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  • On Sep 6, 2019
    Geoffrey from WY Asked

    We are planning trips to Disney World in March and October 2020. This is the first year we'll buy an annual pass. Does the pass become active the date we purchase or the date we first use it? Also can I use it to book Fast Pass+ before our first trip?

    Hi Geoffrey,

    I'm thrilled to hear that you'll be joining the Annual Passholder family! You and your crew are not only going to LOVE being able to visit "The Most Magical Place on Earth" whenever you'd like, but you'll also be able to take advantage of all kinds of wonderful perks and discounts!

    Your magical year will begin when you arrive at the Walt Disney World Resort and take your annual pass voucher and a valid photo ID to a ticket window or Guest Relations at Disney Springs. The Cast Member there will be happy to redeem your certificate and get you all set up with your official card, which you may use to enter the theme parks, hop in a FastPass+ line, and show as proof of Annual Passholder status for any discounts. Once you've activated your annual pass, you'll be able to customize your complimentary MagicBands and use those for any future trips. Of course, if you have any MagicBands from previous trips, please feel free to bring those on your first trip with your annual pass. As long as their battery still works, you'll be able to use them!

    The great news is that as long as you've already purchased your annual pass and it's linked to your My Disney Experience account (which should happen automagically for you!), you'll be able to make three FastPass+ selections per day 60 days ahead of time if you're staying at a Disney Resort hotel and 30 days beforehand if you're staying elsewhere - even before you've activated your annual pass! Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah!

    Thanks so much for visiting us at the Disney parks Moms Panel, Geoffrey, and please come back and see us again if we can help with anything else. I hope that you have a truly magical year celebrating favorite traditions and discovering new favorites with your annual pass!

    Missy
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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Indiana

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom and part-time music teacher from Indiana.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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