• On Jan 20, 2019
    James from VA 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.

    How soon after I purchase my annual passes do I have to activate them? Ex. Can I purchase in August of 2019 and activate in Feb of 2020?

    Hey, James and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    What a Fantasmic! question. Annual Passholders have some seriously magical benefits including, discounts on Disney Resort hotels, food and beverages, merchandise, free theme park parking, tours, and exclusive events. In addition, you get to visit all four theme parks without having to negotiate the ticket selection process. Some annual passes even include visits to miniature golf locations and Disney Water Parks.

    Your Walt Disney World Annual Pass activates at the first use. So if you purchase your annual pass in August of 2019 you may activate it at any time from the date of purchase until the current expiration date in 2030 (expiration date subject to change). February 2020 will be perfect to activate your annual pass. 

    Disney Dad Tip: Always carry your Annual Passholder Card around with you when at Walt Disney World Resort. When you go to pay for food, beverage, and merchandise they will ask if you have an annual pass. Bring out your card and receive the discount. Easy peasy. Your MagicBand does not have that information linked in a way to receive the discounts as of this date but that may also change.

    James, please let me know if you have any other questions to help make your Disney vacation spectacular.

    Enjoy making many Magical Memories.

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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a Disney Dad raising two fantastic boys with my wife. We love the hidden treasures found on both coasts at the "Happiest Place on Earth" and "Most Magical Place on Earth."  I am so excited to share my "yEARS" of pixie-dust covered experiences with you while planning your Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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