Disney introduces tiered Annual Pass ticket program with new benefits and pricing structure

Oct 04, 2015 in "Ticket - Platinum Pass Annual Pass"

Posted: Sunday October 4, 2015 6:48am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney is today introducing an all new Annual Pass ticket program, with new pricing and new benefits.

Some tickets are only available to Florida Residents, including the Silver, Weekday Select and Epcot After 4 Pass. The Gold Pass is available only to Florida Residents and DVC Members.

For non-Florida Residents, there are two passes available, The Platinum Plus Pass and Platinum pass.

Disney Vacation Club Members can purchase Platinum Plus, Platinum, and Gold.

All Annual Pass tickets now include complimentary parking. Monthly payment plans continue to be available with a $112 down-payment up-front.

New pricing is effective October 4 2015, and is for ages 3+.

Disney Platinum Plus Pass

New: $829 + tax / Florida Residents and DVC Members $729 + tax.

Renewal: $705 + tax / Florida Residents and DVC Members $619 + tax.

Charter: Non-FL Resident $685 + tax / Florida Resident and DVC $599 + tax.

Platinum Plus Pass Includes:

  • Parking
  • Magic Band
  • Admission to all 4 parks
  • Park Hopping
  • PhotoPass downloads
  • No Block Out Dates
  • Water Parks, Oak Trail Golf and ESPN Wide World of Sports

Disney Platinum Pass

New: $749 + tax / Florida Residents and DVC Members $649 + tax.

Renewal: $635 + tax / Florida Residents and DVC Members $549 + tax.

Charter: Non-FL Resident $615 + tax / Florida Resident and DVC $539 + tax.

Platinum Pass Includes:

  • Parking
  • Magic Band
  • Admission to all 4 parks
  • Park Hopping
  • PhotoPass downloads
  • No Block Out Dates

Disney Gold Pass

New: Florida Residents and DVC Members $549 + tax.

Renewal: Florida Residents and DVC Members $466 + tax.

Gold Pass Includes:

  • Parking
  • Magic Band
  • Admission to all 4 parks
  • Park Hopping
  • PhotoPass downloads
  • Block Out Dates: December 17–31, 2015; January 1, 2016; March 19–April 1, 2016; December 16–31, 2016; January 1–2, 2017.

Disney Silver Pass

New: Florida Residents $389 + tax.

Renewal: Florida Residents Renewal $330 + tax.

Silver Pass Includes:

  • Parking
  • Magic Band
  • Admission to all 4 parks
  • Park Hopping
  • Block Out Dates: December 17–31, 2015; January 1, 2016; March 19–April 1, 2016; June 6–August 11, 2016; December 16–31, 2016; January 1–2, 2017.

Disney Weekday Select Pass

New: $259 + tax.

Weekday Select Pass Includes:

  • Parking
  • Magic Band
  • Admission to all 4 parks on weekdays only
  • Park Hopping
  • Block Out Dates: No Saturday or Sunday admission; December 17–31, 2015; January 1, 2016;
    March 19–April 1, 2016; June 6–August 11, 2016; December 16–31, 2016; January 1–2, 2017.

Epcot After 4 Pass

New: Florida Resident $249 + tax.

Renewal: Florida Resident $211 + tax.

Epcot After 4 Pass Includes:

  • Parking
  • Magic Band
  • Admission to Epcot only

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cjgrenDec 21, 2016

I was there this past weekend (12/16 - 12/18) and it was crowded, but I completely expected it based on when I was going.

Kman101Dec 21, 2016

And since I was there ... Universal was fairly crowded but still not unmanageble and actually pleasant to walk around, but I don't understand the insane crowding that goes on at the front entrace to Universal? Like insane but once inside ... And I know the Minions are popular but wow at people willing to wait so long for that attraction? I don't quite get that. Anyway ... back to Disney ....

Tony the TiggerDec 21, 2016

AK was fine at lunchtime and Epcot was fine at night but a little crowded because of EMH. MK closed early the night before for Christmas party and had EMH on Wed, so I'm guessing those things pushed more people to Tuesday. Same here!

Kman101Dec 21, 2016

Disney Springs was crowded yesterday but hardly unmanageable. Healthy crowds but not overwhelming. It's the week before Christmas, what are we expecting? LOL

SonconatoDec 21, 2016

And I would venture to guess that this coming Saturday...Christmas Eve, will be substantially better. I've posted videos from similar times last year proving so. This happens just at the start of summer too.

NearTheEarsDec 21, 2016

Thankfully because of FP+ crowds really don't effect our visits. We rarely stay for an entire day, so we always get those three headliners in then can pick and chose what else we want to do based on wait times. I know a lot of locals hate FP+, but it's worked marvelously for us and our touring style. We went to Disney Springs (to see Rogue One) Saturday night and it was very crowded. As was DHS on Sunday. But that was to be expected this time of year. We're blacked out now (silver pass) so we won't be back until next year (haha).

MansionButler84Dec 21, 2016

To be fair, MK is *always* crowded from about 10 am on. I've gone at various times of year and it has no impact. Meanwhile, on the same trips, I'd sporadically see the other three parks largely empty.

**Stacy**Dec 21, 2016

Disney Springs was pretty insane on the morning of December 9th (a Friday). I went to the MK on Tuesday December 13th and there was a 45 minute wait for the Haunted Mansion. 50 minutes for Pirates, 10 minutes for Little Mermaid though, I didn't pay any attention to the mountains. I was pretty much over the crowds and left after 4 hours. (I heard quite a bit of bellyaching over food prices as I maneuvered through crowds, and I saw lots of PB&J's from home...and a Domino's pizza). I am hoping January lightens up a bit crowd-wise. Glad I only bought a Silver AP, in hindsight probably would have been better off buying a weekday pass while I am trying to find my "happy" at Disney again.

MansionButler84Dec 21, 2016

You are anecdotally using the weekend before Christmas being crowded to prove that the parks are crowded?

SonconatoDec 21, 2016

Weird replying to myself, but as far as I'm concerned, I guessed right. I know that this is bringing back an old thread, but in this case, it was necessary to prove a point. That point being that the Parks are clearly very much more crowded than they used to be as I stated over a year ago when the price of the AP increases were announced. This is most definitely the case on weekends, therefore, once again, Disney’s plan to reduce crowds has failed miserably. Last weekend was a NIGHTMARE and all other weekends have been very near that as well!

WDWGuideNov 25, 2015

We renewed from Annual to Silver at guest services in the Studios and got the renewal discount.

SonconatoNov 25, 2015

That's good to know, especially since we've been getting varied answers from Disney themselves. My husband had emailed Disney a few days ago to see what they had to say via email...still haven't heard back. We're going to continue asking to see if we continue to get varied answers. He also realized that we're the only family left in his small office that has APs...there used to be 5 families. Some stopped and some decided to get Universal APs.

JohnDNov 24, 2015

I noticed that unlimited downloads (Memory Maker) costs $169. If just $100 was removed from the regular price and used as the cost of the add-in for unlimited downloads, there might be more of an incentive for people to purchase the passes. My guess is you'll see fewer PhotoPass purchases if this is done but, taken as a whole, I wouldn't be surprised if there were a net increase in profits to WDW because of a lower pass price. In other words, prices including tax: Silver: $414.29 (no change) Christmas/Holiday, Easter, and Summer blocked out Gold: $584.69 - 100 = $484.69 Christmas/Holiday and Easter blocked out Platinum: $691.19 - 100 = $591.19 No block out dates Platinum Plus: $776.39 - 100 = $676.39 No block out dates plus water parks, golf courses, and ESPN complex PhotoPass add-in: $100

rucifeeNov 24, 2015

Our annual family reunion / Disney World vacation will be held at Universal Studios next year for the first time ever. The plan is already set in motion. :)