Disney World ticket prices continue to increase. Without a lot of discounts out there, tickets can be one of the biggest expenses of a Disney World trip. Annual passes can be a great way to control those costs.
If you’re a Disney Vacation Club owner, the current annual pass discount is awesome. For less than the price of a short Disney World vacation you can purchase an annual pass. That’s exactly what we did! 2018 has now become the year of Disney World for us. We’re hoping to squeeze in 3 trips to Disney World this year since the second two will essentially be free (from a ticket perspective).
Annual passes have a variety of benefits, including merchandise discounts and free PhotoPass. One of my favorite benefits is the ability to buy Tables in Wonderland, essentially a 20% discount on almost all of your dining for up to 10 people.
In order to make FastPass+ reservations ahead of time, the My Disney Experience app requires you to have a valid ticket attached along with a reservation. We would have access to book our FastPasses 60 days prior to arrival because we were staying onsite. I waited until as close as possible to our 60-day window and made our annual pass purchase. I didn’t want to waste any days that our annual pass would be valid for. I mistakenly figured the annual pass started the day I purchased it.
The phone agent told me that I’d need to visit a Guest Services counter when I got to Disney World to pick up our annual passholder cards. I found a Guest Services counter and the cast member was able to quickly get us taken care of. Then, she said something that I didn’t learn in my initial research.
Our “clock” for our annual passes wouldn’t start until we entered the parks for the first time. Not sure why I wasn’t expecting that answer, but it came as a surprise to me.
The Final Two Pennies
The DVC discount for annual passes already made them a fantastic deal for our family. The fact that we have 60 days more than what I thought we did already has me planning how I can squeeze in one more trip before our annual passes expire! Maybe I’m the only one that didn’t know this. But, I consider myself relatively knowledgable about Disney. I figured it was worth sharing the info in case it helps anyone else making decisions about Disney World tickets.
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