• On Feb 16, 2020
    Rita from AL 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 am thinking of purchasing an annual pass for the first time. Is it activated the day of purchase or the first day of use and expires one year from that date?

    Hiya, Rita! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Mickey and I are so excited that you are considering becoming a member of the Walt Disney World Passholder family! Even though I live in Pennsylvania, I get plenty of use out of "Mickey's Golden Ticket!" When you factor in the perks, including unlimited PhotoPass downloads, it makes my decision a no-brainer!

    When you buy your Annual Pass online and link it to your My Disney Experience account (it may link automatically), you will notice it has an expiration date.  My Prince Charming gifted me with a new pass for Christmas, and my account says it needs to be used by December 31, 2030. Your yEAR of Annual Pass fun doesn't start, however, until your pass is activated. You can do this at any Walt Disney World theme park window (or at the Disney Springs Ticket Center), and make sure you have your confirmation email and a valid photo ID with you. The Cast Member will hand you a plastic yellow Passholder card that you'll want to carry with you at all times to receive your exclusive dining and merchandise discounts. Once your pass is activated, the expiration date on your My Disney Experience account will update. Mickey gives you a bonus day to enjoy, so your Annual Pass will be valid for 366 days from activation!  

    I hope you have a magical trip, Rita! See ya' real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Eean, Pennsylvania

Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania! I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique. It's incredible how many people you can find who love talking about "The Most Magical Place On Earth!" I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at my monthly Bunco club for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical. Learn More About Eean

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