New Perks for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders

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Walt Disney World Annual Passholders
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It’s a good time to be a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder. With the 45th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort taking place this past weekend, Disney announced that they would be offering their AP holders special perks to celebrate.

To start with, Guests who purchase a 12-month pass will actually be able to enjoy 13 months of Passholder benefits. New passes must be purchased between Oct. 2, 2016 and Jan. 3, 2017.

In addition, Passholders will receive new dining and merchandise benefits. Passholders will receive 10 percent off food and nonalcoholic beverages at select table-service restaurants at theme parks and Disney resort hotels. In addition, Disney is bringing back the 20 percent discount on purchases at Disney owned-and-operated merchandise locations. These new benefits will continue even after the anniversary comes to an end on Sept. 30, 2017.

Speaking of restaurants receiving discounts, to celebrate the 45th Anniversary, 45 select restaurants will offer a 20% off discount during all available meal periods. This includes some counter service theme park restaurants for the first time! This offer runs from now until September 30, 2017.

Here is a look at the restaurants where discounts will be available for Passholders, as well as how much the discount will be:

Magic Kingdom

20% discount through September 30, 2017

  • Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

10% discount off the regular price of food and nonalcoholic beverages during all available meal periods

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • The Crystal Palace
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • The Plaza Restaurant
  • Tony’s Town Square

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

20% discount through September 30, 2017

  • Flame Tree Barbecue
  • Tiffins

10% discount off the regular price of food and nonalcoholic beverages during all available meal periods

  • Rainforest Café
  • Tusker House Restaurant
  • Yak & Yeti

Epcot

20% discount through September 30, 2017

  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • Electric Umbrella
  • The Garden Grill
  • Liberty Inn
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room

10% discount off the regular price of food and nonalcoholic beverages during all available meal periods

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant
  • Restaurant Marrakesh
  • San Angel Inn Restaurant
  • Tokyo Dining
  • Tutto Italia Restaurant
  • Via Napoli

10% discount off the regular price of food and nonalcoholic beverages during lunch hours

  • Teppan Edo

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

20% discount through September 30, 2017

  • ABC Commissary
  • Backlot Express
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • Hollywood & Vine

10% discount off the regular price of food and nonalcoholic beverages during all available meal periods

  • 50’s Prime Time Café
  • Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

Disney Springs

20% discount through September 30, 2017

  • D-Luxe Burger
  • Disney Food Trucks:
    • Fantasy Fare
    • Namaste Café
    • Superstar Catering
    • World Showcase of Flavors

Additional Disney Springs Restaurants with various discounts for Annual Passholders:

  • Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza
    10% off nondiscounted food and nonalcoholic beverages during lunch and dinner.
  • The BOATHOUSE
    10% discount off the nondiscounted price of food and nonalcoholic beverages.
  • Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming
    10% discount off nondiscounted food and nonalcoholic beverages during lunch and dinner.
  • Coca-Cola Store
    10% discount off nondiscounted food and nonalcoholic beverages during lunch and dinner.
  • Ghirardelli® Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop
    10% discount off any purchase.
  • Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
    10% off nondiscounted price of food and nonalcoholic beverages Monday through Friday during lunch.
  • House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
    20% discount off of food and nonalcoholic beverages daily in the restaurant. prior to 4:00 PM and 10% discount after 4:00 PM.  20% discount off Gospel Brunch through December 31,2016.
  • Morimoto Asia
    10% discount off the regular price of food and nonalcoholic beverages (excluding tax and gratuities) for Passholder and up to 3 Guests for lunch only. Discount not valid for sushi bar, or on holidays.
  • Portobello Country Italian Trattoria
    10% discount off the regular price of food and nonalcoholic beverages.
  • Rainforest Café
    10% discount off the regular price of up to 4 lunch and dinner entrees.
  • Splitsville Dining Room
    20% discount off the regular price of food and nonalcoholic beverages (excludes tax & gratuity). An 18% gratuity will be automatically included based on the pre-discount amount.
  • T-REX
    10% discount off the regular price of up to 4 lunch and dinner entrées.
  • Wolfgang Puck Grand Café
    10% discount off the regular price of food and nonalcoholic beverages during lunch and dinner.
  • Wolfgang Puck—Express
    10% off the nondiscounted price of food and nonalcoholic beverages during lunch and dinner.

Walt Disney World Resort Dining

20% discount through September 30, 2017

  • Jiko—The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • The Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas  Kidani Village
  • Beach Club Marketplace at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Boardwalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk
  • Boardwalk Pizza Window at Disney’s BoardWalk
  • ESPN Club at Disney’s Boardwalk
  • Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk
  • Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • The Wave… of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Trail’s End Restaurant at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Grand Floridian Café at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Olivia’s Café at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Capt. Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Kona Café at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

10% discount off the regular price of food and nonalcoholic beverages during all available meal periods

  • Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
  • Boma – Flavors of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Shutters at Old Port Royale at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Dining Beyond Walt Disney World Resort

20% discount through September 30, 2017

  • Lottawatta Lodge at Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Leaning Palms at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

 

So what does this mean? Well it means I need to remember to ask EVERYWHERE now when visiting the Walt Disney World Resort if they accept discounts, that’s for sure! Hello saving money!

One thing is for sure – now is a great time to be a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder!

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Rikki Niblett

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11 thoughts on “New Perks for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders

  • October 3, 2016 at 10:57 am
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    This is exciting news! We have been annual passholders for several years now but decided not to renew this summer due to costs. My question is do you have to activate the pass by January 3, 2017 or can you wait and activate it at a later date (I remember it being up to a year from purchase prior)?

    • October 3, 2016 at 1:18 pm
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      I’m wondering the same thing! We won’t activate our’s until July of 17, but I’ll purchase early if we get 13 months!

    • October 3, 2016 at 5:31 pm
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      I just spoke to a cast member who said that it can be activated any time. It doesn’t have to be by Jan. 3.

    • October 4, 2016 at 3:49 pm
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      I just called disney and they said the 13 months starts from the date you first use it. So if I first use it on 2/16/17, it will he good through 3/16/17.

  • October 3, 2016 at 11:01 am
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    I believe when Disney posted this they said AP renewals during that timeframe were also part of the perks. You don’t mention renewals so I just want to make sure I’m remembering correctly. My AP expires October 26 and it would be sweet to get 13 months when I renew in a few weeks.

  • October 3, 2016 at 11:52 am
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    Very happy that there were some new offers for AP holders! Were there any mentions of blackout dates for the dining discounts?

  • October 3, 2016 at 2:33 pm
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    Can you stack Tables in Wonderland?

    • October 3, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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      Wondering the same too

    • October 3, 2016 at 6:05 pm
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      nope – this new plan makes TiW a tougher sell.

      What is interesting is that the way the discounts were worded, as we see above, it appears that the 45 places with the 20% discount will also include alcohol, since the exclusion is noted for the smaller discounts, but no mention for those shown at 20%.

      Too bad we don’t drink.

      • October 3, 2016 at 10:22 pm
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        Wondering the same thing regarding alcohol. We do enjoy wine etc. We were planning a TIW card purchase as well. But if the 20% AP discount extends to drinks, we will have to consider more carefully. We don’t plan to activate the AP’s until 12/1 and the 20% deals sunset in Sep. so that could factor in as well.

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