When Will Disney World Sell Annual Passes Again (2023)

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Disney Annual Passholder Magnets on our fridge.

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Disney accidentally resumed selling annual passes to DVC owners, and Florida residents on June 28th 2022 for about 30 minutes. The Sorcerer Pass was available for $899 and the Pirate Pass for $699. All other passes including the Incredi Pass were not available. Passes are not currently available.

As of November 16th 2022, Walt Disney World will not sell annual passes for the remainder of the year. Although the CEO during an investor call that they aren’t ruling it out in the future. So if you don’t have an annual pass, you won’t be getting one this year outside of the basic Florida pass if you live in Florida.

We just renewed our annual passes, and you can read about why I renewed my Annual Pass here.

Before we go down to the rumor mill and discuss when Disney will sell annual passes again, we should remember when and why they originally stopped selling annual passes. Disney stopped selling all 4 of their annual passes on November 21st, 2021. 

That was after they stopped selling back when the Disney World parks closed down in March of 2020.  Since then the parks have roared back to life, with crowded parks, some reaching capacity after requiring all guests to have a park reservation before entry and park hopping at 2pm.

Why would anyone want to buy an annual pass from Disney? They started at about $400 for Florida residents, and out of state guests passes start at $1299. Even then if you want access to the water parks, or photopass options that have been offered in years past, you will have to shell out another $99 for each option you have.  If you have multiple people in your family, only one of you needs to get the $99 photopass option and have them download the pictures you take while in the parks.

All four annual passes previously included the following benefits: 

  • Standard theme park parking
  • Hopper option
  • Select dining discounts
  • Discounts on dessert parties, or after hours events.
  • Up to 20% off select merchandise
  • 50th Anniversary special surprises
  • Access to special Passholder merchandise
  • Disney will also be offering “bonus days” when availability allows for those who aren’t blocked out.

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So when will Walt Disney World sell annual passes again in 2022?

This is a great question that no one in the Disney Blogsphere can answer with absolute certainty at this moment. Bob Chapnek has said there is “strong demand”, and there isn’t a “slow season” any more. 

If you currently hold an annual pass from Disney, and plan to go to Disney World for more than 8 park days, we highly encourage you to renew when you can.  Current Incredi-Passholders will be able to renew for $1,104 plus tax with no blackout dates around holidays.

That all said, we believe that there will be new annual passes sold again before the end of 2022.  I would recommend keep an eye out around September and October of 2022 for new annual pass sales.

Are Passholders less valuable to Disney?

Disney is still attempting to recover losses they experienced during the pandemic. During the last stockholders meeting Disney is showing major profits, mostly coming from the purchase of Lightning Lanes and Genie+ with high attendance records. As out of state passholders, I know we tend to eat at Disney restaurants for almost every meal, as well as indulge in a number of sweet treats. So maybe the current Disney CEO has a point not to value Passholders as much. We make it a habit of not buying the Lightning Lanes, as we are avid Rope Droppers.

Read Also: Guide to Rope Dropping Magic Kingdom in Disney World

Are you an annual passholder now? Are you thinking about renewing? What perks do you miss the most about being a passholder?

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Bayley Clark

An elementary teacher taking every opportunity to go to Florida and explore Disney, Universal, and Orlando. Happy to share the secrets and guides to help make your next trip magical.

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6 thoughts on “When Will Disney World Sell Annual Passes Again (2023)”

  1. I miss not being able to just go to Disney parks whenever we want without having to make a reservation.
    Many times we cannot get a reservation and we are annual pass holders.

    I feel Disney caters with people coming from other states to come to the parks instead of the annual pass holders.

    Do away with reservations for us annual pass holders. We support Disney year round not for only a week

      • We do as well. Sadly, Disney doesn’t need AP holders right now to fill in the lull of traffic as they are struggling to keep up with the attendance they have. I think we will see some cooling off soon, as I’m sure they will love an influx of money from new annual passholders.

    • I don’t follow this.

      There are out of state AP holders too.
      Not sure what you mean by “catering to out of state”
      You are clearly a FL resident.

      I’m assuming you mean out of state non-AP holders.

  2. The most magical place on earth has completely changed. No lionger do you encounter genuinely happy employees that enjoy working there. No matter what the problem was, the attitude and Smile from somebody that worked at Disney pre covid could put your mind at ease almost immediately. Their kindness was contagious.

    But that is not what you are likely to encounter at any one of Disney’s parks nowadays. Unfortunately it seems to be the exception to meet a cast member who cares about their job or your experience. I have never encountered as many people at Disney, that are rude, inconsiderate and lazy as I have in this past year.

    And most certainly do not go to any of the Disney parks if you or a family member are disabled and require a wheelchair or an ECV.

    People with disabilities end up becoming a burden to their family, they feel like a burden to themselves everything takes longer! Be prepared to wait in several lines for up to an hour just to find out what accommodations are truly offered and do not expect to be able to get any of these services online or with a cast member on the phone! It is a hassle to get any type of accommodations with either your pass, your family joining you on rides, and God for bid if you’re not one of the first people there or using an outside agency for a wheel chair or ECV! You are not likely to get any type of wheelchair or ECV unless you are there when the park opens. It appears that every park has a very limited number of these and in my experience several of them do not work to full capacity anyway.

    Let’s talk about reservations for a moment. We’ve been a passholder for eight years. However during Covid we elected to cancel our pass. Last year when they reopened sales we purchased the pixie pass. We have been unable to use the pass other than 3 times because of the circumstances with available reservations and our work schedules not allowing us to fully plan that far in advance. You’re certainly not going to get into the most popular parks until after 2 PM so be prepared to waste several hours of your day between transportation to and from parking lot entrance gates and the parks themselves.

    Let’s talk about 20% off on food, there are very few restaurants that accept the 20% off and even some stores that do not honor it as well. So unless you plan on sitting down at a restaurant do not plan on getting a discount on your food just because you are a passholder.

    However if you are disabled and you pay for an ECV at the first park you do visit, once you get to the next park after 2 PM do not be surprised when they tell you there are no longer any wheelchairs are ECV’s available.

    If you are disabled and or are a family member trying to navigate the park with you, be aware that VERY FEW park guests or cast members will have any consideration for you trying to get through a line, in a ride, through a crowd or simply down the street.

    Be prepared to have to navigate through very small lines and roped off areas as most of these parks were never built with the intention of accommodating the disabled.

    For those of you that have read this far down and feel like I might be cynical at this point, you may be right. I always considered myself one of the biggest Walt Disney World fans but my experience this past year has left me feeling empty and undecided as to whether or not we would want to support Walt Disney World in the future. Thank you for reading And just an FYI I was injured in a car accident almost 2 years ago so I had plenty of really amazing experiences at Disney prior to this injury however I cannot express enough that these parts could care less about the American disabilities act or any hardship it causes you or your family when you are in their parks.


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