Starting April 6, Disneyland annual passes will no longer have a photo of the passholder. It only took me a few years to get a good picture of myself on there, and now it’s changing.
New and existing passholders renewing their pass will have their new pass printed directly at the ticket booths, or will receive it in the mail if they ordered the pass online. The current process involved a temporary voucher printed from the ticket booth (or home) used to enter the park. Then the guest must go to Plaza Pavilion or the pass processing center inside California Adventure to have their photo taken and their plastic pass printed.
The new passes don’t quite eliminate the necessity for the passholder’s photo. A photo will still be needed for identification at the main entrance gates, therefore many people will still be sent to the annual pass processing centers to take their photo. There have also been passholders trying out a new system where they upload their own photo for their pass from home. Another option is to seek help from the Photo Pass cast members.
Why the change? Plaza Pavilion has plans to become a bakery, and inside California Adventure, the annual pass processing center will be closed for remodeling with the new Buena Vista Street re-theme project.