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  • On Jul 29, 2023
    Joseph from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I purchased an annual pass earlier this year online and my trip is later in the year. I have my magic band linked to it, so do I need to activate it prior to entering a park? And can I use it for discounts at Disney Springs before I enter a park? Thank you

    Hi Joseph,

    Congratulations on your decision to become a Disney Annual Passholder!  If you are a new member to the program, you will need to activate your annual pass prior to entering a theme park. The process is simple.  Just visit any of the Guest Relations locations outside one of the theme parks.  You will need to bring the voucher or other information you received when you purchased the annual pass along with identification. Once activated, you will receive your official annual pass along with helpful information related to the use of your annual pass.

    Since you plan on visiting Disney Springs first, you can also visit the Disney Ticket Center at Disney Springs to activate your annual pass.  Once you have a valid annual pass, you can immediately begin to use it for discounts at select restaurants and dining locations.

    In case you are not aware, there are special offers available for Annual Passholders for select nights and resort stays during the timeframe of your visit.  You may want to check this out to see if there is a savings opportunity available to you.  Please note, you do not have to have your annual pass activated at the time of booking a special offer but you will need to show a valid annual pass upon check in to the resort.

    I hope you find this information helpful and thank you for visiting planDisney with your question!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Connecticut

Hello! I’m Diane from Connecticut. I am a retired project manager and I'm married with three grown children.  My family enjoys traveling to Walt Disney World and believe Disney vacations are like snowflakes in the Northeast, no two are the same! Learn More About Diane

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