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  • On Apr 28, 2017
    Melissa from FL Asked

    I plan to buy the annual pass before my daughter's birthday in Jan 2018 as well as booking my vacation for hotel and ADR/FP+ once they are available. Do the benefits (discounts, etc) with the annual pass only happen once the pass has been activated?

    Howdy, Melissa! Welcome to the Annual Passholder club! I think you’ll love all the amazing perks that an AP comes with! I just activated my annual pass last month after having purchased it 5 months ago. I couldn’t WAIT to get to Walt Disney World Resort and have all the fun in the world!

    Yes, you will have to wait until you activate your pass to get all those amazing perks such as 20% off merchandise and discounts at select restaurants all across Walt Disney World Resort. But there is a way to get your hotel rate as an Annual Passholder booked before you check in. Buckle “UP,” because it’s a little harder to follow than Carl’s flying house to Paradise Falls! First, you should purchase your Annual Pass online. Then, go ahead and book your room (you may not be able to get your AP discount right away, but don’t worry! You can also call to book with a Cast Member at (407) 939-1936).

    When you arrive via Disney’s Magical Express, drop your luggage with the bell hop, and head either to Disney Springs’ Guest Relations, or any Guest Relations window at the four main theme parks. There, show your barcode and proof of purchase to receive your Annual Passholder card. This golden little guy is your key to amazingness!

    Either enter the parks for a bit of celebratory fun (I rode Mad Tea Party immediately!) or head back to your hotel for a formal check-in. At the Front Desk, show your passholder card. The Cast Member will need to apply the Passholder discount BEFORE you check-in and that little yellow card must be presented. I hope you have great success and a fabulous UNbirthday when you purchase your Annual Passholder card. Be sure to check out all the Passholder perks you’ll receive, and I’ll see ya real soon! ~ Lindsey P.
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Meet the Panelist: Lindsey, Georgia

Hey, y'all! I'm Lindsey, a social media-savvy gal that wears her #Disneyside on her sleeve (along with her trading pin collection!). I'm proud to say that my husband and our two Mouseketeers share my love for the Walt Disney World Resort and all it's magic, so get ready to ask me about new things to see and do on your vacation. I particularly love sharing off-the-beaten-path activities and always encourage visitors to try something new on each trip. Adventure is out there! Learn More About Lindsey

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