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Should I buy a Walt Disney World Annual Pass?

by Serinity

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“Dad, I am taking my adult son and myself to WDW in June 2019. The plan is to stay in a standard room at Pop! for 11 nights 12 days. We will also be getting Memory Maker and the Deluxe Dining Plan.

Would you suggest to purchase the base ticket or should I purchase the annual pass? I would like to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours and then visit another park for the day that is less busy, but only if the annual pass is the better option. If the annual pass is suggested the can I buy it in 2018 before prices increase without it expiring?

Many thanks!”

Mickey invites you to be an Annual Passholder

Dad Answers

Serenity, let’s do a little math. (This is updated to the new 2018 ticket prices.)

  • 10 day base ticket – $445
  • 2 day base ticket – $209
  • Park Hopper option for 10 day – $75
  • Park Hopper option for 2 – $65.

The total for a 10 day and a 2 day base ticket with the park hopper option added is $794.

Memory Maker is $169.

The Annual Pass includes Park Hopping option and Memory Maker along with discounts on food, hotels, souvenirs and more.

So the tickets with the Park Hopper option and Memory Maker would cost $963.

A Platinum Pass (the official name for an Annual Pass) is $849.

Just buy one Platinum Pass

Here’s an idea. Buy one Platinum Pass. That would entitle you to Memory Maker and all the discounts. Then buy a regular passes for the second person (unless you think you might take another trip within a year).

That would save you $50.

No, unfortunately you can’t buy a pass now for June 2019. They have to be activated within one year. You will be able to buy it in June 2018 and avoid the next round of price increases.

While you’re doing the math on the Annual Pass, you might do the math on that Deluxe Dining Plan.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Serinity, it looks like Platinum Pass is a better deal especially with Memory Maker and the discounts. That’s what I would suggest.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments below.


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Comments for

Aug 17, 2018 Disney Parks Moms Panel says otherwise
by: jf

Dad, you state that you must activate within a year, but I saw this post on the Disney Parks Moms Panel that says it does not expires for many, many years (she mentions 2030 for 2017).

So what’s right?

The link to the post I mentioned: Disney Parks Moms Panel

Dad Answers

In 2018 the rules changed. In 2017 the Mom’s Panel answer was correct, but Disney changed policy this year and it must be activated within a year.

Feb 17, 2018 Dining Plan
by: Cindy H

Also research free dining. If that is available for your travel dates you may have to buy the room & ticket package to take advantage of it. In that case you can just upgrade one ticket to an annual pass your first day.

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