Patience is a Virtue: Disney World Annual Pass Returns With Longer Wait Times.
It’s a tale as old as time… At least as old as the annual pass sale at Walt Disney World. People eager to get their hands on a pass to “The Most Magical Place on Earth” were met with hours-long wait times on Thursday. And by “hours-long,” we mean “longer than the runtime of ‘Avatar’.”
According to WFLA, the sale was supposed to start at 6 a.m., but as with most things in life, there was a hiccup. Disney fans were left waiting in a virtual queue, staring at their screens with the same level of intensity as a dog waiting for its owner to come home.
As the hours ticked by, people took to social media to express their frustration. Some joked that they had aged a decade while waiting, while others contemplated whether they would even remember their own names by the time they made it to the front of the queue.
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But it’s not all bad news. Once you get past the waiting screen, you’ll be able to purchase one of four different annual passes. The cheapest option, the Disney Pixie Dust Pass, is only available to Florida residents and costs $399. It allows entry on most weekdays, but is subject to blackout dates, including peak and holiday periods. So basically, you can’t use it when everyone else is using it. It’s like trying to buy a swimsuit in January – sure, you can do it, but why?
For $749, Florida residents can opt for the Disney Pirate Pass. This pass allows entry on most days, but, you guessed it, is also subject to blackout dates. The only way to ensure you can visit the park whenever you want is to go all-in and purchase the Disney Incredi-Pass for $1,399. No blackout dates apply, so you can go to Disney World on Christmas Day if that’s your thing. (Just be prepared to wait in line for the Space Mountain ride longer than the wait for the Second Coming.)
And if you’re a Disney Vacation Club member or a Florida resident with deep pockets, you can opt for the Disney Sorcerer Pass for the low, low price of $969. This pass allows entry on most days, but is subject to blackout dates on select days during select holiday periods. It’s like buying a sandwich that’s only available between 2 p.m. and 2:05 p.m. on Tuesdays – it’s exclusive, but also kind of inconvenient.
So if you’re thinking about getting an annual pass to Disney World, just be prepared to wait. And wait. And wait. But hey, at least you’ll have plenty of time to practice your Mickey Mouse impression while you’re in the queue.