If you’re planning at least two Disney World vacations in a year (or even just one really long vacation), you might want to consider purchasing an annual pass to the theme parks. Not only might you find savings versus just buying multi-day park hopper tickets for your trip, but you’ll also get a few additional perks that can save you even more on your overall cost to go to Disney World.

What do Disney Annual Passes Include?

Annual Passes allow admission to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom — the passes include park hopping, so you can visit more than one theme park on the same day (subject to capacity limitations and park hopping guidelines).

An annual pass is good for a “rolling” 365 days — it’s not limited solely to a January-to-December calendar.

In some cases, you’ll still need to make theme park reservations (using the Disney Park Pass system). The number of reservations you can hold at any given time varies depending on the type of pass; some less-crowded days at some parks are also considered bonus days, meaning they don’t count against your reservation limit. And, if you’re staying onsite at a Disney World resort hotel, those days won’t count toward your limit, either.

Every Disney World annual pass includes also includes perks such as standard theme park parking as well as discounts on dining and merchandise at select locations. You’ll also still be eligible to purchase Disney+ and Lightning Lane entries, formerly known as Fast Pass at Disney World.

How Much do Disney World Annual Passes Cost?

The Disney Incredi-Pass, priced at $1,449 plus tax, is the only annual pass that’s offered to most Guests. Other passes are cheaper, but introduce blockout dates and are offered only to certain groups such as Florida residents or Disney Vacation Club Members.

Here’s a look at each of the Disney World annual passes and how much they cost.

NOTE: Disney often pauses sales of its annual passes for months at a time. Be sure to check Disneyworld.com/pass or check with your Disney Travel Agent to see which passes are currently available for purchase.

Disney Incredi-Pass

  • Available to: Anybody
  • Blockout Dates: None
  • Park Reservations: Max 5 at any time (not counting bonus reservations or hotel stays)
  • Total Cost: $1,449 plus tax
  • Monthly Payment Option (FL residents only): $205 down, then 12 monthly payments of $112

If you are not a Florida Resident or a Disney Vacation Club Member, then this is the only Disney World annual passes you’re allowed to purchase. So unless you meet one of those two criteria, your comparison shopping is over before it began; if you want to buy an annual pass, this is the only one you can get. The downside? It’s the highest-priced Walt Disney World Annual Pass. On the plus side, you don’t have to deal with any blockout dates. In other words, as long as you can get your Park Pass theme park reservation (when applicable), you won’t be told that you’re not allowed in the park just because it’s summer vacation, spring break, or Christmas.

Disney Sorcerer Pass

  • Available to: Florida residents or Disney Vacation Club Members only
  • Blockout Dates: About 20
  • Park Reservations: Max 5 at any time (not counting bonus reservations or hotel stays)
  • Total Cost: $999 plus tax
  • Monthly Payment Option (FL residents only): $205 down, then 12 monthly payments of $72

If you don’t mind missing out on the three busiest weeks of the year (and meet the eligibility requirements), you can save a few hundred bucks on your Disney Annual Pass by selecting the Sorcerer Pass instead of the Incredi-Pass. With the Sorcerer Pass, you’re no longer able to visit the parks during the days around Thanksgiving or during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s. You’ll still be able to visit during weekends, spring break, and the summer.

Disney Pirate Pass

  • Available to: Florida residents only
  • Blockout Dates: About 75
  • Park Reservations: Max 4 at any time (not counting bonus reservations or hotel stays)
  • Total Cost: $799 plus tax
  • Monthly Payment Option (FL residents only): $205 down, then 12 monthly payments of $54

The Pirate Pass strikes a good balance of price versus blockout dates. It’s more restrictive than the Sorcerer pass, but is much more forgiving than the cheaper Pixie Dust pass. You’ll still be able to visit the park most days of the year, including most Saturdays and Sundays. You’ll still be shut out during long holiday weekends, and during the weeks of spring break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

Disney Pixie Dust Pass

  • Available to: Florida residents only
  • Blockout Dates: 150+
  • Park Reservations: Max 3 at any time (not counting bonus reservations or hotel stays)
  • Total Cost: $439 plus tax
  • Monthly Payment Option (FL residents only): $205 down, then 12 monthly payments of $22/mo

The Pixie Dust Pass is the lowest-priced Disney Annual Pass. In exchange for getting a great deal, passholders have to contend with the most restrictive blockout dates of any Disney annual pass. This pass is good essentially for certain weekdays — and that’s it. You won’t be able to enter the parks on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, the Monday or Friday of a long holiday weekend, spring break weeks, Thanksgiving week, or the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s. If you live in Florida and hate crowds, this might be the pass for you. But flexible, it is not.

Optional Annual Pass Add-Ons

In addition to your theme park admission, there are two optional add-ons which you can purchase to enhance your pass.

Disney PhotoPass Downloads

$99 — Get unlimited downloads of all your Disney PhotoPass photos for the term of your pass.

Water Park and Sports Option

$99 — Allows visits to Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon Water parks, admission to ESPN Wide World of Sports on event days, one round of mini-golf per day at Winter Summerland or Fantasia Gardens, FootGolf at Oak Trail, and traditional golf at Oak Trail.

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