Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Apr 17, 2013
    Julie 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.

    DD and I are going to DW/DL in 2013 & DW in 2014, I know the annual pass is the best deal. My question is what if any resort specials are going on during our trip. We will be at DW Aug 21-28th. I am trying to decide if I should buy it ahead of time or

    Hi, Julie!

    If you're planning to visit Walt Disney World for 12 days or more within one year, then an Annual Pass is definitely the way to go! In your case, you'll want to consider purchasing the Premier Passport which would give you Passholder benefits and discounts at both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. 

    I would recommend waiting until you arrive in August to purchase your Passport. The only reason to consider purchasing in advance would be if Disney announces a ticket price increase. Historically, price increases have occured in the early summer. The most recent increase was June 3, 2012. However, you'll want to determine whether the price increase is significant enough to warrant purchasing your Passport in advance since it will become effective on the day it is purchased/redeemed. For example, if you were to purchase your Passport in June (before a price increase becomes effective), but won't be arriving until August, you will effectively "lose" two months of the Passport's value. Some basic number crunching should help determine which is the most cost-effective option for you - purchasing in advance or waiting to purchase upon arrival.

    No worries, you will still be able to take advantage of any passholder discounts on resort rooms when booking your August trip to Walt Disney World. You can simply go ahead and book your resort room with a passholder discount. When you arrive on August 21st, you'll just need to purchase your Passport before checking in at your resort since you'll need to show the Passport to receive the discounted room rate. I have always found the Passholder discounts to be a greater savings than the room discounts offered to the general public. 

    I hope this helps, Julie! Please let me know if I can assist you further with your planning needs. 

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I'm a Disneyphile and Type A planner! I'm also a writer and editor, wife and mom to an amazing daughter, age 7. I love helping guests of all ages and abilities plan their "Disney time" and make magical vacation memories at Walt Disney World!
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