Disney World Annual Pass Holders Lose Key Discount, Effective Immediately

Hardcore Disney World fans like our family are losing a key discount going forward.  Annual pass holders who enjoyed a 20% discount on dining at select restaurants will now see that discount drop to 10%.

WDW News Today, a reliable source of news for all things Disney, reported the change yesterday.  The change expands a 10% discount to a much broader list of restaurants.  But, the 20% discount is no longer available at any restaurants.

The new discount is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2018.

Tasty Prawns At Disney World’s Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom

The Final Two Pennies

I’m a bit disappointed.  It’s partially my own fault.  We purchased annual passes for the first time about a month ago.  It was in anticipation of an upcoming Disney World trip.  We took advantage of the fantastic discount for Disney Vacation Club members.  Part of the value there was a 20% discount on dining.  That would save us from having to pay for Tables in Wonderland, our normal go-to plan for saving money on dining at Disney.  You can even score a discount at expensive, hard to get dining reservations for places like Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Disney Cinderella's Royal Table

Dessert at Cinderella’s Royal Table

In fairness, I didn’t research the expiration date of the 20% off code when purchasing our annual passes.  And, we’re still likely to get a ton of value out of our annual passes. But, that 20% discount…..

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  1. There were a few restaurants that offered 20%, but the majority were a limited time offer to celebrate Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, which lasted one year. It’s sad to see that benefit expire though. And particularly seeing that there will be no 20% off venues at all anymore.

    1. Pam, I’m sad that no restaurants are staying at 20%. I’m also not wild that the AP discount is only for a party of 4 versus 10 with TIW. But, if I’m being completely honest, I’ll still get my money’s worth with the DVC discount as long as I can squeeze in a second trip this year. Still, I think Disney would generate incremental revenue giving AP folks a better discount. I see so many people bring water, fruit, etc into parks and leave to eat in their rooms. At least for me, 20% is enough to make me comfortable paying most of the park prices.

  2. I don’t think it’s fair to say they removed a discount — they simply reverted back to the standard 10% as they had announced they were going to do at the beginning to the promotion.

    They have toyed with various discounts tied to APs over the years. The last 20% was quite a few years ago, if I recall. If you go frequently enough and/or with a group, TiW is definitely a great deal, especially if you consume alcohol. It’s the ONLY thing discounting alcohol. Even cast members don’t get alcohol discounts.

    1. Bill, we really like TiW. I recall the 20% announcement a bit differently. I recall them saying it was through the end of 2017 (well, December 23rd). But, I don’t recall something definitive that it would revert to 10. I don’t blame Disney for dropping it. I assumed it would stay as it was, bad assumption on my part.

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