Annual Passes are back at Walt Disney World. Disney World paused this program when they reopened but have announced its return just in time for the 50th anniversary.
Current Annual Passholders were able to renew their passes but until now new passes were not being issued.
The new annual pass sales will resume on Sept. 8.
Benefits have changed for the various annual pass offerings. Let’s break it down.
The biggest change we saw was that each annual pass tier has a limit on how many theme park reservations passholders can make. Depending on your annual pass type members can hold up to five Disney Park Pass reservations at a time. And from time to time, “bonus reservations” would be added to the calendar without it counting against their hold limit.
BUT! for annual passholders staying at a Disney resort, “they will also be eligible to make theme park reservations for each day of their stay – in addition to the reservations you can hold based on your pass type.”
PhotoPass is no longer included automatically with the purchase of annual passes. That and other features like Water Parks will have to be added on for an additional price.
Disney officials said there are new enhancements to the reservation system, including “a new integrated calendar that lets passholders quickly see blackout dates for each pass type, view available days and make, modify or cancel a reservation all in one place.”
The Pass Options
The Pixie Dust Pass ($399 plus tax) is for Florida residents only, and is similar to the previous Weekday Select pass. This pass allows you to have up to three “Annual Passholder” park reservations at a time.
The Pirate Pass ($699 plus tax) for Florida residents is similar to the previous Silver pass. This pass allows the holder to have up to four “Annual Passholder” park reservations at a time.
The new Sorcerer Pass ($899 plus tax) is for Florida residents and Disney Vacation Club members with a blue ID card, and is similar to the previous Gold pass. This pass allows guests to have up to five “Annual Passholder” park reservations at a time.
The Incredi-pass ($1299 plus tax) is for all guests, no matter where they live or if they are part of a Disney membership program, and is similar to the previous Platinum pass. This pass allows for up to five “Annual Passholder” park reservations at a time.
Each pass also gives guests the ability to book additional park passes if they are staying at a Walt Disney World hotel, with park reservations available for each day of their stay. Throughout the year Walt Disney World will also be adding bonus reservation days, which will show up on the park reservation calendar as “bonus” and won’t count against your current park reservation allotment.
Here are some highlights of the new Annual Passes:
- Hold More Park Reservations: Depending on their pass type, Passholders may now hold up to five Disney Park Pass reservations at a time. We’ll also be adding “bonus reservations” to the calendar from time to time, so Passholders can make an additional park reservation without it counting against their applicable reservation hold limit. Plus, when Passholders stay at Disney Resort hotels or other select hotels, they will also be eligible to make theme park reservations for each day of their stay – in addition to the reservations you can hold based on your pass type!
- Customize Your Pass: Choose different add-on options based on your preferences – from the Water Park and Sports option to Disney PhotoPass downloads. These add-on options will be available for purchase with any of our four new passes.
- Access a New Integrated Calendar: Planning will be easier with enhancements to our reservation system, including a new integrated calendar that lets Passholders quickly see blockout dates for each pass type, view available days and make, modify or cancel a reservation all in one place.
- Enjoy Passholder Perks: Passes will continue to offer benefits you know and love including the Park Hopper option, standard theme park parking and discounts on merchandise and dining. And, there will be a few special surprises throughout the 50th anniversary celebration!
Annual Passholders will also still be required to make park reservations for each day of their visit. Go to DisneyWorld.com/Pass for more information and important details about our new Annual Passes.
Current Passholders can continue to use Annual Pass as they do today. When it is time to renew, AP’s will be able to renew into one of our new passes (at a special renewal price). Plus, beginning Sept. 8, 2021, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum Plus Annual Passholders will also be able to hold more reservations at a time!
To enter a theme park, each passholder must have a theme park reservation in addition to a valid pass. Park reservations are limited and are subject to availability and applicable pass blockout dates, and are not guaranteed for any specific dates or park. A pass excludes separately priced activities and events. An annual pass does not guarantee admission or entry into any park, experience, attraction or offering. Park reservations may not be available on certain holidays in certain parks. Some pass benefits and features may not be available during periods of limited capacity. Also, park experiences and offerings may be modified and are subject to limited availability or even closure.
Please check DisneyWorld.com/updates for important information to know before visiting the Walt Disney World Resort.
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