A lot of people who are 50 or older are deciding to move to Florida. Sometimes it’s for retirement, or sometimes it’s because they want a change. Once you’re a Florida resident you’ll become eligible for plenty of Florida resident discounts. If you’re in love with Walt Disney World like I am, you will want to become an Annual Passholder. There are plenty of benefits, including merchandise discounts in most locations, some dining discounts, free theme park parking, MagicBands, and more. One thing that is nice about living in the Sunshine State is that we have more Annual Pass options than those who don’t live in paradise.
Remember that proof of Florida residency will be required when you purchase your pass. One nice bonus that is offered to Florida residents is that we can setup a monthly payment plan. When you first buy your ticket you will pay a down payment (the equivalent of one day at the Magic Kingdom during peak season) and then pay monthly after that. You will also get a discount from the current rate when it’s time to renew. It will not renew automatically, but Disney will send you plenty of reminders that the date is coming up. You won’t have to pay another down payment when you renew.
Here’s a quick rundown of the Florida Resident Annual Passes.
Disney Platinum Plus Pass
This is the ultimate pass for Florida residents. You’ll enjoy access to all four theme parks and both water parks all year long with no blockout dates. You will also receive all of your PhotoPass pictures for free. You can also play golf for no added fee at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, and admission to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is also included. This is the pass that my daughter and I both have, and even though it’s expensive it pays for itself very quickly each year.
Disney Platinum Pass
If all you want is the four theme parks, this pass could be for you. It includes unlimited access to the four parks all year long, there are no blockout dates. This pass also includes your PhotoPass downloads.
Disney Gold Pass
This could be the most popular Florida Resident Annual Pass. You’ll enjoy all four parks and also receive PhotoPass downloads. There are blockout dates, but they’re usually just three or four weeks a year. The blockout dates are during the busiest times of year, which many locals want to avoid anyway.
Disney Silver Pass
This is the first pass that does not include your PhotoPass downloads. It does include access to all four theme parks, but there are blockout dates. You won’t be able to go near the holidays, and also for a good part of the summer.
Disney Weekday Select Pass
This one is similar to the Silver Pass, except that you can use it only on weekdays. The holidays and a good part of the summer are blocked out as well.
Epcot After 4 Annual Pass
If you love Epcot, this might be the pass for you. There are no blockout dates, but you will also not be able to use it to get into any park except for Epcot, and you can only use it after 4:00pm. You still will receive free parking at all four theme parks, a MagicBand, discounts, and other benefits.
Water Parks Annual Pass
This will allow you to visit the two Walt Disney World water parks as many times as you would like during the year. You will not receive the other pass benefits, such as free parking at the theme parks.
Water Parks After 2 Annual Pass
This is the same as the Water Parks Annual Pass, but you can only visit after 2:00pm. Remember that each water park closes for refurbishment several weeks each year, and then they will switch.