Disney introduces a new Florida Resident Theme Park Select Pass and add-ons for other passes

Jul 06, 2018 in "Ticket - Florida Resident Theme Park Select Pass"

Posted: Friday July 6, 2018 4:00pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney is introducing a new Annual Pass on July 9, aimed at offering more flexibility for guests visiting Walt Disney World.

The Florida Resident Theme Park Select Pass is another option for Florida residents who are looking for access to at least one theme park during most times of the year. Each park's availability will be accessible online through a 13-month blockout calendar. 

It includes at least 325 days of access at select theme parks and at least 175 days of access to all four theme parks throughout the year, and is priced at $439.

In addition to the new pass, Disney is also introducing add-ons for Florida Resident Disney Weekday Select, Florida Resident Theme Park Select and Florida Resident Disney Silver Passholders.

Priced at $89, that gives access to Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Animal Kingdom through August 9 2018, which is a period currently blocked out to those passes.

Both the new Florida Resident Theme Park Select Pass and the add-on will be available for purchase on July 9 2018.

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AshaNeOmahOct 16, 2018

And it worked until now for me and my family. We're 600 miles away so an AP made sense for many years, for 10-12 days annually. At the approaching price of $1k each, with other increases taken into consideration, 4-7 days every 18 months is enough for us. WDW can't be our 'go to' place any more and I really hate that it's at that point.

SirwalterraleighOct 16, 2018

Correct... But...what if one of your core IP is currently “not doing so well”? Unique times

NaplesgolferOct 16, 2018

I think cap-ex for all the project's worldwide need to be paced so quatererly numbers for wallstreet work.

CJROct 16, 2018

Completely get "why" the blockout dates exist, but the pass doesn't make sense to purchase when the silver pass is still only slightly more expensive in the great scheme of things and the weekday pass is $120 less. Neither of which blockout DHS completely in August and September of next year, probably won't have all of October blocked out either. While this pass gets you in on the weekends most of the time, MK is blocked out on Saturdays, blocked out for the summer, and closes at 6pm most Sunday nights in the fall due to the parties. If you don't want to pay for gold or silver, which would get you in on most weekends, the weekday pass is the far better option. They also offered an add-on to the Silver and Weekday passes that got you into all four parks in the summer for $89. Even with a price increase next year, it's likely to be cheaper than Gold for Silver holders, cheaper than the theme park select for weekday holders and includes all the parks, not just Epcot. If this pass was made to sell, it'd need to be priced about the same as the weekday pass, IMO. At the moment, it's not even close. Maybe in a few years?

SirwalterraleighOct 16, 2018

Disney has every reason on earth to accelerate the construction in studios...but is it possible? And wound they bother?

SirwalterraleighOct 16, 2018

Hmmmm...that’s an interesting development

SirwalterraleighOct 16, 2018

The goal of the annual pass program...like DVC...was never to charge retail price upfront. It was to develop longterm loyalty and ancillary sales.

MisterPenguinOct 16, 2018

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway. If in doubt, check the abbreviation link in my sig below. :)

JohnDOct 16, 2018

Had to think about the acronym for a second: Mickey and Minnie's (or is it Mickey Mouse's) Runaway Railway. Got it.

JohnDOct 16, 2018

Even if you didn't want to pay $40 more for the Silver pass, you could still pay less for the Weekday Select Pass for all weekdays during the year and still get to visit HS during this time which is probably more time than this pass.

MisterPenguinOct 16, 2018

I wonder if this means they're sure that MMRR will be up and running by June.

CJROct 16, 2018

Exactly. It's because they want to make sure the openings around MMRR and SW:GE are blocked out, which I understand the logic there. I have a feeling after they get a better idea of the time frames, they'll unblock some days. Still, from a marketing perspective, it's hard to see people jumping for this pass with no guarantee some days will become available. You'd have to really love Epcot in its current state. I mean, if money's an object, you probably shouldn't be buying an annual pass to begin with, IMO.

JohnDOct 16, 2018

Right. I get that that is during the time that SW:GE will open sometime that fall but that is ridiculous.

CJROct 16, 2018

I'm curious how well this pass is selling. I get blocking out busy days, but come on, DHS is blocked out from June 3rd and onward. We baulked at that. It's nearly half a year blocked out at this point. It's one thing to block out some days, but not half a year. I bet they'll eventually add some days in, but the point is, looking at it right now it's laughable when you consider that you can just pay $50 more for a Silver Pass (worse when you think that they were the same prices yesterday) and go. Not worth it so you can visit a worn down Epcot in the hot summer.