While the Disney parks in Orlando reopened more than a year ago and you can buy single or multi-day tickets, Disney has yet to start selling annual passes again. When will annual passes return to Walt Disney World?
In this post, we are going to go over go over all the new changes to the WDW Annual Pass program including AP ticket types, prices, perks, blockout dates, add-ons, and more.
While many aspects of the new annual pass program are the same, there are a bunch of changes to be aware of before deciding whether it makes sense to buy one for yourself or not. We’ll update you on all of the changes and everything you need to know about the new Pixie Dust Pass, Pirate Pass, Sorcerer Pass, and Incredi-Pass at Disney World.
(UPDATE) Disney has announced it is offering a limit-time discount of 20% off food and beverages at select Disney World dining locations. Also, Walt Disney World Annual Passes went back on sale starting April 20, 2023, and are now available for purchase. Read on for more details about what this means and if sales will resume this year or next…
Before we get started, you may find these other posts on Disney World tickets of interest, especially with new annual passes currently not for sale:
- Guide to Disney World Theme Park Tickets
- How to Get Discount Disney World Tickets
- 1-Day Disney World Tickets
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(UPDATE) Updated List of Restaurants with Limit-Time Annual Passholder Discount
One of the perks of being a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder are the extra discounts on merchandise and food when visiting the parks and resorts, and now they just got better!
Usually, Annual Passholders get a maximum of 10% discount at most Disney table service restaurants, however, just recently, Disney has started a limited-time 20% food and beverage discount on select dining locations at Disney World.
Here is the updated list of restaurants where Disney World Annual Passholders can receive the 20% discount:
- Be Our Guest Restaurant
- Cinderella’s Royal Table
- The Crystal Palace
- The Diamond Horseshoe
- Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
- Liberty Tree Tavern
- The Plaza Restaurant
- Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
- Biergarten Restaurant
- Coral Reef Restaurant
- Garden Grill Restaurant
- Le Cellier Steakhouse
- Rose & Crown Dining Room
- Spice Road Table
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- 50’s Prime Time Café
- The Hollywood Brown Derby
- Hollywood & Vine
- Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
- Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Tiffins Restaurant
- Tusker House Restaurant
Disney Resort Hotels
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Boma, Jiko – The Cooking Place, and Sanaa
- Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Resort – Flying Fish and Trattoria al Forno
- Disney’s Caribbean Resort – Sebastian’s Bistro
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort – California Grill, Chef Mickey’s and Steakhouse 71
- Disney’s Coronado Resort – Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood and Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago
- Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge – Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Cítricos, Grand Floridan Cafe, and Narcoosee’s
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort – Olivia’s Cafe
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Kona Cafe and ‘Ohana
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Boatwright’s Dining Hall
- Disney’s Riviera Resort – Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort – The Turf Club Bar and Grill
- Disney’s Vero Beach Resort – Wind & Waves Grill
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White and Whispering Canyon Cafe
- Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts – Ale & Compass Restaurant, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, Cape May Cafe, and Yachtsman Steakhouse
This special 20% discount will be available at these locations through June 30, 2023, so if you are visiting during that time, make sure to take advantage of them.
Not only that, but Disney World Annual Passholders also get discounts at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival food marketplaces. Just another reason to spend the day trying the incredibly delicious snacks at this year’s festival!
(UPDATE) Big Change to Park Reservations for Annual Passholders
Some big changes were recently announced to the Disney park pass reservation system, including eliminating park reservations for most ticket types starting in 2024. However, Disney also announced that they will continue to be required for Annual Passholders, at least on most days.
The guests who won’t need to make park reservations starting in 2024 are ones who purchased date-based tickets. Disney doesn’t need as much help figuring out how to properly staff the parks when they already know what dates people are going to be visiting.
However, since Annual Passes are not date-based (except for applicable blackout dates), it’s much harder to figure out when they will be visiting. Hence the reason Dinsey will continue to ask them to make park reservations ahead of time.
That said, there is still some good news for annual passholders, and they aren’t necessarily required to make park reservations for EVERY day.
In fact, Dinsey has announced that they will be offering what they are calling “good-to-go” days for Annual Passholders, and on these specific days, no park reservations are needed to enter.
This is in addition to the recent update which allows Annual Passholders to visit the Disney World theme parks after 2:00 pm without first making a park reservation.
The only exception to this new change is on Saturdays and Sundays at Disney’s Magic Kingdom where park reservations are still required.
Disney said in a statement: “While the theme park reservation system remains important to manage attendance in our parks, especially on busier days, we realize our Passholders enjoy more spontaneous visits – and this change will make that possible.”
The fact that Disney is eliminating park pass reservations for date-based tickets is definitely a most welcome change since the park reservation system has been one of the biggest criticisms for guests since it was introduced.
We’re sorry that Annual Passholders are still required to make them, but at least with the 2:00 pm rule and these new “good-to-go” days, it gives passholders a lot more freedom, especially those who like to hop over to the parks in the evenings after work.
Annual Passholders can already visit the parks after 2:00 pm without a park reservation (except Saturdays and Sundays at the Magic Kingdom), but they have not yet announced when the “good-to-go” days will start.
It’s also important to note that these days may vary from park to park, and blockout days will still apply.
This is the first of a few changes planned for the Park Pass Reservation system in the coming months, so stay tuned for more updates soon.
(UPDATE) – Start Time for New Disney World Annual Pass Sales
As you are probably aware, Walt Disney World resumed sales of new Annual Passes for all 4 pass types on April 20, 2023. So far demand has been high with long waits in the Virtual Queue over the past couple of days, as of this writing, Annual Passes are still available.
Below we have the online sale time and how it works, and tips for the Virtual Queue that you will need to use.
Here is some info that will help you be able to buy your Annual Passes now that they are on sale:
Start Time – Walt Disney World Annual Passes are now available for purchase. They went on sale starting at 6:00 am EST on April 20, 2023, and they are still available.
Where? – Online. Go to this link on the Disney World website to purchase your tickets online. Remember, it’s possible for Disney to pause the sale of annual passes at any time. They already did this on April 20 for a time before then resuming sales.
Virtual Queue – Disney has used the virtual queuing system in the past whenever they are expecting high demand for tickets or other events. This is notoriously famous for booting out guests in line, so expect a frustrating experience.
My suggestion is that you use multiple devices and multiple browsers to get into the queue. This has saved us many times when our page timed out. Also, make sure you are logged into your My Disney Experience account in that browser BEFORE clicking the link and getting in the queue. Not doing this has also caused us issues in the past and we’ve lost our place in line.
If they eventually pause sales again and then start them back up, it will be important to get on early. If the reopening time is 6:00 am, then we suggest getting online by 5:30 am to be safe. This was especially important on the first day before 6:00 am, but now the queue length is usually only a couple of minutes tops so you can enter at any time.
Remember, these will be in high demand when they are available, so do not wait to buy one. Disney has said there will be a limited number of passes sold, which may mean selling out on the first day or in the days/weeks following.
Keep reading for more details about prices, what is included with each Annual Pass type, and how long they might be available.
(UPDATE) – Walt Disney World Annual Pass Sales Resume April 20
Already more than one year ago, on Sunday, November 21, 2021, Disney World suspended the new sales of most annual pass types. That remains true to this day as guests are still not allowed to buy new annual passes (except the lowest-tier Pixie Dust Pass).
However, after waiting for more than a year, Disney finally announced that it will resume sales for Walt Disney World Annual Passes in Mid to Late April.
New sales of the Disney Incredi-Pass, Disney Sorcerer Pass, and Dinsey Pirate Pass will resume and be available for purchase to the general public starting April 20, 2023.
DVC Members will have an even earlier opportunity to purchase the DVC Sorcerer Pass online starting April 13, 2023, as part of the Membership Magic benefits.
The timing of bringing Annual Passes back to Walt Disney World once again coincides with the changing park pass reservation requirements which have eased up quite a bit recently. Starting on April 18, 2023, Annual Passholders no longer need to make a park pass reservation if visiting the theme parks after 2:00 pm, except on Saturdays and Sundays at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
New prices for the Walt Disney World Annual Passes are as follows:
- Incredi-Pass: $1,399 (was $1,299)
- Sorcerer Pass: $969 (was $899)
- Pirate Pass: $749 (was $699)
- Pixie Dust Pass: $399 (no price change)
These are the same prices as what was announced a few months ago, so at least they have not changed from then.
This is amazing news for anyone who has been waiting for what seems like an eternity to buy them once again. We know many readers have been wondering when Annual Passes were coming back, so now at least you have an answer.
For example, both my sister and brother-in-law naively let their Annual Passes expire last year thinking they could just buy new ones at any time, and instead, they’ve been waiting over a year and had to buy regular tickets in the meantime every time they visited WDW.
We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that if you are interested in buying a WDW Annual Pass, you do so immediately without waiting. Disney has already announced that
The last time Dinsey opened up sales for Annual Passes, they only remained available for a couple of months or so, and they’ve been unavailable now for more than a year. There is no telling if new Annual Pass sales will remain open permanently, or if it will be for a limited time.
That’s why I say, do not hesitate. Buy yours immediately.
This is a developing story and we will have more to share with you in the coming days so stay tuned for more soon!
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Annual Pass Price Increase
Before the latest announcement that Walt Disney World Annual Passes were coming back, the prices for the new passes were released.
New sales of Disney World annual passes have been suspended since November 21, 2021, but Disney has announced they are resuming starting April 20, 2023. Prices for 3 out of the 4 annual pass types have gone up when sales do eventually resume.
Here are the new Disney World annual pass prices:
- Incredi-Pass: $1,399 (was $1,299)
- Sorcerer Pass: $969 (was $899)
- Pirate Pass: $749 (was $699)
- Pixie Dust Pass: $399 (no price change)
The only annual pass to not increase in price is the Pixie Dust Pass which is only available to Florida Residents.
The roughly $100 increase for all tickets except the Pixie Dust Pass is about what we were expecting since it’s been over a year since they’ve been on sale. And they are in line with the latest price increases for WDW tickets in general.
Why Did Disney World Suspend Annual Passes?
This is a complicated question and the reason it originally suspended new annual passes is not the same reason they have kept suspending them during long stretches since then.
Let’s take a closer look including why sales of Disney World annual passes were suspended in the first place, as well as recent comments from Disney executives to get an idea of how long they might be staying around.
Before the parks closed in 2020, Disney World had tens of thousands of annual passholders, mostly Florida residents or DVC members who make multiple trips to Florida each year. While the majority of guests visiting the vacation kingdom buy park tickets just for the few days of their vacation, for guests who visit more regularly, an annual pass is a much more economical solution.
Then the parks closed down for 4 months, and during that time they suspended new annual passes before the Walt Disney World parks reopened. As you are well aware, when Disney World first reopened, it greatly modified the guest experience during the reopening phase, and Disney had to change some of the ways the company did business.
So with the theme parks not reaching full capacity, this was Disney’s way of keeping the crowds under control. More than that, the biggest reason for suspending annual passes is Disney wants to control what type of guest enters the theme parks and how many at one time.
Since Disney World is still not able to run at 100% capacity, Disney prefers high-paying guests that come for a week-long vacation over annual passholders who come on the weekends for a couple of hours and then leave.
By suspending annual passes, they were assured to make the most money per guest possible at this time. And the fact that new sales are still often suspended tells us that there are more than enough of the high-paying guests they prefer and unfortunately, they don’t need annual passholders at this time.
Since that time, guests have always been able to renew existing passes, but the possibility of purchasing new Annual Passes has not always been available. The only annual pass that has been available the majority of the time is the Disney Pixie Dust Pass, which is the most limited pass and only available to Florida Residents.
The only exception was from September 8, 2021, through November 20, 2021, when Disney World opened up new annual passes again for purchase just in time for the start of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. Shortly thereafter, they were suspended once again.
This did not come as a surprise as when new Disney World annual passes went back on sale on August 30, 2021, Disney stated in the press release: “some annual pass types may be unavailable for purchase at any time.” And it stayed that way up until April 2023.
Guests shouldn’t be worried about annual passes being eliminated completely or anything. Renewals for existing annual passes have stayed available, and now that sales are back, it gives us hope.
So how long will you be able to buy Disney World Annual Passes this time around?
How Long Will Annual Pass Sales Last? Will They Be Suspended Again?
At this point, we know when Dinsey is bringing back sales of new annual passes at Walt Disney World. What we don’t know is how long that will last. Will sales of new passes be suspended again at some point in the future?
At this point, we can’t say yes or no with 100% certainty. However, we do think that it’s highly probable that new sales will be stopped again at some point in the near future.
The first reason we can say this is that Disney has already advised guests of this possibility once again. With this latest announcement, they also said that “the quantity of passes will be limited and passes, or a pass type, may become unavailable for purchase at any time.”
That statement is pretty telling right there. Disney is essentially saying that they reserve the right to stop the sales of new annual passes whenever they please, and to make a statement like that leads me to believe that it’s likely to happen.
Also, by looking at how Disney has handled similar situations in the past, leads us to believe there is a good chance it will happen again. For example, the previous time Disney opened up WDW Annual Pass sales, it lasted from September 8, 2021, through November 20, 2021. That’s only about 2 and a half months.
Then without warning, one day they were no longer available. If you didn’t buy them when you had the chance, that was it. You had to wait until the next time Disney put them on sale, which is now. November 2021 to April 2023 is almost 1 1/2 years.
Before now, many people thought Disney has completely forgotten about the idea and thought they were retired for good. Even comment from Disney executive were not always clear.
For example, when sales were suspended, during a Disney company earnings call, The Walt Disney Company CFO Christine McCarthy was asked about what plans Disney has to fight a potential slowdown in the parks during a recession given the current unstable state of the economy.
McCarthy’s comments were telling. First, she mentioned a number of ideas the company has to keep revenue flowing into the parks, one of which is offering more discounts on park tickets to attract guests to come. However, she did say that “we’re not going to use it to the extent to which we used it during the last recession.”
The most interesting part was when she said another possibility was selling annual passes to Disney World and Disneyland once again. McCarthy mentioned that if new sales of annual passes do return, the program will need to have a more “flexible” business model and changes to the current system, though she didn’t comment on what those would be.
At that point, months had gone by without any Disney executives even mentioning the idea. Even the way McCarthy mentioned the sales of new annual passes coming back seemed like a last resort in case of a recession and guest demand drying up. In other words, as long as guests keep filling the parks, there is no need to bring back annual passes.
Is this a clue the to why Disney did reopen new Annual Pass sales? Everyone knows that inflation has taken a toll on the average consumer and the economy isn’t exactly running on all cylinders at the moment, therefore it’s possible Disney has already seen demand start to dwindle from regular guests, and perhaps they decided to boost attendance by bringing back the less profitable Annual Passholders now.
If that is the motive behind resuming sales, it’s hard to tell how long that will last. If it is because the economy is bad and Disney World attendance is down, Annual Pass sales may stick around for a while. The economy doesn’t look like it’s getting a quick fix any time soon, and the worst may be yet to come.
That said, we don’t recommend you take that chance. Our advice is that if you are considering buying an Annual Pass, make your decision quickly and buy it right when they go on sale. DO NOT wait to buy them if you can, because there is no way of telling how long they will be available.
You may have it in your mind to buy them in a few weeks or months, but there is no guarantee they will still be there at that point in time. Trust men, it’s a huge inconvenience when you have multiple WDW trips planned and you have to pay full price for regular park tickets instead of the savings an annual pass can give frequent visitors.
The bottom line is that as long as Disney World has the capacity and they need more park-goers, annual pass sales will stay open to the public. Of course, one-time guests or guests staying at the Disney World Resorts are much more profitable, and Disney prefers having them fill the parks.
Disney probably already has a good idea of what they want to do. Disney gets its booking data many months in advance, sometimes years in advance, and only they would know what future attendance will be by looking at the current bookings for the upcoming months. They may be more concerned than we know.
My guess, and this is just a guess, is that Annual Pass sales will stay open for at least a month or so, but again, that’s no guarantee. Pent-up demand from locals who missed the last opportunity may be really strong, and Disney could shut it down sooner than we think.
As soon as Disney announces when annual pass sales are stopping, we will let you know. In the meantime, the rest of this article explains the new annual pass types and all the differences between them.
WDW Annual Pass Highlights
First of all, the Walt Disney World annual passes have 4 tiers, each with different blackout dates, perks, and of course price levels.
The new Disney World Annual Passes are:
- Disney Pixie Dust Pass
- Disney Pirate Pass
- Disney Sorcerer Pass
- Disney Incredi-Pass
Even though these 4 new passes have new names, they still have many of the old features such as free standard parking at the theme parks, park hopping, and discounts on food and merchandise.
Some of the highlights for annual pass types include:
- More Park Reservations: Depending on their pass type, Passholders can now hold up to five Disney Park Pass reservations at a time. Not only that, but “bonus reservations” will also be added to the calendar from time to time which Passholders can make without it counting against their normal reservation hold limit. As before, passholders staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel can make park reservations for the length of their stay.
- Annual Pass Add-Ons: Different add-on options are available for purchase with any of the 4 annual passes according to your preferences. Some options include the Water Park and Sports package or Disney PhotoPass downloads.
- New Integrated Calendar: A new calendar will let guests easily see blockout dates for each pass type. Enhancements to the reservation system let Passholders quickly see available days and make, modify or cancel a reservation all in one place.
- Enjoy Passholder Perks: Passes will continue to offer benefits including the Park Hopper option, standard theme park parking, and discounts on merchandise and dining. And, there will be a few special surprises throughout the 50th-anniversary celebration.
Annual Pass Types & Prices
Prices recently increased for Annual Passes, even though most of them are not for sale at the moment. Here is a breakdown of each annual pass type and how much they cost:
Disney Pixie Dust Pass – $399 plus tax
- For Florida Residents Only
- $399 plus tax or $19 per month for 12 months after a $205 down payment (Payment Plan for Florida residents only)
- Hold up to 3 theme park reservations at a time
- 20% off select dining and merchandise
- Free Standard Parking
Disney Pirate Pass – $749 plus tax
- For Florida Residents Only
- $749 plus tax or $50 per month for 12 months after a $205 down payment (Payment Plan for Florida residents only)
- Hold up to 4 theme park reservations at a time
- 20% off select dining and merchandise
- Free Standard Parking
Disney Sorcerer Pass – $969 plus tax
- For Florida Residents and Disney Vacation Club Members Only
- $969 plus tax or $69 per month for 12 months after a $205 down payment (Payment Plan for Florida residents only)
- Hold up to 5 theme park reservations at a time
- 20% off select dining and merchandise
- Free Standard Parking
Disney Incredi-Pass – $1,399 plus tax
- For ALL Guests
- $1,399 plus tax or $108 per month for 12 months after a $205 down payment (Payment Plan for Florida residents only)
- No Blockout Dates
- Hold up to 5 theme park reservations at a time for different dates
- 20% off select dining and merchandise
- Free Standard Parking
- Standard theme park parking included
Annual Passholders can visit DisneyWorld.com/Pass for more information and updated details about Disney World’s new Annual Passes and also to purchase them.
One big change to the new annual passes is that there are fewer perks built-in automatically, and more you have to now pay for. For example, the popular PhotoPass option was always included with the higher-level passes, but it’s now an add-on only and you have to pay $99 plus tax if you want it.
The Water Park and Sports option is also $99 plus tax and includes admission to:
- Typhoon Lagoon
- Blizzard Beach
- Oak Trail Golf Course
- FootGolf at Disney’s Oak Trail
- Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course (one round before 4 PM)
- Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course (one round before 4 PM)
- ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
So even though the Incredi-Pass is $1399, if you want these add-ons the cost is really $1599.
The one we are most upset about is the PhotoPass not being included. But since we use it so much, it’s worth the $99.
Annual Passes and Park Reservations
Disney recently made a huge change to when annual passholders are required to make Disney Park Pass Reservations and they will soon have much more freedom than they used to.
Before this update, annual passholders had to make a park reservation for each day they wanted to visit the theme parks. Here is the latest breakdown:
When Park Reservations ARE required:
- On Saturdays and Sundays all day
- On Weekdays BEFORE 2:00 pm
When they ARE NOT required:
- On weekdays after 2:00 pm.
This makes it much easier for APs to visit the theme parks as now there are more options to make last-minute visits. It’s important to remember Annual Passholders still need to make Park Reservations on the weekends and before 2:00 pm on other days, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.
This change goes into effect starting April 18, 2023.
During the times that Park Reservations are required, passholders still have a limit to how many reservations they can make at one time. Right now, the Pirate Pass, Sorcerer Pass, and Incredi-Pass each allow for 4 or 5 park pass reservations at a time. The Pixie Dust Pass is the only one that is still limited to 3 reservations.
On top of the normal reservation limits, annual passholders staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel will be able to reserve a park pass for each day of their stay. So if you are staying for 7 days, you can make 7 different park pass reservations, plus you will have your normal allotment of 3, 4, or 5 on top of that.
Making Park Pass Reservations
Park Pass reservations for annual passholders can be made either on the Walt Disney World website or in the My Disney Experience app.
Whichever one you are using, go to “Make Theme Park Reservations”. There you will choose between making a park reservation for an annual passholder or for someone with only regular theme park tickets.
As an annual passholder, you will then be brought to a screen where you will then choose between regular park pass reservations, or park pass reservations for guests staying at a Disney World Resort hotel (remember, these are unlimited).
You then select the date and the park you want to visit:
Review and then confirm your reservation:
Another new addition are the “bonus” park reservations. These are in addition to the current passholder limits and are added to the calendar periodically, likely when crowds are light.
You can see the “Bonus Reservations” on the Disney World Annual Pass Blockout Calendar:
The dates with the gold stars are bonus reservations and don’t count against your regular annual passholder limits.
Overall, these are welcome changes and make it much easier for annual passholders to plan days in the parks in advance.
For a more in-depth look, read our Disney Park Pass Reservations Guide.
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Disney World Annual Pass Blockout Dates
Except for the Disney Incredi-Pass which has unlimited dates, the other 3 annual pass types have blockout dates when you cannot visit the parks. The less expensive the pass is, the more blockout dates are on the calendar, limiting when you can go.
How to Use the Annual Pass Blockout Calendar
Using either the Walt Disney World website or the My Disney Experience app, go to “Make Theme Park Reservations,” then under “View Current Availability” choose “Annual Pass.”
On the next screen, select which annual pass type you are using and then choose the park you want to make a reservation for. This will show you the available dates and which dates are blocked out.
When you look at the calendar, if a date has a line slashed through it, that means those dates are blocked out for your annual pass type. If you see a green dot underneath the number, that means park pass reservations are available for that date. Again, yellow stars signify bonus reservations available.
The lockout dates themselves will not change throughout the year, but park pass availability will change so check regularly.
The Pixie Dust Pass has the most blockout dates, followed by the Pirate Pass, and then the Sorcerer Pass. Let’s take a closer look:
Pixie Dust Pass Blockout Dates
The Pixie Dust Pass has availability on most weekdays throughout the year. Weekends are out, as well as all the holidays.
Pirate Pass Blockout Dates
The Pirate Pass gives guests more available dates as it opens up the majority of weekdays and weekends throughout the year. Peak and holiday seasons are blocked out.
Sorcerer Pass Blockout Dates
The Sorcerer Pass has availability almost every day of the year. The only dates that are blocked out are the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods. Other than that you can make a reservation any day of the year.
We think the Sorcerer Pass is the best value for your money as it knocks $400 off the price from the Incredi-Pass and still has 97% of the same dates available.
Annual Pass Renewals
If you are a current passholder, you may be wondering what happens now with all these changes and what if you want to renew your pass.
Guests may continue using their existing annual pass until its expiration. Then you can renew by choosing one of the new passes, at a discounted rate as always. Usually, this means taking $100 or more off the full price.
Here are the current annual pass renewal prices:
- Disney Pixie Dust Pass: $339 plus tax (a $60 discount)
- Disney Pirate Pass: $637 plus tax (a $112 discount)
- Disney Sorcerer Pass: $824 plus tax (a $145 discount)
- Disney Incredi-Pass: $1,189 plus tax (a $210 discount)
These prices equate to a roughly 15% discount over new Annual Pass purchases.
How to Renew Your Annual Pass
There are 3 ways to renew your Walt Disney World Annual Pass:
- Renew at any Walt Disney World Resort theme park ticket window or Disney Springs Guest Relations location.
- Renew online at the Disney World website
- Renew over the phone by calling (407) 560-PASS or (407) 560-7277.
Walt Disney World Annual Passes can be renewed starting 60 days before the expiration date of your current pass or up to 30 after the pass expires.
This results in an approximate 90-Day window for guests to decide if it’s worth keeping their Annual Pass for another year or not. This is a personal decision and you will have to calculate how many days you plan on visiting the Disney World theme parks over the next year.
If the Annual Pass will cost less than standard WDW tickets will, then it’s worth it, you’ll just have to make sure it’s in your family budget to buy them. Coming up with all that money up front is not always feasible for everyone, and you may find it easier to buy regular tickets closer to your arrival date even if it means spending a little more overall.
Upgrading Regular Tickets to AP
(Upgrading your Disney World Annual Pass is only available when new Annual Pass sales are running. This begins on April 20, 2023.)
What if you have already purchased regular theme park tickets but now want to upgrade to an annual pass? Not a problem. Guests with an existing theme park admission can upgrade those into an annual pass.
Guests can apply the entire price of their current tickets to the cost of an annual pass. Let’s say you have an upcoming trip and you have already spent $500 on your tickets. In that case, if you trade those tickets in for an annual pass, you will get a $500 credit towards that purchase.
How to Upgrade Annual Passes?
Guests can upgrade from regular tickets to an annual pass both in-person at the theme parks. It’s not currently possible to upgrade your ticket on the Walt Disney World website or My Disney Experience.
If you want to upgrade them in person, head to the ticket window at the entrance of one of the Walt Disney World theme parks. On the phone, you can call 407-W-Disney (407-934-7639).
Monthly Payment Plan
The monthly payment plan for Disney World annual passes is only available for Florida residents. You can get the monthly payment plan with any of the 4 annual pass types, just as long as you live in Florida.
Each pass requires a down payment of $205, then a monthly fee for 12 months. Your monthly fee will depend on which annual pass level you choose and they range from $19-$108 per month.
Unfortunately, if you aren’t a Florida resident, you can no longer use the monthly payment plan to purchase your annual pass.
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Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about the new Walt Disney World annual passes. We’ll continue adding more as more information comes out:
How do the New Annual Passes Compare to the Old Passes?
Besides renaming all the passes, there aren’t that many differences between the old annual passes and the new ones. Annual Passholders can now hold more park pass reservations at a time (a maximum of 5) and some of the old perks are now gone like PhotoPass.
The new tickets are more expensive but not as bad as we were originally thinking. Here is what annual passes cost before the new ones went on sale:
- Disney EPCOT After 4 Pass: $309
- Disney Weekday Select Pass: $369
- Disney Theme Park Select Pass: $439
- Disney Silver Pass: $539
- Disney Gold Pass: $719
- Disney Platinum Pass: $1,195
- Disney Platinum Plus Pass: $1,295
Which old passes do the new ones replace? It’s not an apples-to-apples comparison because there used to be 8 different annual passes and now there are only 4.
In 2021, Disney came up with new names for all the WDW Annual Passes. Here is a general look at the current passes and the old ones they replaced:
- Disney Pixie Dust Pass replaces the Weekday Select Annual Pass, Theme Park Select Pass, and Epcot After 4 Pass
- Disney Pirate Pass replaces the Silver Pass
- Disney Sorcerer Pass replaces the Gold Pass
- Disney Incredi-Pass replaces the Platinum Pass & Platinum Plus Pass
Which APs can Florida Residents Purchase?
Florida residents can purchase any of the 4 WDW annual passes they desire and are not restricted in any way. They also have a bunch of other ticket types available to them for less money than the normal prices.
Read our guide to Florida Resident Disney World Tickets for more info.
Which Annual Passes Can Guests Who Live Out of State Buy?
Unfortunately, the only APs that regular Disney guests can purchase is the Disney Incredi-Pass, the highest-tiered one. This was also the case before the update.
The only exception is for DVC members, who are also able to purchase the Sorcerer Pass. The Pixie Dust Pass and Pirate Pass are only available for Florida Residents.
What If I Live Close to Florida?
Sorry, that doesn’t help you, you still can only purchase the Incredi-Pass, unless you are a DVC Member.
Which Annual Passes can DVC members purchase?
DVC Members can choose between the highest two tiers, the Incredi-Pass and the Sorcerer Pass, though the Sorcerer Pass is likely restricted to “Blue Card” Members only.
Explain “Blue Card” DVC Members and the Sorcerer Pass?
At this time we aren’t sure but it’s likely that only “Blue Card” DVC members will be able to purchase the Sorcerer Pass. “Blue Card” DVC members are those who have a blue membership and the only way to get that is by either buying it directly from Disney or buying a membership under the old rules (before 4/4/16).
It’s possible that other members can get the Sorcerer Pass, but we’ll update you when we know for sure.
Are There Any Disney Vacation Club Discounts?
No there are not. There used to be a $200 discount on the top-level Disney World annual pass, but that is no longer the case with the Incredi-Pass. This could always change in the future, but as long as DVC sales are strong we don’t expect it to.
What Happened to Old Passes on September 8, 2021?
If you were a current AP holder, nothing happened to your annual pass unless you renewed it or purchased another one at a future time after that. The only thing that changed was you can now have more Park Pass Reservations now than previously possible. Everything else stayed the same.
What about Unused/Unactivated Vouchers for “Old” Annual Passes?
Vouchers for the “old” annual pass could be redeemed until September 7, 2021. You then received the old pass. If you redeemed your voucher on September 8, 2021, or after, you received a new annual pass with the corresponding add-ons in line with the voucher you purchased.
What Renewal Options Do Current Annual Passholders Have?
If you are currently within your renewal window, you can renew your AP and are subject to the new prices and rules.
What About Renewal Discounts?
One positive is annual passholders still get a discount every year when they renew. The current renewal discount for current passholders is 15%.
Here are the new prices for Walt Disney World Annual Passes after the renewal discount:
- Incredi-Pass: $1,189 plus tax
- Sorcerer Pass: $824 plus tax
- Pirate Pass: $637 plus tax
- Pixie Dust Pass: $339 plus tax
Can I Get a Renewal Discount for the PhotoPass and/or Water Park Add-Ons?
Yes, you can. There is also a 15% percent discount on the PhotoPass or Water Park add-ons which means those will cost $85 instead of $100.
Does Everyone in a Family Need to Purchase the PhotoPass Add-On?
No, they don’t. As long as you normally travel with your family, one person needs to purchase the PhotoPass add-on. That account can share the family photos with everyone else.
Is There a Genie+ Add-On for Disney World Annual Passes?
No, there isn’t an add-on for Disney Genie+ available for purchase with Disney World annual passes or any discounts. If you want to use the new Disney Genie+ service you will have to pay for it on a daily basis like everyone else.
Can I Upgrade Regular Tickets to an Annual Pass?
Yes, you can. If you have already purchased regular Walt Disney World theme park tickets, you can upgrade those into annual passes. This is easy to do and the amount of money you have already paid toward your theme park tickets will be carried over into the final price of an annual pass.
When are the Blockout Dates?
We’ve posted photos of the lockout calendars earlier on in this post. You can also click this link for the individual blockout calendars for each AP type directly from Disney.
As an “Old” AP, Do the New Blockout Dates Apply to Me?
No, they don’t. As long as you have your current annual pass, those are the blockout dates that apply to you. As soon as that AP expires and you renew, then the new blockout dates will be applied to your AP.
How Many Disney Park Pass Reservations Can AP Members Hold at the Same Time?
This depends on which annual pass you have purchased. Here is a list of each AP type and the corresponding number of park pass reservations you can have:
Park Pass Reservation Limits for Annual Passholder:
- Disney Pixie Dust Pass: Up to 3 reservations at a time
- Disney Pirate Pass: Up to 4 reservations held at a time
- Disney Sorcerer Pass: Up to 5 reservations at a time
- Disney Incredi-Pass: Up to 5 reservations at a time
What are “Bonus Reservations”?
Disney hasn’t fully explained the “Bonus Reservations” at this time, but they will be dates that APs can make Disney Park Pass reservations that don’t count against their normal limit. So if your pass normally allows you to make 5 park pass reservations, these will be above and beyond those.
That wraps up our look at Walt Disney World Annual Passes. We hope that it was helpful to you and that you now know what you need to make an informed decision if they are for you or not (whenever they come back).
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