Disney World annual passes for Florida residents explained

Can’t get enough Disney, Floridians? Walt Disney World offers myriad ways that Florida residents can save on annual passes to its parks and resorts, but because there are so many, it may take some work to find the right one for you.

Disney’s Annual Passholder Program offers five different options with Florida resident discounts. Each is good for one year from its first use.

Here is a quick rundown of each and its current pricing for Florida residents. Proof of Florida residency is required.

Premium Annual Pass ($542.09 ages 10 and older; $499.49 ages 3-9)

The top tier offers unlimited admission to all four Disney theme parks, admission to multiple parks on same day, free parking, unlimited access (except for special events) to the Oak Trail Golf Course, events days at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, both Disney water parks and DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park at Downtown Disney.

Annual Pass ($414 ages 10 and older; $381.27 ages 3-9)

This option provides unlimited access to the four Disney theme parks, admission to multiple parks on same day and free parking.

Seasonal Pass ($286.49 ages 10 and older; $264.12 ages 3-9)

Access to the four Disney theme parks and admission to multiple parks on same day. With this option,  the cost of parking is not included, and there are blackout dates when the pass cannot be used for admission. The blackout dates are during Disney World’s busiest times, so this may not be a factor for you. However, be sure to check the dates before you buy the pass to be sure they don’t conflict with any vacation plans you may already have.

Weekday Select Pass ($190.64 ages 10 and older; $175.73 ages 3-9)

Same as the Seasonal Pass except that it’s only good Monday through Friday.

Epcot after 4 p.m. (190.64 ages 10 and older; $175.73 ages 3-9)

For the lovers of Epcot who have their evenings free, this passholder option gives its holder admission to the theme park any day after 4 p.m. There are no blackout dates.

All of the Annual Passholder options include exclusive passholder communications, special discounts and offers for resort stays, dining merchandise and more.

If your budget does not allow you to shell out all the money at once, Disney offers 12-month payment plans for all options in the Annual Passholder program.

Just a few Disney visits for you?

Florida residents who plan to visit Disney World not as often can save money with the 3-Day Play Pass.  That includes three one-day, one-park admissions to any of the four parks. The cost of $138 plus tax is 40 percent less than the price of a 3-Day Magic Your Way Base Ticket.

The Play Pass can be used for any three days within six months of its first use, with no blackout dates. (The non-discounted pass expires 14 days after first use).

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