Disney World Annual Pass
Who needs a Disney World Annual Pass? Dad knows. Check it out. The best ticket Disney offers. Hey, you might just want to get you one of these things.
So much happens during the year at Walt Disney World that it might be fun to take multiple trips, or you might want to go and stay for a couple of weeks just to make sure you see everything. If so, you might want to consider getting an annual pass.
Photo by Judd Helms.
When is it economically feasible to get an annual pass?
If you are going to spend more than 10 days or you take more than one trip in one 365 day period, you should look into an Annual Pass. The Platinum Pass (theme parks only) costs $849 and the Platinum Plus Pass (theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports, Oak Trail Golf Course) costs $949.
Do Annual Pass holders get any thing special?
Why yes they do. Annual pass holders get free parking at the WDW theme parks. (Not any savings if you stay at a Disney hotel, but if you stay off-site, it saves $20.00 per day.) Select shopping and dining locations offer up to 20% off. Some of the tours offer a small discount for annual pass holders, and occasionally there are perks at the Epcot Festivals or other special events. Memory Maker for those Disney PhotoPass downloads is included for the whole year (that'll save you nearly $200). They also get special deals on hotels at select times during the year.
There is even a special web page for Annual Pass holders: Disney World Annual Pass page.
Do I have to wait until I'm at the parks to buy my pass?
You can buy your Disney Annual Pass any time and activate it when you get to the park.
What do you mean activate?
Every Annual Pass must be activated before it can be used. This is done at a ticket window or Guest Services at the parks (Epcot is usually the quickest). Your pass will be good for 365 days from the day it is activated.
I go every year. Are there any special deals for me?
Why yes there is. You can "renew" your Disney World Annual Pass for a discounted price. You'll save over $100 per ticket.
Where to get your Disney World Annual Pass
The obvious place to get your pass is from Disney but unlike the other tickets, you must buy Annual Passes directly from Disney. Disney does have several convenient locations where you can buy them.
- Disney Vacation Club Member Service
- Select Disney Store locations (not online)
- Disney's EarPort in the Orlando Airport
- Concierge desks in the Disney Hotels
- Character Premier locations -
- Belz Mall 1
- Premium Outlet Mall in Lake Buena Vista
If you buy at any location outside a park you'll get a ticket that will be replaced with your actual pass when you activate it.
Disney offers special discounted Annual Passes to Florida Residents. To purchase, you must be over 18 and have proof of a Florida residence.
Dad's Bottom Line
Disney World Annual Passes don't make sense for most guests, but if you go to Walt Disney World on a regular basis or stay for a a long period of time, you might want to check them out.