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Update: Monthly Payments Program at Walt Disney World

posted on June 24th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Update – August 12: We have a quick update to share today for Florida residents interested in our annual pass monthly payment program option. You can now purchase and renew Florida resident annual passes at any Walt Disney World ticket window. If you recall, the option was initially only available for those of you who purchased an annual pass online. Check below for more details about the program.

New Monthly Payments Program Begins at Walt Disney World

Attention Florida residents … we’ve got some great news to share for those of you looking to spread out the cost of buying Walt Disney World annual passes. Our annual pass monthly payment program is now available online. And how it works is simple. Florida Residents make a down payment equal to the price of a non-discounted one-day Magic Your Way base ticket and then pay the remainder through 12 recurring automatic monthly payments scheduled for the year. It’s interest and finance charge free.

What are the benefits of being a Passholder? The list is long but most importantly, you have access to Disney “magic” all year — attractions, characters and events (the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is right around the corner). You can also customize your Disney experience when you select the Walt Disney World Florida Resident Annual Pass that’s right for you.

Find your Pass at Oh, and please let us know if you’ll be using this payment option in the comments.

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Michelle from FL on June 25th, 2010 at 11:32 am

We’ve been having Disney World withdraw for awhile now and this could make that all go away!! So glad to see season passes are open too!! THANK YOU DISNEY WORLD!!


Joshua from AL on June 25th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Is there any way to make this available to out-of-state pass holders?!? I’d take them up on this in a heart beat.


Steven from PA on June 25th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

This sucks that it is only offered to FL residents. We’ve been going to WDW since 1987, and have been DVC since 1994. We used to go to WDW several times per year, but no longer do so. If we had the option to utilize this option, we’d certainly visit WDW more often. On the same thought, we’d love to travel last minute – when last minute discounts are offered to FL residents (ie: Disney Cruise Line, etc).



Andrea on June 25th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Yes, what about DVC members outside of Florida?


Doug from OH on June 25th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

It really stinks that this is only available to Florida residents. If this option were available to everyone, I would probably buy an Annual Pass. Guess I’ll just have to stick to regular tickets for now :(


Melynda from OH on June 25th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Figures just renewed before they announced, well there is always next year.


Sherri from FL on June 25th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Just purchased our 1st ever Disney annual passes! We’re so excited because we were never able to front all the money before, but now we can budget it into our monthly budget with no problem! We’ve been doing this with Sea World for a while now, but my hubby gets bored there easily, so it’s great to know we can afford and go to a theme park the entire family loves. Can’t wait to use our new passes!!!!!


Teresa on June 25th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

As a non-Florida, DVC annual pass owner I would love to see something for me too! We used to have premium annual pass but just couldn’t justify the cost. Now, if you could have a premium annual pass for both coasts and allow us to do monthly payments on those, I would be there in a heart beat! We love both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.


sharon on June 25th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Gutted that this is only available to Florida Residents only. We travel to Florida every year from the UK and would really love to get the yearly passes/monthly payment plan, but it is not available. It is so unfair.

I hope this changes in the future so it is available to everyone, heres hoping.


Christopher from FL on June 25th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Looks like you cant use this though for renewals. Would really like to use it for renewal – would make it more affordable.


Brian on June 25th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

How come Disneyland is not offering this type of deal for all of California residents instead of just for southern California residents.
We are annual Passholders and this is really upsetting this is so unfair.


Brian on June 25th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Why can’t something like this be offered at Disneyland for all Ca residents


cassandra from CA on June 26th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I agree with Kriti!…I live in the bay area as well, and we visit disneyland frequently, because it really only is a hop, skip, and a jump away!…I wish the opportunity was extended to everyone within the state


Debra on June 26th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Our family maintained APs for nearly 20 years. We moved to Florida 10 years ago, and looked forward to FL Resident APs. Unfortunately, the price has gotten so high we can no longer justify spending the money for a family of 5. However, we can (and do) purchase APs at Universal Studios for $139 each. There are blackout dates associated with this pass, but they are for dates that we would never consider visiting the parks (July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas.) The really sad, sad thing is that Universal doesn’t hold a candlestick to WDW – but it’s what we can afford. Please, Disney, wake up! You are going to lose your base of loyal guests if you don’t.


debbie from AL on June 26th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

As an Alabama resident (11 miles from the FL state line!) it would be fabulous if this option were extended to adjoining states, or to all Annual Passholders…. what a wonderful option that would be!!


Debbie on June 26th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Hey guys!! Everyone talking about the renewals, make sure you read the Orlando paper or one of the Florida papers, they talk about the renewals being rolled out by the end of the year. So it sounds like the renewals are eligible for the payment plan as long as you are a Florida resident. :)


Scott on June 27th, 2010 at 1:09 am

I’ve had this option available to me since I started buying my annual passes for our family. It’s called a Savings Account. I saved up to buy the passes and then put enough away each month (on my own) to renew them each year. Magic? I think not.


autumn from VA on June 27th, 2010 at 1:16 am

I have to agree its ridiculous that this isnt being offered to DVC members as we already get to buy at the FL resident rate. As much money as we pay in DVC “mortage” and dues I’ve been pushing customer service for this option for awhile now. You can be darn tootin next time I have to call DVC Im going to be ringing some bells on this issue and requesting my DVC friends do the same. As for the comment about BG Williamsburg earlier you can’t compare a summer resident pass to a standard yearly pass. What your referring to is a VA resident only summer pass, it only covers select months of the year, does not cover parking, does not get you a food discount or a non-passholder ticket discount. ALL standard 1 and 2 year Busch passes can have a monthly payment option. It also locks you into the rate you bought at. I have had a platinum pass since the year it came out because 8 years ago when they started the plat pass option it was the only way to do the monthly payment option. There are years I go to BG 3 times in the whole year and work 3 blocks away from the park. BUT we do use them in FL. The thing is the REAL pass w/ monthly pay gets me free preferred parking (because its plat) in all parks (gold gets free standard parking) food discount, merch discount, a discount on 1 day tickets for visiting friends etc.


Stacy on June 27th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I would if I had a bank account but I don’t. :( Guess we’ll just save up the old-fashioned way but I do think it’s a great idea & about time Disney gets with the “times”.


Hope from AL on June 27th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Having this available to adjoining states would be amazing for Disney lovers that are not lucky enough to live in the State. We try to do Disney every year… with this, we’d never have to miss! That would truly be magical!


Mary on June 27th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Scott (Post 116), funny, I have the same option! Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great Disney is offering this, but isn’t it the same as if you saved up for it yourself?


Lisa from GA on June 28th, 2010 at 9:52 am

I live in Georgia but only about 3 hours from Orlando. I’m actually closer than some Florida residents. My family LOVES Disney and would most definitely get annual passes again if the payment plan was extended to more than just Florida residents.


Sue from PA on June 28th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

That is great, we became Florida resident in July of 09. We have always used the discount for being DVC members. Nice to think of the Floridians.


Davendra from FL on June 28th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

We currently have Busch Gardens passes because they have this payment option. As soon as those passes run out, we’ll be ordering six Dinsey passes! Yaaay!!


Brian on June 28th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Come on Disney this should be offered at Disneyland and not just to Southern Ca residents but too all Ca Residents.


Teri from CA on June 28th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I live in No.CAL and it frustrates me that I cannot enjoy the same discounts and perks as So.CAL. We go to Disneyland at least once per year and would definitely go more often if we had an annual pass. I would love to afford an annual pass by paying per month or getting the same discounts as SoCal people do. Not only would Disney make more $$ off of me- I would get to go more often. When my family isn’t planning a Disneyland trip we are planning a Disney Cruise or WDW vacation. The whole State of Florida gets to enjoy Disney discounts why not let the whole State of CA do the same???


Brandon on June 28th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

NOt Cool either as we who already have passes can not take advantage of it even living in florida. Who cares about people who are already drinking the juice


Steven on June 29th, 2010 at 12:32 am

As a FL native and now GA resident that has visited WDW more than 50 times since 1971, I would like to echo the majority of the posters and request a non-FL AP monthly payment plan. Based on a very conservative estimate of 100,000 net-new AP’s, a monthly payment plan for non-FL residents would put close to $4M a month extra in Disney’s coffers! Not to mention the out-of-staters spending more than FL residents on accommodations, food, souvenirs, etc. Let’s hear it for good ‘ole American capitalism! :-)


Gina from MD on June 29th, 2010 at 11:11 am

I agree with Patti from SC. DVC members should definitely be allowed to do this.


Karen on June 29th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

We live all the way across the other side of the US in Oregon and have been annual passholders in both WDW and Disneyland in the past. We are considering annual passes on an upcoming trip in Sept, if this option of making monthly payments was available to us it would be a done deal. What this means to Disney is another 9 night visit from us, staying on Disney property … can you see the dollar signs yet? :)


Jana on June 29th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

sounds great but I’m with some others….why not everyone? We live in Alabama and would love this oppurtunity also.


Pam from PA on June 30th, 2010 at 8:17 am

As a DVC member who typically purchases four AP’s at one time, this would be great if it were offered to all purchasers. Any chance that you are just “experimenting” (no offense) on FL residents?


Jason from FL on June 30th, 2010 at 9:01 am

Ill be doing this before my next trip for sure


Rosemary on June 30th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

this offer should be extended to non-residents as well


Karen on June 30th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Great idea, but what about non-Florida residents? I live in Georgia & I am close enough to Walt Disney World that I could really take advantage of this…


Erika from FL on July 1st, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Love it! Had passes in the past and have been wanting to get them again, but with 2 kids that is a lot of money at once, this makes a great option. Going to do it for the holidays! We love Disney at Christmas time. Would be even better if once you paid the down payment you wouldn’t have to again for renewing.


Mary E on July 10th, 2010 at 9:44 am

Please extend this to out of state residents. I am a DVC member and purchase four annual passes and have for the past 10- years, it would certainly make things easier. Thank You for your consideration and have a Magical Day