• On Jun 16, 2020
    Mari-jean from TX 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.

    When do annual passes become active? When you buy them or when they are first used?


    Thank you for your question!

    Becoming an Annual Passholder opens you up to a world of magic at Disney! You will find that while the discounts are great, it is as much about giving yourself 'mental permission' to go to Walt Disney World again, and again, and again!

    The effective start date of your Annual Pass is the date that you activate it, not the date that you purchase it. So if you buy it at home in June, but use it in July, that date in July is your start date for a year filled with fun and excitement. You can activate your pass at the ticket window of any of the four Walt Disney World theme parks, or at the Guest Services building at Disney Springs. Make certain to have on hand your exchange certificate that you received in the mail after purchase, along with a valid photo ID. 

    I hope that this helps! Be sure to investigate all of the Passholder Discounts that are available before you arrive, so you are ready to take full advantage of the program.

    Have a Magical Vacation!


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I am one of the Dads on the planDisney Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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