Disney has always been one of my biggest passions. Long before I could spell or say my ABC’s, I was belting out “A Whole New World” with my cousin at his house in Kansas. It was partially because my mom also LOVES Disney, and many of the movies we had at the house growing up were Disney Classics. It was also partially because, nearly 10 years before I started writing regularly, my imagination ran wild with all sorts of ideas and crazy stories.
I wanted to be a princess. Years later, that became a reality at Scarborough. But growing up, it was a fairytale, something that I imagined to myself as I watched Beauty in her vast library, and Ariel in her cave of human wonders.
Disneyland has always been a big thing for my family, as my father is from LA and my mother moved there to attend USC after high school in small-town Kansas (can you blame her). We did the big Disney family vacations, with matching outfits and character breakfasts. Even my senior year, when I went to Anaheim for DECA, I still found myself having more fun than some of the kids around me.
Never, did I ever think that any Disney experience could top the time I’ve spent at Disneyland. Until Le Boyfriend and I went to Disney World for spring break this past March. We were only able to visit 2 parks because of time – Epcot and Magic Kingdom – but that day spent at the Orlando counterpart to one of my favorite places in the world is what eventually led to my decision this summer to become an annual passholder for Disney World.
We knew we would be going back. Half of Le Boyfriend’s family lives scattered across Florida, and our friends Lindsey and Tim, who got married in January, moved to the Orlando area. So we had people to stay with. We had money saved up for gas, food and the like. We had a dependable car. Diagon Alley at Universal was opening any day. It called for another road trip. Ticket prices were the only thing standing in our way. If you’ve ever looked at Disney ticket pricing, or you have but you’ve never taken a gander at annual pass prices, I highly suggest you do so. This is what we discovered.
Our trip was planned to last almost two weeks, to give us enough time to spend the weekend with Lindsey and Tim at Melbourne Beach, one of our favorite places, attend their church Sunday morning, and explore the new Harry Potter World addition. So we were looking at roughly 7 days worth of free time to spend at Disney or around the Orlando area.
So we guestimated that it would only take us four days to explore all four parks, if we really hustled.
Needless to say, I about fell out of my chair. So we talked about it, and I commented about how we would most likely be going back out for spring break next year. In addition, I will be spending nearly three weeks in Orlando for both High School and Collegiate DECA’s International Conferences next April. Time in Orlando would not be sparce. We decided to look into pricing for annual passes, something part of Le Boyfriend’s family here in Texas had done when their son was a College Program member.
I was pleasantly surprised that for the cost of two four-day park hoppers, I could purchase an annual pass. After discussing it with my parents, they agreed, and that was my birthday present this year – and boy, did it pay off.
We spent not 4 days at Disney. Not 7. But 9 days of park hopping crazyness.
In addition to unlimited park entrance, Annual Passholders also receive discounts at every Disney owned and operated merchandise location at WDW, including those Disney owned at Downtown Disney. We also get 10% off at most sit down restaurants on property. That one saved us a TON.
To find out more about being a Disney World Passholder, check out this site. Overall, I’m so glad we went ahead and bought our Disney passes, and I can’t wait for our next trip!