Family checking in at Art of Animation; AA
  • On Sep 21, 2023
    Blair from NB Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will arrive for our trip as Annual Passholders but the passes aren't yet activated. Our resort package has an Annual pass discount applied. Do we have to visit a park to activate the passes before we check in or can the resort activate them?

    Hiya, Bair!

    Thanks so much for stopping by with your exciting Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning question. You're as welcome as can be here at planDisney! Oh boy... it looks like you'll be arriving at The Most Magical Place on Earth in just a couple of short months. As a fellow Annual Passholder, I'm excited to help you prepare for a year filled with magic and an unforgettable upcoming stay at the Walt Disney World Resort!

    Blair, I understand that you've purchased Annual Passes but have not had the opportunity to activate them quite yet. It sounds like you've booked your Disney Resort hotel reservation using a great special offer available to Annual Passholders - yippee! As long as a Guest's Annual Pass is correctly linked to their My Disney Experience account, they should be able to view and book special offers exclusive to Annual Passholders on the Walt Disney World Resort website, regardless of the pass's activation status. (Since you've already applied this special offer to your upcoming Resort hotel reservation, we can assume you've appropriately linked your Annual Pass!)

    As soon as you arrive on-site (and before you check in at your Disney Resort hotel), be sure to stop by a theme park ticket booth, Guest Relations at Disney Springs, or the Disney Ticket Center at Disney Springs to pick up your Annual Passholder physical card when you arrive at the Walt Disney World Resort. Then, you'll want to head to the theme park for which you have a theme park reservation and "tap in" at the turnstiles to activate your new Annual Pass! Your year as an Annual Passholder will auto-magically begin as soon as your pass is used to enter a Walt Disney World Resort theme park. Once your pass is activated, you'll be able to take advantage of the special offer rate at the time of resort check-in.

    Blair, I sure hope you've found this information helpful! I wish you a year filled with wonder and enchantment as a Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholder. If you have any additional planning questions, please hurry back to planDisney anytime. We're all ears!

    See ya real soon,

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Michigan

Hello friends! I'm Lauren M. from the Mitten State. I'm a mom, scientist, runDisney enthusiast, Disney Vacation Club Member, and self-proclaimed connoisseur of Disney snacks! For my family, it's a mix of both new and nostalgic that keeps us returning to the Walt Disney World Resort year after year. Throughout my life, I've been fortunate enough to experience many milestones and unforgettable moments at Disney Destinations and I can't wait to help you make magical vacation memories of your own! Learn More About Lauren

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