Getting a Disney World Annual Pass may be a way to save you a lot of money on your Disney Vacation. A Disney World Annual Pass not only lowers your per day ticket prices but also has a lot of money-saving perks.
How to Determine if a Disney Annual Pass is a Great Deal
If you are vacationing for more than 9 days than you may save money buying an annual pass versus a 9-day park hopper once you include the possible resort and dining discount.
Even if just one person in your party has the annual pass then you can all enjoy the benefits.
Disney Annual Pass Discounts
Free Memory Maker. If you have a Gold pass of higher Memory Maker is included. You get all the digital downloads! That is a savings of at least $169! This is one of the discounts that you can use as a party that only one person needs to be the passholder.
Resort Discounts. There are discounts, especially for annual passholders. Sometimes these discounts are more than regular discounts. If you book your vacation with a Disney Vacation Planner such as Favorite Grampy Travels then they will automatically add the best deal to your resort reservation or even let you know if you can upgrade for less.
Dining Discounts. You can save 10% on several Disney owned Table Service restaurants.
Merchandise Discounts. Save up to 20% at almost all Disney-owned gift shops and a lot of Disney Springs stores. Click here to see the full list.
Entertainment Discounts. Having a Disney World Annual Pass gives you discounts all over the parks from movie theaters to horse-drawn carriage rides!
- Disney Springs AMC Movie Theater. $2 Discount applies to adult evening admission price. Valid for the Passholder only and not valid with any other offer or discount.
- Disney World Tours. Get between 10% and 15% Off. There are some restrictions based on the tour.
- Water Parks. Up to $16 Off for you and 3 guests.
- Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Tickets discounts are on select dates.
- Disney Dinner Shows. 10% Off
- Spas. Up to 15% off.
- Motorized Boat Rentals. 15% Discount applies to the regular price of boat rentals at any Walt Disney World Resort marina. Excludes Specialty and Holiday Event Specialty Cruises and Grand 1 Yacht.
- Horse Drawn Wagon Ride at Wilderness Lodge. 15% Off.
Disney World Annual Pass Freebies
Car Magnets. You get a free Mickey Passholder Magnet free in the mail once you become a passholder. In addition to that magnet, you also get a chance to get several freebie ones during holidays and festivals.
Food & Wine Freebies. For the past few years, Disney has been offering a cute freebie during Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. These are “earned” by visiting the park 4 times during the festival. In 2018 a cute Mickey cutting board was offered. This year (2019) it is a set of 4 Minnie Mouse coasters that match the style of the cutting board. In the past, we have gotten art prints, wine glasses, and regular glasses.
Mickey Monitor. The Mickey Monitor is a quarterly newsletter that gets sent to you. It usually includes a mini-poster or postcards that you can collect. It is filled with upcoming events and merchandise releases you may be interested in.
Exclusive Merchandise. Passholders also have a selection of collectible pins, ride merchandise, and seasonal merchandise just for them.
Annual Pass Perks
Some of these perks are just ok and some are great! I love being a passholder and love being a local so I can take advantage of a lot of these. My personal biggest perk is being able to take the parks in at a more relaxed pace and being able to soak in every detail. I just love Disney World and the magic never gets old for me.
Dedicated Parks Entrance. At each park, there is a ticket turnstile just for passholders. Sometimes this is a quicker entrance because most of us passholders have the ticket scanning process down and rarely encounter problems. I would say I use it about half of the time I go.
Land/ Ride Advanced Previews. Many times Disney will let passholders experience a new ride or land before the general public. For Galaxy’s Edge, they only allowed Platinum passes and above which I think was wrong. I had a platinum plus pass so I could go but I just downgraded to a Gold. Hopefully the next previews we will be for everyone.
Merchandise Previews. When Disney announces a new color collection, such as Potion Purple, passholders usually get a pop-up shop preview.
Which Disney World Annual Pass discount, freebie, or perk is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!