• On Feb 15, 2020
    Tera from FL 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.

    How far in advance can I purchase an annual pass before activating it? I'm planning a family trip that's a little over a year out but would like to get AP's paid for before the trip.

    Hello, Tera! Thank you for taking the time to visit the Disney Parks Moms Panel. We're so glad you're considering becoming a member of the Walt Disney World Passholder Family! I display my Mickey magnet on my car with pride. Even though I live out of state, when I add in all of the extras and benefits, including unlimited PhotoPass downloads, this purchase becomes surprisingly affordable, especially if you visit more than once a year.

    Currently, the date of expiration for Annual Passes is December 31, 2030, so you can purchase your Annual Passes well in advance of your trip with no worries. However, make sure that it is linked to your My Disney Experience account, and then you'll be able to see the date your Annual Pass will expire (if it is not yet activated) by visiting the Passholder Program page on the Walt Disney World website. Your start date doesn't begin until you physically activate your pass at any Walt Disney World theme park ticket window, and you'll need to bring along a valid photo ID (which shows proof of Florida residency) and your MagicBand or confirmation email. The Cast Member will then hand you that coveted yellow Passholder card that you'll need to carry with you to receive your merchandise and dining discounts. It's like your very own Golden Ticket! 

    I like to visit the Special Offers page for exclusive Annual Pass discounts on Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms. As long as your pass is linked, you are eligible for these offers, even before your pass is activated; just show your AP card to the front desk when you check-in for verification. 

    Mickey and I hope to see ya' real soon, Tera!

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Meet the Panelist: Eean, Pennsylvania

Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania! I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique. It's incredible how many people you can find who love talking about "The Most Magical Place On Earth!" I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at my monthly Bunco club for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical. Learn More About Eean

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