DISNEYLAND HAS DISCONTINUED THE ONE-HOUR SHOPPING PASS INDEFINITELY.
I REPEAT, DISNEYLAND RESORT IN ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA NO LONGER OFFERS A 1-HOUR SHOPPING PASS IN EITHER OF ITS PARKS.
This past Friday the 13th, the DLR officially kicked off the Christmas season. Characters were in full force, apparently, dressed in their holiday best. Menorah Mickey, Garland Goofy – that whole thing. Monica and I were en route to San Elijo State Beach for a camping trip/surfing safari and thought we would take a detour and check out the grounds. We parked in the Downtown Disney parking lot, which was free for the first three hours.
After asking a line leader, two cast members at the ticket booths, one cast member at the turnstiles and another at the permanent “outside” souvenir stand, it was very clear that as of last year, THE ONE-HOUR SHOPPING PASS HAD BEEN DISCONTINUED. This little known secret would have been a great opportunity for us to get some Disney Christmas merchandise and see the castle in all its snowy glory – but alas, it was not meant to be.
One cast member tried to use the excuse that people were using the pass and just staying in the park all day, rather than coming out at or before their time limit of sixty minutes. The policy used to be that they would swipe a major credit card or debit card with purchasing power. Your card was charged. If you returned prior to the time limit, you would get the full amount of the ticket refunded to your card. If you did not, nothing happened, and your card remained charged for the amount of a one-day park ticket. No loss to Disney in any way. So it appears the real reason this was discontinued is due to the availability of merchandise at Downtown Disney. World of Disney has ALMOST everything you would find in the park, thus making an hour sprint through the place, providing you are doing it to actually shop, useless.
It was as if some unseen ethical force knew we just wanted to take a photo in front of the castle and try and get to the HM for one quick go-round. Either way, it was worth a shot and was informative. Just being there, getting in on the spirit and eating some cheese fries and chicken tenders at ESPN Zone was enough for me!
See below for some photos from the day:
Icing on the cake
Shut the gates, and lock 'em tight!
Sorry Friend, he said to me, all full today.
The tears didn't come until I realized somebody was driving guests through the temple, dodging the most formidable of snakes and poison dart-shooting skeletons.
I bet these look pretty cool in the night time.
Back to the parking lot...
...and Hello beach!
Piggy backin around San Elijo SB. The next time you guys are looking for a campsite, check out this beach. Best.