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But what is Snow White's story without the witch..? They can't just remove part of the story and have it still be the same classic story that Snow White is.  I do not believe at all that this will be some washed out version, but a rebalanced story that has us the the observer. Instead of the original concept that "WE" were Snow White. 

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^There's also the dungeon and the haunted forest to consider, too.

Actually, in the very original version of this ride, and I remember it as a scared ten year old (1963), there was a skeleton shackled to the wall of the dungeon. And as you moved towards it, the head suddenly moved forward towards you, saying "Go Back, Go Back."  And those trees in that forest did overhead 'swipes' with their branchy arms, much closer (and taller) than the cleaned up version had.

Ah memories. But this was all part of my "Snow White Experience," heh. Hopefully, they've figured out ways to keep some of this in the new version of the ride, including the Evil Queen/Witch.

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California's Disneyland theme park is set to become a massive Covid-19 vaccination site this week, county officials announced on Monday.

The "happiest place on earth" is one of several large distribution sites opening up in the state as cases soar and hospitals near capacity.

The most populous US state has lagged behind in its vaccination rate, doling out around a third of its doses so far.

The state reported just under 40,000 new cases on Monday and 264 deaths.

California ranks 42nd out of 50 states in its vaccination rate per 100,000 residents, according to Centers for Disease Control data.

The Disneyland resort in Orange County will become the region's first "super" distribution site, Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do said on Monday. It will have the capacity to vaccinate thousands of people daily.

The park has been closed to visitors since mid-March - unlike its sister resort, Walt Disney World in Florida, which has been open to reduced numbers of guests since July.

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced similar vaccination sites would be opening up as early as this week at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium, Cal Expo in Sacramento and Petco Park in San Diego.

"We recognise that the current strategy is not going to get us to where we need to go as quickly as we all need to go," Mr Newsom said.

"That's why we're speeding up the administration not just for priority groups but opening up large sites to do so."

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So when do we think Disney will rename California Adventure? It seems like they have been abandoning the california theme, which im honestly okay with. Its nostalgic since I grew up with that but it is way more marketable to do what they are doing. Any thoughts on when they might finally change the name and to what to? Feel free to disagree id love to know why

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Why do they need to rename it at all?  The only "California" theming it needs is being in California.

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True, but I would bet there are more marketable names once the park is full-disney and has really lost its california theme. EPCOT has kept some of its main attractions and events that EPCOT is truly known for, while calirofnia adventure has really been slowly dismantling everything california. there is still buena vista, grizzly peak, and radiator springs, but I just think the name will soon no longer be fitting at all, especially with the opening of the marvel area. I could just see them renaming the park in the years to come after more significant changes are made.

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To be fair I totally get you, coastercoaster5, but I feel they would have already changed the name when they were trying to overcome the park's terrible reputation.

The move away from the Californian theming was very much deliberate, and I think changing the name would have been a good way of underlining this, but as they didn't do this I think it'll keep the name for the foreseeable future.

I feel the name is almost generic to the point it doesn't really matter. 

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Looks like you jinxed the slow news day!  Disneyland announced that they are discontinuing their annual pass program and will be issuing refunds for those that currently hold one.

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https://www.ocregister.com/2021/01/14/disneyland-cancels-annual-passholder-program/

Disneyland is going membership at some point whatever that means:

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A new Disneyland membership program will be unveiled at a later date — presumably after Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reopen.

“Due to the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and limitations around the reopening of our California theme parks, we will be issuing appropriate refunds for eligible Disneyland resort Annual Passports and sunsetting the current program,” Disneyland resort president Ken Potrock said in a statement. “We are currently developing new membership offerings that will utilize consumer insights to deliver choice, flexibility and value for our biggest fans.”

 

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I got one week's use of my annual pass before Disneyland shut down.  If my math is correct, that means Disney will be refunding $577 of my $599 so I essentially went to Disneyland 5 times for the low price of $22.  I think I got my money's worth!  😆

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Yeah, I mean, bad circumstances but this is the right move for them and I'm sure they're actually pretty happy about being able to completely redo the whole pass holder program out there. 

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It's really amazing to read, that guest passholder systems that have been going since I-don'tknow-when, are now (most of them) becoming null-and-void with the company starting new ticketing and pass systems from scratch. I hope things work out for Disney and former passholders, etc. I'm sure it won't work out for "a few select fanzzz", heh. They'll be bitching till blah blah blah. Good for Disney to do this. 👏

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6 hours ago, SoCalJasonland said:

https://www.ocregister.com/2021/01/14/disneyland-cancels-annual-passholder-program/

Disneyland is going membership at some point whatever that means:

From the article:

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A new Disneyland membership program will be unveiled at a later date — presumably after Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reopen.

“Due to the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and limitations around the reopening of our California theme parks, we will be issuing appropriate refunds for eligible Disneyland resort Annual Passports and sunsetting the current program,” Disneyland resort president Ken Potrock said in a statement. “We are currently developing new membership offerings that will utilize consumer insights to deliver choice, flexibility and value for our biggest fans.”

 

I’m sure it means that instead of an annual  pass you will basically be buying supersized multi day tickets.  My guess is they’ll offer eventually offer park hopper (but only allow single park visits to start until covid capacity restrictions are removed), Disneyland only, or DCA only options and your tier will be just how many days available you have total to use. Reservations system was already created with the flex pass, so foundation for this was already being built. I have no doubt This was happening regardless, but the pandemic was the window to speed it up.


I bet they’ll still offer a premium option that functions as the old one did...for a lot more money and no monthly payment option.  Make it a truly high end option.

 

 

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8 hours ago, Jew said:

I’m sure it means that instead of an annual  pass you will basically be buying supersized multi day tickets.  My guess is they’ll offer eventually offer park hopper (but only allow single park visits to start until covid capacity restrictions are removed), Disneyland only, or DCA only options and your tier will be just how many days available you have total to use. Reservations system was already created with the flex pass, so foundation for this was already being built. I have no doubt This was happening regardless, but the pandemic was the window to speed it up.


I bet they’ll still offer a premium option that functions as the old one did...for a lot more money and no monthly payment option.  Make it a truly high end option.

 

 

I like the multi-day tickets but they need to fix the 14-day expiration from first use.  The tickets need to be good for use during the entire calendar year, so I can catch a couple of seasons.

They could also do something like their timeshare program where you just get a certain amount of points every payment and you can decide what days to spend your points on.  This would allow the same pass to be used during peak days but you would need to spend more points on a ticket that day.

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14 hours ago, Garet said:

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This might be the most accurate post in TPR's history.

I'm glad they're completely rebuilding from the ground up.  They've needed to for years now and they won't get a better opportunity than this to just wipe everything and start fresh.  There's no need to integrate or grandfather-in older rules or make exceptions for people.  Everyone is back at square one and I'm excited to see the new structure.

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1 hour ago, SoCalJasonland said:

I like the multi-day tickets but they need to fix the 14-day expiration from first use.  The tickets need to be good for use during the entire calendar year, so I can catch a couple of seasons.

They could also do something like their timeshare program where you just get a certain amount of points every payment and you can decide what days to spend your points on.  This would allow the same pass to be used during peak days but you would need to spend more points on a ticket that day.

I’m sure That’s what will happen. You’ll buy a “membership” that allows a certain number of visits within your year period, with blackouts and Total number of visits being determined by your tier. 

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RIP Disneyland Annual Pass. I was a first time Disney passholder and got to enjoy 8 ½ months of it at Disneyland before it shut down but since I got a Premier Pass, I also go to enjoy three visits to WDW since I activated my pass in June 2019. The Premier Pass is supposed to be good at WDW through March 31 before it ends for good (according to the email I received) so I may have to squeeze in one final trip there. 

As for the membership program that replaces the Disneyland AP, what I could see working is something that limits the amount of included visits you get per month or year, so you get less "hang out" for a few hours visits OR a points system membership or pass where you only get a certain amount of points to visit per month or year and peak days and Saturdays use more points then slower weekdays. I personally wouldn't mind a pass that lets me visit 8-12 days a year especially living 200 miles away although I won't likely go back until 2022. I don't think Disneyland will implement their new passholder replacement until 2022 or when they can operate at close to full capacity. When they open later this year at reduced capacity they will have plenty of people redeeming unused purchased tickets to fill the void of APs plus anyone that really wants to go that badly will buy a ticket.  It will be interesting to see what unfolds going forward. 

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