• On Aug 3, 2018
    Christina from VT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My family are new DVC members and can't wait to plan our first WDW vacation! My question is about AP - which ones are we eligible to buy? What are the associated perks, and are they worth it? We live in VT. Thanks!

    Hi there, Christina! Welcome to the Disney Vacation Club family. 

    As a DVC member, you can purchase Gold, Platinum, and Platinum Plus discounted annual passes so that your family can enjoy a year of magical moments and special memories. The Gold Pass is exclusive to Florida residents and DVC members, and includes the park hopper option, annual passholder discounts at some shopping and dining locations, and theme park parking. There are blockout dates with this pass, and while the exact dates can change, they usually impact major holidays.

    The Platinum Pass gives you the same access to all four theme parks with a park hopper option, but there are no blockout dates with this pass. Both the Gold and the Platinum passes offer free Disney PhotoPass downloads - which is a great way to capture those memories you'll be making. You also get the merchandise, dining, and recreation discounts.

    The most inclusive pass is the Platinum Plus Pass. In addition to all of the benefits of the Platinum Pass, you'll also be able to use the two water parks, visit ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, and use Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course.

    I find if I am doing two vacations a year - at least 10 days - it's well worth it for my family to buy the annual passes. There are resort discounts sometimes available, so even with my DVC membership, if there is a special Annual Passholder event, I can usually take advantage of the room discount and pop down for an extra trip. We get every penny's worth out of our passes.

    Welcome home!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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