By Katie Penn
UPDATE: AS OF THIS WRITING 1-23-2023, THE ONLY ANNUAL PASSES BEING SOLD ARE THE PIXIE DUST PASSES. THE REST ARE ON HOLD, TEMPORARILY. CHECK DISNEY’S SITE FOR UPDATES. See below for details on the Pixie Dust Passes.
Florida Residents Get Discounts on Disney World Tickets & Annual Passes
Disney loves its Florida guests and offers a lot of great discount offers to keep them coming back. In this article you’ll find:
- Proof of residency requirements
- Florida resident rate ticket options
- Florida annual pass options
First, to read all about the different types of tickets that Disney sells, how they’re used and which to choose, check out this article: Tickets at Disney World: How to Pick the Right Ones for You!
You can also view Disney’s website to see their discounted ticket options for Florida residents here. You can also see all ticket discounts including annual passes for Florida residents on this page.
ID is required to get a Florida resident rate at Disney World
Keep in mind that you’ll have to show identification that confirms that you’re currently a Florida resident. This can be a valid Florida driver’s license, state or military ID.
If you do not have one of these forms of ID you can also use proof of mortgage, utility bills, car registration or car/home insurance, mail from banks or government agencies. The ID used must show a Florida address (no P.O. Boxes) and must be less than 2 months old. The Walt Disney World website provides exact information on what can and cannot be accepted, so it is advisable to double check prior to attending the parks.
Guests can now have their residency confirmed in advance using the My Disney Experience app. When you purchase your tickets through the app you’ll be able to present your ID during the “Customize Your Tickets” step.
Florida Resident Rate Tickets:
Disney World Florida Resident Rate tickets are usually available for single days, as well as for 3 and 4 days (with and without Hopper and Hopper Plus). The prices should be less than the non-Florida resident pricing.
Blackout Dates for Tickets: You’ll want to be aware of blackout dates. For the 3 and 4 day tickets, there are black out days when they are not available. Also, you have to select the week during which you wish to use the tickets, and they can only be used in this week. For this reason, you need to know your dates of travel when you book, to ensure you book tickets for the correct dates.
Some of the cheaper resident’s annual passes are subject to ‘black out days’ which are days that the pass is not valid – for example Christmas & New Years (see below) – so if you are looking to purchase one of the cheaper passes, ensure you are aware of the blackout days beforehand.
The Different Florida Resident Annual Pass Options
Disney World revamped their annual pass program, and now there are far fewer options for everyone, including Floridians. As with tickets, there are less expensive options for Florida residents. Also as with tickets, you are required to show proof of Florida residency when purchasing.
Disney still offers a variety of options for Florida Residents that are not available to the rest of the world. They differ by dates they can be used and perks. The less expensive Annual Passes offer tickets with more limitations and blackout days. These are perfect for residents who wish to visit often but are not restricted to longer, one off trips or peak times of the year.
All passes include the Park Hopper option.
You have the option of adding the following upgrade options to your Disney World Annual Passes:
— Memory Maker for $99 plus tax.
— The Water Parks and Sports option for $99. This includes access to:
- Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park (seasonal closures will apply).
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park (seasonal closures will apply).
- The golf courses at Oak Trail
- FootGolf at Disney’s Oak Trail
- Miniature Golf at Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland (you’re entitled to one round before 4pm)
- ESPN World Wide Sports Complex.
Disney’s Annual Passes for Florida Residents
Sorcerer Pass (Available only for Florida residents and eligible Disney Vacation Club Members)
This second-tier pass is available to Florida Residents and eligible DVC members.
- Price: $899 plus tax ($957.44 with tax)
- Blackout dates: 18
- Park Reservations allowed at one time: 5
Though the Sorcerer Pass has the same number of reservations as the Incredi-pass which anyone can purchase, it does come with 18 days blackout days at Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Pirate Pass (Available only for Florida residents)
This is a Florida resident only pass that has a lot of black out days and less park reservations allowed.
- Price: $699 plus tax ($744.44 with tax)
- Blackout dates: 75
- Park Reservations allowed at one time: 4
It has blackout days across most holidays. (In 2021 it was Christmas, New Years, Martin Luther King Jr Day weekend, President’s Day weekend, the week of St Patrick’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day weekend, 4th July weekend, Labor Day weekend, Columbus Day weekend and Thanksgiving).
Pixie Dust Pass (Available only for Florida residents)
The lowest priced pass available, it also comes with the lowest number of reservation days and the highest number of black out days.
- Price: $399 plus tax ($424.94 with tax)
- Blackout dates: 161
- Park Reservations allowed at one time: 3
The Pixie Dust pass has almost all weekends and holidays blacked out. This means almost 45% of the year has the pass blocked out.
Coming Soon: In the near future, Disney will be allowing guests with the Pixie Dust Pass to visit parks on the non-blocked out days from 2 PM on, without a park reservation. The exception will be on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom Park. However, this level of annual pass does not include weekends anyway.
Need more info on Disney World Annual Passes?
You can view the Annual Pass offers on Disney World’s site here. You can also see the blackout dates on the passes that have them by going to the correct pass and clicking on “View Blackout Dates”. If you’re not sure if you should buy annual passes, check out this article called Why an Annual Pass Can Save You Money (Even on one trip)!
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Edited by Stephen Ashley