BREAKING: Disney World Annual Passes Returning for the 50th Anniversary

by | Aug 3, 2021 | WDW Blog

The Disney World annual pass will return this fall ahead of the 50th Anniversary celebration.

8/30/21 UPDATE: Passes officially have a sale date. Find all the Disney World Annual Pass info here.

Today, Disney shared its new Disneyland Magic Key program that allows guests to secure park reservation holds, get discounts on merch, and even score free parking.

But buried deep in the release from Disney was a bit of news those of us who call WDW home might be even more interested in:

And for those wondering about Walt Disney World Annual Passes, new pass sales will become available in time for the start of the 50th anniversary celebration! Walt Disney World Resort will be sharing additional information and details later this month.

Be still, my heart.


Disney World Annual Passes Returning This Fall

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Photo by Julie de la Fe

When COVID-19 disrupted park operations, Disney had to pivot globally. One thing that Disney scrapped amid all the closures and uncertainty was its annual pass.

The only way you could buy an annual pass to Disney World was to renew one you already had.

Of course, our own Communications Director Tatjana Lazar found a waiting list for previous annual passholders who had already let theirs expire. And eventually, being on the waiting list paid off when she secured a new Disney World annual pass earlier this year.

But for anyone without a current annual pass or a recently expired annual pass, there was no way to buy a new one. That made visits for park regulars way too expensive.

But with the vaccine rollout and loosening restrictions (well, maybe loosening restrictions …), Disney is finally resurrecting the glorious WDW annual pass.

When Do the New Disney World Annual Passes Go on Sale?

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Disney World annual passes returning by Oct. 1. Photo by Meghan LeBoff

Your guess is as good as mine. Disney has promised more information this month, and I imagine they’ll want to have it up and running well before Oct. 1, when the sole focus should and will be on the 50th anniversary (including new fireworks shows, a new KiteTails show, and the opening of the new Remy ride).

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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).

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