Disney announced at the beginning of the month that Annual Passes WOULD return before the start of the 50th-anniversary celebration! Well, now it’s time to mark your calendars! Disney World Annual Passes will go on sale again on September 8th! And we have ALL the details.
Similar to the new Magic Key system in Disneyland, Disney World’s pass system is getting a revamp.
The new system will offer 4 passes: the Disney Incredi-Pass, the Disney Sorcerer Pass, the Disney Pirate Pass, and the Disney Pixie Dust Pass. We’re going to walk you through ALL of the pricing and changes here as simply as we can!
Types of Annual Passes and Pricing
The Disney Incredi-Pass is the most expensive of the bunch at $1,299 plus tax. Florida residents can pay $99 per month for 12 months after a down payment of $205. This pass option has NO blockout dates and you can hold up to 5 park reservations at one time.
Sorcerer Pass Pricing
Next up is the Disney Sorcerer Pass! This one costs $899 plus tax. Florida residents can pay $63 per month for 12 months after a $205 down payment. The Sorcerer Pass has limited blockout dates, can hold 5 park reservations at a time, and is ONLY available to Florida Residents or Disney Vacation Club Members.
Pirate Pass Pricing
The Disney Pirate Pass will cost you $699 plus tax, with the option to pay $45 per month for 12 months after a $205 down payment for Florida residents. This pass is available only to Florida residents, has blockout dates around peak times and holidays, and can hold 4 park reservations at a time!
Pixie Dust Pass Pricing
Lastly, the Disney Pixie Dust Pass will cost $399 plus tax. Florida residents can pay $19 per month for 12 months after a $205 down payment, and the pass is only available for Florida residents. Most weekdays will be available for guests with the Pixie Dust Pass, however, it has the most blockout dates. It can still hold 3 park reservations at once.
Here’s a look at these passes and prices all broken down in one graphic.
As seen above, the number of park reservations that can be held will depend on the pass type. There will also be “bonus reservations” on the calendar available for Passholders from time time, and that reservation will NOT count as part of the limit.
When Passholders stay at Disney World resorts or other select hotels, they will be able to make park reservations for each day of their stay. This is in addition to the number of reservations the pass can hold.
There will also be enhancements to the reservation system that includes an integrated calendar that lets Passholders see blockout dates for each type of pass, view available dates, and make, modify, or cancel the park reservations all in one spot.
Passholders will also be able to customize their pass by choosing to include things like Water Parks, Sports, or Disney PhotoPass. All add-on options will be available to purchase with any of the four new passes.
There is a Water Park and Sports upgrade option for $99 plus tax and PhotoPass upgrade for $99 plus tax. These can be added to any pass type.
In terms of the Water Park and Sports option, Annual Passholders can pay $99 (plus tax) for the year to enjoy admission to Disney’s water parks, golf courses, and more. For the duration of the Annual Pass, the Water Park and Sports Option add-on will give the guest one admission to select Disney World experiences with no blockout dates, including Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, FootGolf at Disney’s Oak Trail, and more.
Note that there are certain restrictions, like miniature golf is only valid for one round and you can only get one miniature golf visit per guest per day. Be sure to check all of the rules and restrictions when purchasing this add-on.
When it comes to the PhotoPass add-on, for $99 (plus tax) for the year, Annual Passholders will be able to download select attraction photos and videos, Disney PhotoPass photos and videos captured from the first valid date of the pass until the pass expires, and get other benefits.
Again, note that there are special terms that apply to the PhotoPass add-on, so be sure to check those before purchasing.
Passes will continue to offer perks and benefits including the park hopping option, standard theme park parking, and discounts on merchandise and dining. Disney also mentioned that there would be a few special surprises throughout the 50th anniversary celebration!
How This Impacts Current Annual Passes
If you are currently in your renewal period, you can choose to renew into one of the current Annual Pass options until September 7, 2021. But if you don’t renew before September 8th, your only option will be to renew into the new pass system.
If you have an ACTIVE Annual Pass right now that isn’t set to expire before September 8th, you will keep your current pass and all of its benefits until it expires. So, for example, if you have a Platinum Pass that doesn’t expire until March of 2022, nothing will change for you until March. When you get into your renewal period, you will then have to renew into one of the new Annual Pass options.
If you have an Annual Pass that is NOT activated, like you have a certificate for a pass, this is different. To keep this pass, you need to visit the parks and activate it by September 7th. If you do that, you will keep your pass for the next year.
If you do NOT activate your pass by the 7th, your pass will be converted into the new Annual Pass system on September 8th. You will be given a pass that is comparable to the one you already have a certificate for, meaning you will NOT lose any of the perks included in that pass. So, if you have an unactivated pass that includes PhotoPass and the Waterparks and Sports option, you will not lose those perks. They will remain on your pass for free. Your park reservations will also not be changed or deleted.
If You Want to Upgrade Your Ticket
Have you already purchased a theme park ticket? Well, good news! Disney has shared that eligible tickets can be upgraded to select pass types. This can be done through My Disney Experience, at a theme park ticket window, or at the Disney Ticket Center at Disney Springs. You can also call Disney at 407-W-DISNEY (407-934-7639).
Where to Purchase Annual Passes
Passes will be available for purchase on the Disney website or on the My Disney Experience app. You can also call 407-W-DISNEY (407-934-7639), but you may experience long wait times. You can also purchase an Annual Pass at a theme park ticket window or at the Disney Ticket Center in Disney Springs.
But NOTE!! To help with attendance numbers, Disney will be limiting the number of Annual Passes on sale. This means the new Annual Passes CAN sell out. So, if you’re planning to purchase a pass on September 8th, be sure to set your alarms so you have a better chance of snagging one! We’ll remind you when Annual Passes go on sale, so stay tuned for the latest Disney news.
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