As you know by now, I am a frequent visitor of the most magical place on earth and always look for deals to minimize the cost of an otherwise very expensive Disney vacation. In an earlier post, I detailed how I got a free Disney World 7-day park hopper ticket by booking on Expedia and using credit card points for a travel statement credit. With a little research, I was able to maximize that deal even further. After spending 7-days hopping around the Disney parks this past November, my husband and I were able to upgrade our existing tickets to an annual pass (Disney Platinum Pass) for only $313.11 per person. Here is how I got my Walt Disney World Annual Pass for $313.11…
Sign up for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®
Follow steps 2 and 3 from my Score a Free Disney World 7-Day Park Hopper Ticket post
Once you’ve used your park hopper ticket at Disney World at least once to enter the parks, visit a ticket sales location outside any of the park entrances to upgrade to the Disney Platinum Annual Pass. I recommend visiting the location at Epcot’s back entrance, the International Gateway, because it seems to be the least crowded.
Enjoy an entire year at Disney World!
Lets break down the numbers to see how I got my Walt Disney World Annual Pass for $313.11…
A Disney Platinum Pass currently sells for $779 + tax for anyone over the age of 10. With tax, the total cost is $829.64. The ticket I purchased from Expedia was running a promotion at the time; buy a 5-Day Park Hopper Ticket® and get 2 FREE days. My total cost for a 7-Day Park Hopper was only $473.93! Add in the $313.11 I paid to upgrade to an annual pass, and my total cost was $787.04; $42.60 less than the $829.64 Disney price.
Several Disney blogs have said not to upgrade until you use your ticket at least once. I can’t confirm this, but can say it was true with my purchase. Disney’s system does not track discounted tickets once they have been used. If you purchase your ticket with a special discount, using my Expedia discount as an example, it will show in their system as a 7-day park hopper once the ticket is used, not knowing you only paid for a 5-day park hopper and got 2 days free. That is how I saved the $42.60 on my annual pass.