then “Confirm Reservations” 

Your reservation should then be listed under your barcode, and you will get an email with the reservation confirmation.  

Do I always need a reservation to use my Flex Pass AP?

No. First check the  Annual Pass calendar before you plan to visit Disneyland Resort. There are three types of days for the Disney Flex Pass:

  • Green, “Good to Go!”
  • Blue “Requires Reservation”
  • Grey “Blocked Out” 

On green “good to go” days, you can go straight to the parks without any prep work, and scan in using your Annual Pass pass or via the Disneyland app. 

On blue days you need to make a reservation to enter one or both parks. You can only have up two days in a 30 day period. After booking your reservation, which can be made same day, you can go directly to the gate and scan in using your Annual Pass pass or via the Disneyland app. 

On grey blackout days, you cannot enter either park. If you would like to enter the park those days you will need a regular park ticket or upgrade to the Signature Plus Annual Pass. 

Disneyland FlexPass Calendar

See the full Disney Flex pass calendar here.

On Green good to go days, you can go straight to the park without any prep work, and scan in using your physical pass or your Disneyland app. 

How hard is it to get Flex Pass reservations?

The Disney Flex Pass has been out since May 2018. As of late October I have not seen people having problems getting reservations for their desired dates. July 4th did fill up, and was no longer allowing reservations just a few days before that date. October 2019 dates starting to fill up during the last week or two of September; many schools take fall breaks in October. The opening weekend for Holidays at Disneyland filled up quickly as well. 

 

Flex Pass review selections

Have reservations filled up and been unavailable?

There has only been one occasion that a date has filled up. July 4, 2019 filled up and was no longer allowing reservations. This happened just a few days before the holiday. 

How soon can I make a new reservation? 

You may have 2 reservations at a time in any 30 day period. Once you have scanned into either park, you will still have to wait until that day is over to make a new reservation. This means you have to wait until 12:00 am the next day to make a new reservation. Your reservation will still show on your AP after you have scanned into the parks. Until that is no longer linked, showing only one reservation, you will not be able to make a new reservation.  

What happens if I can’t make it to Disneyland on my reserved day? 

You will have to cancel your reservation by 11:59pm PT the day before. If you do not cancel in time you will be counted as a “no show.” You are allowed up to 2 “no show” times in a 90 day period. On the 3rd “no show” in a 90 period, you will no longer be able to reserve new dates for 30 days. 

 

Disneyland Partners Statue

 

To avoid no show you only have to enter one park before closing on the date of your reservation. This might mean walking into the park and walking back out if you schedule allows it. 

Can I modify a reservation?

Disney Flex Pass reservations can not be modified. You will have to cancel the reservation and book the new date, if available. 


 

How do I cancel a reservation? 

A reservation can be canceled within your Disney Account. To cancel your Flex Pass reservation on the Disneyland App.

Cancel Flex Pass

  1. Select “My tickets” 
  2. Under your pass you will see your current reservations and select “View or Cancel” 
  3. Now select “Cancel Reservation”
  4. Last select “Confirm Cancellation” 

What happens if I don’t cancel a reservation on time? 

If you have not cancelled your reservation by 11:59pm PT the day before, you will be counted as a “no show” if you do not enter at least one park by park closing on the day of your reservation. You are allowed up to 2 “no show” times in a 90 day period. On the 3rd “no show” in a 90 period, you will no longer be able to reserve new dates for 30 days. You will still be able to enter the park(s) on “Good to Go!” days.

Does the Disney Flex Pass have blackout days? 

Yes. From December 21, 2019 to January 4, 2020 you will not be able to enter Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure. To enter during those days you will need a regular park ticket or the Signature Plus Passport.

Disney Flex Pass Price

Disney Flex Pass price is right! Regular Annual Passes range from $599 to $1399 at the time of this update. Some cheaper options are available for Southern California residents as well. 

How much does the Disneyland Flex Pass cost?

The Disney Flex pass is $599 at this time of this update. See current pricing for all Disneyland Annual Passes here.

How do I purchase a Disney Flex Pass?

You can purchase the Disney flex Pass

Depending on the method you can pay using cash, card or Disney Gift Card

Can I upgrade my current park ticket to the Disney Flex Passport? 

Yes! You can upgrade your ticket anytime before the end of day on your last day of entrance. You can do so in the Disneyland App, under tickets it will have the option to “apply the value of your ticket to an Annual Passport.” You will still need to go to a ticket booth to pick up your physical card. 

 

Upgrade to Annual Pass

 

You can also upgrade at the ticket booth, this method allows you to use card, and cash or gift cards as payment. I suggest upgrading this way and using a discounted ticket from my partners at Get Away Today. Doing so, you will get the full retail value of your ticket and save money. 

I’m a Southern California Resident, can I do a payment plan like the other Annual Passes? 

Yes! You can set up the monthly payment plan for the Disney Flex Pass just like the other Annual Passports. You will have to make a downpayment equal to a one day pass to start the payment plan. 

Disneyland Flex Pass Review

See what others have to say about the Disney Flex Pass. 

Disneyland Monorail

 

Do you think the Disney Flex Pass is worth it? 

Now that the Disney Flex Passport has been out for a few months, and I have been able to see how it works better, I say yes! It is a great option for both locals and non-southern California Residents. You can easily book your reservations 30 days out, or even the day of so far. As more people continue to purchase the Disney Flex Passport this may change, but for now I believe it is a great deal. 

Here’s what some of my readers have to say in these Disney Flex Pass reviews. 

Love the Flex. We live 2 states away and it has worked great for our family of 5. Booked 2 days last minute in July with no problem. Will be back in Nov for 3 days so will book at 30 day mark. Super easy to use with the Disney app 

-Jessica A.

I bought a Flex Pass for my oldest daughter who is 13. Works well for her! I have a signature and I always know in advance when we go so I just make sure to book the days we’re there. Can’t beat the price! We use Disneyland as our Mother Daughter weekend getaways!

-Bonny R. 

Love it so far, seems like the best kept secret… so shhh! 😆 Living out of state it’s perfect to be able to get in during busy times. I’ve made reservations as I’m walking in without any problems so far

-Elaina S. 

What about other Annual Passport options? 

If you would like to know more about other Annual Passport options you can learn more about them from my friend Becca at This Crazy Adventure Called Life. 

Will you be upgrading to the Disney FlexPass?

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