The Walt Disney World Resort will start selling annual passes again on September 8. And like its older sibling the Disneyland Resort, Disney World has revamped its pass system.
At least Walt Disney World is still calling its annual passes "annual passes," rather than rebranding them, as Disneyland did. But like Disneyland, the new WDW APs will come in four tiers, and advance reservations will continue to be required to use them. And the names are no longer intuitive, either.
Here are the new Disney World AP levels:
Pixie Dust Pass: $399 plus tax. Hold three reservations at a time. Florida residents only. Blockout dates apply.
Pirate Pass: $699 plus tax. Hold four reservations at a time. Florida residents only. Blockout dates apply.
Sorcerer Pass: $899 plus tax. Hold five reservations at a time. Florida residents or DVC members only. Blockout dates apply.
Incredi-Pass: $1,299. Hold five reservations at a time. No blockout dates. Open to all.
Monthly payments are available to Florida residents on all plans, after a $205 down payment. All passes include parking. (Disneyland fans weep.) Food and merchandise discounts of up to 20% will be available at participating resort locations, as well.
Disney PhotoPass no longer will be included in these AP tiers, but will be available as an add-on for $99. There will be a $99 water parks and sports add-on available, too.
Current annual passholders may continue to use their APs, but must switch to one of the new plans at renewal. A 15% discount is available to renewing passholders, however.
Note that upgrading to an AP will cancel your existing park reservations, so if you want to upgrade your day ticket to an AP, you probably should wait until the final day of your visit to do so. However, if you book a Disney resort stay as an annual passholder, you will be able to make park reservations as a resort guest for each day of your stay, in addition to your regular passholder reservations. Disney also said that it will add "bonus reservations" to the calendar from time to time, so passholders can make an additional park reservation without it counting against their reservation limit.
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