Activation time frame for Annual Passes
I'm wondering if you can help me. I am planning to purchase Walt Disney World Annual Passes for my family, but I'm not sure how far in advance the passes can be purchased. I think I read on your site that they have to be activated within 1 year. I read on another panel that we have until December 31, 2030. Then, in a chat session on disneyworld,disney.go.com, I was told that there is no expiration date for activation - that the passes can be purchased any time and activated any time in the future. Do you know the real answer? I sure don't want to spend all that money on annual passes just to have them expire before we can get them activated.
I appreciate any information you may have that can clear this up.
Thank you, Dad!
A Great Question
Boy, that's a really good question. I thought I knew the answer, but the more I dig, the less sure I am.
It looks like the 2030 date is correct IF you are talking about an Annual Pass Voucher, not an Annual Pass.
Let me explain.
If you buy an Annual Pass at a Park Ticket Window it will be a Pass and not a Voucher. If you purchase at the Disney Store, online, or at a Guest Services location you will get a Voucher that must be activated at a Park Ticket Window.
Passes are activated immediately.
The Vouchers have a 2030 expiration date on them. That means you have until 2030 to activate them.
Dad's Bottom Line
The bottom line is it all boils down to what kind of Annual Pass you purchase. A "Pass" at the Parks activates immediately. A "Voucher" anywhere else expires in 2030 but must be activated prior to use.