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  • On Feb 24, 2008
    Deanna from CT Asked

    Hi Erin, I just read a response from you regarding annual passes. I hadn't thought of that option seeing I don't live in FL. What are the cost of these tickets (are they ever discounted?) and do I buy them when I arrive at Disney if I go that route? Thx!

    Prices do change, but in early 2008, the price for an adult park hopper annual pass is $448.00. I have never seen a discount on this, but there may be one that exists somewhere that I don't know about. The price for an annual pass seems like a lot, but depending on how many days you will be at Disney and factoring in any hotel, shopping, or dining discounts you can get with the pass, it could end up being a real bargain.

    You could buy an annual pass online (follow the link above), but I wouldn't do it (with one exception I'll mention below). You can buy an annual pass at any ticket window at the theme parks; it only takes about 5 minutes and the price is no different. The reason I wouldn't buy online in advance of my trip is that you want your pass to last as long as possible. Let's say you bought your pass online and then you were forced to postpone your trip because of illness or other factors, then you would have less than a year's worth of use for your pass.

    Some people who travel to WDW every year buy annual passes and stagger their trips to make the best use of them. For example, if I visit WDW and buy an annual pass in January 2008, I might plan my next trip for December 2008 so that I have nearly, but not quite a year in between trips. This way you get two trips worth of park tickets covered by the pass.

    The one exception to my not-buying-in-advance strategy for annual passes is if you happened to see a great hotel discount that was available only to passholders. (These do happen with some regularity.) Then I might buy the pass early so that I could take advantage of the good hotel rate.

    Let me know if you need anything else.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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