• On Jan 7, 2019
    Kerri from MA 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 will not be able to activate my new annual pass before checking in for an upcoming stay at AKL because the parks will all be closed when we arrive. I booked a room with a passholder discount. Will I be able to check in without having my pass activated?

    Thanks so much for bringing your question to the Moms Panel, Kerri!  Congratulations...being an Annual Passholder is any Walt Disney World fan's dream come true!  As you may already know, in addition to theme park admission, Passholders receive benefits such as discounts on merchandise, food, guided tours, and even Walt Disney World Resort hotel stays.  Passholders are often eligible for discounts on tickets for select nights of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, as well!

    So, I understand your dilemma. Typically you will need to show your Annual Passholder plastic card along with a valid photo ID when checking into your resort hotel room if you are redeeming any Passholder offer.  When you arrive at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, I would explain to the Cast Member at the front check-in desk, that you'll be going to Guest Services as soon as the parks open in the morning to activate your Annual Pass, and then make sure you return to the front desk later in the day with your card.  Depending on what time you arrive, another option for you is to visit Guest Services at Disney Springs.  I did this a couple of years ago because I wanted to upgrade my Annual Pass before I visited the parks the next day.  The lines were very short, and it was nice knowing I didn't have to spend time doing it the following day.  

    Have a great stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Kerri!  While you're there, check out Jiko - The Cooking Place, which is one of my favorite restaurants on property.  With your Annual Passholder discount, you can enjoy a beautiful meal and save a little money at the same time!

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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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