Disneyland is quietly pulling the annual passes of “flippers” and personal shoppers who buy up limited edition merchandise and sell it online to buyers who can’t make the trip to the Magic Kingdom.
First reported in the OC Register, Disneyland still requires the pass holders it suspends to continue making monthly payments on their annual pass, which range from $549 to $1,149 per year, or face being sent to collections and even banned from the park:
According to the Register, Disney pass holders like Rose Keiser of Northridge are applauding the crackdown. The story explains….
Rose Keiser of Northridge, who runs the popular GothicRosie’s Disneyland Info page on Facebook, said she personally knows of three people who’ve had their passes revoked.
Keiser said she would like to see Disneyland ban so-called “flippers,” who buy as many as possible of hot merchandise with the intention of reselling online. She described standing in line to buy an item, only to find out it was sold out because someone ahead of her had just bought a large quantity.
“I think Disney is looking at the wrong group of people,” Keiser said. “Personal shoppers are not the problem. Flippers are the problem. A flipper is going to go to the park and walk out with 10 (collectible popcorn) buckets.” Keiser said that, in some cases, flippers “will even turn to the end of the line in progress to sell to people who are at the back of the line.”
Disneyland officials say flipping items violates their passholder agreement, which states “benefits and discounts are for personal use only and may not be used for any commercial purpose including, without limitation, to obtain or purchase items or services with the intent to resell such items or services.”
One guest told the Register that after receiving a letter that her pass was revoked, she received a phone call from a rep who explained that the pass had been suspended because she was buying and selling items and “making a profit against Disney.”
“She stated I could write a letter to Guest Services stating I was not aware of the policy,” she told the paper, who reports that she “plans to appeal and hopes to get her pass reinstated. Meanwhile, she’s still paying.”