What’s NOT Included With the New Disney World Annual Passes

Today, Disney World announced the return of Annual Passes with a new program.

Disney World Annual Pass

There are now four different passes available with new pricing and updated perks. Some things have changed significantly, including the loss of some options that were available previously. So what’s missing from the new Annual Pass program? We’re breaking it down.

PhotoPass Downloads

Previously, those with Gold, Platinum, and Platinum Plus-level Annual Passes would get the Memory Maker add-on included with their passes. This means that all PhotoPass pictures (whether from Disney PhotoPass photographers or rides) would be available to download from the My Disney Experience app for no additional fee.

Ride photos at Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.

For regular guests, Memory Maker is $69 for one day, $169 in advance for your whole vacation, or $199 if bought during or after your trip. Now, all Annual Passholders will have to pay an additional fee for Memory Maker, with the $99 Annual Pass add-on. For those who had lower-level Annual Passes that didn’t include the Memory Maker, this could be helpful…but for those who had it included previously, it’s definitely a loss.

You’ll now have to pay extra for this perk.

Water Parks and Sports

Previously, admission to the water parks and sports activities of Walt Disney World was included with the purchase of a Platinum Plus Annual Pass. That particular pass category is disappearing and instead, passholders will need to pay an additional $99 plus tax to add the Water Park and Sports option to their passes.


With the Water Park and Sports option, you’ll be given one admission to select experiences around Walt Disney World Resort, including Blizzard Beach, Oak Trail Golf Course, FootGolf, mini-golf, and more. Similar to the new Memory Maker add-on, this could be beneficial for those who didn’t have the Platinum Plus pass, but detrimental to those who did.

Blizzard Beach Water Park is included in the add-on.

It may also be important to note that the Platinum Plus annual pass was previously $1,295 (at the initial purchase, plus tax) and included both the PhotoPass and the water parks and sports. The corresponding pass with the new system is the Disney Incredi-Pass for $1,299 (at the initial purchase, plus tax) and will not include those options. It will, however, offer 5 Disney Park Pass reservations and keep free standard parking and a variety of discounts around the resort.

Winter Summerland Mini Golf

Fewer Options for Florida Residents

Under the old system, Florida Residents had several different annual pass options. They could get the exclusive Gold Pass, Silver Pass, Weekday Select Pass, Theme Park Select Pass, EPCOT After 4PM Pass, or the Water Parks After 2PM Pass. On top of that, they were offered special rates on the Platinum and Platinum Plus passes.

There was even an option just for EPCOT!

Now, Florida Residents have three exclusive options or four choices in total. Only Florida Residents can purchase the Disney Pixie Dust Pass for $399 (plus tax) or the Disney Pirate Pass for $699 (plus tax). Florida Residents or DVC Members can purchase the Disney Sorcerer Pass for $899 plus tax. And all guests can buy the Disney Incredi-Pass for $1,299, but Florida Residents will pay the same price as everyone else.

Pass options are a bit more limited now.

There are special rates available for those renewing: $1,104 for Incredi-Pass renewals, $764 for Sorcerer Pass, $594 for Pirate Pass, and $339 for Pixie Dust Pass.

Fewer Options for Out-Of-State Guests

For those who live outside of Florida and aren’t DVC Members, there is only one pass choice now: the Incredi-Pass. Previously, these guests had the choice of the Platinum Pass or the Platinum Plus and they would decide depending on whether or not they wanted the water parks. Now, anyone who falls in this category has the singular option and must pay the $99 fee to add on the Memory Maker or the Water Parks and Sports.


No Free MagicBands

Finally, the other thing missing from the new annual pass program is the free MagicBand perk. We already knew that this option was going away, but it’s important to note for those renewing or purchasing this year.

Solid colored MagicBands aren’t free anymore.

The good news is that Disney is now offering MagicMobile, a new way for guests to scan into the parks using their smartphones. This feature in the My Disney Experience app connects to your phone’s wallet and can accomplish most of the things that a MagicBand could. Although, if you still want a MagicBand, they’re available for purchase online and in gift shops around the property.


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2 Replies to “What’s NOT Included With the New Disney World Annual Passes”

  1. Sorry to say we will not be renewing our annual passes for next year. We feel Disney is outpricing families with the discontinuation of the fast pass system, and now we are losing the magic maker option, which was included when we renewed this year. We are also losing access to the water parks. The price of the annual passes increases every year. That should compensate Disney for the privileges we have enjoyed.

  2. We bought into DVC so we could save money for future trips. We would purchase annual passes and go to WDW at least 2x and sometimes more iduring the year. Disney has become so expensive we barely go every other year. Now we rent out our points with the money we pay our dues, taxes and use the money to buy our passes online from undercover tourist.com they have reasonable prices compared to Disney. Another DVC member passed this tip on to us a good way in dealing with increases so I hope this will help other DVC members when you purchase DVC your told of all the perks once they have our money the perks have been disappearing now we have to pay for fast pass and individual rides (Genie and Genie +) pay for transportation from airport Block out days on increased prices of annual passes. Our kids are out of school on holidays but all annuals block out holidays and some even summer vacation so when can the average family afford to go to Disney even if your a DVC member??