Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Guide

A Walt Disney World annual pass is a great choice to save money if you plan on visiting the theme parks multiple times within a year. These annual passports include entrance to theme parks along with a range of discounts on dining, and shopping plus special rates on resort hotels.

Occasionally, Walt Disney World will pause sales on annual passes and after a recent long pause, we now have a date for when sales will resume! Scroll down for all news regarding the new V.I.PASSHOLDER Days!

NEW Annual Pass V.I.PASSHOLDER Days Coming Soon

Walt Disney has confirmed that a brand new offering for annual passholders called “Annual Pass V.I.PASSHOLDER Days” is coming June 2023 for a limited time. These annual passholder appreciate days will feature new offerings which may include:

  • A new Passholder magnet.
  • Limited time “exclusive space to rest and cool off with dedicated seating” on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Increased passholder discounts on merchandise and dining locations at Walt Disney World including the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival outdoor kitchens.
  • New Annual Passholder exclusive treats.
  • Two limited time photo ops for Annual Passholders.

More details will be announced soon but this looks like a great way to celebrate Annual Passholders at Walt Disney World. I imagine this new Annual Passholder exclusive space will work similar to how we’ve seen it operate at Disneyland with the Magic Key exclusive dining spaces. 

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Select Walt Disney World annual passes including Disney Incredi-Pass, Disney Sorcerer Pass and Disney Pirate Pass resumed sales online on April 20th! If you have been waiting to get an annual pass, now is the time! It is unclear how many passes will be available so don’t hesitate to get your pass as soon as they go online. According to Disney, the number of passes will be limited and any pass type could become unavailable for purchase at any time.

What you need to know for purchasing a pass on April 20th – passes will go on sale no earlier than 6 am ET on April 20th. Disney has stated that “the quantity of passes will be limited and passes, or a pass type, may become unavailable for purchase at any time.” We have seen Disney limit the number of passes recently. For the Disneyland Magic Key passes multiple pass types sold out during the first day of the pass being offered again.

Another important detail – passes become active the first time that you use them to scan into a park and not when you purchase them.

Disney Vacation Club Members were able to purchase the DVC Disney Sorcerer Pass online starting April 13th as part of the Membership Magic benefits. Read more about becoming a DVC member in our guide!

There has been a slight price increase for pass types, with the exception of the Disney Pixie Dust pass, with an increase of $50-$100 per pass. The highest price increase is $100 for the Disney Incredi-Pass which is the top-tier pass. Despite this price increase, the value is still absolutely there for all of these passes especially if you will utilize it multiple times within a year. Add in the benefit of shopping and dining discounts, this value continues to increase. The benefit of a price increase for dedicated Disney fans is that this may help the passes remain available for a bit longer as some guests may hesitate to purchase at a higher price.

Walt Disney World Annual Pass Discounts

The best way to get a discount on a Walt Disney World annual pass is to purchase discounted Disney World tickets and upgrade to an annual pass!

For a limited time, our travel partner Get Away Today is offering two extra days FREE when you purchase a 5-day Walt Disney World ticket. This would equal up to seven days at the theme parks which is perfect for a great vacation- especially if you bundle this with many of the best Walt Disney World hotel discounts happening this year! You can also see all currently available Disney World discounts here.

Click here to get the BEST discounts on Walt Disney World tickets! 

You can choose from a Base ticket, Park Hopper, or a Park Hopper Plus with water park/sports additions with this deal.

How to Purchase a Discount Walt Disney World Annual Pass

  1. Purchase your Walt Disney World ticket from our travel partner at a discount rate.
  2. Upgrade your ticket to an annual pass on the last day of your trip OR you can call Walt Disney World and do it over the phone.
  3. The value of the ticket, not the price you paid, will be applied to your pass. So if you use the deal above for a 5-day ticket get two days free, the value of a 7-day ticket will be applied to your pass.
  4. A 1-day ticket must be upgraded on the same day you use the ticket. A multi-day ticket must be upgraded on the last day of use.
  5. You cannot upgrade to an annual pass on a day that is considered a blockout date for that pass.

Keep in mind that there is no guarantee the annual pass types will not sell out before you get a chance to upgrade in the park so there is a bit of a risk with this option… especially if your trip is far in advance!

Note: some guests have reported being able to upgrade their tickets, before they are used, over the phone. This could be something to try as well!

Regardless, I love booking with Get Away Today for our Walt Disney World trips as their FREE concierge services take care of all the little planning details for me. Their team will book all your dining reservations plus they will continuously monitor your trip for any price changes. On our last Walt Disney World vacation booked with Get Away Today, they were able to secure every single dining reservation which saved me the hassle!

Walt Disney World Annual Pass Changes

Disney has taken feedback from Annual Passholders to make positive changes to the program. Starting April 18th, Disney World passholders can visit the theme parks after 2 PM without a theme park reservation with the exception of Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom. Block-out dates still apply. This park reservation change accompanies the addition of Disney PhotoPass benefits for Disney World passholders.

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Here is the full breakdown of the Walt Disney World annual pass types offered. Depending on quantities available, passes will not be available at certain times, always follow our news updates at the top of the article to see what is available!

Disney Pixie Dust Pass

  • Florida residents
  • $399 plus tax—or $19 per month with $205 down payment
  • Hold up to 3 park reservations at a time
  • Access mostly on weekdays only- no weekends

Disney Pirate Pass

  • Florida residents
  • $749 plus tax—or $50 per month with $205 down payment
  • Hold up to 4 park reservations
  • Access on most dates except for holidays and peak travel periods

Disney Sorcerer Pass

  • Florida residents or Disney Vacation Club Members
  • $969 plus tax—or $69 per month with $205 down payment
  • Hold up to 5 park reservations at a time
  • Only a few blockout dates on holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years.

Disney Incredi-Pass

  • This is the only pass available to out of state residents or non DVC owners
  • $1,399 plus tax—or $108 per month with $205 down payment
  • Hold up to 5 park reservations
  • No block out dates

All passes include a 10% discount of select restaurants in the theme parks and Disney Springs along with a range of 10%-20% discount on select merchandise locations. More on this below!

Annual Pass Add Ons

Walt Disney World Annual Pass Free Parking

All annual passholders receive complimentary standard theme park parking! Just present your annual pass and photo ID at the parking entrance.

If you want preferred parking, you will just need to pay the difference between the posted standard parking and the preferred parking price.

What Discounts Do Disney Annual Passholders Get?Disney World AP Discounts

Walt Disney World annual pass dining discounts include many restaurants at the theme parks, resort hotels, and Disney Springs.

In addition to parking, merchandise, and dining Walt Disney World annual passholder discounts also include:

  • A quarterly newsletter called the “Mickey Monitor” which includes news and Disney discount information. news and updated Disney discount information.
  • Walt Disney World offers great hotel resort discounts for annual passholders, there is usually always one discount offer happening for passholders to take advantage of.
  • There is a 10% off discount for Alamo Car Rentals all throughout the United States.
  • Sports and recreation experiences at Walt Disney World all offer a variety of discounts for Walt Disney World passholders.
  • Spa treatments at any of the official Walt Disney World resorts may also offer up to a 15% discount with a minimum $45 purchase.
  • Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon discounts are also available for APs.
  • Annual Passholders also receive discount tickets to special events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
  • Receive a 15% discount on all guided Walt Disney World tours.

Disney World Annual Pass Dining Discount

Here is the most current list of discounts offered for dining at Walt Disney World:

Magic Kingdom

Dining Discount: 10%

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • The Crystal Palace
  • The Diamond Horseshoe
  • The Plaza Restaurant
  • Tony’s Town Square Restaurant


Dining Discount: 10%

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • Garden Grill Restaurant
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante
  • Space 220 Lounge (Lunch Only)
  • Space 220 Restaurant (Lunch Only)
  • Spice Road Table
  • Takumi-Tei
  • Teppan Edo
  • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante
  • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

Hollywood Studios

  • 50’s Prime Time Café
  • Hollywood & Vine
  • Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby

Animal Kingdom

Dining Discount: 10%

  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Tiffins Restaurant
  • Tusker House Restaurant
  • Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Dining Discount: 10%

  • ‘Ohana
  • 1900 Park Fare
  • Ale & Compass Restaurant
  • Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall
  • Boma – Flavors of Africa
  • California Grill
  • Cape May Cafe
  • Chef Mickey’s
  • Cítricos
  • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
  • Garden View Tea Room
  • Grand Floridian Café
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place
  • Kona Café
  • Narcoossee’s
  • Olivia’s Café
  • Sanaa
  • Sebastian’s Bistro
  • Steakhouse 71
  • Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White
  • The Turf Club Bar and Grill
  • Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago
  • Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood
  • Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera
  • Trail’s End Restaurant
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse

Disney Springs

Dining Discount: 10%

  • Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza
  • Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
  • City Works Eatery and Pour House
  • Cookes of Dublin
  • Earl of Sandwich
  • Enzo’s Hideaway
  • Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
  • Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew
  • Frontera Cocina
  • House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
  • Häagen-Dazs Kiosk at Disney Springs West Side
  • Jaleo by José Andrés
  • Morimoto Asia Street Food
  • Paddlefish
  • Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant (Lunch Monday to Friday only)
  • Rainforest Cafe at Disney Springs Marketplace
  • Salt & Straw
  • STK Orlando
  • Splitsville Dining Room
  • Sprinkles
  • T-REX
  • Terralina Crafted Italian
  • The BOATHOUSE: Great Food, Waterfront Dining, Dream Boats
  • The Basket at Wine Bar George (Lunch only)
  • The Polite Pig
  • Vivoli il Gelato
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels Kiosk at Disney Springs Marketplace
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels Kiosk at Disney Springs West Side
  • Wine Bar George (Lunch only)
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grille
  • YeSake Kiosk

Dining Discount: 15%

  • Enzo’s Hideaway
  • Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
  • Pizza Ponte
  • The Edison

Dining Discount: 20%

  • Joffrey’s Coffey & Tea Company at the Landing at Disney Springs
  • Joffrey’s Handcrafted Smoothies at Disney Springs Marketplace

Disney’s BoardWalk

Dining Discount: 10%

  • Flying Fish
  • Trattoria al Forno

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Walt Disney World annual passholders also receive a range of 10-20% at most retail locations in the theme parks, resort hotels, and Disney Springs. These discounts are broken down by list below but always ask the cast member if they offer an AP discount if they don’t ask.. just in case!

Magic Kingdom

Merchandise Discount: 10%

  • Crystal Arts
  • La Princesa de Cristal – Caribbean Plaza

Merchandise Discount: 20%

  • Agrabah Bazaar
  • Big Al’s
  • Big Top Souvenirs
  • Bonjour! Village Gifts
  • Box Office Gifts
  • Briar Patch
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Photos
  • Casey Jr. RailRoad Mercantile
  • Curtain Call Collectibles
  • Disney Clothiers
  • Emporium
  • Fantasy Faire
  • Frontier Trading Post
  • Hundred Acre Goods
  • Main Street Confectionery
  • Memento Mori
  • Newsstand
  • Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazaar
  • Sir Mickey’s
  • Star Traders
  • Tomorrowland Light & Power Co.
  • Uptown Jewelers
  • Ursa’s Major Minor Mart
  • Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe


Merchandise Discount: 10%

  • Glaskurnst
  • Kunstarbeit in Kristall
  • La Princesa de Cristal – Mexico

Merchandise Discount: 20%

  • Art of Disney
  • Creations Shop
  • Das Kaufhaus
  • Der Teddybar
  • Die Weihnacths Ecke
  • Disney Traders
  • El Ranchito del Norte
  • Gateway Gifts
  • Il Bel Cristallo
  • ImageWorks
  • Karamell-Küche
  • La Bottega Italiana
  • La Gemma Elegante
  • La Tienda Encantada
  • Lords and Ladies
  • Mission: SPACE Cargo Bay
  • Northwest Mercantile
  • Pin Traders – Camera Center
  • Plaza de los Amigos
  • Port of Entry
  • Ring Carvers
  • SeaBase Gift Shop
  • Sportsman’s Shoppe
  • Stein Haus
  • Test Track SIMporium
  • The Brass Bazaar
  • The Crown & Crest
  • The Fjording
  • The Queen’s Table
  • The Tea Caddy
  • The Toy Soldier
  • Trading Post
  • Village Traders
  • Volkskunst
  • Wandering Reindeer
  • Weinkeller
  • World Traveler

Hollywood Studios

Merchandise Discount: 20%

  • Beverly Sunset Boutique
  • Celebrity 5 & 10
  • Crossroads of the World
  • Disney Studio Store
  • Frozen Fractal Gifts
  • In Character
  • Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost
  • It’s A Wonderful Shop
  • Keystone Clothiers
  • Launch Bay Cargo
  • Legends of Hollywood
  • Mickey’s of Hollywood
  • Movieland Memorabilia
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Oscar’s Super Service
  • Rock Around the Shop
  • Stage 1 Company Store
  • Sunset Ranch Pins and Souvenirs
  • Tatooine Traders
  • Tower Hotel Gifts
  • Tower Photo

Animal Kingdom

Merchandise Discount: 15%

  • Rainforest Cafe Shop
  • Yak & Yeti Bhaktapur Market

Merchandise Discount: 20%

  • Africa Hub Cart
  • Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures
  • Colors of Mo’ara
  • Dino-Rama Cart
  • Discovery Trading Company
  • Garden Gate Gifts
  • Island Mercantile
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris Cart
  • Maharajah Cart
  • Mandala Gifts
  • Mariya’s Souvenirs
  • Mombasa Marketplace
  • Riverside Depot
  • Serka Zong Bazaar
  • The Dino Institute Shop
  • The Outpost Shop
  • Windtraders
  • Ziwani Traders
  • Zuri’s Sweets Shop

Typhoon Lagoon

Merchandise Discount: 20%

  • Singapore Sal’s

Blizzard Beach

Merchandise Discount: 20%

  • Beach Haus

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Merchandise Discount: 10%

  • Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Pro Shop at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Magnolia, Palm and Oak Trail Pro Shop at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Merchandise Discount: 20%

  • Accents at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Bayview Gifts at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Beach Club Marketplace at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • BouTiki at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Conch Flats General Store at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Curiouser Clothiers at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Donald’s Double Feature at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Dundy’s Sundries at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Fantasia at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Fantasia Market at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Fulton’s General Store at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Ink & Paint Shop at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Jackson Square Gifts & Desires at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Johari Treasures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • M. Mouse Mercantile at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Maestro Mickey’s at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Mandara Spa Boutique at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Meadow Trading Post at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Moana Mercantile at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Panchito’s Gifts and Sundries at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Picabu at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Sandy Cove Gifts and Sundries at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Settlement Trading Post at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Sport Goofy Gifts and Sundries at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • The Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Wilderness Lodge Mercantile at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Zawadi Marketplace at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney Springs

Merchandise Discount: 10%

  • Basin
  • Chapel Hats
  • Coca-Cola Store
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers
  • Havaianas
  • House of Blues Gear Shop
  • Johnston & Murphy
  • Just Fun Socks
  • L’Occitane en Provence
  • Melissa Clube
  • Orlando Harley-Davidson
  • Pandora Jewelry
  • Ron Jon Surf Shop
  • Savannah Bee Company
  • Shop for Ireland
  • Stance
  • Sugarboo & Co.
  • Swings N’ Things – The Hammock Experts Kiosk
  • The Art Corner by Artistic Talent Group
  • The LEGO Store
  • The Spice and Tea Exchange
  • Tommy Bahama
  • UNOde50

Merchandise Discount: 15%

  • Dino-Store at T-REX
  • MAC Cosmetics
  • Jo Malone London
  • Levi’s
  • Rainforest Cafe Retail Village at Disney Springs Marketplace
  • Shore
  • Sperry
  • Superdry
  • Vera Bradley
  • Volcom

Merchandise Discount: 20%

  • Disney PhotoPass Studio
  • Disney’s Candy Cauldron
  • Disney’s Days of Christmas
  • Disney’s Pin Traders
  • Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories
  • Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear
  • Ever After Jewelry Co. & Accessories
  • Goofy’s Candy Company
  • Kate Spade New York
  • Marketplace Co-Op
  • Marketplace Co-Op – D-Tech on Demand
  • Marketplace Co-Op – Disney Centerpiece
  • Once Upon a Toy
  • Sanuk
  • Star Wars Galactic Outpost
  • Star Wars Trading Post
  • The Art of Disney
  • Tren-D
  • World of Disney

Disney’s BoardWalk

Merchandise Discount: 20%

  • Disney’s Character Carnival
  • Screen Door General Store
  • Thimbles & Threads

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About Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the content director of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and Disney Dose- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Visit Anaheim, Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

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