• On Jun 16, 2019
    Thomas from FL 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 just purchased annual passes. What do I need to show the gate attendee when driving in to be able to access my free parking?

    Hi Thomas! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    Congrats on becoming a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder! How exciting! I absolutely love the flexibility that comes with an Annual Pass. Being able to visit the theme parks more often is amazing, but so are the many, many benefits that are available like complimentary theme park parking, merchandise and dining discounts, PhotoPass downloads, and even exclusive merchandise and events ... just to name a few!

    When I spoke with a Cast Member regarding your question, I was informed that you will probably have to pay for parking the first time you enter the theme parks since your Annual Pass will not yet be activated. However, I was also told that if you hang on to your receipt and head to Guest Relations after your Annual Pass is activated, you should be able to be reimbursed for that day of parking. You also have the option to visit Disney Springs first and activate your Annual Pass at Guest Relations there. Then when you head to the theme parks, you will have your Annual Pass card and it can be used to obtain free parking.

    I hope this helps and that you enjoy your year of being an Annual Passholder, Thomas! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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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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