Walt Disney World suspends sales of most new annual passes as the busy holiday season approaches

Nov 22, 2021 in "Ticket Annual Pass - Disney Incredi-Pass"

Posted: Monday November 22, 2021 8:06am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney suspended sales of most new Walt Disney World annual passes late yesterday less than three months after restarting sales.

As of this morning, only the heavily restricted Disney Pixie Dust Pass is available to purchase, with sales of the Pirate Pass, Sorcerer Pass and Incredi-Pass listed as "currently available."

Disney does have wording on its website to suggest that this may be a possibly, "Annual Passes may be unavailable for purchase at any time." There is no indication of when sales will resume, but Disney has noted internally that the pause in sales will last into 2022.

Annual Pass renewals remain available for purchase.

Walt Disney World's annual pass program was overhauled in late August 2021, with new pass types introduced, and sales then beginning in early September.

Disney hasn't given a reason for the halt in sales, but Disney Park Pass availability is becoming scarce again, with this week already full for many types of ticket.

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helenabearAug 27, 2022

Probably not. It's part of a package which is why they claim we have to buy them in the first place. Rather annoying tbh Hard to know for sure really. There was a time when buying direct got you more people who went only every 2-3 years. Now with 150 min again less new coming in for that. Even a lot who go annually, might not go enough days to make it worth it.

pdude81Aug 27, 2022

Hard to say without a big survey. I'm a 2-3 times per year so AP for me. Mine have not lapsed since Covid

doctornickAug 26, 2022

I’ve wondered how many DVC members are AP holders. I know many on this board indicate that it’s a very common thing but I’ve got to think there’s a number DVCers that only go every 2-3 years and the AP wouldn’t make sense.

HcalvertAug 26, 2022

Can the tickets you paid for be used toward renewal?

helenabearAug 26, 2022

Since I cannot do the bus portion, I have some rooms booked for us while the band will be there - or traveling there. They plan to leave on a Thursday at noon. Bus 16 hours and arrive at AK or breakfast on Friday. Then DHS that day. Next day is MK and the parade. Sunday Epcot. Monday USF (one park, not sure which) which I can pull him from. Then they leave that night and bus back home. We'll fly down instead. This whole trip will be $1250. No money off for being AP holders.

pdude81Aug 26, 2022

If you're not Blue Card DVC, those AP discounts can make a bigger difference than you some realize. Even 10% off food in a number of sit downs in the June heat can net you another hundred bucks. For me the big savings is the merch discount as we buy entirely too much crap.

HcalvertAug 26, 2022

Just renewed our APs (Incredi-Pass level). I worked it out that I would be saving at least $1,000 on tickets since we have a 9-night March trip and a 12-night June trip now booked. "Saving" is misleading though because I really had no plans on renewing until I was notified of my son's band trip and priced the tickets and realized that I was paying about $600 more to get APs instead and then ended up booking those trips I wasn't going to take. At least I got a deal on BWV for both stays (~$300/night), but only garden view was available.

HcalvertAug 26, 2022

The band department haven't released any "official" information yet, so I have no idea of the cost involved. We ended up just booking the March and June trips through DVC (renting points) in the last week. I highly doubt we will be going in December since the prices are so high.

socaljoeybAug 22, 2022

With the cutover of the tickets reservations to the new system I could see AP sales starting again soon.

jaxonpAug 22, 2022

I hear ya.. On top of my 3 big trips I’d usually make a few weekend trips or day trips up from south Florida in the winter when I’m there. I easily got 20-30 days out of my AP the last 7-8 years of having one. My next trip to Orlando is for HHN and maybe a single day at Epcot for the festival and to check out Guardians.

zappyAug 22, 2022

We fall in the same bucket. Only two trips this year April and September. My wife’s a teacher so with summers off we would of booked July and a quick trip in Jan/Feb most likely. Until AP sales come back will keep it to the spring and fall trips each year.

helenabearAug 22, 2022

We just paid the deposit on our kid's trip in March this morning. We do only have March and June planned though. For now...

jaxonpAug 22, 2022

I'd plan three 4-5 night trips right now for next year if I could buy an AP but alas ...

larryzAug 21, 2022