Of the many (many many!) things that have completely changed at Disney World over the past year, one thing that’s TOTALLY different right now is Annual Passes. Remember those?!
Annual Passes haven’t been for sale since the parks closed last March HOWEVER, we just learned that Disney IS still selling Annual Passes. BUT, they’re only available for two very specific sets of guests!
Ever since, Disney’s plan to move forward with its Annual Pass system has been up in the air.
If you’ve been looking to purchase an Annual Pass, you’ve been on standby—until now! Well, for some of you… .
Actually, VERY few of you!
Disney IS currently selling Annual Passes, but ONLY for kids who recently turned three with a parent who has a Pass currently and for Annual Passholders who canceled their Passes during the parks’ closure!
Confused? Allow us to explain. We confirmed with a Cast Member all the deets, and here’s what we know:
Say you had an Annual Pass and had a little one in your house. Kids under three get into Disney World for free. After that, they need a ticket just like anyone. If you’re a family of Passholders and, over the course of time that Passes have not been for sale, your two year old had a birthday and would now would need an Annaul Pass of their own, you’d need a way to get them one. Well, you can.
If you want to buy a new child’s Annual Pass, you need to currently be an Annual Passholder yourself, and your child must have been two before the closure and three now. In other words, you’re good to go if your child turned three after March 16, 2020! This is a SUPER SPECIFIC situation that won’t affect too many guests, but still — if you have a now three year old and you’re wishing they had a Pass just like you, you can make it happen.
As long as they’re listed as the right age on My Disney Experience, you should be good to go—no birth certificates necessary!
Annual Passes are also available for Passholders who cancelled during the closure, and have changed their minds (totally get it!). As long as your pass didn’t expire BEFORE the closures, Disney will work with you.
For both circumstances, you need to call the general ticketing number (not the Annual Pass number), and submit info to a Cast Member who fills out a form for the ticketing team, which will then review and call you back within seven days.
We’re told that in most cases, as long as your AP was set to expire after March 16, 2020, you’ll be allowed to get a new one! This is very case-by-case and after the Cast Member you speak with sends off your info, including your type of pass, when you canceled, and a few more details, it will be reviewed to see if you qualify.
One caveat: you’ll have to pay full price, NOT renewal prices. It would be like purchasing a brand new pass. Do note: Those simply renewing their Annual Passes (meaning they never canceled) will still get the 15% discount renewal rate.
Phew! Got all that? Navigating the Annual Pass system has been a WHIRLWIND in these past month, to say the least, but it’s super exciting to see that even a (very) small amount of people can purchase them at this time!
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Did you cancel your Annual Pass and change your mind?? Let us know in the comments!