Disneyland Ends Annual Pass Program Amid COVID-19 Pandmemic

Anaheim, California/United States - 04/24/2019: Tourist walk across the street towards Disneyland theme park

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Disneyland continues to feel the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This week, the California theme park announced that it would be canceling its long-running annual pass program due to COVID-19 concerns.

Those who had passes that were useless due to the pandemic will receive a refund.

“We want to thank our Annual Passholders for their understanding during this closure period,” Disneyland president Ken Potrock said in a statement. “Due to the 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.”

California closed Disneyland in March 2020.

The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 22.7 million confirmed cases and 376,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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