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  • On Apr 22, 2023
    Bridget from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi. I just purchased my first annual pass to WDW. I am trying to understand if I can use the benefits associated with my status (like resort discounts) before actually going to the parks/acquiring my physical membership card. I am not a Florida resident.

    Hi there, Bridget! 

    Welcome to planDisney—and to the Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholder family! You now have yearlong access to the magic. Not only do you get to visit the theme parks for a whole year, but you can also enjoy benefits like free standard parking at the theme parks and discounts on select food and merchandise. So, when exactly can you begin receiving these perks? Let’s get into it!

    I spoke to a friendly Cast Member to see if I could get an answer for you. You will indeed be eligible to book a stay at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel over the phone; however, in order to check-in to the hotel and use the annual pass for merchandise and other perks, you’ll need to activate your annual pass at a theme park or at Disney Springs first. 

    AN EXTRA GEM: One of my family’s favorite advantages of having an annual pass is that we now can visit the theme parks after 2 p.m. without a theme park reservation (except for Magic Kingdom Park on Saturdays and Sundays). Although I’m a super planner, I definitely welcome the flexibility. 

    Definitely keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for all of the latest Disney Parks news, which will keep you updated about the latest ways to enjoy the Most Magical Place On Earth. For instance, the dates for the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival were just announced. You'll love the various food booths that will give you a taste of dishes from around the world! Bridget, if you have any other questions as you plan your upcoming vacations, don’t hesitate to revisit us here at planDisney! 

    Magic always, 
    LeAndra 
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Meet the Panelist: LeAndra, Florida

Hey, Mouseketeer! I'm LeAndra, a wife, mom of two, and content creator from beautiful Central Florida. I've lived near The Most Magical Place on Earth for my entire life; so, I like to say that I'm a Guardian of this galaxy! My love of all-things-Disney has also taken me on multiple cross-country road trips to Disneyland Resort and on a few flights over to Disneyland Paris. I am oh-so-grateful to be a part of your world by helping you plan your magical vacations.  Learn More About LeAndra

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