UPDATE FOR 2021
It was just announced that starting September 8th 2021 Annual Pass sales would resume! This is very exciting for anyone who was not already a passholder like myself. We recently moved to the Orlando area and it has been killing me not being able to go to the parks as much as I would like to.
There have been some changes to the pass levels and you now have add on options to make the pass right for you.
Disney World Annual Pass Levels
Now before we get into the actual tips included in this post, I thought it best to give you a quick rundown of all the different passes available. If you live in Florida or you’re a DVC member there’s a lot to choose from but let’s start with the annual pass for those who live outside of the Sunshine State and are not a DVC member. So if you are wondering how much is a Disney World annual pass, keep reading!
This pass is for anyone whether you are a Florida resident or not. If you do not live in Florida or are a DVC member, this is the only pass that you can choose from.
This pass offers an unlimited number of visits to all four theme parks throughout the entire year and you can hop between parks on any given day like hopper passes. Also, there are no blackout dates. You can hold up to 5 park reservations with this pass.
Disney Sorcerer Pass
This level is only for Floridians or DVC members. you also have the option to get the Gold pass. Like the previous pass, this gives you an unlimited number of visits to the theme parks and the ability to park hop. However, there are some blackout dates but they are only a few days around Thanksgiving and two weeks at Christmas. Honestly, the blockout dates for this pass are not that bad being that those are some of the busiest days of the year at Disney World. You can hold up to 5 park reservations with this pass.
The blockout dates are:
Disney Pirate Pass
The next choice is for Florida Residents ONLY. This pass comes with more blockout dates. With this pass you will not be able to visit the theme parks on these dates:
October 1st-3rd, 9th-11th & 23rd
December 4th & 17th-31st
January 1st & 15th-17th
Depending on your family this pass might make sense if these dates are not when you would typically visit. You can hold up to 4 park reservations with this pass.
Disney Pixie Dust Pass
This lower tier pass is the least expensive, for Florida residents ONLY and has the most blockout dates. You can hold up to 3 park reservations with this pass. The blockout dates for this pass are as follows:
September 11th-12th, 18th-19th, 25th-26th
October 1st-3rd, 9th-11th, 16th-17th, 23rd-24th, 30th-31st
November 6th-7th, 13th-14th, 19th-28th
December 4th-5th, 11th-12th, 17th-31st
January 1st-2nd, 8th-9th, 15th-17th, 22nd-23rd, 29th-30th
February 5th-6th, 12th-14th, 19th-20th, 26th-27th
March 5th-6th, 12nd-20th, 26th-27th
April 2nd-3rd, 9th-24rd & 30th
May 1st, 7th-8th, 14th-15th, 21st-22nd, 28th-30th
June 4th-5th, 11th-12th, 18th-19th, 25th-26th
July 1st-4th, 9th-10th, 16th-17th, 23rd-24th, 30th-31st
August 6th-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-28th
September 3rd-5th, 10th-11th, 17th-18th, 24th-25th
October 1st-2nd, 8th-10th, 15th-16th, 22nd-23rd, 29th-30th
*** All of these dates for each pass are only thru October 2022 and could change without notice.
Annual Pass Add-Ons
Now let’s talk about add-ons. Previously you could only choose from the passes that Disney had available and you had to be OK with the features that were included. New for 2021 you can choose the pass that works for you and then add on up to 2 optional packages. This means that you do not have to buy the most expensive pass in order to get these add-ons for your pass. You can really make your pass fit for you and how you want to experience the parks.
Disney PhotoPass add-on
I know what you are going to say… this used to be included with every Annual Pass… I know, and I get it… but this is what we have available to us. For $99 plus tax for the year you can have unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads. This service is great for families because everyone can get into the pictures. The one positive of having this as an add on is for those guests who do not utilize this service, they no longer have to have it as part of their pass.
Disney Water Park and Sports Option
For $99 plus tax for the year you can choose to visit the Water Parks, golf courses, and other sports experiences.
You can choose one admission, without blockout dates, from:
- Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – Currently Unavailable
- Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
- FootGolf at Disney’s Oak Trail
- Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course (one round prior to 4:00 PM)
- Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course (one round prior to 4:00 PM)
- ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Currently Unavailable
In the wording on Disney Parks Blog, it was a bit confusing as to how often you could visit. It made it sound like it was only a one time issue. After talking to an awesome cast member it was clarified that you can in fact visit 1 per day. Meaning you could visit Blizzard Beach on Monday and Oak Trail on Tuesday, as many times throughout the year.
Annual Passholder Ticket Prices
Current Prices are as follows:
Disney Incredi-Pass $1299 plus tax
Disney Sorcerer Pass $899 plus tax
Disney Pirate Pass $699 plus tax
Disney Pixie Dust Pass $399 plus tax
Because these prices go up annually, you can find the current annual passholder ticket prices here. Whatever pass you’re considering, make sure you compare it to a regular multi-day ticket to figure out the value of the pass. Knowing your schedule first won’t quickly tell you how many days realistically you’ll get to visit the resort. In some cases paying the price of an annual pass may feel like a good investment to have some freedom but if you don’t really get to use it to its max you’ll be disappointed in spending the extra money.
Let’s use the Disney Incredi-Pass as an example, this one is now currently priced at $1,299. A five-day ticket with park hopper is currently priced at around $580 per adult depending on the time of year.
A ten-day park hopper is at $730, therefore, you have to be visiting at least 20 days out of the year to really make that pass economical. If you live in other parts of the US and you have to fly you’re going to have to be throwing down some serious cash to be going to Disney so often.
Compare To Ticket Promos
This really only applies to Florida residents. Make sure you compare the price of an annual pass to the various ticket promos. Disney world almost always has a three or four-day ticket offer for locals.
Now Florida residents don’t get discounts on multi-day tickets that are over four days so if you were considering to get that 10-day park hopper ticket you’ll have to pay the same price as everyone else.
What Are The Annual Passholder Discounts?
All Annual Pass holders get discounts on dining and shopping. It’s a decent selling point from Disney but if you’re only upping a ten-day ticket to an annual pass to save on food and souvenirs do your homework. Disney states that you can get up to 20% off at select restaurants but this really only applies to the House of Blues at Disney Springs and all of the different Joffrey’s coffee locations.
In reality, you really only get a 10% discount at select table service restaurants. If you’re not one to splurge on the dining plan or table service restaurants and you like to stick to those quick service locations you won’t get much use out of this benefit.
But on the flip side, it’s worth knowing about things like Tables in Wonderland this is a special dining membership with an annual fee of $150. This is available for any pass holder or DVC member. With this membership, you’ll get 20% off dining at over a hundred locations and you’ll get free valet at resorts when you have a dining reservation there.
Now, this discount applies to up to ten people dining with a member meaning only one person in the group needs to have the membership to get the 20% discount. I’m only mentioning this because if you’re a couple looking at passes you can move down to a lower level and add this to your overall budget and you can probably still come out ahead. I personally think it’s a decent trade-off of giving up on select dates to get more dining discounts.
Can I Pay For My Annual Pass Monthly?
This is a no-brainer if you are a Florida resident. Currently, only Florida residents can do this, but you should go for the monthly payments option. Almost all of the annual passes give you the option to either pay the full amount upfront or pay in monthly installments after a deposit. There’s no interest on the payments, so you’re still paying the same price just in smaller dosages. I personally find the price a little easier to fit into a budget.
Disney Incredi-Pass After $205 deposit, just $99 per month
Disney Sorcerer Pass After $205 deposit, just $63 per month
Disney Pirate Pass After $205 deposit, just $45 per month
Disney Pixie Dust Pass After $205 deposit, just $19 per month
So there is everything you need to know when purchasing a Disney World annual pass. I know that a lot of you feel that the price increases have become a little too much to handle and I completely respect that.
For those of you still crunching the numbers and trying to make it work, I hope that this helps you navigate through all of the options and gives you a good head start on that number-crunching. Stick to these tips in this order and I promise you’ll be able to work out what passes best for you and your family.