Mom And Daughter Outside Grand Floridian
  • On Jul 14, 2013
    Stacie from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are new DVC Members, considering purchasing an Annual pass. Is there a better time to purchase those? Also, when it would come time for renewal is the renewal price the same or is it different? What discounts/specials are offered to AP but not DVC?

    Hi Stacie,

    My family has often taken advantage of the discounts offered to Disney Vacation Club members on annual passes to Walt Disney World. Please note that perks and discounts are subject to change at any time. I think that the best time to activate your annual passes is on the first day of a trip. If you purchase annual passes online, you will receive vouchers in the mail which can be redeemed at Guest Relations when you arrive at Walt Disney World. Your annual passes will start on the day that they are redeemed and run for one year. 

    If I am going to Walt Disney World from October 15 to October 22, 2013, I would buy annual passes online now and take the vouchers with me. I would try to schedule my October trip next year for October 7 - October 14, 2014. That way, I would not need to buy new annual passes for the October 2014 trip. I could then renew my annual passes, for instance, if I was coming back in early November of 2014. There is currently a discounted renewal rate for Disney Vacation Club members. However, I probably would not be back until March of 2015 - so it would not make sense for me to renew in October of 2014. I would wait until I came back in March of 2015 and get a new set of annual passes then. 

    I would say that the main perk offered to annual passholders that is not offered to Disney Vacation Club members is discounts on Walt Disney World Resort rooms, since Disney Vacation Club members most often have their accommodations taken care of with vacation points. I always ask, at any restaurant or merchandise location, for both annual passholder and Disney Vacation Club discounts. You cannot use both, but you can use whichever is better. 

    Stacie, there is so much more information that I would love to share with you on this topic; however, I am limited in how much space I have to answer. Please do write back with further questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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