Why I’m Upset at Disney World’s New Annual Passholder Options
Today, Disney announced its new Walt Disney World Annual Passes that is available September 8th, 2021.
It doesn’t help that I’m listening to Epcot – Main Entrance – Area Loop (2021 – Present) as I write this. But, we have all been looking forward to Disney World (and Disneyland) bringing back our beloved Annual Passholder option. Today’s announcement makes me pause, disgruntledly. I have not been happy with Disney’s announcements these past few months with Disney’s Genie+ service and now this, among other things.
Sorry, not sorry, but this is going too far. Let me try to sum it up for you.
There is no longer the silver, gold and platinum passes. It’s now Pixie Dust Pass, Pirate Pass, Sorcerer Pass and Incredi-Pass. Here is an infographic of what you get with each pass.
Is there PhotoPass?
Nope! If you already have an annual pass with PhotoPass you’re good until you renew. After that, you have to pay $99 to add it on.
Pixie Pass – Three park reservations at a time
Pirate Pass – Four park reservations at a time
Sorcerers Pass – Five park reservations at a time
Incredi-pass – Five park reservations at a time
OK, so what are the add-ons?
Free PhotoPass is gone now with WDW annual passes. New annual passes and renewals after September 8th are offering “add-ons” to all four passes that cost extra:
- Water Parks
There are so many blog posts about this already so I wanted to focus on why this makes me angry and sad.
I started visiting Disney World when I was 5 years old. Since then, my family became Disney obsessed and we visited every year since then. My parents joined DVC in October of 1992 when Old Key West was just Disney Vacation Club. We are a Disney Family. We will always be a Disney family. I hope?
Like so many other Guests…
It’s our getaway from the real world.
It’s a place where we can escape.
It’s a place where we can forget about the world.
It’s a place where we can be with each other, be happy and excited about something and just…. be!
WHY, DISNEY, DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE THIS HARDER??!!
What did they take away? For the top-tier passes they took away the water parks which are now a $99 add-on and they took away PhotoPass which is another add-on.
With all the other announcements from Disney that keeps stripping away our “free”-doms, the new AP prices and perks is just another nail in the coffin for some Guests who are deciding to put their money somewhere else. And, I don’t blame them!
I will always love Disney. I will always love the people who love Disney. The Disney community, especially here at D-COT, will always be amazing and beautiful. Nothing can take that away from us. It’s sad that Disney is making it harder for us to visit the most magical place on Earth.
If you’re listening, Disney, please see that you’re hurting your most loyal Guests. We love you. Please don’t abandon us.
Very truly yours,