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  • On Feb 29, 2024
    Stephen from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I buy my annual pass can I use it on shop Disney before activating on first trip. Or can I not use the discounts until I activate it on my first trip?

    Hi there, Stephen, and welcome to planDisney!

    I'm so glad you're considering joining the Passholder family! My husband and I upgraded our theme park tickets to Annual Passes on our most recent visit to Walt Disney World Resort, and it has been such a wonderful investment. We love the ability to pop into the theme parks for a few hours on our arrival and departure dates and not feel we've squandered the cost of an entire day's worth of tickets. I'm also thrilled to be tagging along on my husband's last-minute business trip to Orlando this weekend since I already have access to The Most Magical Place on Earth at no additional cost. Of course, what sold my husband on becoming a Passholder was not the unlimited access but rather the exclusive discounts available to Annual Passholders. As a history teacher, magical math is the only kind I've been able to master, so these mean that visiting Walt Disney World Resort is actually saving us money, right?

    While Annual Passholders can typically expect to enjoy discounts at select dining and merchandise locations while visiting Walt Disney World Resort, the Disney Store (shopDisney's new name) typically only releases Passholder-exclusive discounts as limited-time offerings periodically throughout the year. When the time comes to apply the offer, you would need to have an active (not just purchased) Annual Pass linked to your My Disney Experience account so that the discount can be automatically applied when you checkout. Of course, Annual Passholder discounts aren't the only ones offered by the Disney Store. They typically have some type of special offer (currently free shipping) advertised on the website enabling Guests to save a bit of money on their magical purchases.

    With a June visit on the horizon, I hope you consider spending some time at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. With its lazy river, surf pool, and aqua-coaster, I can think of no better way to cool down in the Florida heat. Since Annual Passholders currently have the opportunity to purchase tickets for $49, it's a no-brainer for our upcoming Spring Break visit!

    I hope this was helpful, Stephen, and that you enjoy becoming a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder. If you have any additional questions about maximizing the magic of your pass, don't hesitate to stop back by. I'm always happy to help!

    Hakuna Matata,
    Lizzie

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Meet the Panelist: Lizzie, Georgia

Hi y'all! I'm Lizzie, a happily married teacher, coach, and proud dog mom of three from Georgia. While I loved the magic of Disney as a child, it wasn't until my twenties that pixie dust became a defining characteristic of my personality (and my wardrobe). I can't wait to answer your Walt Disney World Resort vacation questions so that you can embrace your inner 'hakuna matata' as you stroll through The Most Magical Place on Earth with your favorite Mickey-shaped snack in hand.  Learn More About Lizzie

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