Walt Disney World Resort Announces Increases in Price for Annual and Seasonal Passes

Annual and Seasonal Passholders at the Walt Disney World Resort will be paying more money to renew their passes. Disney announced price increases and new levels for passes for Florida residents and out-of-state Passholders, while eliminating a $329 seasonal pass.

Walt Disney World Resort announces price increase for seasonal and annual passesWalt Disney World Resort announces price increase for seasonal and annual passes

In an email to guests, Disney said the new passholder system "has been designed to offer a wider variety of options and entitlements to best fit the needs of our Passholders."

There are two new seasonal passes for guests to choose from: a gold and silver pass. The Silver Pass is just for Florida residents and costs $389. The pass has blackout dates during the summer, Christmas, and spring break.

The gold pass costs $549 and only features blackout dates during Christmas and spring break. This pass is only for Florida residents and Disney Vacation Club members. Both the gold and silver passes now include free parking, and the gold pass also includes PhotoPass downloads.

The annual Platinum Plus Pass will cost Florida residents and DVC members $729, and will cost out-of-state guests $829. This pass provides admission to all four theme parks, two water parks, Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course, and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. This pass also features PhotoPass downloads. The annual Platinum Pass will now cost Florida residents $649 while out-of-state guests will pay $749.

The annual passes also include free parking. Florida residents can also purchase the Epcot After 4 pass for $249 plus tax and the Weekday Select Pass for $259, both of which also include free parking.

You can find a breakdown of Walt Disney World ticket prices here. All current annual passes will remain valid until their expiration dates.

Are you an Annual or Seasonal Passholder? What will these price increases mean to you when it is time to renew your passes? Let us know in the comments.


ScottFL wrote on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 20:39:

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We just renewed our Florida AP last month for (I believe) about $530 each. It has free parking and no blackouts. Looks like next year's Platinum Plus (no-blackouts) is going to be $649.

For $100 cheaper, I think I'll be able to live with the Gold Pass next year and skip Christmas & Easter.

Caleb wrote on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 14:13:

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I agree with Scott. My wife and I have been passholders now for 3 years. Especially after the removal of DisneyQuest, and the fact that we never go to the water parks, I think the Gold Pass will be just fine. You don't really want to be around during Christmas or Easter anyways, far too crowded!

Alisha wrote on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 15:40:

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I currently have a seasonal pass and personally I'm excited about the changes. The increase in price is well worth it to me to have free parking. The higher level passes do seem pretty pricey though.

Randy Bagwell wrote on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 23:26:

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My guess is that we'll give Disney a rest once our passes expire. $1300 is just too much for a couple of retirees. It looks like an awful lot of blackout dates for the less expensive tickets. Studios has less to do every visit, Epcot is looking run down and is mostly fun during Food & Wine. I imagine that we'll stick to Universal...

Beverly wrote on Thu, 10/08/2015 - 03:54:

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Too bad, having been a Fla passholder since 1988, multiple stays at on site hotels, at least 15-20 times over the years I am increasingly disappointed with Disney.
Last year for Osbourne lights, a family tradition for us since it first appeared. No Winter Lights anymore at Epcot. Less topiaries during flower show. The Very Merry Christmas party too crowded to be fun, no free pin or picture anymore. Whoopee free cookie and hot chocolate. Disney had a whole different feel to it than Universal but it is being destroyed.

Annette wrote on Thu, 10/08/2015 - 13:26:

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Just renewed our full/no black out with parking annual passes for $478 ea. We will be keeping track of
how much we actually use these passes over the next year and also tracking how much we use Tables In Wonderland now that it will be going up substantially as well. With so much renovation going on at Disney over the next few years I am not sure we will be renewing our passes at all or purchasing another TIW card until the Disney parks are fully up and running. I could pay for one person to take a cruise for what we will save by not purchasing passes and TIW for a couple if years. I'm already paying substantial dues for my DVC membership. Could be looking at enjoying resorts and no parks along with flexing the option of the DVC to travel elsewhere. Just like Disney I have to monitor my financial bottom line and spend my money wisely as well.

Edward W Pritchard wrote on Thu, 10/08/2015 - 13:47:

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We live in Tennessee and have been Annual Passholders for 7 years but with the continued increases every year the current pass will be my last Annual Pass. I can't afford $749 for a pass even if I do try to get down to Orlando 3 or 4 weeks a year.
Will miss our visits but guess it will have to be limited to 1 week a year and a 2 or 3 day pass.

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