Walt Disney World’s New Annual Passes: Everything You Need To Know

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Disney fans, get your calculators out.

After suspending (and ultimately retiring) annual passes as we knew them in 2020, Disney has announced a new annual pass program for Walt Disney World.

There are 4 new levels in this new program, but unless you live in Florida or are a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) member, you only really have 1 option.

Is it worth it? Let’s take a closer look at all of the options to see if getting a Walt Disney World Annual Pass makes sense for you and your family.

The New Tiers of Walt Disney World Annual Passes

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Disney Pixie Dust Pass

The Disney Pixie Dust Pass is the most affordable annual pass. However, it only grants access to the parks during off-peak weekdays and you can only hold 3 reservations at a time.

If you’re a Florida local and don’t need to visit the parks on the weekends, this is a relatively affordable option.

Price: $399 + tax (or $19 per month with 12 monthly payments and 0% APR after $205 down payment on the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program)

Eligibility: Florida residents only

Disney Pirate Pass

The Disney Pirate Pass is the next step up the ladder and can yield great value. Passholders can visit parks most weekdays and weekends and hold 4 reservations at a time.

For Florida residents, this is a great deal as only Thanksgiving, Christmas, and select holidays weekends are blocked off. Almost all of the summer is available as well.

Price: $699 + tax (or $45 per month with 12 monthly payments and 0% APR after $205 down payment on the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program)

Eligibility: Florida residents only

Disney Sorcerer Pass

The Disney Sorcerer Pass is the most complete pass you can get without spending more than $1,000. Passholders can visit almost any day of the year and hold up to 5 reservations at a time. 

This pass is only available to Florida residents or Disney Vacation Club members, but with only Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve blocked out, you can get a lot of value out of this one.

Price: $899 + tax (or $63 per month with 12 monthly payments and 0% APR after $205 down payment on the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program)

Eligibility: Florida residents and Disney Vacation Club members only

Disney Incredi-Pass

The Disney Incredi-Pass is the only pass available for non-Florida residents who aren’t Disney Vacation Club members, but it comes with the most perks. Passholders can visit any day (even holidays) and hold up to 5 reservations at a time. 

It’s unfortunate this is the only option if you’re not a DVC member or live in Florida. But there are no blackout dates, so you’ll have access to the parks whenever you can visit.

Price: $1,299 + tax (or $99 per month with 12 monthly payments and 0% APR after $205 down payment on the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program)

Eligibility: Anyone

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Extras for Annual Passholders

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Discounts of up to 20%

A holdover from the previous annual pass program, Passholders will receive savings up to 20% on dining and merchandise.

Park Hopping

Regardless of the package purchased, Passholders will be able to park hop between their favorite theme parks.

Rules regarding park hopping are subject to change, but at the moment you can visit a second park starting at 2 p.m., assuming you’ve made a reservation.

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Free Parking

One of the best perks is that every level of annual pass comes with free parking at every Walt Disney World park.

With standard daily parking starting at $25, this can represent huge savings over the course of a vacation, let alone an entire year!

Unlimited PhotoPass Downloads for $99

Unlike previous annual passes, none of the new passes come with PhotoPass.

If you want Disney PhotoPass downloads from photographers throughout the parks and resorts or a Capture Your Moment Session, you can add the package for $99.

Water Parks and Sports Option for $99

If you’re a fan of water parks and/or golf, you will probably want to add the Water Park and Sports Option to your annual pass for $99.

Passholders will have access to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park (whenever that reopens), and select golf and mini-golf courses for an entire year.

Reservations

One of the changes that came with the pandemic was the need to make park reservations to help control crowd levels. That means in addition to your ticket or annual pass, you need to make a (free) reservation for the park(s) that you want to visit.

Depending on the level of pass you purchase, you can reserve up to 5 dates at a time throughout the year. If you’re staying on property at a Walt Disney World Resort, you can make a reservation for the entire length of your stay without impacting your reservation count.

A new integrated calendar is being put in place to make managing these bookings easier. Also, keep an eye out for bonus reservations!

Hot Tip: New to all of this? Be sure to read our guide on how to make a Walt Disney World park reservation.

How To Purchase a Walt Disney World Annual Pass

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Walt Disney World Annual Passes are available at DisneyWorld.com, theme park ticket windows, the Disney Ticket Center at Disney Springs, or by calling 407-W-DISNEY (407-934-7639).

If you want to finance or pay in installments, you must be a Florida resident and purchase on the website, through the app, or in person. Payment plans are not available over the phone.

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Final Thoughts

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Overall, besides the number of reservations that can be made, there aren’t many improvements to talk about when comparing to the previous annual pass options.

The annual passes for 2021 and beyond are more expensive and offer fewer perks than 2020, which is never good, but it’s a trend that we are seeing more frequently from Disney.

There’s only 1 annual pass option for Disney fans that live out of state, and no option that includes access to Disneyland. Again, not good.

That being said, if you live in Florida or are a Disney Vacation Club member, there are some pretty intriguing options.

Regardless of which annual (or day) pass you choose, you will still probably have a great time at the parks, because, well, it’s Disney!


Frequently asked questions

Do Disney Annual Passholders get a commemorative magnet?

Yes! Active Annual Passholders will receive 2 brand-new Passholder magnets.

How does the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program work?

Disney annual passholders who live in Florida have the option of making a $205 deposit and paying the balance over 12 months without interest.

Can I upgrade my park ticket to a Disney Annual Pass?

Yes, if you have a valid, regular, unused ticket, you may be eligible to upgrade to an annual pass.

Does Disney have annual passes?

Yes, there are currently 4 options to choose from; Disney Pixie Dust Pass, Disney Pirate Pass, Disney Sorcerer Pass, and the Disney Incredi-Pass. We break down all of the differences in this article.

Chris Hassan

About Chris Hassan

Chris is from Boston and is currently living in Rio de Janeiro with his wife, two kids, and their dog, Shelby. When Chris was in college, he spent a semester abroad studying hotel and business management in Switzerland. That is where he caught the travel bug and met his wife. Quite a successful trip!

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2 comments

  1. Hi,
    It used to be that if we purchased a three or 4 day pass (FL residents) we could apply that purchase price towards an annual pass. Do you know if that would still apply? If so, which pass would that work for? Thank you!

    Reply

    • Hi Beth,

      Yes, you can upgrade 1-Day or Multi-Day Tickets to Annual Passes and the pass will be valid for 1 year from when the original ticket was first used. Upgrades can be done at a Vacation Planning window or by calling (407) WDW-PASS.

      Thanks for reading!

      -Chris

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