• On Sep 25, 2021
    Christy from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Purchasing annual passes for Christmas this year. I understand we’ll receive an annual pass exchange certificate that we use to active our passes. How does that with park reservations? Do the passes need to be activated before we can make a reservation?

    Hi Christy!

    What an amazing gift you'll be giving yourself and your family with the purchase of Walt Disney World Annual Passes. I've enjoyed the benefits of being an Annual Passholder for years, and I wouldn't trade it for the world! 

    When you purchase your passes, they will be linked to your My Disney Experience account and assigned to the Guests of your choosing that are linked to you. Once the purchase is complete, you'll be issued an Annual Pass Exchange Certificate that will be in your account until you can activate your pass at Guest Relations once you arrive at Walt Disney World. 

    From my experience, you should be able to make Disney Park Pass reservations once the Annual Passes are purchased and the certificates are linked to your account. Then, once you arrive, you'll head to Guest Relations prior to entering a theme park to activate your Annual Pass and receive your Annual Pass Discount Card that you can present to receive your discounts at dining and merchandise locations. Once you activate your Annual Pass, that begins your full year of benefits and admission entitlements! Welcome, Passholder!

    If you have any issues making Disney Park Pass reservations once you've purchased your Annual Passes, I encourage you to reach out to a Cast Member at 407-934-7639, and they should be able to assist you.

    Have a magical day!
    Diane W.
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Alabama

"Dream It! Plan It! Do It!" – that's my motto! If you've always dreamed of a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort, or sailing away with Captain Mickey on a Disney Cruise, I'd love to help you plan and make the most of your vacation. My favorite getaway is a Land and Sea adventure - from Cinderella Castle to sand castles! Learn More About Diane

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