With the recent increase in price for Disney World Annual Passes, many current and future Passholders may be wondering if the Passholder perks are still worth the price of the pass.
We took a look at the perks, which increase the value of a pass for Passholder, and here’s what we found.
For our evaluation we looked at one annual pass, the Platinum Annual Pass for Non-Florida Residents, which is $1,119.00 each. We assume you will visit the parks 10 times at various times throughout the year, so we will compare the price of the Pass and its perks to a 10-day Park Hopper Ticket, which costs around $585.00 per adult depending on the season you visit. Keep in mind, the 10-day tickets expire within 14 days of first use, while Passes are good for 365 days.
Now, let’s see if the Passholder perks are worth the price of a pass.
Annual Passholder Perks include:
- Free theme park parking
- Free PhotoPass downloads
- A Free MagicBand
- 20% discount on merchandise at Disney-owned locations.
- This means non-Disney stores in Disney Springs and stores like the Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Epcot Japan pavilion do not necessarily offer discounts (although some choose to do so).
- For a current list of participants, visit the Walt Disney World Website.
- 10%-20% discount at select restaurants.
- There are exceptions and exemptions.
- For a current list visit the Walt Disney World Website.
- Discounts on select tours, event, and party tickets.
- Discounts on select recreation activity tickets and fees.
- Discounts on Disney resorts.
We assigned some values to the perks above and came up with the following based on 10 visits.
- 10 days of theme park parking: $250.00 ($25.00/day)
- PhotoPass Downloads Memory Maker: $169 (advance purchase; on-site purchase is $199)
- MagicBand: $14.99 for basic, solid color MagicBand
Off the bat you save $433.99 which almost covers the entire price difference between an annual pass and a 10-day ticket of approximately $534.00. To recover the rest of the difference you need to save an additional $100.00 in dining, event tickets, tours, and merchandise discounts. That can be a lot of shopping and eating! However, when you add in any resort discounts, event ticket discounts, and tour discounts you might just reach that number and find the Passholder perks are worth the price of a pass. Remember, as the number of people in your traveling group or family grows, the amount you need to save also grows!
There are several priceless perks including the flexibility an annual pass offers that should also be factored in your analysis. Remember, those 10-day tickets are only good for any 10 days within 14 days after the first day of use. The annual passes are good for limitless entries for a full 365 days.
Other priceless perks include Passholder Previews (there are some coming up for Disney World’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land), V.I.Passholder events, Passholder gifts including car magnets, Food & Wine Festival gifts, and the opportunity to attend merchandise previews, and more.
When making the decision between a park ticket or an annual pass it is important to “crunch the numbers” for your personal situation and your family, as well as assign values to priceless perks and know your budget.
AllEars has completed a break-even analysis for annual passes, plus we have all of Walt Disney World’s menus online, with prices. If you pre-plan your trip and know where you will be eating you can even come up with a rough idea of how much the Annual Passholder dining discount can earn you. If you are staying at a Disney resort you can also compare the non-Passholder rate with a Passholder rate and add that in to your analysis.
Perhaps the perks will be worth the price of a pass for you.
Past, present, and future Passholders — are the perks worth the price of a pass? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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