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  • On Feb 19, 2024
    Stephanie from MN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello Panel! I want to get an annual pass and enjoy the wonderful benefits such as discounts for merchandise and select experiences. If I were to purchase an annual pass, when would I be available to start using those discounts? (Arriving at WDW in 2025)

    Hi there, Stephanie! Thanks for relying on us to answer all of your burning Disney vacation planning questions.

    As a first-time Annual Passholder to the Walt Disney World Resort, I can tell you that there are a lot of great benefits to the program. While of course, the best perk is being able to visit the resort more often, there are usually discounts on merchandise, select experiences, sometimes hotel rooms, and more (offers subject to change). It's just some added pixie dust on top of an already magical experience!

    To take advantage of Annual Passholder discounts, you must have an active Annual Pass. To activate it after it's been purchased, you must visit the Disney Ticket Center at Disney Springs or one of the Guest Relations locations outside of the theme parks. Once activated, you will then be eligible for the perks and benefits being offered to Annual Passholders. That being said, if you want to book a hotel room or experience using an offered Annual Passholder discount, you can usually book it with the discount even if the pass isn't activated. However, your pass must be activated before you check in for the hotel stay or experience to keep the discount. Otherwise, you will be charged the non-discounted rate.

    Even though I'm a planDisney Panelist, I am relatively new to this Annual Pass thing. To show this, I'd like to tell you a quick story. On my first visit since purchasing an Annual Pass, I decided to continue my arrival night tradition of shopping and eating my way through Disney Springs. Well, on my way to the Disney Ticket Center to activate my pass, I saw these amazing bookends at the Marketplace Co-Op that were eligible for an Annual Passholder discount. So I strolled up confidently with these heavy bookends to the Cast Member at checkout, and excitedly exclaimed, "Yes, I'm a new Passholder!" when she asked if I had any discounts. Even though my excitement was palpable and she was excited for me, she had to inform me that since my pass wasn't activated yet, I couldn't use the discount! So, I asked her to hold them while I activated my pass and then came back. No harm, no foul, but your question made me think of this!

    Stephanie, I hope that you create so many wonderful memories as an Annual Passholder. Please feel free to reach out with any other questions you may have.

    Curiosity keeps leading us down new paths,
    Matt
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Meet the Panelist: Matt, New Jersey

Well hello there! I'm Matt and I'm a Disney-loving husband, teacher, and uncle from New Jersey. You can often find me tasting my way around an EPCOT festival, rope-dropping Magic Kingdom Park, or conquering all of the Disney Mountains. I can't wait to help you reach out and find your happily ever after on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Matt

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