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  • On Oct 24, 2019
    Steven from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello panel! Just came back and planning my return in either 2021 or 2022. If I were to buy an annual pass, how long would I have to activate it? I'd like to buy it before the price hike the year prior if possible.

    Hi Steven!  Thank you for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I did exactly what you describe a few months ago -- after running the numbers with the upcoming Walt Disney World Resort trips I have planned, I decided an Annual Pass was the way to go.  My decision was fortunate timing on my part, as the cost of Annual Passes increased a few weeks after I had purchased mine.  My (unactivated) Annual Pass is linked to my profile in My Disney Experience, and is currently showing an expiration date of December 31, 2030.  When I activate my pass at a Walt Disney World ticket window during my vacation next month, the expiration date will update to be one year from the date of activation.

    So long story short, YES, you may purchase your annual pass whenever you like and hold onto it for a future vacation.  Be sure to take advantage of all the perks and benefits that come with your Walt Disney World Annual Pass, such as dining and merchandise discounts, complimentary theme park parking, and downloads of your Disney PhotoPass photos.

    Please let us know if you have any additional questions.  Congratulations on becoming an Annual Passholder!

    Anne Marie
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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