• On Dec 19, 2016
    Kelly from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    The special that's on for annual passes now says must purchase by January 3rd. Can we buy now, but only activate when we arrive in February and get the 13 months?

    Welcome back to Disney Parks Moms Panel, Kelly!

    When guests purchase a Walt Disney World Annual Pass, one great feature is that the purchase price guarantees that guest the cost of admission for a full year. If rates increase, you will enjoy a full year of magic for the price you paid previously. That full year does not begin at time of purchase, either; it begins when that Annual Pass is first activated by entering a Walt Disney World Theme Park.

    I upgraded my own Walt Disney World Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option to an Annual Pass in September. However, I did not want to utilize that pass until October. Not a problem, as another ticket I had been using took precedence over my new Annual Pass in My Disney Experience account.

    Thus, you can purchase your Annual Pass at any time, locking in the current price and any additional benefits currently offered. Activate that pass at your convenience; win-win!

    Even better, once you link your Annual Pass to your My Disney Experience account, you'll have access to perks such as arranging FastPass+ plans right away. Because you'll have your ticket associated with your account, you can make those FastPass+ arrangements prior to activating that ticket. This, too, is a great benefit of the Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Program.

    Enjoy planning your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World, Kelly; be sure to send us more questions as you think of them. We love to help!

    Andrea H
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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