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  • On May 4, 2024
    Marybeth from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If you upgrade your Disney park ticket to an annual pass during your stay, can you apply the available discounts to your hotel stay?

    Hiya, Marybeth, and welcome to planDisney!

    As an Annual Passholder who recently upgraded her theme park ticket to an Annual Pass while visiting The Most Magical Place on Earth, I'm happy to provide a bit of guidance on the ins and outs of the process. 

    While your theme park ticket can be upgraded to an Annual Pass at any point during your vacation (as long as your theme park ticket remains valid for entry), any benefits, perks, or discounts associated with your particular Annual Pass will not go into effect until you pay the price difference between the two and you officially become an Annual Passholder. Since you would have already paid the remaining balance of your vacation at this point and Disney Resort hotel reservations cannot be modified less than 24 hours before arrival (per the terms and conditions listed on the Walt Disney World Resort website), it is unfortunately not possible to apply discounts to a reservation for a vacation in-progress.

    Of course, you can always upgrade your theme park ticket to an Annual Pass prior to arrival (either by calling the Existing Tickets line or through your My Disney Experience account online) in order to take advantage of any Special Offers available exclusively to Passholders. I also suggest perusing the Special Offers page to see if there are any other discounts available during your stay that might be beneficial to you. Discounts on Disney Resort hotels for Winter months have historically been released the Autumn prior, so I would suggest keeping an eye on Disney Parks Blog beginning in September for announcements because Sorcerer Mickey typically has some type of magic up those red sleeves of his. 

    If you do choose to become an Annual Passholder, Marybeth, be sure to familiarize yourself with all of the exclusive perks and discounts available to Mickey's besties. I've already saved so much on merchandise that my souvenirs are practically paying for themselves (or at least that's what I tell my husband)!

    I hope this was helpful! If you have any additional questions as you plan, don't hesitate to stop back by. I'm always happy to have a magical conversation!

    Thinking Happy Thoughts,
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Hi y'all! I'm Lizzie, a happily married teacher, coach, and proud dog mom of three from Georgia. While I loved the magic of Disney as a child, it wasn't until my twenties that pixie dust became a defining characteristic of my personality (and my wardrobe). I can't wait to answer your Walt Disney World Resort vacation questions so that you can embrace your inner 'hakuna matata' as you stroll through The Most Magical Place on Earth with your favorite Mickey-shaped snack in hand.  Learn More About Lizzie

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