Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Dec 15, 2009
    Alissa from TN 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.

    Hi Erin! We've decided to invest in APs for at least the next 2 yrs. Are APs activated when they are bought? Or when you arrive at the parks? Thinking about buying soon, but won't use them until at least May 2010. Does DD need an AP too, or just a MYW? THX

    There is a wonderful discussion about the ins and outs of WDW Annual Passes on the independent website I strongly suggest that you check it out.

    The short answer to your question is, you can buy Annual Passes now, but not activate them until later. You will be purchasing a voucher that you can later exchange for your actual pass. This way you get the maximum amount of usage out of your pass.

    Whether your daughter needs an annual pass depends on whether she will be coming to the park as much as you are. Currently in my family, I end up visiting WDW a bit more than the other members of my family (lucky me), so I am the only one that has an annual pass. There have been other years when the whole family has spent buckets of time at Walt Disney World. When this happened, we all had annual passes. You'll have to do the math based on your own family's habits, but most people find that if they will be visiting the WDW theme parks for more than 10 or 12 days during a 365 day period, then the annual pass makes sense for them.

    Good luck with your planning!
thumbnail image for Erin

Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.