Walt Disney World Annual Pass and Florida Resident Recent Changes

Yes, we all are sad when Disney raises prices and so be prepared to be sad. They have changed (increased) the Annual Passes and Florida Residents are the main victims of the latest price hikes but there was also a parking fee increase from $17 to $20 to park at any WDW theme park. Once you have paid once though in a day you do not have to pay again to change parks or for in and out privileges.

For the annual passholders here are the prices and inclusions for the new tiered program:

Deluxe Platinum Pass – Cost $829.00 for all guests ages 3 and up. You receive one-year of admission to all four WDW theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom) and you will also be able to park hop on any given day. You will receive free theme park pricing (so no price hike for you!) and admission to the two water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon) and also ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course. You also receive special promotions/discounts at Disney Resort hotels when available and discounts on dining, merchandise, recreation and tours. Also you receive the ability to download Disney PhotoPass photos and videos as part of the annual pass at no additional fee.

Disney Platinum Pass – Cost $749.00 for all guests ages 3 and up. You receive one-year of admission to all four WDW theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom) and you will also be able to park hop on any given day. You also receive free theme park parking and also special promotions/discounts at Disney Resort hotels when available and discounts on dining, merchandise, recreation and tours. Also you receive the ability to download Disney PhotoPass photos and videos as part of the annual pass at no additional fee.

 

Water Park Annual Pass – Cost $110 for ages 10 and up and $99 for ages 3-9. You receive one-year of admission to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach.

Florida Residents and Disney Vacation Club Members:

Disney Gold Pass – This is for both Florida Residents and Disney Vacations Club Members. Cost $549.00 for all guests ages 3 and up. You receive one year admission (except for blackout dates included with the Gold Pass – see below) to all four WDW theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom).

Blackout Dates: December 17–31, 2015; January 1, 2016; March 19–April 1, 2016; December 16–31, 2016; January 1–2, 2017.

You also receive free theme park parking and also special promotions/discounts at Disney Resort hotels when available and discounts on dining, merchandise, recreation and tours. Also you receive the ability to download Disney PhotoPass photos and videos as part of the gold pass at no additional fee.

Disney Silver Pass – Florida Residents Cost $389.00 for all guests ages 3 and up. You receive one year admission (except for blackout dates included with the Gold Pass – see below) to all four WDW theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom).

Blackout 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.

You also receive free theme park parking and also special promotions/discounts at Disney Resort hotels when available and discounts on dining, merchandise, recreation and tours. 

Weekday Select Pass – Florida Residents Cost $259.00 for all guests ages 3 and up. You receive one year admission, WEEKDAYS ONLY, to all four WDW theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom).  You also receive free theme park parking and also special promotions/discounts at Disney Resort hotels when available and discounts on dining, merchandise, recreation and tours.

EPCOT After 4 Annual Pass –  Florida Residents Cost $249.00 for all guests ages 3 and up. You receive one year admission, after 4:00 PM, to EPCOT any day. You also receive free theme park parking and also special promotions/discounts at Disney Resort hotels when available and discounts on dining, merchandise, recreation and tours.

For all you Tables In Wonderland fans out there you need to read up too. This dining program has also increased in price across the board by $50. The card is now $150 for Annual Passholders and DVC Members and $175 for Florida residents. I love Tables in Wonderland and will just have to visit more to make it work at the new prices!

So how sad or upset are you? Is this going to change any future plans you have?

Guest Blogger: Chris Gardiner’s Review of Tables in Wonderland

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It surprises me how many Disney travelers that I meet that have never heard of Disney’s “Tables in Wonderland” program.  I truly find this to be one of WDW’s hidden discount perks and one that could save you a lot of money and convenience if it’s right for you.

For those who do not know, the “Tables in Wonderland” is a card you can purchase if you are a Florida Resident, Annual and/or Seasonal Passholder, or a DVC member.  The cost of the annual card is $125 for Florida Residents and $100 for Annual or Seasonal Passholders and DVC members.  There are some great benefits to having this card that I wanted to go over as well as some of my own experiences from using the card.

The main perk is that the card offers a 20% discount on food and beverages (including alcohol!) at over 100 participating restaurant at WDW.  This includes the parks, resort hotels and Downtown Disney locations.  Considering how much you spend on dining at WDW this can be a great savings!  I find that the majority of the restaurants accepting the card are table service restaurants, while there are a handful of quick-service restaurants are sprinkled in (however I am not complaining because the table service restaurants are the more costly).  Another great advantage of this is that the 20% discount applies to parties of up to 10 people (including yourself). I personally have had the chance to be able to use my card on several trips where I had gone with multiple parties and we all had the chance to dine together.  One time was for the Princess Breakfast at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in EPCOT for a party of 7 and the other time was at Be Our Guest at the Magic Kingdom for a party of 9.  Trust me, when I was able to save everyone 20% on their meal it was a ‘magical moment’!  Now you do have to keep in mind a couple of things.  According to their policy when you using the discount “everyone has to be on the same check” and “the Tables In Wonderland member has to pay the bill”.  Honestly I have seen the “member having to pay the bill” enforced sometimes and not at other times.  But my suggestions is just to have a quick conversation with everyone prior to the meal to figure out that if you do have to pay for the meal who gives you money, etc..  Another thing to keep in mind is that by using the card an 18% gratuity is automatically added to the bill.  I have never had an issue with this and actually find it convenient as there is not going back and forth on paying the bill.

Another perk that Tables In Wonderland offers is free valet and theme parking for dining purposes.  If you are renting or have your own car I find this to be a great perk as valet parking at the Disney resorts is $20!  On my last trip we used Tables in Wonderland and dined at 3 Disney Resorts (so in addition to saving 20% on the meal we saved $60 in valet parking fees!).

There are a couple of items that you want to make sure you are aware of with Tables in Wonderland.  The first is that there are blackout dates!  The card cannot be used on:  Mother’s Day, Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Day, New Year’s Eve & Day.  In addition to these dates several of the very popular table service restaurants have some additional blackout dates so make sure you check out www.tablesinwonderland.com for these specifics.

The other very important thing I have learned is do not LOSE or FORGET your Tables In Wonderland card!  You have to have your card with you to use the discount (they will not look it up for you) and if you lose your card you have to pay $50 fee to get a replacement one.  I know this for a fact because prior to one of my last Disney trips I had put my Tables In Wonderland card in a very safe location in my house and then proceeded to leave it at my house while I was at WDW.  So $50 later I learned a valuable lesson (but it was still worth it to have the card!).

As long as I have my annual pass I will continue to get Tables in Wonderland – it’s a great hidden perk that if used the right way can save you big time on your dining at WDW.  Enjoy!