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Disney World Annual Pass (Are They Worth it in 2024?)

Disney World Annual Pass (Are They Worth it in 2024?)


With the recent hike in prices and some perks being cut, deciding whether to buy or renew a Disney World Annual Pass has become trickier.

And if you’re like us, you’re probably wondering: Is a Disney World Annual Pass still worth it?”

Honestly, it mainly makes sense for guests visiting 15–18 days per year or those who save significantly on room reservations using the Annual Pass discounts. But for the casual visitor, unless you are firmly invested in Mickey math, it just might not make financial sense to get an Annual Pass.

We have charts and info to help show you why we’ve come to that conclusion.

Limited-Time Passholder Lounge Coming to Epcot

Disney has revealed details on a Passholder-exclusive lounge that will be located in Epcot inside of Restaurant Marrakesh in the Morocco Pavilion.

This limited-time retreat will be available from May 1 to June 18, 2024, and is part of the V.I.PASSHOLDER Days event. Doors will be open daily from noon until 8:00 PM, though Disney has said that the hours of operation are subject to change.

Inside, you’ll find a comfortable, air-conditioned space where you can relax and enjoy complimentary snacks and water. The area is also equipped with charging stations for your mobile devices. And, you’ll receive a complimentary Passholder button as a memento of your visit.

And maybe most exciting of all, Disney also mentioned that you *might* be visited by some special friends during your stay.

Here are the important details you’ll need to know:

  • Subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • To enter EPCOT, Annual Passholders must have valid admission and a theme park reservation for EPCOT; or Annual Passholders may visit EPCOT without a theme park reservation on a good-to-go day for that park, or after 2:00 PM. Theme park reservations are limited and are subject to availability and applicable pass blockout dates.
  • All offerings, dates, hours of operation and locations are subject to availability, change, closure or cancellation without notice.
  • Each Passholder must be present and show their valid Annual Pass card, linked MagicBand, MagicBand+ or Disney MagicMobile pass, and a government-issued photo ID to be eligible to enter the Passholder lounge.

What is a Walt Disney World Annual Pass?

Annual Passes are now on sale. Disney has said that from time to time, passes may not be available for purchase. We will be sure to update this post if that happens.

“Annual Pass” is the general term for Disney World tickets that last for 366 days, versus those that last for a certain number of gate entrances or entitlements.

There are actually 4 different types of Annual Passes available (down from the previous 7 options), and they all have slightly different eligibility requirements, blockout dates, and of course, prices.

How much does a Disney World Annual Pass cost?

There’s no getting around it: a Disney World Annual Pass isn’t cheap.

If you live in Florida or if you are a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) member with a “blue card”, you’ll have the most flexibility when purchasing, including less-expensive Annual Pass options.

Note: “blue card” Disney Vacation Club owners refers to owners with a blue membership card that symbolizes that they have purchased their DVC points directly from Disney OR purchased their contracts before April 2016 when the benefits for owners that purchased resale changed.

But, aside from upgrading a discounted ticket you purchased from an Authorized Ticket Reseller (trust us – stick with a reputable source), you really can’t save a lot of money when purchasing an Annual Pass.

Here are the levels, prices, and benefits for each type of Annual Pass.

Note: prices below *do* include tax.

Disney Incredi-Pass (formerly called Platinum pass)

This is for all guests, including out-of-state residents.

  • Price: $1,543.19 plus tax (or $112 per month with 12 monthly payments and 0% APR after $205 down payment on the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program)
  • Renewal Price: $1,311.02 plus tax

Pass Highlights:

  • Visit 1 or more theme park on the same day with an advance park reservation (aka you can park hop)
  • No blockout dates apply
  • Make and hold up to 5 park reservations at a time on a rolling basis (reservations are limited and are subject to availability and applicable pass blockout dates)
  • If you’re staying at select Disney Resort hotels or other select hotels, you are eligible to make park reservations for each day of their Resort stay, in addition to holding 5 park reservations at a time
  • Good-to-go days will be added periodically anywhere from days to weeks in advance. On these designated good-to-go days, you can enter the theme parks without needing a park reservation.
  • Standard theme park parking
  • Up to 20% off select dining, merchandise, and more

Disney Pixie Dust Pass (formerly called Theme Park Select pass)

This is for Florida residents only.

  • Price: $467.54 (or $22 per month with 12 monthly payments and 0% APR after $205 down payment on the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program)
  • Renewal Price: $397.25

Pass Highlights:

  • Visit 1 or more theme parks on the same day with an advance park reservation (aka you can park hop)
  • Valid for use most weekdays, subject to blockout dates including peak and holiday periods
  • Make and hold up to 3 park reservations at a time on a rolling basis (reservations are limited and are subject to availability and applicable pass blockout dates)
  • If you’re staying at select Disney Resort hotels or other select hotels, you are eligible to make park reservations for each day of your Resort stay, in addition to holding 3 park reservations at a time
  • Good-to-go days will be added periodically anywhere from days to weeks in advance. On these designated good-to-go days, you can enter the theme parks without needing a park reservation.
  • Standard theme park parking
  • Up to 20% off select dining, merchandise, and more

Disney Pirate Pass (formerly called Silver pass)

This is for Florida residents only.

  • Price: $850.94 or $54 per month with 12 monthly payments and 0% APR after $205 down payment on the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program)
  • Renewal Price: $723.14

Pass Highlights:

  • Visit 1 or more theme park on the same day with an advance park reservation (aka you can park hop)
  • Valid for use most days, subject to blockout dates including peak and holiday periods
  • Make and hold up to 4 park reservations at a time on a rolling basis (reservations are limited and are subject to availability and applicable pass blockout dates)
  • If you’re staying at select Disney Resort hotels or other select hotels, you are eligible to make park reservations for each day of your Resort stay, in addition to holding 4 park reservations at a time
  • Good-to-go days will be added periodically anywhere from days to weeks in advance. On these designated good-to-go days, you can enter the theme parks without needing a park reservation.
  • Standard theme park parking
  • Up to 20% off select dining, merchandise, and more

Disney Sorcerer Pass (formerly called Gold pass)

This is only for Florida residents and/or Disney Vacation Club Members.

  • Price: $1063.94 (or $72 per month with 12 monthly payments and 0% APR after $205 down payment on the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program)
  • Renewal Price: $904.19

Pass Highlights:

  • Visit 1 or more theme park on the same day with an advance park reservation (aka you can park hop)
  • Valid for use most days, subject to blockout dates on select days during select holiday periods
  • Make and hold up to 5 park reservations at a time on a rolling basis (reservations are limited and are subject to availability and applicable pass blockout dates)
  • If you’re staying at select Disney Resort hotels or other select hotels, you are eligible to make park reservations for each day of your Resort stay, in addition to holding 5 park reservations at a time
  • Good-to-go days will be added periodically anywhere from days to weeks in advance. On these designated good-to-go days, you can enter the theme parks without needing a park reservation.
  • Standard theme park parking
  • Up to 20% off select dining, merchandise, and more

Add-ons

If you have had an Annual Pass before, you probably remember that some things (like unlimited PhotoPass downloads) were included with your Annual Pass for free, and other things (like admission to the Water Parks) could only be found on select ticket-types.

However, things look & work differently now because PhotoPass and WaterParks are add-ons that you can purchase for any level of Annual Pass.

Here’s what you need to know:

Water Park & Sports Option

You can add on the Water Park and Sports Option for an additional $99 plus tax for the year.

For the duration of your Annual Pass, this add-on gives the Passholder admission to select Disney World experiences (with no blockout dates) including:

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf course
  • FootGolf at Disney’s Oak Trail
  • Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course (one round per day prior to 4 p.m.)
  • Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course (one round per day prior to 4 p.m.)
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Disney PhotoPass Downloads

If you want unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads (from the first valid date of your pass until expiration), you will now have to pay an additional $99 plus tax for the year.

You will receive discounts on prints and physical product purchases.

Important: If you will always be with the same group when visiting the parks, only one person in your party needs to purchase the PhotoPass add-on.

Can I make monthly payments?

Only Florida Residents can make monthly payments. All out-of-state Annual Passholders are required to pay for the entire pass at the time of purchase.

Florida Resident Repayment Program

This repayment program is only available to Florida residents who are least 18 years old and those who have a valid ID.

The monthly payment amount is based on the remaining balance after a one-time down payment of $205 at the time of purchase.

The first monthly payment will be charged on day of purchase or shortly thereafter.

  • Disney Pixie Dust Pass: $439 plus tax (or $22 per month with 12 monthly payments and 0% APR after $205 down payment on the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program)
  • Disney Pirate Pass: $799 plus tax (or $54 per month with 12 monthly payments and 0% APR after $205 down payment on the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program)
  • Disney Sorcerer Pass: $999 plus tax (or $72 per month with 12 monthly payments and 0% APR after $205 down payment on the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program)
  • Disney Incredi-Pass: $1,449 plus tax (or $112 per month with 12 monthly payments and 0% APR after $205 down payment on the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program)

What are blockout dates?

Blockout dates are dates when you are unable to enter the parks with your Annual Pass. You are “blocked out” from visiting.

The most expensive Incredi-Pass has no blockout dates, while the least-expensive Pixie Dust Pass has quite a few:

Disney Pixie Dust Pass Blockout Dates

The Disney Pixie Dust Pass (Florida Residents only) has the most blockout dates, including all weekends & holidays (and dates around holidays).

Disney Pirate Pass Blockout Dates

With the Pirate Pass (Florida Residents only), you’ll be able to visit on the weekends, but the holidays are still blocked out:

Disney Sorcerer Pass Blockout Dates

With the Sorcerer Pass, which is only available for Florida residents and Disney Vacation Club Members, you’ll have nearly all dates open except for the days around (and including) Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.

Disney Incredi-Pass Blockout Dates

The Incredi-Pass is the only Annual Pass available to non-residents that don’t own Disney Vacation Club. It is also the most expensive, but it comes with zero blockout dates. With the pass, you can visit any day you want as long as you have a Park Pass reservation.

Do I need to make Park Pass reservations if I have an annual pass?

Annual Passholders are able to visit all 4 theme parks after 2 p.m. without needing a Park Pass Reservation, except on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom.

If you would like to visit the parks before 2:00 p.m., you will need a Park Pass reservation for that day.

New for 2024 are good-to-go days. On good-to-go days, all Annual Passholders may enter the park at any time without the need for a Park Pass reservation.

These good-to-go days are added to the theme park reservation calendar, Annual Passholder admissions calendar, and the My Disney Experience app anywhere from days to weeks in advance. (Blackout dates specific to the Annual Pass still apply.)

How many days can I make Park Pass reservations for?

Annual Passholders with a Disney Resort hotel reservation can make theme park reservations for the entire length of their stay.

In addition, you’ll be able to book:

  • Disney Incredi-Passholders: up to 5 reservations at a time
  • Disney Sorcerer Passholders:  up to 5 reservations at a time
  • Disney Pirate Passholders: up to 4 reservations at a time
  • Disney Pixie Dust Passholders: up to 3 reservations at a time

What are Good-to-Go Days for Annual Passholders?

Good-to-go days refer to specific dates when Passholders can visit a Disney World theme park without making a prior reservation.

These good-to-go days are added to the theme park reservation calendar, Annual Passholder admissions calendar and the My Disney Experience app anywhere from days to weeks in advance.

However, existing blockout dates will remain in effect as they currently do.

If you make a Park Pass reservation and that date eventually is deemed a good-to-go day, your Park Pass reservation will be removed and not counted against your maximum allotment. You’ll still be able to see it in your My Plans section on My Disney Experience, though.

Good to Go days begin in January 2024.

What are bonus Park Pass reservations for Annual Passholders?

At one point, Disney allowed Annual Passholders to snag additional Park Pass reservations that wouldn’t count against their maximum allowed. However, good-to-go days (with slightly different stipulations) replaced bonus Park Pass reservations.

How does Genie+ and Lightning Lanes work with an Annual Pass?

Genie+ works the same way for Annual Passholders as it does for regular ticket holders.

Both Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane Selections can be purchased on the day you wish to use them.

Will Annual Passholders get a discount for Genie+ or individual Lightning Lane selections?

At this time, there are no Passholder discounts available for Disney Genie+ or individual attraction Lightning Lane purchases.

Per Disney, “As always, we will continue to explore new offerings for Annual Passholders and Magic Key holders in the future and value their feedback.”

How do you purchase an Annual Pass?

There are several ways you can purchase it:

  • in person at any Guest Relations or ticket location at Walt Disney World (note: you receive an activated Annual Pass instead of a voucher if purchased this way)
  • online through the Disney website (voucher)
  • by calling Disney at (407) 939-7679 (voucher)

What is an Annual Pass voucher & where do I exchange it?

If you purchase your Annual Pass via any method other than in-person on Disney property, you will receive a voucher that you must redeem once you arrive.

You can link your voucher to your My Disney Experience account (the same way you can a ticket) so you can make your Park Pass Reservations.

While it can be a hassle to redeem the voucher when you arrive, your ticket start date doesn’t begin until you physically hand over the voucher and pick up your pass.

You can exchange your voucher at any Guest Relations or ticket location at the Walt Disney World Resort.

This includes the Guest Relations windows at Disney Springs.

Disney Springs Guest Relations

Note: don’t forget to take your photo ID with you when you redeem your voucher or purchase your Annual Pass.

You can not, however, exchange your voucher at your resort.

This is important to note because if you book using an Annual Pass resort discount you may be asked to present your Annual Pass at check in, which means you’ll need to exchange your voucher before you can do that.

Note: there are reports of Cast Members not asking to see the Annual Pass at check-in but Disney does state that you must present it so it is better to be prepared.

Can I upgrade my regular ticket to an Annual Pass?

When Annual Passes are being sold, you can upgrade an eligible park ticket into an Annual Pass.

When you upgrade a ticket, you receive credit for the full original purchase price, even if you’ve used part of the ticket.

This means, even if you don’t decide until halfway through your trip that you want to upgrade, you can still do that and not lose any of the value of what you already spent on your original ticket.

There are some quirks to be aware of, though:

  • Keep in mind that if you upgrade an existing ticket to an Annual Pass, you’ll not fall under the date-based ticket rules regarding Park Pass reservations. So, you’ll need to book Park Pass reservations if the rest of your trip isn’t deemed good-to-go days and/or you plan on entering a park before 2 p.m.
  • When you upgrade, the start date for your Annual Pass will be the first day you used your original ticket and NOT the day you upgraded.

What are the perks and benefits to new Disney World Annual Passes?

In the past, there have been other perks (like free MagicBands) offered with Annual Passes. However, at this time, these are the perks available with Annual Passes:

Free on-site parking at the parks

Guests staying on-site also get free parking at the parks, but this allows Annual Passholders to park for free even if they’re staying off-site.

Savings: $30/day

V.I.PASSHOLDER Support

Disney World Annual Passholders have access to dedicated support services. Annual Passholders can get help by calling (407) WDW-PASS, sending an email through the Annual Passholder Help Form, or by visiting the passholder benefit site.

Disney Resort Hotel discounts

Usually, about 2-4 months in advance, Annual Passholder resort discounts are announced for up to 35% off on resort rooms.

You can always find the current AP resort discounts as well as information on what discounts were offered in the past on our guide to Disney World discounts.

Tip: if you hear of a new AP resort discount that you want to take advantage of, go ahead and book your reservation even if you don’t have an Annual Pass. As long as you have one at check-in, you can use the discount.

Food discounts

Annual Passholders have access to dining discounts at restaurants throughout the entire Walt Disney World resort. Most of these are table service restaurants.

Typically, that discount is 10%, although at times there are promotions at select restaurants that may offer larger discounts.

Tables in Wonderland (Currently Unavailable)

Before the parks closed, there was another option for dining discounts called Tables in Wonderland.

Florida residents, Disney Vacation Club owners, and Annual Passholders could purchase one of these discount dining cards for $150, which may seem like a lot, but that card would get you 20% of on food and beverages (including alcohol) at many WDW dining locations, plus valet parking (which normally costs $33/day) is included.

Tables in Wonderland card

The best part? Only 1 membership is needed for each group.

The restaurant list (as well as the meals offering discounts) can change, so be sure to double-check when dining whether a discount is offered. It never hurts to ask!

Merchandise discounts

The standard discount for Annual Passholders is up to 20% off select Disney merchandise. During special promotions, Disney also offers Annual Passholder discounts online at The Disney Store.

Other discounts

Annual Passholders also have access to discounts on everything from movies at the AMC in Disney Springs ($2 off per ticket) to a round of golf to spa treatments, to special events like parties at Magic Kingdom.

These are just a few examples of the discounts that have been offered in the past, so be sure to review your Annual Passholders benefit information to see what is currently being offered during your trip:

  • Sports & Recreation – discounts on things like golf, motorized boat rentals, bowling at Splitsville, bike rentals and miniature golf
  • Tours – when tours are offered, Disney World Annual Passholders get 15% off tours is the normal discount. Some of the tours discounted are: Disney’s Family Magic Tour (Magic Kingdom), Keys to the Kingdom (Magic Kingdom), Backstage Magic (Epcot), Wild Africa Trek (Animal Kingdom) plus many others.
  • Discounted special event tickets – Passholders are often eligible for discounts on tickets for select nights of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and After Hours events.
  • Spa treatments – when available, several of the spas at the resorts offer 15% off their services to Annual Passholders

Do I still get free PhotoPass photos?

One popular Annual Pass perk that no longer exists is free PhotoPass photos. You must now pay $99 plus tax to add photo downloads to your Annual Pass.

So, when does it make sense to buy an Annual Pass?

In the past, it was relatively easy to make an argument for 1 person in a group to get an Annual Pass in order to take advantage of things like free PhotoPass and resort discounts.

But, that is no longer the case.

And, because ticket prices are now date-based (with busier times of the year being more expensive), it is more difficult than ever to give a blanket recommendation on who should and shouldn’t purchase an Annual Pass.

Take a look at our charts below.

onsite annual passholders vs regular ticket price chart

We pulled numbers for 2 different times of the year: early May (a typically less-expensive ticket price season with more opportunities for Annual Pass resort discounts) and the week of Thanksgiving (typically more expensive ticket price season with fewer chances for Annual Price discounts).

You can see that even on trips that span 10 days, you are hundreds of dollars from breaking even on ticket prices.

This is true even for offsite guests that get a bit more value out of their Annual Pass, considering they can save on parking at the theme parks:

offsite annual passholders vs regular ticket price chart

That means, unless you are planning multiple trips (that total 15-18 days per year) or unless you are positive you’ll be able to save big on a resort stay, it probably doesn’t make sense to purchase an Annual Pass.

When we recommend getting an Annual Pass

Here’s when we recommend purchasing an Annual Pass.

  • Onsite guests that visit the parks 15-18 days per year
  • Offsite guests that visit the parks at least 12-14 days per year.
  • Guests who have secured an Annual Pass discount for a resort stay that saves money even after you factor in the price of the Annual pass. Remember: you can look at and book available Annual Pass resort discounts before you actually purchase an Annual Pass; you just have to show the Annual Pass when you check-in.

Note: taking into account only ticket prices, you’ll need to travel more days to “break even” when compared to standard Park Hopper tickets if traveling during slow times of the year vs. needing to travel fewer days if traveling during busy times like the holidays and Spring Break.

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Liz B.

Tuesday 16th of April 2024

This is going to be my first year as an annual passholder and I'm super excited! The info about the Passholder Lounge and all the discounts really helps make my decision easier.

Mikey V

Monday 15th of April 2024

annual pass prices are through the roof! remember when going to disney didn’t require taking out a loan? pepperidge farm remembers.

Shannon Albert

Tuesday 16th of April 2024

We have a whole page with a chart of ticket prices over the years. Definitely eye opening!

JordanK

Monday 15th of April 2024

hey, does anyone know if there’s a student discount or something similar for the annual passes? trying to figure out if i can afford one with my budget.

Shannon Albert

Tuesday 16th of April 2024

Unfortunately, there are no student discounts on APs.

Derek_H

Sunday 14th of April 2024

so, can you use genie+ and lightning lanes with the annual pass, or is that something extra you gotta pay for?

Shannon Albert

Tuesday 16th of April 2024

Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes are a totally separate cost from the cost of the AP.

Terry O'Neil

Sunday 14th of April 2024

Does anyone know if there are any good deals for families deciding on an annual pass? With kids, every saving counts.

MandyP

Tuesday 16th of April 2024

Terry O'Neil, look into the Florida resident program if you qualify. There are often specials and payment plans that make it easier for families!