Ahead of Disney World reopening new annual pass sales on Sept. 8, the resort has unveiled their new AP system, consolidating options into four tiers with significant price increases.
The overhaul follows the Disneyland Resort revealing its own four-tier Magic Key system earlier in August. Unlike Disneyland, Disney World had both less room to change its AP system, because it didn’t end the program entirely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and less reason for a massive overhaul, as Disney World lacks the large passholder base sported by Disneyland, with crowds mostly made up of tourists rather than locals.
Like the Disneyland program, the new Disney World system retains the need for theme park reservations. The four new tiers of Disney World annual passes are:
- Pixie Dust Pass: $400, limited to weekdays, 3 reservations at a time
- Pirate Pass: $700, blocked out during certain dates in every month except Sept. 2021, June 2022, and August 2022, 4 reservations at a time
- Sorcerer Pass: $900, blocked out Nov. 24-27 and Dec. 18-31, 2021, 5 reservations a a time
- Incredi-Pass: $1300, no blockout dates, 5 reservations at a time
Like the old Platinum Pass, only the highest-tier Incredi-Pass is available to all guests. The other three tiers are available to Florida residents, while Disney Vacation Club members can buy the Sorcerer Pass.
All four tiers include discounts on dining and merchandise, as well as parking at Disney World’s theme parks. For $99, passholders can add on the “Water Park and Sports” option or unlimited PhotoPass downloads for the year.
Annual price hikes for passholders were expected before the pandemic, but the 2021 hikes are considerably larger. A Blog Mickey analysis said guests will pay up to 55 percent more compared to similar tiers and rates pre-pandemic, if you factor in paying for lost benefits that are now an additional costs. When Disney raised its annual pass prices in Feb. 2020, the biggest increase was only 7 percent. In that time, Disney gained a new CEO with Bob Chapek.
For current annual passholders, nothing will change until their pass comes up for renewal after Sept. 8, at which they’ll be required to choose of the new tiers at the following prices:
- Pixie Dust Pass: $339 renewal price $339 plus tax
- Disney Pirate Pass: $594
- Disney Sorcerer Pass: $764
- Disney Incredi-Pass: $1,104
For any passholders eligible for renewal on or before Sept. 7, they’ll be able to select from the previous pass options.