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  • On Sep 10, 2019
    Barb from PA Asked

    We have 2 rooms in Jan. for POR - 6 nights with park hopper. We may want to upgrade to AKL. Would an annual pass make sense for this one trip? We are considering the dining plan (unless we can get good dining discounts) & will be using Memory Maker

    Hi, Barb! Thanks for bringing another great question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My family and I became Annual Passholders several years ago, and we think it’s one of the best decisions we’ve made. Although it’s a 7-8 hour drive for us to get to Orlando, our Annual Passes have allowed us to visit more frequently, and have made sense for those days when we just want to pop into a Theme Park for an hour or two to grab some dinner and maybe do some shopping.

    As for you and your family, you definitely want to consider whether or not you’ll return to Walt Disney World Resort within the next year. By my math, it made sense for us to upgrade to Annual Passes if we planned to spend more than 10 days in the Theme Parks. We were also purchasing Memory Maker for each of our visits, but that is included in the cost of our Annual Pass. Since we drive to Orlando, we’ve also enjoyed the complimentary Theme Park parking that’s included as well. Shopping discounts are typically 20 percent and dining discounts are typically 10 percent (although there have been a few special occasions where Passholders have enjoyed 20 percent off of dining as well). Discounts on Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms vary throughout the year, and may be accessed via the Special Offers page on the Walt Disney World Resort website.

    Additionally, we love the perks like special Annual Passholder merchandise available throughout the year (especially at events like the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival) as well as complimentary Annual Passholder magnets and other small gifts we might receive during the year.

    If it works financially for you and your family, I would definitely recommend a Walt Disney World Resort Annual Pass. We’ve been quite happy with ours.

    We hope to see you real soon!
    Amy
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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