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Why you Should be a Disney World Annual Passholder

Why you Should be a Disney World Annual Passholder

Wondering if becoming a Disney World Annual Passholder is the right fit for you? The general rule of thumb is that an Annual Pass financially makes sense for anybody going for more than 10 days or for people planning more than 1 trip in a 12 month period. It also may make sense just for the discounts if you are taking a shorter trip. Remember only one person in your group needs an Annual Passholder to receive the discounts below. If you think you might fall into this bucket let’s take a closer look at why you should be a Disney World Annual Passholder.

The Perks of being a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder

You will go to the Parks more!

One of the great things I found about be an Annual Passholder is I am at Disney a lot more. Of course, it really helps out these days that I live right next to the vacation kingdom, but I will say that even prior to moving to Orlando I was an annual  Passholder and I still managed to pull off two to three trips a year. Your Annual pass pays off sometimes after your first trip. The annual pass eliminates a big expense, park tickets and parking, so this makes a second trip again in the same year following the pass purchase much less expensive.

Merchandise Discounts

Your discount percentage has changed over the years. Currently, Disney World Annual Passholders get a 20% discount off of merchandise. This is both good and dangerous. In some ways, it enables me to buy more because the discount brings the price down a significant amount.

You should also note that there are exclusions to the merchandise discount. Mostly those are non-Disney stores like Alex and Ani and the Lego Store. Disney has a complete list of the discounts here.

Food Discounts

This discount has been changing a lot over the last couple of years. For a full list of the current restaurants that accept an Annual Passholder discount go here. Additionally, as an Annual Passholder, you can opt to buy for $150 a year, Tables in Wonderland. This program gives you 20% off on food, beverages, and alcohol at most Disney World sit down restaurants.

Tour Discounts

Tours are a great way to see the behind the scenes of Disney World. As an Annual Passholder you will receive 15% off most tours.

Mickey Monitor

Getting the Mickey Monitor in the mail is a teaser of Disney World in your mailbox. This gem holders insider information on what is coming to the resorts in the future as well as current discount offerings.

Free Parking

It is currently $20.00 per car for parking! This savings adds up real fast. The free parking alone is worth getting an annual pass. I can’t imagine how much parking I would be paying without it. Of course, if you are traveling from far away without a car this one isn’t as big of a deal.

Hotel Discounts

We find that about 2-4 months in advance Disney will open up Annual Passholder resort discounts. The savings can be up to 30% off on resort rooms, the more expensive the better the discount we find. This discount can rack up some big savings to pay for the annual pass.

Special Entrance Line at the Parks

There is a separate line for Passholders to enter the park, which can make entry, especially in the morning much quicker. Just look for the Mickey Passholder sign and enter the park there. The other great thing about this line is Passholders know how to use their tickets so it goes quickly.

Other Annual Passholder Savings

If you are interested in enjoying the spa during your trip you will get a discount. The spas at the Disney World Resorts offer 15% off their services.

Plus you get a discount on two of my favorite events. Passholders get to enjoy a small discount on Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

I recommend asking everywhere you go if they have a Disney Annual Passholder discount. Things like Disney golf, bowling at Splitsville, Disney water parks, bike rentals, and miniature golf all have special discounts.

Freebies and Exclusives

While this isn’t a guarantee, Passholders historically have been receiving exclusive gifts at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, Festival of the Arts, as well as the Flower and Garden Festival. This year we received a custom piece of artwork, buttons, and magnets. As well, we got an exclusive sneak peek into Pandora the World of Avatar before it even opened in 2017. This is an amazing experience to enjoy something brand new at Disney World without the crowds.

disney annual passholder entrance

Different Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Options

There’s no getting around it an Annual Pass for Disney World isn’t cheap. Discounts are available on Annual Passes if you live in Florida or if you are a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) member. You can also upgrade from a discounted ticket. Many people find that the additional perks and benefits associated with their Annual Pass offset the cost. Also, once you buy an annual pass, you will be offered a discount at renewal time to continue your annual pass.

Disney Annual Pass Tiers

Disney Pixie Dust Pass

This pass for Florida residents lets you sparkle with Disney magic. While not the same this tier option is closest to the former Disney Weekday Select Pass. Allowing you to only go to Disney during the weekdays. The price is $399 plus tax or $19 per month with 12 monthly payments and 0% APR after $205 down payment on the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program.**

Highlights of Pixie Dust Pass:

  • Visit one or more Walt Disney World theme parks on the same day with an advance park reservation
  • Pass is valid for use most weekdays, subject to blockout dates including peak and holiday periods—view blockout dates
  • Make and hold up to 3 park reservations at a time on a rolling basis** (reservations are limited and are subject to availability and applicable pass blockout dates)
  • Passholders staying at select Disney Resort or other select hotels are eligible to make park reservations for each day of their Resort stay(s), in addition to holding 3 park reservations at a time
  • Bonus reservations will be added to the calendar from time to time, allowing you to make extra reservations on select days at select theme parks. Bonus reservations do not count as a reservation hold
  • Customize with add-ons like Disney PhotoPass downloads and the Water Park and Sports option
  • Standard theme park parking
  • Discounts on dining, merchandise and more

Disney Pirate Pass

Arrgh you lookin’ for even more treasure? If you’re a Florida resident, look no further. As a pirate, you will have extensive blackout dates like holidays and the majority of the summer. The Pirate Pass closely resembles the former Silver Pass option. This tier option is priced at $699 plus tax or $45 per month with 12 monthly payments and 0% APR after a $205 down payment on the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program.**

Highlights of Pirate Pass:

  • Visit one or more Walt Disney World theme parks on the same day with an advance park reservation
  • Pass is valid for use most days, subject to blockout dates including peak and holiday periods—view blockout dates
  • Make and hold up to 4 park reservations at a time on a rolling basis** (reservations are limited and are subject to availability and applicable pass blockout dates)
  • Passholders staying at select Disney Resort or other select hotels are eligible to make park reservations for each day of their Resort stay(s), in addition to holding 4 park reservations at a time
  • Bonus reservations will be added to the calendar from time to time, allowing you to make extra reservations on select days at select theme parks. Bonus reservations do not count as a reservation hold
  • Customize with add-ons like Disney PhotoPass downloads and the Water Park and Sports option
  • Standard theme park parking
  • Discounts on dining, merchandise and more

Disney Sorcerer Pass

If you’re a Florida resident or Disney Vacation Club Member, conjure your own brand of special magic with this pass. There are blackout dates associated with this pass during popular visitation times and holidays (mainly Christmas and Easter). The Sorcerers Pass most closely represents the former Gold Pass option. The pass will cost $899 plus tax or $63 per month with 12 monthly payments and 0% APR after $205 down payment on the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program.**

Highlights of This Pass:

  • Visit one or more Walt Disney World theme parks on the same day with an advance park reservation
  • Pass is valid for use most days, subject to blockout dates on select days during select holiday periods—view blockout dates
  • Make and hold up to 5 park reservations at a time on a rolling basis** (reservations are limited and are subject to availability and applicable pass blockout dates)
  • Passholders staying at select Disney Resort or other select hotels are eligible to make park reservations for each day of their Resort stay(s), in addition to holding 5 park reservations at a time
  • Bonus reservations will be added to the calendar from time to time, allowing you to make extra reservations on select days at select theme parks. Bonus reservations do not count as a reservation hold
  • Customize with add-ons like Disney PhotoPass downloads and the Water Park and Sports option
  • Standard theme park parking
  • Discounts on dining, merchandise and more

Disney Incredi-Pass

With all the fun and incredible powers of this pass, you’ll feel super! This option replaces the former Platnium annual pass option. It has NO blackout days and is available to everyone, you don’t need to be a Florida resident. The most expensive option this pass costs $1,299 plus tax or $99 per month with 12 monthly payments and 0% APR after a $205 down payment on the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program.**

Highlights of This Pass:

  • Visit one or more Walt Disney World theme parks on the same day with an advance park reservation
  • No blockout dates apply
  • Make and hold up to 5 park reservations at a time on a rolling basis** (reservations are limited and are subject to availability and applicable pass blockout dates)
  • Passholders staying at select Disney Resort or other select hotels are eligible to make park reservations for each day of their Resort stay(s), in addition to holding 5 park reservations at a time
  • Bonus reservations will be added to the calendar from time to time, allowing you to make extra reservations on select days at select theme parks. Bonus reservations do not count as a reservation hold
  • Customize with add-ons like Disney PhotoPass downloads and the Water Park and Sports option
  • Standard theme park parking
  • Discounts on dining, merchandise and more

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