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17 Reasons you should consider purchasing at least one Annual Pass for your next Disney World trip.

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Reasons you should consider purchasing at least one Annual Pass for your next Disney World trip.  The cost of an annual pass may seem formidable compared to a regular ticket cost, but the discounts may actually help you with your planning.

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Unlimited admission to Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom Blockouts apply
Unlimited admission to Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon    
Unlimited admission to Disney Quest    
Unlimited admission to Wide World Of Sports  
Free Theme Park Parking  
Park Hopping Ability

If you purchase at least one adult Disney World annual pass, you’ll receive a wide variety of discounts that may even pay for the cost of the pass when the savings are totaled.  The discounts may include (Annual Passholders also receive a free annual MagicBand):

Room discounts

Annual Passholders often receive terrific discounts on rooms.  The savings can sometimes be as high as 45% off standard rack rates.  The Deluxe resorts typically offer the deepest discounts and the value resorts offer the smallest discounts.  Some guests actually save more money on a Deluxe resort discount during fall value season vs the typical FREE dining session.  Discounts are usually offered 2 to 6 months in advance and the best discounts are usually when the attendance is expected to be the lightest, so it’s a win-win for you.  Discounts typically aren’t offered during Holiday peak seasons.

An annual passholder may book up to 3 rooms during the same booking time frame at the special rate.  The annual pass must be in the name of the person making the reservation and the annual passholder will be required to use a credit card in their name as well.  You cannot use a child’s annual pass to reserve rooms.

The annual passholder isn’t required to have the pass at the time of booking, but may be asked to show it at check in.  They typically accept the exchange certificate at check in as well.

Free parking

Seasonal passholders do not receive a free parking privilege, only regular Annual passholders.   If you are staying at a Walt Disney World hotel, you receive free parking at the theme parks as well.  Here’s the current cost of parking per day as of January 8, 2015.

Automobile, taxi, limo or motorcycle: $17 USD
Camper, trailer or RV: $18 USD
Bus or tractor trailer: $21 USD

Dining Discounts

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

10% discount off the regular price of lunch & dinner entrees at the following venues*:
•Rainforest Café®
•Yak & Yeti®

Epcot Theme Park

10% discount off the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages. Special events excluded.

•Biergarten Restaurant
10% discount off the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages during lunch hours at participating Epcot Table Service locations listed below. Lunch hours vary by location. Inquire at time of booking.

Participating Restaurants Include:

•Restaurant Marrakesh (discount available Monday through Friday)
•Teppan Edo
•Tutto Italia Restaurant (discount available Monday through Friday)
•Via Napoli (discount available Monday through Friday)
•Nine Dragons Restaurant (discount available Monday through Friday)
•San Angel Inn Restaurant (discount available Monday through Friday)
•Tokyo Dining
•Chefs de France (discount available Monday through Friday)

(Discount not available on the following: New Years Day 1/1/15, Valentine’s Day 2/14/15, Easter 4/5/15, Mother’s Day 5/10/15, Independence Day 7/4/15, Thanksgiving 11/26/15, Christmas Eve 12/24/15, Christmas Day 12/25/15 and New Years Eve 12/31/15)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park

10% discount off the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding applicable tax and gratuity) during various meal periods at participating select Walt Disney World Owned & Operated Table Service locations listed below.   Special events excluded. Valid for the Passholder and up to three (3) Guests.

•Hollywood & Vine (breakfast)

10% discount off the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages. Special events excluded.

•The Hollywood Brown Derby

(Discount not available on the following: New Years Day 1/1/15, Valentine’s Day 2/14/15, Easter 4/5/15, Mother’s Day 5/10/15, Independence Day 7/4/15, Thanksgiving 11/26/15, Christmas Eve 12/24/15, Christmas Day 12/25/15 and New Years Eve 12/31/15)

Downtown Disney Area

Crossroads at House of Blues®:
20% discount off of food and non-alcoholic beverages daily in the restaurant prior to 4:00 p.m. and 10% discount after 4:00 p.m. Valid for the Passholder and up to five (5) Guests.

20% discount off of Gospel Brunch from January 1, 2015  December 31,2015. Discount not available on the following: April 5, May 10, June 21, December 20 and December 27, 2015. Valid for the Passholder and up to five (5) Guests. Must present valid Passholder card or Passholder discount cardalong with a valid photo IDat the time of purchase, booking, and/or redemption of offer.

Earl of Sandwich:
10% discount off the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Fulton’s Crab House:
20% discount off the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages daily during lunch (seated by 3:30pm) and 10% off the regular price for dinner. Reservations are available by calling 407-934-BOAT (2628) or 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463).

Ghirardelli® Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop:
10% discount on any purchase

Paradiso 37:
15% off the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Planet Hollywood®:
10% discount off the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages daily.

Portobello:
20% discount off the regular price of food and beverages during lunch and 10% discount off the regular price of food and beverages during dinner. Reservations are available by calling 407-934-8863 or 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463).

Rainforest Café®:
10% discount off the regular price of lunch and dinner entrees. Reservations are available by calling 407-827-8500.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes™:
10% discount off the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages (excludes tax & gratuity). An 18% gratuity will be automatically included based on the pre-discount amount.

T-Rex™:
10% discount off the regular price of lunch and dinner entrées. Reservations are available by calling 407-827-8739.

Wolfgang Puck Café®:
20% discount off the regular price (excludes alcohol, applicable tax and gratuity) of food and beverages during lunch and 10% discount off the regular price (excludes alcohol, applicable tax and gratuity) of food and beverages during dinner. Valid for the Passholder and up to three (3) Guests. Priority seating is available. Call 407-938-9653 or 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463).

All Downtown Disney dining discounts exclude alcohol, applicable tax and gratuity and are valid for the Passholder and up to 3 Guests unless otherwise stated. Dining hours may vary; inquire at time of booking.

Disney’s BoardWalk Area

10% discount off the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding applicable tax and gratuity) at participating select Walt Disney World Owned & Operated Table Service locations listed below. Special events excluded. Valid for the Passholder and up to three (3) Guests.

Participating Restaurants Include:
•ESPN Club at Disney’s BoardWalk Entertainment District
•Disney’s BoardWalk Resort  Trattoria al Forno
•Disney’s BoardWalk Entertainment District – Flying Fish
•Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Sanaa
•Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jiko
•Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Boma
•Disney’s Contemporary Resort – The Wave
•Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – Shutters at Old Port Royale
•Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground – Trail’s End Restaurant
•Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Grand Floridian Café
•Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Citricos
•Disney’s Old Key West Resort – Olivia’s Café
•Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, Riverside – Boatwright’s Dining Hall
•Disney’s Saratoga Springs – Turf Club
•Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Whispering Canyon Café
•Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Artist Point
•Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort – Captain’s Grill

(Discount not available on the following: New Years Day 1/1/15, Valentine’s Day 2/14/15, Easter 4/5/15, Mother’s Day 5/10/15, Independence Day 7/4/15, Thanksgiving 11/26/15, Christmas Eve 12/24/15, Christmas Day 12/25/15 and New Years Eve 12/31/15)

Entertainment discounts

Special Events

Annual Passholders usually receive discounts on special event tickets including Mickey’s Not-So Scary Halloween Party,  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival Seminars and other events that may pop up from time to time.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirate’s League

There are occasionally limited-time discounts or deals for Disney World Annual and Seasonal Passholdersand Disney Vacation Club members, so if you are one or the other, be sure to ask when booking and at check-in.

Water Parks

Disney World Annual and Seasonal Passholders get a $4 discount on adult admission and $3 discount on child admission to Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon for the Passholder and up to two guests.

Disney Quest

Disney World Annual and Seasonal Passholders get a $4 discount on adult admission and $3 discount on child admission to DisneyQuest, for the Passholder and up to two guests.

AMC Movie Theater in Downtown Disney

Disney World Annual and Seasonal Passholders get a $2 discount on adult evening admission. Valid for the Passholder only and cannot be combined with other discounts.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Splitsville Luxury Lanes: Save 20% off the regular price of bowling (excluding tax). Walk-in bowling only; not valid for reservations.

Children’s Activity Centers – Club Disney

Annual Passholders receive a 15% discount at Children’s Activity Centers in select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. This discount is available for all potty-trained children ages 3 to 12 at a price of $15 per hour per child (2-hour minimum), and includes one (1) meal. Walk-ups are welcome, but reservations are highly recommended. Please note: You do not need to be a Guest of a Walt Disney World Resort hotel to book a reservation.

Disney World Spas and Salons

  • Disney World Annual and Seasonal Passholders save 10% off one regularly priced 50-minute spa treatment per visit at the Senses Spa at Grand Floridian Resort, Animal Kingdom Lodge Massage & Fitness Center, BoardWalk Inn Resort Massage & Fitness Center, Contemporary Resort Massage & Fitness Center, Coronado Springs Massage & Fitness Center, Wilderness Lodge Resort Massage & Fitness Center and Yacht & Beach Club Massage & Fitness Center. Good only for the Passholder.
  • Disney World Annual and Seasonal Passholders save 10% off the regular price of one Salon treatment $45 or greater per visit at the Contemporary Resort Salon, Coronado Springs Salon and Yacht & Beach Club Salon. Good only for the Passholder.

Merchandise discounts

All Disney owned stores and many independent stores offer a discount of 10-15% off your purchase.  There may be minimum amonts that need to be spent to qualify.  If the store you’re visiting isn’t on the list below, you should still ask if they provide an Annual Pass discount.

Walt Disney World Resort Owned and Operated Merchandise Locations

Passholders are eligible to receive a 10% discount on select merchandise purchases at Walt Disney World® Resort owned and operated Merchandise Locations.  Here’s a few other locations that may or may not offer discounts

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Enjoy discounts at the following locations within Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park:

Rainforest Café®
15% discount on non-sale priced merchandise purchased in the Rainforest Cafe® Retail Village.

Yak & Yeti® Retail Village:
15% discount on non-sale priced merchandise purchased in the Bhaktapur Market.

Downtown Disney

Enjoy the following discounts at Downtown Disney: Arribas Brothers: 10% discount off total purchase price of merchandise (subject to certain restrictions, exclusions and/or limitations including but not limited to, The Arribas Collection, Glassblowing, Custom/special Orders (Torch and furnace work), Nao Collection by Lladro, Starlite Collection (Acrylic), Swarovski and shipping charges. Discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid only at Arribas Brothers Downtown Disney® Marketplace location. Basin: 10% discount off select regularly priced merchandise Curl™ by Sammy Duvall: 10% off all non-sale merchandise. Excludes watches, electronics, all eyewear. For more information call 407-842-1302. House of Blues® 10% discount off regularly priced merchandise purchased in the House of Blues® retail store (excludes books, leather, tobacco, jewelry and select CDs) The LEGO® Store: 10% off all purchases, restrictions and exclusions may apply to select LEGO® sets, see a Brick Specialist for full details. Discount may not apply to video games, Exclusives, LEGO® Mindstorms” and LEGO® Hard to Find items. Discount cannot be applied to the value of gift cards purchased, out-of-stock or backordered items. Discount cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other discount or coupon. Discount is not valid on any applicable tax or shipping costs and cannot be used for phone orders, online orders, or Shop & Ship orders. VIP points will be earned on value of purchase after discount. Void where prohibited. Only valid at The LEGO Store Downtown Disney® Marketplace. The LEGO® Group reserves the right to cancel or modify this promotion at any time without advance notice. LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group ©2013 The LEGO Group. LittleMissMatched®: 15% off the total purchase Planet Hollywood® 10% off select regularly priced merchandise purchased in the Planet Hollywood® shop Rainforest Café®: 15% discount off non-sale priced merchandise purchased in the Rainforest Cafe® Retail Village. Splitsville Luxury Lanes: 10% discount off non-sale priced merchandise purchased in Memory Lanes T-Rex Café®: 15% discount on non-sale merchandise in the Dino Store. Discount not valid at Build-A-Dino® by Build-A-Bear Workshop®. The Downtown Disney merchandise offers are valid at the select stores located in Downtown Disney® ONLY. Discounts may not be combined with any other offer. Disney is not responsible for fulfillment of the offers at the locations above.

Disney Golf Shops

Annual Passholders receive 10% off select regularly priced merchandise purchased in the 2 Disney Golf Shops (Disney’s Palm/Magnolia/Oak Trail Golf Courses & Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course).

Discount does not apply to Walt Disney World® Resort Operating Participant locations, including but not limited to: China, Japan, and Morocco Pavilions at World Showcase in Epcot®, Arribas Brothers, Basin®, Basin White, Blink by Wet Seal®, Cirque du Soleil®, Curl” by Sammy Duvall, Ghirardelli® Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, House of Blues®, Hoypoloi, LEGO Imagination Center®, LittleMissMatched®, ORLANDO HARLEY-DAVIDSON®, Planet Hollywood®, Pop Gallery, Rainforest Café®, Richard Petty Driving Experience, Rubio Balloon Arts, SD Watersports, Sosa Family Cigars, Something Silver®, Splitsville Luxury Lanes”, Sunglass Icon®, Surrey Bike Rentals, T-Rex”, Wyland Galleries, The Disney Store, Disney’s Character Premiere, Disney’s Character Warehouse, Cast Connection, and any other locations or kiosks that are not owned and operated by the owners of Walt Disney World® Resort.

Discount is not valid on previous purchases or on purchases of ticket media, gift certificates, Disney Gift Cards, Park Admission, Arcades, Disney Dollars, tobacco, alcohol, Outdoor Vending (e.g., in-Park balloon vendors, glow vendors), Add-a-Dollar (Wildlife Conservation Fund), postage stamps, rentals (e.g., strollers, ECV), personalization, Memory Maker, Disney’s PhotoPass® Online, Disney Store Online, framed Disney Dollars, Artist Sketch Program (original art), original or consignment art, newspapers/periodicals, videos, DVDs, CDs, sundries, pantry/prepared foods, digital/video/disposable cameras, film, consumer electronics, Titleist® and Cobra® golf equipment, National branded fragrances, treatments and cosmetics, Lladro, Armani, Hummel, Swarovski® Crystal, Walt Disney Classics Collection, select collectible originals, select specialty items, handmade items, special orders, purchase-with-purchase offers, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Pirate League packages, shipping or taxes, or on phone, email, online or mail order purchases. A valid Passholder ID and government issued photo ID must be presented at time of purchase to receive discount. May not be combined with any other discount, offer, or promotion. Discount is for personal use only and may not be used to purchase merchandise with the intent to resell the merchandise.

Tables in Wonderland Membership

$25 off the regular price of the Tables in Wonderland Membership. Benefits include a 20% discount (excludes applicable tax and gratuity) on all food and beverages at participating Resort hotel and Theme Park restaurants and member-only invitations to special Food and Wine events, winemaker dinners, and celebrity chef dinners, plus much more. For more information, visit tablesinwonderland.com. To purchase a one-year membership, call 407-566-5858. Membership benefits are valid for the Passholder and up to nine (9) Guests. Offer is valid for Passholder only. Certain restrictions may apply.

Best Friends Pet Care

Your furry family members can now experience the finest in pet hospitality at Best Friends one-of-a-kind, 27,000 square foot pet resort.  Depending on the type of accommodations and length of stay, Passholders receive a discount off the Standard rates for dog, cat, and pocket pets for Boarding and Full-Day Daycare.  Offer valid on Standard Suites, Vacation Villas and VIP Luxury Suites for Dogs, or Two and Four-Level Condos in Kitty City. Call (877) 493-9738 to make a reservation.

Disney World Tours

15% discount off the regular price of the following Tours and Experiences. Reservations are recommended. For reservation information, call 407-WDW-TOUR.
Magic Kingdom Park ®

  • Disney’s Family Magic Tour (all ages)
  • Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom (age 16+)
  • The Magic behind our Steam Trains (age 10+)
  • Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour (age 12+)

Epcot ®

  • Backstage Magic Tour (age 16+)
  • Dolphins in Depth (age 13+, adult must accompany)
  • Epcot ® DiveQuest (age 10+, SCUBA certification required, ages 10-14 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Epcot ® Seas Aqua Tour (age 8+, guests ages 8-16 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Gardens of the World (age 16+, offered seasonally)
  • UnDISCOVERed Future World Tour (age 16+)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom ® Theme Park

  • Wild Africa Trek (age 8+)

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

  • Wilderness Back Trail Adventure (Segway® Tour-age 16+)

Ultimate Day Private VIP Tours

Passholders: Don’t miss your chance to receive a 15% discount off the regular price of an Ultimate Day Private VIP Tour—including the Ultimate Day for Young Families VIP Tour and the Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour, both available for just $299 per person!

Ultimate Day for Young Families VIP Tour
Designed for families with children under 10 years of age, the Ultimate Day for Young Families VIP Tour is your chance to discover an adventure truly for Guests of all ages! Let your little mousketeers’ wildest dreams come true as they enjoy attractions that may include:

  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • The Barnstormer
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!
  • Kilimanjaro Safari
  • Festival of the Lion King

Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour
Hang on to your hats aboard the fastest attractions at Walt Disney World Resort! With the Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour, you’re sure to find an assortment of action-packed experience as you take on exhilarating moment after moment aboard the following attractions:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Star Tours  The Adventures Continue
  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

All Ultimate Day Private VIP Tours begin at Magic Kingdom park before moving on to one or more theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort. In addition, each Ultimate Day Private VIP Tour experience includes one (1) table-service meal per person and can accommodate as many as 20 Guests.

To make a reservation, please call (407) WDW-TOUR or (407) 939-8687. Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.

Car Rentals

Rent from Alamo® Rent A Car and you can save up to 20% off your rental. For reservations, call Alamo® at 1-800-462-5266 or book online at www.alamo.com. Be sure to request ID # 860292 when making your reservation. Terms and Conditions: Discount applies to base rate only. Up to 20% discount applies to participating Alamo locations in the US through 12/31/15. Discount varies by rental date, location and vehicle type. Valid for reservations made before December 31, 2015. Taxes and other governmentally-authorized or imposed surcharges (including GST), license and concession recoupment fees, airport and airport facility fees, fuel, one-way rental charge and optional items (such as CDW up to US $30 per day) are extra. In the US check your insurance and/or credit card for rental vehicle coverage. Renter must meet standard age, driver and credit requirements. 24-Hour advance reservation required. May not be combined with other discounts. Availability is limited. Subject to change without notice. Unlimited miles offer available only at participating locations. Blockout dates may apply. Void where prohibited.

runDisney Events*

Disney World Passholders are offered early registration for all runDisney events!  With 9 themed weekends that include marathons, half marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks and runDisney Kids Races, you and your family can create memories to last a lifetime.

*To be eligible for runDisney offers, Annual Passholders must be at least 18 years of age and must register through the special Annual Passholder link available on this page. Offers are subject to change or termination without notice. All upcoming events, dates, times and prices subject to change. All races are subject to age eligibility requirements and capacity limits. All races are subject to capacity limits and may close at any time before the percentage can be updated. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Disney World Water Craft Rentals

  • Disney World Annual and Seasonal Passholders save 10% on personal watercraft, parasailing, water skiing and wakeboarding at Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Center after noon each day.
  • Disney World Annual and Seasonal Passholders save 15% on boat rentals at any resort marina, including Specialty Fireworks Cruises. Offer valid for Passholder only. Subject to availability. Certain age restrictions apply (excludes Holiday Event Specialty Cruises and the Grand 1 Yacht).

Bass Fishing

Disney World Annual and Seasonal Passholders save 10% off of a BASS Nitro or Guided Fishing Excursion. Valid for the Passholder and the number of guests on the reservation. Valid only at Walt Disney World Resort.

Golf Discounts

Disney World Annual and Seasonal Passholders get special rates for Passholder and up to three guests. Tee times are limited and may be made up to 14 days in advance. Advance reservations required.

Miniature Golf

Annual Passholders save the Disney owned and operated minature golf courses at Winter Summerland, located near Blizzard Beach Water Park and Fantasia Gardens, located near the Dolphin Hotel.

Disney World Annual and Seasonal Passholders get 15% off miniature golf, for the Passholder and up to 3 guests.

Richard Petty Driving Experience

Ride along or drive in a NASCAR-style race car with the Richard Petty Driving Experience, located in the Magic Kingdom parking lot area.  You can do a Ride-Along Experience (ride shotgun in a 2-seat NASCAR-style stock car driven by a professional instructor, for 3 laps at up to 165 mph) or a Driving Experience (take command of the wheel and experience the thrill first hand). Call (800) BE-PETTY (237-3889) for reservations and information.

Parking at the speedway is FREE, or you can get a FREE shuttle from Disney’s Ticket and Transportation Center. (Ask about the shuttle when making your reservation.)

Disney World Annual and Seasonal Passholders get 10% off, for the Passholder only, at Walt Disney World Speedway only. Not valid with any other coupon or discount.

ESPN Wide World of Sports

Premium Annual Passes include unlimited admission to ESPN Wide World of Sports for as long as your pass is valid.




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