• On Jan 29, 2018
    Kathy from TX 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.

    I'm thinking about buying the annual pass. If the annual pass isn't activated until I get there how does that apply to the resort discount? Payment is due before I can get there to activate the annual pass. Refund later? Thanks.

    Hey, Kathy! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and I can't wait to give you a great big welcome to the Annual Passholder family! It really is the most magical family to join. There are lots of great room, merchandise, and dining discounts, not to mention exclusive merchandise and event offers. My Annual Pass tends to burn a hole in my pocket, so I make my way to Walt Disney World Resort as often as possible to take advantage of all of those benefits.

    You can actually book a Resort hotel room using the Annual Passholder discount before you activate your pass. Once you see an Annual Passholder Room-Only Special Offer for your travel dates, simply give the Annual Passholder line a call. I have not had any issues with doing this in the past, and the Cast Members have just  asked that I stop by the front desk as soon as the pass was activated to show that I was indeed a current passholder. When you book your room in this manner, you will be charged the discounted rate for the room, so there will not be a need for a later refund.

    Do you have a resort in mind yet, Kathy? The Special Offer for Annual Passholders are usually a great deal, so I tend put that extra savings towards a really great room. When I visited at the end of last year and used my discount, I initially booked Disney's Pop Century. I later saw that Disney's Port Orleans - French Quarter was offering such a good deal, I quickly swapped over. We had a blast at that resort and it made me really appreciate being a member of this magical family!

    Thanks for stopping by and let us know if we can offer you more advice!

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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