So you you may be thinking “I only visit Disney World once per year..why would I need to be a Disney annual passholder.” Well my friend, you may be amazed just how worth it it may be!
First off I totally understand that an annual pass packs a BIG price tag! I get it, Disney vacations are already sooo pricey, why would you spend more. But when you actually sit down and figure out how it may actually save you money on other aspects of your trip, it may be completely worth it. And I’m going to help you figure that out right now!
Price and Type of Pass
Let’s start off with the pricing because after this it only goes up from here! The price of an annual pass varies based on the type of pass you choose. To decide this, you need to know the time of year that you plan to travel. If you enjoy visiting the parks around the holidays (Christmas, New Years, Easter) then you want to be sure not to choose a pass with block out dates.
The pass option with the freedom to travel at any time is the Platinum pass which has recently increased its price to just about $1,200 before tax.
With the platinum pass you will have unlimited access to all four theme parks for the entire year without any blockout dates..plus all the other perks that come with it (we will get there soon)!
Platinum Plus Pass
And if the water parks are your thing, you can get the Platinum Plus pass which would give you unlimited access to all four theme parks, plus both water parks for the entire year without any blockout dates. But with access to more parks this pass comes in at the highest price pushing $1,300 before tax. This pass also includes access to ESPN and the Oak Trail Golf Course.
Florida Residents Passes
There are some other options such as the Florida residents pass that only Florida residents can purchase. These are passes such as the Gold, Silver and Weekday select passes. Also, Disney Vacation Club members have the option to purchase the Gold pass as well if they are okay with having some blockout dates.
Finally, there is also the option to buy an annual pass for only the water parks for the full year. This pass is less than $150 but it does not provide any other benefits like you will receive with the Platinum pass.
Plus when you renew your annual pass the next year within 30 days of expiration, you will pay a discounted renewal price!
Benefits Included for Annual Passholders
Now that we got the yucky price stuff out of the way, let’s talk about all the advantages an annual pass can offer!
- Park hopper included so you can visit more than 1 park each day.
- PhotoPass downloads are included so you do not have to purchase the memory maker.
- Free parking (standard) at the theme parks
- Up to a 20% discount on dining and shopping
- Free magicband with pass (this may end as of 2021 since Magic bands are no longer included with resort packages)
- Pass holder give aways such as magnets
There are a lot of advantages to being a Disney Annual Passholder… aside from the fact that you have the freedom to go to Disney at any time! Sometimes purchasing a pass may be cheaper than a regular ticket depending on your length of stay and time of the year. Other times the price may be more than your regular ticket but the savings on the memory maker, park hopper, parking, dining and shopping may out weigh the price and help you save. Or maybe you are visiting in the summer or fall this year and know you will also visit in the spring or early summer of the next year (if you are able to plan 2 years worth of vacations before the pass expires that is an added bonus)!
I hope I could help you make the decision on whether or not you should become a Disney Annual Passholder!