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  • On Mar 13, 2024
    Jaden from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My girlfriend and I just purchased Annual Passes and were using them for the first time this Saturday, I was wondering if we need to go to guest services at the theme park to activate the passes first?

    Hi Jaden,

    Alright, so you've got your shiny new Annual Passes, get ready to dive into some Theme Park fun! Now, if you snagged Florida Resident passes without verifying your residency online ahead of time, you'll want to swing by Guest Relations at the first park you're planning to visit. They'll help you get all set up and activate your passes.

    If you've already done the online residency verification you should be able to skip the Guest Services line and head straight to the Theme Park entrance.

    Now, let's talk strategy. It's Spring Break at the Walt Disney World Resort, and you know what that means - the parks are going to be buzzing with excitement. As Annual Passholders, you're in luck since you get to experience the magic all year long, but you still are required to make Theme Park Reservations in advance. 

    Pro tip: Jump on those reservations pronto. The sooner you lock in your visit dates, the better chance you have of scoring your preferred Theme Parks, especially during peak periods like Spring Break. Passholders (varies by pass) can hold a predetermined number of theme park reservations at a time on a rolling basis. For example, Disney Incredi-Pass currently can make up to 5 reservations. Annual Passholders staying at Disney Resort hotels or other select hotels are eligible to make theme park reservations for each day of their Resort stay. These are in addition to holding the maximum number of theme park reservations at a time on a rolling basis. 

    Oh, and here's a sweet deal for you: keep your eyes peeled on the availability calendar for those "Good to Go" days sprinkled throughout the year. These are like little gifts from the theme park gods, where you can waltz right in without needing to make reservations. It's perfect for those spontaneous days when you just need a quick theme park fix.

    So, get ready to make some magical memories, and don't forget to plan for your ultimate theme park adventures!

    ~Heather 

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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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