• On Apr 9, 2018
    Jacquelyn from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Andrea! My question is about annual passes. What discounts besides shopping and dining can we get? Are there extra deals for resorts? Dining plans? My hubby and I are deciding between the passes and DVC.

    Hi Jacquelyn, and thank you for bringing your question to me here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I absolutely love being a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder. There are so many benefits that come with being a Passholder. Besides the obvious discounts on dining and merchandise and being able to walk into any one of the four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort any day of the year. There are discounts on tours and special events too.  I chose to become a Passholder because I take a few small trips every year and it is more cost effective for me than getting a Park Hopper Pass for each trip.

    Passholders do not receive an additional savings on dining plans. When you are an Annual Passholder, you will be able to take advantage of special offers for resort stays. The offers vary during the year depending on when you plan to visit, so the amount of money you will save on your resort stay will vary. There are still a number of Passholder benefits that are truly magical as well. Last year I participated in my first runDisney event during Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon Weekend, and I was able to register for my race 14 days before non-Passholders. For me another big savings was receiving a Memory Maker for the entire length of my Annual Pass. That saved me at least $169 for each trip I took last year, which would covered at least half the cost of my Annual Pass. You will also have the ability to purchase Passholder exclusive merchandise, attend special events and participate in a number of giveaways during the during the year. But there is nothing like having the special “Passholder” slider on your MagicBand that lets everyone know that you have unlimited access to the magic all year round.

    See ya real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Ohio

Hi there, I am Andrea from the Buckeye State. A very proud mom to my princess who is a former Miss Ohio. Friends and family describe me as a "Disney Nerd" and Star Wars fangirl. I have made 30 trips and counting to the Walt Disney World Resort in all stages of life since 1972 as a small child, a young mom with a toddler and now as an empty nester. The love of vacation planning runs strong in my family. My uncle had it, I have it and with my help, you will have it too. Learn More About Andrea

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