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  • On Apr 4, 2019
    Jann from KS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    If I purchased an annual pass, would it be effective on the date of purchase, or when I actually arrive at Disney World and exchange the certificate at the ticket window? In other words, is there any benefit to purchasing one ahead of a planned trip?

    Hi Jann,

    While becoming an Annual Passholder comes with all sorts of wonderful perks and benefits, my very favorite one has to be the ability to visit "The Most Magical Place on Earth" whenever I'd like!

    If you're renewing your Annual Pass, your expiration date will simply be extended one more year, but if you're purchasing a new Annual Pass, your magical year won't begin until you activate your Annual Pass at a theme park ticket window or Guest Relations location. You'll simply take your exchange certificate and a valid photo ID and a Cast Member will activate your Annual Pass and give you your Annual Passholder card, which will allow you entry into the theme parks as well as open the doors to all of the wonderful discounts and benefits.

    To me, the biggest benefits to purchasing your Annual Pass ahead of time are the ability to make FastPass+ selections in advance and being able to take advantage of any Disney Resort hotel room discounts that are only available for Annual Passholders. Plus, once your Annual Pass is purchased, you can start dreaming about all of the magic and fun you'll enjoy!

    Thanks so much for stopping back by the Disney Parks Moms Panel again, Jann. I hope that if you decide to purchase an Annual Pass, you enjoy an entire year of truly magical vacations!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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