• On Apr 30, 2018
    Annie from CA 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 am planning a trip to DW in late Oct and would like to book my hotels early. There are no AP discounts right now so far out so an AP now would not help. However, if there are AP discounts later after booking, can I purchase AP and will it be retroactive?

    Hi, Annie! Thank you so much for stopping by with your great question! There are so many great benefits to being a Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholder, but I do believe the room discounts are the most magical! Before choosing our Resort hotel each visit, I first check for an Annual Passholder Special Offer. You are correct, the ones for October have not been released yet. However, you never know when Fairy Godmother will give her magic wand a wave and, with a "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo," they'll magically appear!

    You are welcome to go ahead and book your choice of Walt Disney World Resort hotel for your vacation this fall. Keep an eye on the Special Offer page and, when you see a magical offer appear, you can certainly try to have it applied to your current reservation. Most reservations can be modified to include a Special Offer right within My Disney Experience. However, sometimes you may need to call the Annual Passholder Cast Members for a bit of assistance.

    You actually do not have to be a current Annual Passholder when you make your Resort hotel reservation or when you have the Special Offer applied to the reservation. You will just need to make sure it is active during that resort stay, as you will need to show your pass upon check-in. If you plan to activate it as soon as you get to the theme parks, no worries, as they will just ask that you stop back by the front desk sometime before you check out to show the pass.

    Wishing you a trip full of pixie-dusted adventures this fall, Annie! Thank you again for stopping by and please let us know if you have any other questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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