Disney offers the possibility to buy an Annual Pass or a Premium Annual Pass. These tickets are specially aimed at those families that are planning to stay for a long time in Walt Disney World or who think of coming back to enjoy all the attractions. As opposed to the Magic Your Way Base Ticket and the added options -Park Hopper Options, Water Park Fun & More Option and No Expiration Option-which are valid for a limited number of days, the Annual Pass or the Premium Annual Pass last a year. These are very convenient tickets for those who are planning to come back to Disney.
You may wonder what these annual passes for Disney World are for. The Annual Pass is a ticket that allows you to enter in a limited way the four theme parks -Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Animal Kingdom- as many times as you like, even on the same day, during the year. It must be pointed out that this ticket is not for special events, such as Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party or Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and it does not allow the entry to the attractions of Water Park Fun & More Option.
Besides, the Premium Annual Pass does not only include the entry to all the theme parks for a year, but also includes the unlimited entry to the aquatic parks -Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, Pleasure Island, Disney Quest and Disney's Wide World of Sports, also for twelve months. This ticket is ideal for those active visitors who want to take 100% advantage of everything Disney has to offer. With a ticket like this, you do not need to worry about the number of entries to the parks and other attractions.
When buying an annual ticket, you can buy a coupon and then activate it, or buy an already activated ticket. Both the Annual Pass and the Premium Annual Pass can be acquired in different ways. These coupons can be bought at Disney's shops -in the United States-, through the Disney Vacation Club services, by phone -1-407-W-DISNEY- or on the Internet -http://disneyworld.disney.go.com. Once they are acquired, they must be activated at the ticket offices of the theme parks or at the guests relations offices at Disney World, submitting an identity photograph -passport, driving license or military document. The activated tickets are sold at the ticket offices or at guest relations offices.
On the other hand, the ticket system distinguishes the new annual passes from the renewed annual ones. Tourists who often go to Disney World and buy an Annual Pass tend to renew it every year, since renewals are more economic than the new tickets. In this case, the ticket renovation begins the day after the previous pass has expired. The renewed pass lasts a year from that date. The renewal can be done by the Internet on the official website in the section dedicated to those who have an annual pass; by phone calling 407-939-7421 or 407-560-PASS (7277); or also at the Guest Relations Offices in Disney. However, if you buy the Annual Pass for the first time or if you buy it a long time after it has expired, you will receive a new Annual Pass. In such case, the year will begin once the ticket is activated in Disney. There is no limit date to activate it.
On the other hand, the fingerprints of adults -people who are ten and over- are collected by a scanner; the information is registered in the Annual Pass and in the Premium Annual Pass, as it happens with the Magic Your Way Base Ticket. To enter a park, adults must insert their annual ticket and place their fingers on the device that proves that fingerprints match that person's registered information. It is a security system and it is done in a few seconds. Children under ten do not need to go through this procedure. In order to get an Annual Pass copy if you lose it, you have to submit an identity photograph, if it is an activated pass. If it is a coupon, i.e., not activated pass, it is necessary to have a photograph, in order to have all the corresponding information. Therefore, it is highly important to have a copy of the coupon, front and back, since it is the only way to prove that a person owns the lost non-activated ticket.
Magic Your Way Base Tickets can turn into Annual Passes or into Premium Annual Passes. In this case, the whole amount paid is considered, even when some days have been used. It is also possible to turn an Annual Pass into a Premium Annual Pass, paying the difference -in former times, the difference per days unused in the Annual Pass was charged. You cannot turn a Premium Annual Pass into an Annual Pass. In that case, in order to decide if it is convenient or not to have an Annual Pass to Disney, you will have to consider your needs and available budget.
The official online prices, with no taxes included, for the Annual pass are: $434 for people who ten and over, and $382 for people from three to nine. The Premium Annual Pass costs $559 for people over ten years old, and $493 for people from three to nine. Renewals have always lower prices. There is an Annual Pass with a discount for Florida's residents, called Seasonal Annual Pass, which is valid during certain times of the year. There are also discounts for Disney Vacation Club's members and military men.
Do you want to know what the advantages of getting an Annual Pass or a Premium Annual Pass are? We offer you a list with the most outstanding benefits. Remember that all the offers, discounts and promotions are subject to changes according to Disney World's regulations. If you have an Annual Pass, these are the advantages:
Parking: Parking in theme parks is for free for those who have an Annual Pass or a Premium Annual Pass -except in the special events that are charged separately.
Newsletter Mickey Monitor: Those with an Annual Pass receive information about the latest news in Disney and the available offers and discounts.
Telephone consulting services: In order to get informed about discounts and other issues of interest there is a phone toll, 1-4074-560-PASS (7277).
Discounts on Disney's hotel rooms: Those who have an annual pass can get discounts on their stay at Disney World. Offers frequently vary; therefore, it is necessary to be informed through Disney's official website or newsletter. Those with an Annual Pass or Premium Annual Pass can make a reservation of up to 3 rooms with special discounts.
Exclusive Products: Those with an Annual Pass to Disney can buy the exclusive products of Disney at really economic prices. From pins of the dearest characters to t-shirts for children and adults, and baseball caps, any of these products have special prices for those who own an Annual Pass.
Discounts at shops: Those who have an annual ticket enjoy 10% discounts at the most sophisticated shops in the different theme parks and in Downtown Disney. Discounts can be combined with other coupons.
Discounts on tickets: Those who have passes for a year will receive discounts for him and other three guests on the hard ticket events -Night of Joy or Mickey's Not-So-Scary- Halloween Party- at places such as Pleasure Island, Disney Quest, and the aquatic parks Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. In all the cases, the discounts depend on the availability in a given time and are subject to changes.
Discounts at restaurants: Those who have annual passes have 10% or 20% discounts for themselves and other three guests at the different restaurants of the theme parks and Disney's hotels that offer this promotion.
Discount on the Disney Dining Experience: Those with an annual pass have a $20 discount when acquiring a card of the Disney Dining Experience. This includes a 20% discount at the various restaurants of the theme parks and Disney's hotels. Offers are valid for groups of up to six people if they own an Annual Pass. This package includes special events with wine tasting and meals cooked by international chefs.
Discounts on tours: Those who have an annual ticket can go on tours through the different theme parks with important discounts. In order to enjoy these offers, you have to make the reservations in advance.
Discounts on recreational activities: Those with an Annual Pass or a Premium Annual Pass have important discounts on the golf and minigolf courses, for themselves and other three guests. They can also rent a boat and other aquatic means at economic prices. Besides, there are discounts on spas and sport centers at Disney's hotels.
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