• On Sep 30, 2017
    Karen from NY 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.

    If I purchase an annual pass online for an upcoming vacation, when does the year start? On the purchase date, or on the date of the first park entry?

    Hi Karen, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    As a current Walt Disney World Annual Passholder, I would be pleased to help you out with your question.

    Karen, once you purchase your Annual Pass, you should ensure that it is linked to your My Disney Experience account. Then you will be able to see the date your Annual Pass will expire if it is not activated. Currently the date of expiration for Annual Passes is December 31, 2030. Hopefully that should give you plenty of time to activate your Pass and enjoy a yEAR of magic in the Parks!

    Once you activate your Annual Pass upon its first use, your My Disney Experience account will automatically update with the expiry date for your Annual Pass. That will make it easy for you to keep track of how much time is remaining.

    Don't forget that as an Annual Passholder, you will be eligible for many Annual Pass benefits and discounts, including discounts on dining, merchandise, Walt Disney Resort hotel rooms (when available), tours and recreation, and my personal favorite perk, unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads! From now until December 23, 2017, there are even enhanced special Passholder discounts and benefits offered in celebration of the 45th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort. With up to 20% off select dining and merchandise, it is a fabulous time to be an Annual Passholder.

    I hope this information is helpful to you, Karen. Should you have any other questions, please let us know...we are always here to help!

    Have a Magical Day!

thumbnail image for Trish

Meet the Panelist: Trish, Nova Scotia

Hi! I'm Trish from Canada, a single mom to two kids and a proud Disney Vacation Club member. In my circle of friends, I have a reputation for gravitating to any discussion involving Disney Parks and Resorts and would welcome the chance to share my experiences with you. Have you ever wondered what Disney Vacation Club is all about? Trying to decide if membership is right for your family? Have a question about visiting a Disney Vacation Club Resort? If so, you have come to the right place!

Learn More About Trish

Tips from a Disney Vacation Club Panelist

Why a DVC Membership is So Special

view tips

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please log in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.