2021 Disney World Annual Pass: Everything You Need to Know

by | Aug 31, 2021 | Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog, WDW News

The 2021 Disney World Annual Pass program details have finally been unleashed. Get info on pricing, tiers, perks, blockouts, add-ons, and more.

Upon the COVID-19 closures of Walt Disney World and Disneyland (as well as other Disney Parks globally), Disney paused its various Annual Passholder programs. Earlier in August, Disneyland announced a totally revamped Magic Key program, with special perks for California residents.

And Disney World? It took a little longer to get the official announcement, but Disney did tease us with a promise that we’d get the goods before the 50th anniversary celebration on Oct. 1.

And get the goods we did. New Disney World Annual Passes go on sale Sept. 8, 2021.

The updated 2021 Disney World Annual Pass program is comprehensive, with a lot of updates, changes in pricing, and confusing processes, especially if you are not a current Annual Passholder.


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In this article, we’ll give you all the Disney World Annual Pass details in an easy-to-digest format, plus answer all your burning Annual Pass questions.

2021 Disney World Annual Pass: Table of Contents

2021 Disney World Annual Pass Tiers

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There are four 2021 Disney World Annual Pass tiers: Pixie Dust Pass, Pirate Pass, Sorcerer Pass, and Incredi-Pass.

The Walt Disney World Annual Pass is offered in four tiers, or packages. It’s important to note that the first three (all but the most expensive granddaddy of them all) are exclusive to Florida residents.

The four Annual Pass packages for Disney World are:

  • ✨ Disney Pixie Dust Pass
  • 🏴‍☠️ Disney Pirate Pass
  • 🧙‍ Disney Sorcerer Pass
  • 🦸‍ Disney Incredi-Pass
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Disney has released a handy Annual Pass comparison chart that should make it a little easier to decide which Disney World Annual Pass you should choose:

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An easy-to-digest comparison of annual pass options at Disney World. Photo courtesy of Disney

✨ Disney Pixie Dust Pass

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The entry-level Disney Pixie Dust Pass is the most affordable but comes with the fewest perks and the most blockout dates.

💰 How much does the Disney Pixie Dust Pass cost?

The Disney Pixie Dust Pass costs $399 plus tax. Alternatively, you can pay a down payment of $205 then pay $19/month for 12 months. This comes out to $433.

📍 Can I get the Disney Pixie Dust Pass?

Only Florida residents are eligible for the Disney Pixie Dust Pass.

👍 What are the perks of the Disney Pixie Dust Pass?
⛔ What are the Disney Pixie Dust Pass blockout dates?

The Disney Pixie Dust Pass has the most blockout dates of any 2021 Disney World Annual Pass. Here is the full calendar of blockout dates:

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🏴‍☠️ Disney Pirate Pass

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The second-tier Disney Pirate Pass is nearly double the cost of the Pixie Dust Pass, but it affords you more perks and fewer blockout dates.

💰 How much does the Disney Pirate Pass cost?

The Disney Pirate Pass costs $699 plus tax. Alternatively, you can pay a down payment of $205 then pay $45/month for 12 months. This comes out to $745.

📍 Can I get the Disney Pirate Pass?

Only Florida residents are eligible for the Disney Pirate Pass.

👍 What are the perks of the Disney Pirate Pass?
⛔ What are the Disney Pirate Pass blockout dates?

The Disney Pirate Pass has the fewer blockout dates than the Pixie Dust Pass, but weekends, spring break, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are still off the table. Here is the full calendar of blockout dates:

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🧙‍♂️ Disney Sorcerer Pass

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The penultimate Disney Sorcerer Pass differentiates from the lower-tier passes by allowing up to five park reservations at once and very few blockout dates.

💰 How much does the Disney Sorcerer Pass cost?

The Disney Sorcerer Pass costs $899 plus tax. Alternatively, you can pay a down payment of $205 then pay $63/month for 12 months. This comes out to $961.

📍 Can I get the Disney Sorcerer Pass?

Only Florida residents and Disney Vacation Club Members are eligible for the Disney Sorcerer Pass.

👍 What are the perks of the Disney Sorcerer Pass?
⛔ What are the Disney Sorcerer Pass blockout dates?

While the Disney Sorcerer Pass does have some blockout dates, they are far fewer than those of lower-tier 2021 Disney World Annual Pass packages. Here is the full calendar of blockout dates:

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🦸‍♂️ Disney Incredi-Pass

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The top-tier Disney Incredi-Pass is, well, incredible—if you can afford it. This is the only pass that is not exclusive to Florida residents and DVC Members, it has no blockout dates, and it allows up to five park reservations.

💰 How much does the Disney Incredi-Pass cost?

The Disney Incredi-Pass costs $1,299 plus tax. Alternatively, Florida residents can pay a down payment of $205 then pay $99/month for 12 months. This comes out to $1,393.

📍 Can I get the Disney Incredi-Pass?

The Disney Incredi-Pass is available to everyone, but only Florida residents can opt for the payment plan.

👍 What are the perks of the Disney Incredi-Pass?
⛔ What are the Disney Sorcerer Pass blockout dates?

Huzzah! There are no blockout dates for Disney Incredi-Passholders. “I’m going to Disney World … every freakin’ day!”

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2021 Disney World Annual Pass Perks

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Annual Passholders benefit from a number of perks. The biggest one for this year’s pass updates: The number of park reservations. Other perks include:

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Plus, Annual Passholders will get a brand-new Passholder magnet that showcases the new look for the Annual Pass. (Two magnets per household.)

And who can put a price on a magnet? …

I can hear you chirping, Jiminy! Knock it off.

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2021 Disney World Annual Pass Add-Ons

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PhotoPass is no longer an Annual Pass perk. Instead, it’s a pricey add-on. Photo by Trisha Daab

The biggest gripe that loyal Annual Passholders have so far with the newly announced Disney World Annual Passes are the omission of free Disney PhotoPass downloads. In previous years, this was included with your annual pass.

And now? It’s a $99 add-on. Womp womp. In fact, there are two add-ons for Disney’s Annual Passes.

🏊 Water Park and Sports Option ($99 plus tax)

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With this add-on, you will get admission to one of the following per day during the duration of your pass:

  • Blizzard Bach
  • Typhoon Lagoon
  • Oak Trail Golf Course
  • FootGolf at Disney’s Oak Trail
  • Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course (one round before 4 PM)
  • Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course (one round before 4 PM)
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

📷 Disney PhotoPass Downloads ($99 plus tax)

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Photo by Judd Helms

With his add-on, you’ll get unlimited digital downloads of your Disney PhotoPass pictures, taken by professional photographers. You’ll also get select attraction photos and videos.

And if you want physical prints or other photo products, you’ll get a nice discount.

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Renewing a Current Disney World Annual Pass

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Have an annual pass under the old program? Here’s what these changes mean for you. Photo by Rain Blanken

If you already have a Disney World Annual Pass, no need to panic. On Sept. 8, your existing Annual Pass will automatically get some park reservation upgrades.

  • Silver Annual Passholders: You will now get four park reservations at once.
  • Gold, Platinum, and Platinum Plus Annual Passholders: You will now get five park reservations at once.

And when it’s time to renew, you don’t have to worry about market prices of the 2021 Disney World Annual Pass program. Instead, you’ll get renewal prices. Just pick your preferred pass:

2021 Disney World Annual Pass Renewal Prices

  • ✨ Disney Pixie Dust Pass: $339 plus tax (a $60 discount)
  • 🏴‍☠️ Disney Pirate Pass: $594 plus tax (a $105 discount)
  • 🧙‍♂️ Disney Sorcerer Pass: $765 plus tax (a $134 discount)
  • 🦸‍♂️ Disney Incredi-Pass: $1,104 plus tax (a $195 discount)

What’s the rush? You have 30 days beyond your anniversary date to renew, so you can think it over.

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Common Questions about the 2021 Disney World Annual Passes

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You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers!

The news has been out for barely a day, and already, forums, social media, and comments sections have been flooded with opinions and plenty of questions. We’ll do our best to answer these questions with what we know from scouring through Disney’s available resources.

When Do Disney World Annual Passes Go on Sale?

The 2021 Disney World Annual Passes go on sale starting Sept. 8, 2021.

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Can Disney World Annual Passes sell out?

As Disney World continues to monitor and manage capacity due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Disney has said that Annual Passes can sell out.

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Is There a Genie+ Add-On For Disney World Annual Passes?

Genie+ is Disney’s FastPass replacement (and reviews have been, uh, lukewarm at best). Learn all about Genie+ with our comprehensive Genie+ guide, but understand that you will not be able to add Genie+ to your Annual Pass.

Instead, every Annual Passholder in your group will need to spend $15/day in the park to get Genie+.

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Can I Upgrade a Ticket to an Annual Pass?

Many guests had already purchased tickets, especially ahead of the Oct. 1 anniversary celebration kickoff. But what if they would rather get an annual pass now that they’re available?

Disney has made it easy to upgrade a ticket to a Disney World Annual Pass. The price you paid toward the ticket will simply be applied toward the cost of your Annual Pass.

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What Are the Blockout Dates for Disney World Annual Passholders?

Unfortunately, blockout dates are still a thing for all but one tier of the 2021 Disney World Annual Pass program. Here are complete calendars for Pixie Dust, Pirate, and Sorcerer Passholders:

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How Much Do the New Disney World Annual Passes Cost?

If you are purchasing a new 2021 Disney World Annual Pass without a renewal, here’s what you’ll pay for each tier:

  • ✨ Disney Pixie Dust Pass: $399 plus tax
  • 🏴‍☠️ Disney Pirate Pass: $699 plus tax
  • 🧙‍♂️ Disney Sorcerer Pass: $899
  • 🦸‍♂️ Disney Incredi-Pass: $1,299

If you are a current Annual Passholder, here’s what you’ll pay to renew your Disney World pass:

  • ✨ Disney Pixie Dust Pass: $339 plus tax (a $60 discount)
  • 🏴‍☠️ Disney Pirate Pass: $594 plus tax (a $105 discount)
  • 🧙‍♂️ Disney Sorcerer Pass: $765 plus tax (a $134 discount)
  • 🦸‍♂️ Disney Incredi-Pass: $1,104 plus tax (a $195 discount)

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Does the 2021 Disney World Annual Pass Still Come with Free Parking?

Yes, despite stripping other perks (R.I.P. Disney PhotoPass downloads) from Annual Passholders, Disney is still including free parking for all levels of the new Annual Pass program.

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How Do the 2021 Disney World Annual Pass Tiers Compare to the Old Annual Passes?

The big perk for the new Annual Pass program is the increase in park reservations. And, well, that’s about it.

Otherwise, the cost has increased, and the perks have gone down. Here’s what annual passes cost when they were last on sale under the old program:

  • Disney EPCOT After 4 Pass: $309
  • Disney Weekday Select Pass: $369
  • Disney Theme Park Select Pass: $439
  • Disney Silver Pass: $539
  • Disney Gold Pass: $719
  • Disney Platinum Pass: $1,195
  • Disney Platinum Plus Pass: $1,295

It’s important to note that Disney is no longer offering comparable passes to the EPCOT After 4, Weekday Select, and Theme Park Select passes.

Further, the Platinum and Platinum Plus passes were both available to anyone, regardless of where they lived. But only the top-tier Incredi-Pass is available to those outside Florida in the new system.

The top-level pass is now $4 more, with fewer perks.

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How Does the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program Work?

If you live in Florida, you are able to pay for your Disney World Annual Pass on a payment program. No matter which tier of pass you purchase, there is a $205 down payment.

You will then pay a monthly payment over 12 months with 0% APR.

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What if I Live Just Outside of Florida?

Some Georgia and Alabama residents may live a literal stone’s throw away from the border between them and Florida—and they might be much closer to Orlando and Disney World than, say, someone in Miami or Key West.

Even so, only Florida residents are eligible for the Florida Resident Monthly Payment Program and the three tiers of passes (Pixie Dust, Pirate, and Sorcerer) that are reserved for Florida residents only.

No exceptions, alas.

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Can I Get More Park Reservations if I Stay at a Resort?

When you stay on Walt Disney World Property as an Annual Passholder, you get a guaranteed park reservation. This does not count as one of your reservations through your pass.

For example, if you have the Incredi-Pass with five park reservations and currently have four used up, you can book a stay at Pop Century with guaranteed park reservations and still leave that final park reservation up for grabs for another day.

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Written by Timothy Moore

Written by Timothy Moore

Boom baby! Timothy Moore is excited to serve as your managing editor and resident Disney Renaissance expert. When he's not drinking around the world at EPCOT or gobbling down Mickey Waffles for breakfast, he can usually be found with his partner hiking and kayaking the great outdoors, putting off writing his novel by playing Nintendo Switch, or telling his dogs Goomba and Blooper that they're the best boys in the world ad nauseam (because they are).