Disney Annual Pass 2023

Disney Annual Pass 2023

An annual pass is your ticket to the magic. Disney paused annual pass sales on both coasts during the pandemic. The closure, then uncertainty and need to minimize the number of guests in the parks caused this to happen. Time passed and many things started to get back to normal. What hasn’t returned to normal, at all, is the Disney annual pass situation. Annual pass sales have opened but were paused again once Disney felt they had reached some sort of unshared quota. This had not happened prior to 2020.

So can you buy a Disney annual pass in 2023? It’s been announced that Walt Disney World, which we’re focusing on in this article, will resume all annual pass sales on Thursday April 20th, 2023. Eligible DVC Members will have early access to buy the Disney Sorcerer Pass online beginning Thursday April 13th. For now, the answer is a little more complicated as only some people can purchase a certain annual pass. Disney shared the number of passes available is limited and sales may stop at any time. When that happens, we anticipate sales to return to the current status which we discuss in detail below.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom | Disney Annual Pass 2023

Can You Buy a Disney Annual Pass 2023

Can you even buy a 2023 Disney annual pass right now? The answer depends on where you live and when you want to visit. Most annual passes are listed as currently unavailable on the Disney World site and have been for months. There are some great benefits for Florida residents including access to some special annual passes. All of this changes April 20th and even sooner for Disney Vacation Club Members who are eligible for Membership Extras. From the Disney Parks Blog article announcement:

New sales of the Disney Incredi-Pass, Disney Sorcerer Pass and Disney Pirate Pass will resume and can be purchased online beginning on April 20! Please know, as we look to provide a great experience for our Passholders, the quantity of passes will be limited and passes, or a pass type, may become unavailable for purchase at any time.*  

For eligible DVC Members, we’ve got great news for you too, as you’ll have the opportunity to purchase the DVC Disney Sorcerer Pass online beginning April 13 as part of your Membership Magic benefits.

In a letter to Disney Vacation Club Members, Bill Diercksen, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Disney Vacation Club and Aulani, shared this: The DVC Disney Sorcerer Pass is expected to be on sale more often throughout the year, even when the pass is not broadly available for sale to Florida Residents.”

Renewing and Upgrading a Disney Annual Pass

A frustration for some has been that they are unable to upgrade their annual pass once it is purchased. There used to be great flexibility in the type of pass you could buy, when you could buy it and changing it to a more expensive pass. Disney now says the following about renewals when the passes are for sale again:

Passholders may choose to renew into any available pass type during their renewal window (60 days before and 30 days after expiration) with a special renewal benefit.

Beginning April 20, 2023, existing Walt Disney World Annual Passholders will have the option to upgrade their Annual Pass into any available pass type outside of their renewal window on our website or via the My Disney Experience app. The difference in price must be paid in full at the time of the upgrade and the new pass will have the same expiration date as the original pass.

Disney Annual Pass 2023 Price

2023 Walt Disney World Annual Pass Types

In 2023, Disney is operating with a whole new, post pandemic annual pass system. Note that the Disneyland version is completely different. Now the Disney World annual pass types are as follows, accompanied by their official descriptions:

Disney Incredi Pass $1399

Admission to one or more Walt Disney World Resort theme parks during the year with an advance reservation

This pass can hold up to 5 reservations at a time on a rolling basis.

No blockout dates apply

Standard theme park parking

Save on select dining

Up to 20% off select merchandise in store

Disney Sorcerer Pass $969

Florida Residents and Disney Vacation Club Members Only

Admission to one or more Walt Disney World Resort theme parks during most times of the year with an advance park reservation

This pass can hold up to 5 reservations at a time on a rolling basis.

Blockout dates, on select days during select holiday periods

Standard theme park parking

Save on select dining

Up to 20% off select merchandise in store

Disney Pirate Pass $749

Florida Residents Only

Admission to one or more Walt Disney World Resort theme parks during most times of the year with an advance park reservation

This pass can hold up to 4 reservations at a time on a rolling basis.

Blockout dates apply, including peak and holiday periods

Standard theme park parking

Save on select dining

Up to 20% off select merchandise in store

Disney Pixie Dust Pass $399

Florida Residents Only

Admission to one or more Walt Disney World Resort theme parks Mondays through Fridays during certain times of the year with an advance park reservation

This pass can hold up to 3 reservations at a time on a rolling basis.

Blockout dates apply, including peak and holiday periods

Standard theme park parking

Save on select dining

Up to 20% off select merchandise in store

Disney Annual Pass 2023 cost
Disney Annual Pass 2023 includes access to all seasonal Epcot festivals which are included with admission.

Disney Annual Pass Water Park Add On

The water park and sports add on is $99. This includes Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park options. Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, FootGolf at Disney’s Oak Trail, Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course, Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex are also part of this add on. There are some restrictions like for mini golf you can enjoy one round prior to 4:00 p.m.

Disney Annual Pass Photo Pass Add On

The Disney PhotoPass add on is $99. Years ago, Disney justified raising the price of an annual pass by providing free PhotoPass photos to passholders. Fast forward to today and prices have gone up on passes again and the option to get PhotoPass photos is now an additional cost. It does include downloads for the duration of your pass. With so many PhotoPass photographers and on ride photos, this is a nice way to capture your memories.

Which Disney annual pass can you buy right now?

The Disney Incredi Pass, Disney Sorcerer Pass and Disney Pirate Pass are “Currently Unavailable” at the time this article went live. They will be for sale again to everyone starting April 20th until Disney decides to pause sales. The one Disney annual pass that is available right now at Disney World is the Disney Pixie Dust Pass. It is priced at $399 or $18.33 per month after a $205 down payment. The Disney Pixie Dust Pass has a lot of block out dates, most of which align with holidays, long weekends and other school breaks. The catch is, it is only for Florida Residents. Disney does verify residency with each purchase.

Disney Annual Pass 2023
See the glowing plants on Pandora with a Disney annual pass.

Why isn’t Disney selling annual passes all the time?: A brief history

Annual pass sales originally came to a halt when the parks closed in 2020. This was natural as no tickets were being sold while the parks were shuttered for an unknown amount of time. There were different options for annual passholders at the time to choose from including cancelling and getting a refund or having additional time added on to make up for the closed months.

Upon reopening later in 2020, those who still had an annual pass had additional block outs via the park pass reservation system. It was difficult to visit as reservations were very limited for annual passholders. Disney worked to adhere to important preventative guidelines and prioritized the health and safety of cast members and guests. Additional park pass reservations were added so passholders could use their passes again.

Annual pass sales did finally resume in the fall of 2021 and with an all new tiered system which we explore above. The prices that debuted with the new annual pass types were much higher. This window of all annual passes being available for purchase again only lasted for a few months. Since then, only the lowest tier of Disney annual pass has been available at Walt Disney World. This particular pass is called the Disney Pixie Dust Pass, has major block outs and is only available to Florida Residents.

So why isn’t Disney selling annual passes? Leaders of The Walt Disney Company have since shared on stockholder calls that they want to ‘manage’ annual passholder attendance. This is true for Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California. With pent up demand and record guest spending over the last few years, management decided annual passholders were not a priority. It was more important to make the parks less populated for tourists who will spend more money.

These executives have also mentioned resuming annual pass sales as a way to boost income as demand lessens for pricey magical vacations. Former CEO Bob Chapek admitted on one of these investor calls that the reservation system and having less people in the parks allowed the company to staff more strategically. He meant having less people working in the parks allowed Disney to save money on labor. While Disney is a business seeking to make the most profits, there comes a point when lessening the experience to save money ends up costing money. Damaging relations with annual passholders could end up costing Disney in the future. Hopefully with the new management, additional changes will bring more value back to passes.

Annual Pass Park Pass Reservation Changes

Josh D’Amaro, who leads the parks division of the company, has been straight forward about guests feedback regarding value. In 2023, Disney took some actions to try to add more perceived value to their experiences. This includes a big change for annual passholders. As of April 18th, 2023, annual passholders will be able to enter the parks without a park pass reservation after 2:00 p.m. with some restrictions. This rule does not apply to Magic Kingdom on the weekends. Passholders will still need a reservation to enjoy Magic Kingdom on Saturdays and Sundays.

It’s unclear how park hopping will work at this point. Technically if you have a park pass reservation for another park, you should be able to park hop to Magic Kingdom on the weekend after 2:00 p.m. I’m not sure how it helps to prohibit passholders from being able to go after 2:00 p.m. It kind of just adds a few hoops to jump through but if an annual passholder still wants to visit Magic Kingdom on a weekend afternoon, they can.

The timing of all of this could be due to Disney pacing themselves in making changes because of the draws at Magic Kingdom these days. With Happily Ever After fireworks returning and TRON Lightcycle / Run opening, this will bring a lot of people to this park. However, the spontaneity is a big draw for having an annual pass. You used to be able to just pick up and go. I believe that is the model that best serves Disney guests and would love to see it return. When you have an annual pass, especially one with no block out dates, you’ve already purchased your ticket for every day of the year you want to go. Disney should be able to accommodate that.

Disney Annual Pass 2023 - DVC
Toy Story Land entrance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Other Disney Annual Pass 2023 Details to Know

Remember children under three get into Disney for free. At this time, the beloved dual coast premier annual pass is no longer offered. Yes, it was possible to have a fancy annual pass that got you into the two Disneyland theme parks in California and the four Disney World parks in Florida. It seems those days are gone as Bob Iger announced in 2023 that Disney would no longer offer it because there wasn’t enough demand.

Even More Magic with DVC Resale

A Disney annual pass can make more visits possible. If you have, or want, a Disney annual pass, you’ll probably want to know more about Disney Vacation Club too. Specifically speaking, resale Disney Vacation Club. The Disney timeshare can help you get the best rates on deluxe Disney hotel stays. Resale DVC contracts, those sold by members, can help you save thousands more!

DVC Resale Experts is a licensed real estate broker that specializes in selling resale DVC. What if you could walk to Magic Kingdom from your resort? Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort makes it possible. Want to stay just a Skyliner ride away from Epcot? Disney’s Riviera Resort makes that happen. The Experts are former Disney Vacation Club Guides and can help you find the perfect DVC resale contract. With decades of experience selling DVC behind them, the Experts have gained valuable insight. It’s great to have a helpful professional to guide you throughout the process. Take a look at our resale DVC listings to see what’s available right now.

Disney Blogger Nicole and Disney CEO Bob Iger

Sparkly Nicole

Nicole is a native Floridian who attended the University of Central Florida and decided to call the land of theme parks home. She’s been sharing magical tips, tricks and Orlando travel and tourism favorites online for over a decade.

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