When Magic Kingdom reopened for Cast member and Annual Passholder previews, people rushed straight to Splash Mountain’s Briar Patch. The infamous log flume and its themed merchandise have been the center of Disney fan’s attention since it was announced that a refurbishment to the ride was coming.
Since it was announced that Splash Mountain would be reimagined to Princess and the Frog, merchandise has been flying off the shelves both online and in the parks. To combat the demand and account for social distancing, Disney even implemented virtual queues for those wanting to get into Splash Mountain gift shops. While there is nothing wrong with purchasing some merchandise, it was apparent when the Parks opened, for Cast Member and Annual Passholder previews, that there was a problem.
Merchandise began flying off the shelves as guests purchased items in bulk. Sometimes even buying boxes of items before Cast Memebrs could display them. Then in turn, the items were posted online, to resell sites, for ridiculously high amounts.
A search of postings on sites like eBay and Mecari have produced many results of users price gouging in order to make a profit. There are listings with prices as high as $500 for a set of three plushies.
Cast members and Annual Passholders already have a discount normally, and recently merchandise was made even cheaper when Disney announced that cast members would receive a 50% discount and Passholders would be receiving a 30% discount.
When the Parks reopened and as of the date this articles publication, there have been no limits placed on Splash Mountain merchandise purchases.
The reselling of merchandise clearly violates the terms and conditions for Passholders. The agreement reads:
“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.”
Those who violate these terms are at risk of having their passes suspended or revoked. Should Disney choose to enforce them. And in the past there have been reports of Disney finding those who break this agreement and subsequently removing that guest’s annual pass.
Disney has not made an official announcement as to when Splash Mountain will be permanently closed for it’s Princess and the Frog refurbishment.
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