With W Disney World and Disneyland indefinitely closed to help curb the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Disney Parks Annual Passholders were left with the question of what would happen to their monthly payments. And now with the W Disney Company taking serious measures to combat the effects of the coronavirus crisis in the longterm, with its recent furlough of staffers, Disney Parks has finally given the answer by hing Disney Parks Annual Passholder payments for W Disney World and Disneyland.
When W Disney World and Disneyland closed their gates on March 15, Disney officials set the original closure through the end of the month. But as the escalating coronavirus pandemic showed no sign of slowing down, Disney extended the closures “until further notice.” Naturally, Disney Parks Annual Passholders, who subscribe to annual plans available to residents in Florida and California, were concerned about their ongoing monthly payment plans to a theme park that would be indefinitely closed. In light of these developments, W Disney World and Disneyland have issued new details via WDW News Today regarding partial refunds and monthly payment plan holds for Annual Passholders.
Disney has hed Annual Passholder payments for W Disney World and Disneyland and are offering partial refunds, retroactively refunded payments made between March 14 and April 4. Payments will resume once the theme parks reopen.
Some of the details vary between Disney World and Disneyland Annual Passholders and monthly payment Passholders. Disney World Passholders who have paid in full may “choose to receive a partial refund for the theme park closure period.” Annual Passholders on a monthly playment plan for Disney World will have their payments automatically stopped and waived effective April 5, with payments retroactively refunded between March 14 through April 4, 2020. There’s also the ernative of choosing to have their monthly payments postponed starting April 5 through the park closure period and resumed once the parks reopen.
Meanwhile, Disneyland Annual Passholders “who have paid for their Passports in full will automatically have their Passport expiration date extended.” Passholders are also being offered a partial refund for the closure period. Those on a monthly payment plan will have their payments stopped starting April 5, with retroactive refunds between March 14 and April 4, again. However, monthly payment plan Passholders will not have their Passport expiration dates extended.
For assistance, contact V.I.PASSHOLDER Support at 407 939-7277.
Disney+ may benefit from further delays with the studio's theatrical releases as more movies may be going directly to the streaming service in the future. This, according to former Disney CEO and current Executive Chairman Bob Iger. It was recently revealed that Artemis Fowl will debut on Disney+ sometime this year, skipping a theatrical release. As Iger explains, that may not be the only title to make the move from theatrical to streaming, but don't expect to see it happen with the studio's upcoming tentpole releases.
Given what's going on in the world right now, most movie theaters are shut down entirely and virtually all major releases through June have been delayed. Some have wondered if Disney might put movies like Black Widow or Mulan on Disney+ instead. While that won't be happening, Bob Iger isn't ruling out other movies making the shift. Here's what Iger had to say about it in a recent interview.
'There are some we've decided to put on Disney+. We already announced one, Artemis Fowl, that would have been released in theaters. Others we've simply delayed. In some cases we've moved things onto Disney+ faster than we would have. Frozen 2 was one of them, but Onward would be the biggest example. It was in theaters when this happened.'
'We moved to a pay-per-view period for a couple of weeks where people could buy it and own it. And then we ended up putting it on Disney+. In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we'll simply wait for slots. In some cases we've announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar.'
There is a lot to unpack here. Black Widow and several other delayed movies were recently given new release dates as Disney reshuffled its 2020/2021 calendar. Black Widow and other big-budget tentpoles stand to make far more money in theaters, even with a relatively uncertain future ahead, than they could possibly generate via streaming. So putting movies like them directly on Disney+ doesn't make that much business sense.
In the meantime, taking riskier projects such as Artemis Fowl and giving Disney+ subscribers something flashy and exclusive is helpful. But what other movies might fit the bill for streaming debuts? The New Mutants perhaps? Whatever the case, as Bob Iger points out, the studio is content to wait until things return to normal. Disney, more than any other studio in Hollywood, is capable of raking in big dollars at the box office. So this truly isn't that surprising.
Other studios, on the other hand, may see value in doing a VOD/Digital release. Universal kicked that door wide open a couple of weeks back by putting recent releases such as The Invisible Man and The Hunt online. Trolls: World Tour, which was destined for theaters, will arrive digitally this month. Disney has not yet set a premiere date for Artemis Fowl, but it's...