Within a week of arriving in Florida, my hubby and I went down to the DMV with all necessary paperwork in hand to get our Florida Driver’s Licenses. Why were we in such a hurry to become “official” Florida residents? Two words: Annual Passes! We were dying to take the hour drive over to WDW and purchase our Annual Passes! Buying AP’s for a family our size was quite a large expense, but necessary for the Disney-lovin’ family that we are. Thankfully, Disney offers FL residents the option to purchase their passes on a monthly payment plan. This is what my family did, and it made the cost of our AP’s easier to swallow. WDW has quite a few options for FL Residents to choose from when it comes to park tickets, so I am gonna give you the rundown.
Premium Annual Pass
This pass is the big one. It includes unlimited admission to all 4 parks, with park hopping privileges, unlimited admission to both water parks, and unlimited access to Disney Quest, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and Oak Trails Golf Course. It also includes free parking at the theme parks. The Premium Annual Pass costs $595.34. If you would like to take advantage of the monthly payment plan, you would pay $94.79 up front, with your monthly payments being $41.72.
The Annual Pass is probably the most popular pass that FL residents can purchase. This one includes unlimited admission to all 4 theme parks, with park hopping privileges. It also includes free parking at the theme parks. The Annual Pass will set you back $452.63, but after a down payment of $94.79, your monthly payment is just $29.82. Not a bad deal!
The Seasonal Pass
This pass is a great deal if you plan to avoid WDW during their busy seasons. Included in the Seasonal Pass is unlimited admission to all 4 theme parks, with park hopping privileges, BUT blackout dates do apply. These blackout dates normally fall in the peak summer season, the week between Christmas and New Years, and Spring Break. Also, the seasonal pass does not include parking at the theme parks. The price of a Seasonal Pass is $318.44, with a monthly payment of just $18.64 after your down payment of $94.79. You can’t beat it if you like the quieter times of the year at WDW.
Weekday Select Pass
This pass includes unlimited admission to all 4 theme parks, with park hopping privileges, but is valid only on weekdays, and also has the same blackout dates as the Seasonal Pass. It does not include parking at the theme parks. This type of pass may work for you if your children aren’t in school yet or your days off from work are on weekdays. This pass would also be ideal for retirees. The cost is just $211.94, and after your $94.79 down payment, you pay only $9.77 per month!
Epcot After 4 Pass
Disney also offers a special pass geared toward those that want to take advantage of Epcot’s dining establishments. This pass includes unlimited admission into Epcot anytime after 4 pm. It does not include parking. This pass will cost you $175.73. After paying $94.79 up front, you pay just $6.75 per month.
All of these Florida Resident Pass prices are for ages 3 and up; under 3 is free. All of the passes also include special Passholders discounts on select merchandise, dining, and resort stays, exclusive Passholders Communications, and invitations to special events held just for passholders.
My family chose the regular Annual Passes. These passes work best for us because we don’t want to worry about blackout dates, especially when out-of-town guests come to visit. We also like that parking is free, because that can really add up if you hit the parks as often as we do. Disney is sure to have a pass that suits your needs, and their payment plan makes it affordable so that everyone can enjoy the magic of The Happiest Place on Earth.
Christine is the author of this article and has entered The Disney Moms writers contest. She describes herself as: I am a Disney lovin’ mom of 5 that knows the ins and outs of doing Disney with a large family. We live on the Space Coast of Florida, just an hour away from the Mouse! We do day trips, weekend trips, and week-long trips to WDW. I just started a blog about Disney and life as a stay at home mom of 5. http://thefloridafamily.com. I would love to be a guest blogger on your awesome blog! I’d love even more to be one of The Disney Moms!