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  • On Apr 24, 2023
    Jean from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can you make an annual pass holder discounted resort reservation without activating your annual pass?

    Hi Jean. Thanks for bringing your great question to us here at planDisney.

    As you likely know, annual passes can be a great value for anyone that is looking to visit the Walt Disney World Resort multiple times throughout a calendar year. And recently, some policies were changed so that Annual Passholders can visit any of the theme parks after 2 p.m. without a Theme Park Reservation any day, except on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom Park (pass blockout dates still apply). This allows for more flexibility and spontaneity!

    To take advantage of the perks and discounts available to Annual Passholders, including discounts on Disney Resorts Collection Hotels, your annual pass would need to be activated. I confirmed with a Cast Member that you would be able to book a room with a discount over the phone but you would need to show your activated annual pass at the front desk when you check in. If your annual pass isn't activated at that time, you would be charged the nondiscounted price for your room. 

    To activate your annual pass, simply visit any Guest Relations or ticket window outside of the theme parks or the Disney Ticket Center at Disney Springs. Just be sure to bring a photo ID with you and if you're activating a Florida resident pass, make sure your documentation satisfies the guidelines on the Proof of Florida Residence page.

    Jean, I hope you enjoy your upcoming visits to the Walt Disney World Resort. Be sure to wave hello to Moana at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park for me. It's not often you see her on land, so you have to seize the opportunity while you can!

    If you have any other questions, please reach out and ask. We want nothing more than for you to find your happily ever after on your next vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Matt, New Jersey

Well hello there! I'm Matt and I'm a Disney-loving husband, teacher, and uncle from New Jersey. You can often find me tasting my way around an EPCOT festival, rope-dropping Magic Kingdom Park, or conquering all of the Disney Mountains. I can't wait to help you reach out and find your happily ever after on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Matt

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