• On May 13, 2016
    Preston from NJ 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 start? From the day you receive them in the mail(or certificate) or from the first day you use them?

    Hi Preston!

    Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with this excellent question. Becoming an Annual Passholder is truly magical! I am an Annual Passholder, and I love the flexibility of hopping in and out of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort as well as all of the special benefits and discounts associated with being an Annual Passholder.

    To answer your question, the effective date of your Annual Pass is the date you activate it and not the date you purchase it or receive it in the mail. For example, if you purchase a Walt Disney World Resort Annual Pass online on June 1, 2016, but you do not activate it until August 1, 2016, the effective date will be August 1, 2016.

    So, how do you go about activating your Annual Pass? You can activate your Annual Pass at any Walt Disney World Resort theme park ticket window, or at a Disney Springs Guest Services location. You will just need to bring the exchange certificate you will receive in the mail and a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.

    I hope this helps answer your question, Preston! Please stop back and let me know if you have any additional questions about your upcoming vacation.

    Wishing you a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, Pennsylvania

I'm a wife, mom to three amazing girls (ages 10, 8 and 5) and lover of all-things-Disney! For our family of five, there is nothing more magical than a Walt Disney World Resort vacation (except, perhaps, the unforgettable memories that accompany those vacations!). I enjoy planning our Walt Disney World vacations almost as much as I love taking them, and I would love to share my tips and experiences with you so that you can get the most out of your next Walt Disney World vacation!  Learn More About Erin

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