Mom And Son On Run
  • On Oct 15, 2013
    Brenda from MS Asked

    My son always goes and spend the summer with my sister during the summer and I am buying him a annual pass but we are going in March, 2014 for spring break. How do I do the room/dining/and ticket packages with him staying with us?

    Hi, Brenda!

    Wow! Your son must love when he spends the summer with your sister...and an Annual Pass to Walt Disney World this year, too. How wonderful!

    When booking a package that includes your WDW accommodations, dining plan and park tickets, you would need to include at least a two-day basic park ticket per person on your reservation. This means that you wouldn't be able to remove your son from the number of days' worth of tickets ordered for the rest of your family.

    Not to worry, though. If your son will be spending this summer AND next summer with your sister, try to time it so that he can visit WDW for the second half of this summer and the first half of the next summer. When we purchase our Annual Passes, we plan our 365 days of use very carefully. For example, we may purchase our Annual Pass as Christmas gifts for our immediate family, but won't activate them until the following summer. We'll book that first summer's trip to Walt Disney World for late July. The following summer, we'll book our stay for late June. Doing this helps us stretch out that Annual Pass for a portion of two consecutive summers, rather than having to purchase a second AP that next summer; that's quite a savings!

    If this might work for your son and sister's summer schedules, you could arrange your March trip as you usually would, then purchase an AP for your son, having your sister activate it on the first day they enter a park later in the summer. That AP will be good for 365 days, enabling them to return in the early portion of the following summer.

    You also have the option of simply booking a room-only stay, purchasing your tickets separately. In that case, you'd purchase tickets for everyone who needs them, and an AP for your son. You can even have the other tickets added to your Key to the World Card at check-in!

    Hope this helps, Brenda!

    Send more questions as you plan your great trip to WDW! We love to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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