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  • On Jan 1, 2020
    Nancy Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    How far in advance of a trip to Disney World would we need to buy an annual pass?

    Hi Nancy,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I have been an Annual Passholder on and off for several years now. I have three possible answers for you.
    1. If you are planning to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you will be able to make FastPass+ selections 60 days in advance of your check-in date. In this case, you would want to purchase your Annual Pass at least a few days before the 60-day mark so you will be able to make sure it's linked appropriately to your My Disney Experience account. 
    2. If you are planning to stay at an offsite resort, you will be able to make FastPass+ selections 30 days in advance of your visit. In this case, you would want to make your Annual Pass purchase at least a few days before the 30-day mark. 
    3. If you are financially able to, you can purchase your Annual Pass now. If you purchase an Annual Pass at Walt Disney World, the pass will be active immediately. If you purchase an Annual Pass online, you will receive a voucher that typically has an expiration date far in the future. You will activate this voucher on your first visit to a Walt Disney World Theme Park. The best reason to do this is to lock in the current price of an Annual Pass. Ticket prices for Walt Disney World Resort do increase so it may save you money to purchase your pass as soon as you are able. 

    Another reason to purchase your Annual Pass sooner is to use any available discounts through the Passholder Program. We have saved money on our resort stays several times with an Annual Pass resort room discount. 
    Nancy, thank you for visiting us with your question! I hope you'll let us know if we can help you further with any Annual Pass or planning questions.
    Wishing you happy planning for a magical vacation,
    Amy H. 

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hey, Howdy, Hey! I'm Amy H. and I have been a fan of Walt Disney World since my first visit during the Magic Kingdom Park's opening year. I'm married to my favorite person in the world and since our son and daughter are in college, we have been enjoying more spur of the moment trips to the Most Magical Place on Earth. No matter the ages or size of your traveling party, I'd love to help plan you plan a magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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