• On Sep 8, 2020
    Emily from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    so what would be the better deal becoming an annual passholder or buying the tickets separately each time i go and how do i go about becoming an annual passholder

    Welcome to planDisney, Emily!

    When looking at so many magical options while planning your trip to Walt Disney World, it's great to think ahead and consider all of the possibilities. Your question about purchasing Annual Passes is a great one!

    There are some years when my family is fortunate enough to be able to plan two visits to Walt Disney World within a 12 month period, so when that's the case, we always purchase Annual Passes. The easiest way to determine if that is the right decision for you is to consider how often you'll visit, then compare the cost if you purchased a new set of tickets for each trip versus the cost of just one Annual Pass. The savings may surprise you!

    For example, if you plan to visit for a full seven days in the spring, then take a long weekend in the fall, add the total cost of each of those Standard Theme Park Tickets. I picked a 7-Day Ticket that starts in February of 2021 and saw that the price, at this time, for that ticket is just under $575 (including tax) per adult. Flash forward to a 5-Day Ticket for a long weekend in September, and that cost, at the time of this writing, is just under $480 (including tax) per adult. Staying longer or visiting more often? Calculate the cost of those visits, too, and you'll have the total ticket price of your year of fun. Ticket pricing is subject to change, of course, so be sure to use links included here to check on current pricing at the time of your purchase.

    Currently, the sale of new Annual Passes is paused; however, be sure to check back on this helpful post Parks and Tickets: Know Before You Go for the latest updates on ticket availability.

    I'm a teacher, so we'd often plan a first Annual Pass visit in August, hop down for a long holiday weekend when we could later in the year, then plan another lengthy stay the following June or July. For us, the cost of purchasing 3+ sets of tickets was far higher than purchasing Annual Passes. 

    Don't forget to include the added perks enjoyed by Annual Passholders, as these can really spread your vacation dollars quite a bit further. Unlock the Magic of your Annual Pass! details the many benefits enjoyed by Annual Passholders, so take a look at those, too. From complimentary standard Theme Park parking to dining and merchandise discounts, occasional Select Disney Resort Hotel discounts, complimentary Disney PhotoPass Service photos, and, when you're ready for more fun, Passholder Renewal Discounts, these benefits can really add up in savings. 

    As you plan your upcoming visits to The Most Magical Place on Earth, Emily, be sure to send additional questions our way. We love to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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