What You Should Know About Walt Disney World’s New Annual Passes

Disneyland in California revealed its new annual pass program earlier this month, with four distinct levels — and Walt Disney World in Florida followed suit yesterday, announcing its new options, also in four tiers, just before of its 50th anniversary on Oct. 1.

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“We are introducing four new annual passes offering the flexibility and choice to meet guest needs, each designed based on passholder feedback,” Walt Disney World Resort’s communication manager Eric Scott said in a blog post. “These passes will help our biggest fans experience all that’s to come during The World’s Most Magical Celebration — from new attractions and nighttime spectaculars to dazzling decorations at all four theme parks and more!”

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All passes, which go on sale on September 8, allow holders to visit one or more parks on the dates specified, with advance reservations necessary. The bottom two categories are only available to Florida residents: the Disney Pixie Dust Pass ($399 per person before taxes) for visits on most weekdays with the option to hold three bookings at a time, and the Disney Pirate Pass ($699) for visits on most days with four simultaneous reservations. Both are subject to blockout days, which include peak and holiday times.

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Residents and Disney Vacation Club members may also get the Disney Sorcerer Pass for $899, which offers fewer blockout days and allows them to make five bookings at once. The top tier is open to the public and costs $1,299 per person before taxes with no blackout dates, although it does need reservations. The latter also has five simultaneous reservations. (Full limits and information, including payment plan alternatives, are available here.)

Each passholder will also receive regular theme park parking and a 20% discount on eating and retail, among other perks. There are other a la carte advantages available, such as Disney PhotoPass downloads for an additional $99 per person plus tax and a water parks and sports option for an additional $99 per person before taxes.

While the park touts the additional flexibility and personalization, some Walt Disney World visitors are unimpressed. “Well, you have completely lost me as a 40-year customer and annual passholder,” one user said in response to the announcement, while another lamented the removal of the PhotoPass as an integrated benefit.

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