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Walt Disney World Annual Pass Prices Increase Significantly Ahead of Galaxy’s Edge Opening and 2020 Booking

 

Walt Disney World Annual Pass prices have seen significant increases overnight ahead of today’s opening of 2020 bookings and the upcoming August 29th opening of Galaxy’s Edge.

Non-Resident Annual Passholder Prices

Perhaps hardest hit were out-of-state Annual Passholders, with the least expensive AP now sitting at $1119 before tax.

The full set of pre-tax changes to regular guest AP prices are as follows:

  Prior Price Prior Renewal New Price New Renewal
Platinum $894 $759 $1119 $951
Platinum Plus $994 $844 $1219 $1036

So, in short, the non-resident Platinum and Platinum Plus Annual Passes are both up $225. 

Florida Resident and DVC Member Annual Passholder Prices 

Florida residents’ and DVC members’ prices are still markedly lower but have increased as well. Price changes for the main DVC and Florida resident options are as follows (again, all pre-tax):

  Prior Price Prior Renewal New Price New Renewal
Silver (FL Resident) $479 $407 $519 $441
Gold $609 $517 $699 $594
Platinum $749 $636 $899 $764
Platinum Plus $849 $721 $999 $849

So the Florida Resident Silver Pass is up $40. The DVC and Florida Resident Gold Passes are up $90. And the DVC and Florida Resident Platinum and Platinum Plass Passes are up $150. 

Annual Pass renewal rates seem to remain discounted by 15% off current rates, so a Florida resident or DVC member renewing his or her AP sees a much lower cost as compared to full out-of-state rates.

Annual Passholder Perks

While the price changes are significant, at the end of the day you need to run the numbers to see what makes sense for you and your family.

So what do you get with your Walt Disney World Annual Pass?

The various passes will obviously get you access to the applicable parks for the year, effectively including a park hopper. They’ll also get you certain discounts on food and nonalcoholic beverages and merchandise, special event ticket discounts, and AP resort room offers. Having an annual pass will also get you access to exclusive Passholder merchandise, early runDisney registration, certain VIPassholder ticketed events, and giveaways – like the car magnets and other items given out during Epcot’s festivals.

Not of direct monetary value, but it’s also worth mentioning that when the parks reach capacity the current process is to restrict entry in four phases – and AP holders are not blocked from entering the parks until the fourth and last phase. So AP holders are effectively given preferential treatment on the parks’ most crowded days.

Being a Passholder (or DVC member or Florida resident) also gets you access to the Tables In Wonderland card, which currently costs $150 but gets you 20% off food and drinks (including alcohol) at most table service restaurants on property and some others. That adds up quickly, especially as a local.

Updates

I will continue to update here if and when any further information comes to light.

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What are your thoughts on the increase? Truth told, as locals that use the parks and waterparks often, along with the perks of being an Annual Passholder – including park parking, food and merchandise discounts, PhotoPass, special events, early runDisney race registration, etc. – it’s still more than worth it to us. But I understand that these price increases are significant and that many people are running the numbers this morning.

 

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