• On Aug 1, 2017
    Christina from PA 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.

    Can I buy my annual pass this year but wait until next year to activate it for the first time? Is there a time limit for how long I can wait until activating the annual pass?

    Hi Christina,

    Purchasing an Annual Pass for Walt Disney World Resort is a great way to enjoy a yEAR of magic in the four Theme Parks. I am happy to confirm that you will certainly be able to purchase your Annual Pass this year but wait until next year to activate it for the first time.

    Once you have purchased your Annual Pass, you will want to ensure it is linked to your My Disney Experience account. Then you will be able to see the date your Annual Pass will expire if it is not activated. Currently the date of expiration for Annual Passes is December 31, 2030. Yes, you read that right: 2030! Hopefully that should give you plenty of time! Once you activate your Annual Pass upon its first use, your My Disney Experience account will automatically update with the expiry date for your Annual Pass, which makes it easy to keep track of how much time is remaining.

    Christina, if you happen to be a Disney Vacation Club member, there is currently a fantastic special offer for Discounted Disney Premium Plus Annual Passes. Passes can be purchased with this promotion up until January 3, 2018 and must be activated by December 31, 2018.

    Don't forget that as a Passholder, you will be eligible for many Annual Pass benefits and discounts, including discounts on dining, merchandise, Walt Disney Resort hotel rooms (when available), tours and recreation, and my personal favorite perk, unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads!

    Wishing you a magical Disney yEAR with your Annual Pass!

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Hi! I'm Trish from Canada, a single mom to two kids and a proud Disney Vacation Club member. In my circle of friends, I have a reputation for gravitating to any discussion involving Disney Parks and Resorts and would welcome the chance to share my experiences with you. Have you ever wondered what Disney Vacation Club is all about? Trying to decide if membership is right for your family? Have a question about visiting a Disney Vacation Club Resort? If so, you have come to the right place!

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