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NEWS: Disney World Announces Special Annual Passholder Perks for January

Being a Disney Annual Passholder already has a lot of perks, but the month of January just got a bit sweeter. Disney has announced some extra Passholder perks for January. Catch all the details below.


Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Jennifer Fickley-Baker:

Happy New Year to our Walt Disney World Annual Passholders. Today we’re happy to share that we’re kicking off 2019 with new offerings and events our Passholders won’t want to miss.

The first Walt Disney World Passholder event of 2019 will be the Potion Purple Premiere Pop-Up Event in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park on Thursday, January 10 from 5-7 p.m. At this event, you can be among the first to purchase the new potion purple merchandise, including adult and youth spirit jerseys, “Vacation Mode” water bottle, Loungefly mini backpack, Loungefly wallet and a new women’s Mickey T-shirt; sip and savor the newest purple food and beverage offerings for purchase – and discover more surprises.

Registration not required to attend this event, however a valid annual pass card and photo ID are required at check-in. Activities and offerings are subject to change without notice. Merchandise available while supplies last. The 20% Passholder merchandise discount is applicable for merchandise purchases during this event.

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Also, from Jan. 6-31, Passholders will receive a limited-time 20% discount at the following restaurants across Walt Disney World Resort for lunch and dinner:

  • Biergarten Restaurant at Epcot
  • Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park
  • Tiffins Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Tony’s Town Square Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park
  • Ale & Compass Restaurant at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside (Dinner Only)
  • Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Dinner Only)
  • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort (Dinner Only)
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort (8:30 p.m. show only)
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort (Dinner Only)
  • Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (Dinner Only)
  • The Wave… of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort

Discount applies to the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding applicable tax and gratuity) during available lunch and dinner meal periods. Valid for the Passholder and up to three (3) guests. Not valid for breakfast, special events and may not be combined with any other discount or offer.

Last but not least, Passholders will not want to miss out on the excitement at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. With “one little spark of inspiration,” we’ll soon debut the newest Passholder magnet in time for Epcot International Festival of the Arts, along with special offerings to help you experience the upcoming festival to its fullest. Details to come!

RELATED ARTICLE: 11 Reasons You, Yes You, Should Get an Annual Pass

by Chad Nykamp

Can I say something crazy? I know, you love crazy. If you are going to be at Disney World for at least a week, you’ll be surprised to know that an annual pass is probably your best option. If you spend a week at Disney once a year, you’re crazy not to get an annual pass. Why? It’s mostly math. You can argue with math, but you will lose.

For the sake of argument, let’s assume that we’re talking about a weekend to a weekend trip with 7 days spent in the park. Let’s also assume that you have to choose between purchasing a Disney Platinum Plus Annual Pass at $949 and a 7-day ticket with Park Hopper Plus option (because park hopper and the water parks are awesome and you should) which will cost $515. Let’s also assume that like most people you plan to eat during the week (also something you should do) and you are going to want at least a few mementos of your trip.

Why would I spend an extra $434 per person for an annual pass? Let’s take a look at 11 reasons why.


11 – Annual Passes Include Photopass Memory Maker

One of the most recent perks added to the annual passes is the addition of Photopass Memory Maker. This allows you to download all photos taken during your trip by Disney Photopass Photographers and on rides. Disney photographers are stationed pretty much everywhere but the restrooms to capture the moments of your special time. While this may not be something you would normally choose to purchase a few great pictures and it may become something you learn to love. Now that Memory Maker is included with annual passes I’ve been shocked by how many times I’ve heard people say (myself included), “I never thought much about it, but now that we have it we love it. We use it all the time.” This saves $169 per trip off the advanced purchase price.

10 – Save Money on Your Tickets

If you plan to make an annual pilgrimage to Disney World, you can save significant money by opting for the annual pass and using one simple scheduling strategy that we used. Plan two of those trips at once and make them 51 weeks (or less) apart. By doing this you are still vacationing once per year buy you’re getting two trips on one annual pass. Let your pass expire and repeat a year later with your next set of 2 trips. This will save you $81 per person versus buying those 7-day park hopper plus tickets two years in a row (and that doesn’t factor in price increases down the road).

9 – Save Money on Your Hotel Room

For all but the busiest times of the year, pass holders can usually get a nice discount at Disney hotels. Depending on when and where you are staying, this discount alone could pay for half or more of the pass and will easily cover the extra $434 over a regular ticket.

8 – Save Money on Parking

Not staying on property? That’s okay. There’s big money to be saved for you too. Each of those 7 days at the parks would normally cost you $22 for parking, but not for pass holders. Pass holders park for free which will save you $154 on your 7 days in the parks. Use Photo pass while you’re in the park and you’ve covered nearly covered the difference right there.

7 – Save Money on Merchandise

In the past, Pass holders have received a 10% discount at most merchandise locations around the property including World of Disney. Currently, the discount has been raised to 20%. Disney merchandise isn’t cheap so this really helps. Depending on your budget for these types of items, this discount could really add up. If you’re like us it’s the equivalent of getting a part-time job.


6 – Save Money on Dining

My favorite perk of being an annual pass holder is the dining discount. Discounts are usually at table service locations and are usually 10%. Again, Disney table service isn’t cheap, but it’s a great part of the vacation experience. For an average family of 4 eating on property, this will probably save you $15-30 per meal. A list of current dining discounts will come with your pass, but since it’s always changing it’s best to just ask at every meal.

5 – Save Money on a Bunch of Other Stuff Too

Besides the big everyday discounts above, there are a lot of other ways to save money with a pass. Whether it’s treatments at on property spas, sports and recreation activities, or special event tickets like the Halloween Party, it seems like almost every opportunity Disney offers as some sort of discount attached to it.

4 – Special Pass Holder Only Events and Extras

Disney does a great job of providing little extras that are hard to put a price tag on but work well at making you feel like an insider. There are pass holder days for the Halloween and Christmas parties. Pass holder days at Braves spring training games. A quarterly magazine full of good stuff. Pass holders usually get sneak peeks on new attractions or lands (we were able to get pass holder previews to Pandora-The World of Avatar). Pass holders also get early access to hard to get events such as RunDisney races. Finally, for all the collectors out there, Pass holders are able to purchase exclusive Disney Pins for special events and other celebrations.

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3 – Unplanned Trip?

Have a free weekend and some extra airline and hotel points? Why not make an unplanned trip to Disney World? With an annual pass the park is yours to enjoy any time you get the itch.

2 – Start Playing Immediately

If you’ve never been to Disney it will be a little harder to understand this, but take my word for it. Medieval torture chambers never came up with a device more excruciating than arriving at Disney World mid-afternoon but not being able to go to the parks because you don’t want to burn one day of your ticket on a half day. I want to get going right away. If the airline could parachute me onto Tower of Terror that would be even better. With an annual pass, you don’t need to worry about burning a day. It’s included. Just go. Have fun.

1 – Freedom

Most people don’t realize that when William Wallace uttered that spine-tingling cry of “Freeeeedoooom” he was actually confessing to the number one reason he got Disney World annual passes. I agree. In my opinion, this is my favorite AP benefit and it’s one that’s not listed on the website. An annual pass gives you the freedom to stop worrying about getting your money’s worth. You aren’t assigning a dollar value to every day of a park ticket so you don’t have to feel like you’re obligated to go go go all day. Once we got an annual pass, I stopped worrying about sleeping in a couple mornings or leaving in the afternoon to swim.

An annual pass is so worth it, and it’s the right choice for most guests. Get a discount on your room, eat a few table service meals and buy some souvenirs and you’ve made up the difference in cost. If you come once a year or more it’s a no-brainer. But even if you’ll only be here for a week every few years, when you add up all the discounts the pass often times pays for itself.

MONEY SAVING TIP: All the discounts listed above only require one person in the party to have a pass. If you won’t be able to get two trips in on one pass, then buy the annual pass for one person and get regular tickets for everyone else. Your group won’t get to enjoy a lot of the other benefits, but your family will save a lot of money this way.

***Prices current as of 3/06/2018

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About Chad & Cindy Nykamp

After years of multiple Walt Disney World vacations, Cindy and Chad's dream of living in Orlando came true in 2010. After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Chad and Cindy have been Disney World Annual Passholders for years, DVC members, together have raced more than 70 runDisney races, and particularly love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Chad and Cindy also regularly represent at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, they get an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World. These experiences have helped them gain knowledge and expertise they happily pass on to their followers. They still can't believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!