• On Jan 24, 2018
    Ann from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I would like to purchase an AP in January but not activate until September. Once purchased, can I use the AP for discount on room, fastpasses, and dining reservations?

    Hi Ann! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I have wonderful news for you! Once you purchase your Walt Disney World Annual Pass, you will be able to see special offers for Disney Resort hotels and make your FastPass+ selections as long as your Annual Pass is linked to your My Disney Experience account and you are logged in, even if you haven't activated your Pass yet. Dining reservations are not linked to your annual pass, so you are able to make those reservations up to 180 days prior to your trip in September with or without tickets. You will just need to have your ticket for theme park admission for any restaurants located in the theme parks during your visit.

    My suggestion is to purchase your Annual Pass and reserve your Disney Resort hotel as soon as you can, so you are able to reserve all of your dining reservations for your entire trip (up to 10 days) 180 days prior to your check-in date. Having your Disney Resort hotel reservation in place will also give you the ability to make your FastPass+ selections up to 60 days in advance, instead of the standard 30 days for Guests not staying on Walt Disney World Resort property.

    I hope this helps with your planning, Ann! Be sure to plan some time for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival during your visit. It is a fun and tasty event!

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Meet the Panelist: Tabitha, Tennessee

Hello all! I'm a happily married, proud mom to two young children, and I love to plan trips to Walt Disney World Resort. One of my favorite things about taking a Disney Parks vacation is that there is always something new and wonderful to discover, no matter if this is your first trip or if you visit multiple times per year. I'm excited to help you plan your next adventure!
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