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  • On Mar 20, 2019
    Lisa from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We plan to go to WDW this April and May. We considered an annual pass. If we buy one, can we wait to activate so we get the expiration after April /May? We know it takes about 3 times to make it worth it. Do we purchase tickets and then get prorated?

    Hi, Lisa! Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am so excited to hEAR that you are considering becoming a Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholder! I recently purchased an annual pass for myself. I know I will be visiting the Walt Disney World Resort at least three times this year, so it made sense to become an Annual Passholder. In addition to the money I am saving by not having to purchase theme park tickets for each individual trip, there are also many other discounts and benefits that I will be able to take advantage of as an Annual Passholder.

    You can go ahead and purchase your annual pass now. It will not be activated until your first Walt Disney World theme park visit, and you will have an entire year from when your annual pass is activated to use it. All you have to do to activate your annual pass is to visit one of the theme park ticket windows with your photo ID and a print-out of your annual pass purchase confirmation email.

    There is no need to purchase any additional theme park tickets. Once you purchase your annual pass and link it to your My Disney Experience account, this acts as your ticket even before it is activated. That means you will be able to make your FastPass+ selections ahead of your visit. FastPass+ selections can be made 60 days prior to your arrival if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, or 30 days in advance if staying elsewhere.

    Wishing you an entire yEAR of fun as a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder!
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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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