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  • On Apr 6, 2015
    Ashley from AL Asked

    I am considering purchasing an Annual Pass and have a couple of questions. 1-Can we link the annual pass to our reservation and receive free dining if it comes available for 2015? 2-What date with the pass be effective, now or when it is activated?

    Hi, Ashley!  The date that your annual pass is effective is the date that you convert your purchased vouchers to actual passes.  So if you buy the passes now, they become effective when you get to Walt Disney World to use them.

    Now, when it comes to free dining and annual passes, there's a bit of a snag.  In the past, free dining is only offered as part of a Magic Your Way package.  While you can purchase a dining plan with an annual pass, free dining usually requires a minimum number of days worth of tickets purchased as part of a package.  It has been that you needed to purchase two days worth of passes to qualify for the dining plan.  For some annual passholders, that ticket purchase has been well worth it to get the free dining.  Others, however, prefer not to take part in the free dining with the extra ticket requirement.

    You can link your annual pass to your reservations through My Disney Experience.  If you have a resort reservation, you can make FastPass+ reservations 60 days in advance.  If you are not staying at a resort property, you can book those FastPass+ choices 30 days out.

    I hope this helps with your vacation planning!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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