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  • On Oct 2, 2023
    Jeremy from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are visiting Disney World soon on a 2-day park hopper with water parks. We will be visiting more next year and are planning on purchasing an annual pass. Can I purchase the annual pass now and how do I make sure it is not activated until next year?

    Hey there, Jeremy!

    Welcome to planDisney and thanks so much for bringing us your question about Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passes. I'm thrilled to hear that you'll be visiting The Most Magical Place on Earth soon and considering visiting again in 2024! In my opinion, you can never have too many future Walt Disney World Resort trips planned. Planning is part of the fun, after all!

    I understand that you're hoping to purchase an Annual Pass but also have several other theme park tickets attached to your My Disney Experience account currently. Jeremy, I faced the same situation when I purchased an Annual Pass several months ago. Annual Passes only become "activated" once they are used to enter a theme park. When Guests have multiple forms of theme park admission, it's important to verify that their theme park reservations are attached to the appropriate theme park admission. If you purchase your Annual Pass before you use your 2-day theme park tickets with Park Hopper option, just be sure that your theme park reservations are attached to the 2-day tickets and not the Annual Pass. When you're ready to activate your pass, simply make a theme park reservation using the pass's entitlements, then head to your favorite park - your Annual Pass will auto-magically become active for the next 365 days!

    Jeremy, as an Annual Passholder, you'll enjoy designated theme park entry queues as well as special offers and discounts throughout the year. Be sure to stop by a Guest Relations location when you arrive at the Walt Disney World Resort to pick up your Annual Passholder physical card! Your card will enable you to enter the theme parks much like a MagicBand would. Also, don't forget to set up your Disney MagicMobile pass to quickly provide proof of your Annual Passholder affiliation to take advantage of discounts and offerings!

    I hope this information helps you on your way to becoming an Annual Passholder, Jeremy! I wish you many magical visits in the year ahead, and I hope you enjoy your upcoming vacation. If you have any additional questions, feel free to stop back by planDisney again anytime. We're all ears!

    See ya real soon,

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Michigan

Hello friends! I'm Lauren M. from the Mitten State. I'm a mom, scientist, runDisney enthusiast, Disney Vacation Club Member, and self-proclaimed connoisseur of Disney snacks! For my family, it's a mix of both new and nostalgic that keeps us returning to the Walt Disney World Resort year after year. Throughout my life, I've been fortunate enough to experience many milestones and unforgettable moments at Disney Destinations and I can't wait to help you make magical vacation memories of your own! Learn More About Lauren

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