• On May 21, 2017
    Sharmon from GA 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.

    I am considering becoming a pass holder. I am a non FL resident. I average 8-9 park days each year. Could you help me decide if an annual pass will actually save me money or if I will just about break even. Thanks!

    Hi, Sharmon!

    Let me start by saying that I am an Annual Passholder and I love it! I have saved so much money on hotel stays, shopping, and dining that I find an Annual Pass to be very worthwhile. Oh, yes, and of course 365 days of magical visits to the 4 amazing Walt Disney World theme parks!

    So let's do some math! Let's say you were to visit twice in one year, and purchased a 4 day hopper each visit. Currently, a 4 day hopper ticket is $425, so with 2 visits in a year that would be $850. An Annual Pass is currently $779, so the Annual Pass would definitely be the better deal. Now, if you only plan to travel to Walt Disney World one time in a 12 month period, a 10 day park hopper ticket is $515, so just the Annual Pass would not be worth it. Basically, I find if you are planning to visit the House of Mouse at least 2 times in a 12 month period, the Annual Pass is the way to go. (All prices do not include tax, prices subject to change.)

    As I mentioned, the benefits of an Annual Pass also add to your savings. When booking a resort stay, always log into your account to see if there are any Passholder rates available. When shopping, always show your pass for any discounts. Many restaurants also will give a discount, so the savings just keep adding up! I keep my Annual Pass on a lanyard and just show it all the time to see if they will give a discount.

    I have had an Annual Pass for many years, so if you have any other questions about being a Passholder, let me know! I am happy to help!


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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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