I recommend that everyone go and get their Disney World Florida resident annual pass now. It’s a great time to renew or buy a new pass. The weather is going to be nice soon and the crowds won’t be as bad as the summer. Not to mention there is a special going on where you can get 3 extra months free.
I really would not want to be without an annual pass to the theme parks. If you go and buy a regular ticket you feel forced to stay for the whole day since you spent so much on your ticket, and believe me, you will be spending a lot on a one-day ticket.
But if you buy an annual pass you can avoid that problem by just heading over when you feel like it and staying only for a few hours if that is what you prefer. I like to go over in the late afternoon or early evening and stay only as long as I want to. Sometimes I just go over to Epcot to shop. The shops there are terrific. Or maybe you might just stop in to see the parade or even to eat at a certain restaurant. Again, the restaurants at Epcot are great.
There are a few options when choosing your annual pass. There is the Florida Resident Premium annual, regular annual (just called annual), or seasonal, or you can get the Epcot After 4 pass.
Each is a different price.
The most expensive is the premium which includes all 4 parks, free parking, the Mickey Monitor Newsletter, various dining and shopping discounts, special events privileges, and also unlimited access to the Oak Trail Golf Course, Disney’s Wide World of Sports, DisneyQuest, Blizzard Beach, and Typhoon Lagoon.
The next-most expensive is the regular annual pass all of the above except for the golf, Wide World of Sports, DisneyQuest, and the water parks.
The seasonal pass includes access to all the parks except for the blackout dates, the newsletter, various dining and shopping discounts, and various special events.
The cheapest option is the Epcot After 4 which obviously only includes Epcot after 4 p.m. It includes nothing else.
My favorite is the regular annual pass, although if I liked to go to the water parks very often I would buy the premium. I don’t like the seasonal because of the blackout dates and no free parking (the parking charges are high), and I don’t want to be limited by the Epcot After 4. But you should choose whatever pass works best for you and your family. The Epcot pass is actually pretty cheap and a very good deal. There is lots to see there and you would definitely get your money’s worth. The seasonal is also a good bargain but remember, you must pay for parking.
So there you have it. Run and get your Florida Resident passes and start enjoying the park Orlando is famous for at your leisure.