With Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passes finally available to Guests once again, it seems that many were in a frenzy yesterday while attempting to pick theirs up after more than one year of not being able to.
Since Disney World reopened, only current Annual Passholders could use their existing Annual Passes and renew. Still, others who either did not have one or let theirs expire were not able to until yesterday. Disney has revamped their Annual Pass system with new tiers, pricing, and offerings.
The new passes work off four tiers: Disney Pixie Dust Pass, Disney Pirate Pass, Disney Sorcerer Pass, Disney Incredi-Pass. Each pass offers a difference in price point, block out dates, offerings, and Park Pass Reservations. Luckily, these passes are now available as the 50th anniversary rolls around so that Guests can once again purchase their Disney World Annual Pass. You can read more about each level of Annual Pass here.
However, it seems that when Guests went to purchase their Annual Pass in person, things were quite backed up. Disney Springs had a 7-hour wait for Guests looking to purchase an Annual Pass, whether they were activating it or upgrading their tickets. At one point, Disney was actively turning away Guests and asking them to return after a few hours as their wait times were at capacity. Although you could buy and renew passes online, Guests had to go to Guest Services to activate their pass, which was causing quite a backup, as well as many Guests looking to upgrade their theme park tickets to an Annual Pass.
We also saw a similar result at Magic Kingdom, click here to read more.
Hopefully, as the days continue to go by, the lines for Guests looking to obtain an Annual Pass will die down. Since yesterday was the first day of sale, that is likely why we saw such massive wait times.
Interestingly enough, Disney Springs (even though it is not a theme park) boasted these major lines. This may be because Guests heading to a theme park to get their Annual Pass would not yet have the ability to make a Disney Park Pass reservation, so by going to Disney Springs, they can take a look at what was available after activating their pass, and head to that Park.
How long would you wait for an Annual Pass at Disney World?