Changes to the Disney World Annual Pass Program

If you are a current Disney World Annual Passholder, you probably have heard about the changes that occurred to the program on October 4th.  If you are considering becoming an annual pass holder, then I’m here to break down the various levels available to you!

All of the different annual pass options include Magic Bands and parking, which also just increased to $20 per day.  All pass options are for guests ages 3 and up, with the exception of the water park passes.

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Disney Platinum Plus Pass:

  • Admission to all 4 parks
  • Park Hopping
  • PhotoPass downloads
  • No Block Out Dates
  • Water Parks, Oak Trail Golf and ESPN Wide World of Sports
  • Non-Florida resident price is $829 plus tax for new pass holders, $705 plus tax for renewals
  • Florida residents and DVC member price is $729 plus tax for new pass holders, $619 plus tax for renewals

Disney Platinum Pass:

  • Admission to all 4 parks
  • Park Hopping
  • PhotoPass downloads
  • No Block Out Dates
  • Non-Florida resident price is $749 plus tax for new pass holders, $635 plus tax for renewals
  • Florida residents and DVC member price is $649 plus tax for new pass holders, $549 plus tax for renewals

Disney Gold Pass:

  • Admission to all 4 parks
  • Park Hopping
  • PhotoPass downloads
  • Block Out Dates: December 17–31, 2015; January 1, 2016; March 19–April 1, 2016; December 16–31, 2016; January 1–2, 2017.
  • Available only to Florida residents and DVD members
  • New price is $549 plus tax, renewal price is $466 plus tax

Disney Silver Pass:

  • Admission to all 4 parks
  • Park Hopping
  • Block Out Dates: December 17–31, 2015; January 1, 2016; March 19–April 1, 2016; June 6–August 11, 2016; December 16–31, 2016; January 1–2, 2017.
  • Available only to Florida residents
  • New price is $389 plus tax, renewal price is $330 plus tax

Disney Weekday Select Pass:

  • Weekday only admission to all four theme parks
  • Park Hopping
  • Block Out Dates: No Saturday or Sunday admission; December 17–31, 2015; January 1, 2016; March 19–April 1, 2016; June 6–August 11, 2016; December 16–31, 2016; January 1–2, 2017.
  • Available to Florida residents only
  • Price is $259 plus tax for new passes and renewal price is $221 plus tax

Epcot After 4 Pass:

  • Admission to Epcot only after 4PM
  • Available to Florida residents only
  • New price is $249 plus tax, renewal price is $211 plus tax

Water Parks Annual Pass:

  • Admission to both water parks
  • Price is $110 plus tax for adults (ages 10 and up) and $99 plus tax for children (ages 3-9)

Water Parks After 2 Annual Pass:

  • Admission to both water parks after 2PM
  • Available to Florida residents only
  • Price is $65 plus tax for adults (ages 10 and up) and $59 plus tax for children (ages 3-9)

We have been annual pass holders since 2012.  We were up for renewal in May of this year, and while we were at Disney the day our passes expired, we forgot to renew them.  Luckily for us, you are able to renew your pass up to 30 days after it expires.  We’ve never renewed during this window, so I was a little confused when we had to do it over the phone in June and were sent renewal certificates.  I guess this worked out in our favor, since we were upgraded to the new Platinum Passes when we turned our certificates in on October 5th!  Now, we have PhotoPass included with our annual passes!

Tables-in-WonderlandAlong with annual pass and parking price increases, the popular Tables in Wonderland dining discount card has also seen a recent increase in price to $150 for Annual Pass Holders and DVC members and $175 for Florida residents.  If you are eligible for Tables in Wonderland, I do highly recommend it.  The program entitles you to a 20% food and beverage discount (including alcohol) at over 100 Walt Disney World restaurants.  Valet parking is also included at WDW resorts when you present your dining receipt.  Yes, as annual pass holders, you are entitled to food only discounts at many restaurants, but the discounts can vary and there are also many other day/time restrictions involved that can make actually getting the discount a little tricky.  There are very few blackout dates for Tables in Wonderland.  I know we have more than paid for our card since buying it last January.

There is a lot of speculation about what these recent increases mean for Magic Your Way ticket packages.  Surveys were done earlier this year that hinted at a tiered ticketing system for daily tickets that would charge higher prices for the busier days to try to reduce crowding during peak times.  Images such as this one here were sent to select guests for their opinion on potential changes, and rumor has it that Disney plans to move forward with a tiered system as early as next year.  Tiered Tickets

What do you think of the recent price increases?  Will a tiered ticketing system change have any influence on vacationing at Disney?

For us, with as often as we go to Disney, we will most likely renew our passes in 2016.  Our daughter will be 3 in 2017, and that means she will no longer have free admission.  We will have to reconsider our passes at that time, since there is no child’s annual pass.  Her pass will be the same price as ours.  (EEK!)  We are planning on a Disney cruise when she is 3, so that could greatly affect our WDW trips that year and perhaps passes will not be feasible for us.  Only time will tell!

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