Walt Disney World has announced V.I.PASSHOLDER Days featuring special limited-time offerings for Annual Passholders will be held in June 2023.
More details will be announced soon but here is what Disney had to say in The Passholder Buzz in the My Disney Experience app:
- No, it’s not your imagination—a new Passholder magnet is coming! Check out the special sneak peek video and see if it sparks any guesses as to who will be featured.
- Passholders will have a limited-time, exclusive space to rest and cool off with dedicated seating (subject to availability).
- Passholders can enjoy increased discounts on select merchandise and dining locations across Walt Disney World Resort, including select EPCOT International Flower and Garden Outdoor Kitchens.
- New Passholder exclusive treats will be available for purchase.
- Passholders will also get a chance to capture memories of their latest park visit with two limited-time photo ops.
The video for the new Passholder magnet was not yet available, but the text read, “New Magnet? Imagine That! Looking for the next Character? Take a look and see if something sparks.” Could the magnet feature everyone’s favorite purple dragon, Figment?
Stay tuned for more information!
V.I.PASSHOLDER Nights was a free after hours event previously held at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT.
Walt Disney World Annual Pass Program
Walt Disney World Annual Passes were sold continuously from September 1982 until March 2020. Since then, the price had increased dramatically, multiple tiers were introduced with various blackout dates and benefits to match. At times, the resort even encouraged guests to become Passholders through advertising at the parks, around Central Florida, and through benefits like discounts on merchandise and food.
Of course, at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, that all changed. While Walt Disney World did not go the route of Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Resort by canceling every Annual Pass and issuing refunds, nor did they resume sales immediately as the Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai resorts did upon reopening. Passes remained valid and renewable after the COVID-19 closure concluded in July 2020, although new sales were halted almost immediately upon reopening. At the time, Disney assured guests it was a “temporary” measure due to capacity restrictions at Walt Disney World.
In August 2021, Walt Disney World announced an overhaul of their pass system, replacing the four tiers introduced in 2015 with a more confusing character-based system. New passes then went on sale in September 2021, and remained on sale for nearly three months before being suspended in late November. The two middle tiers were briefly on sale last June for a single day before halting again. All four Walt Disney World Annual Passes went on sale again this year.
Beginning in April 2023, Walt Disney World Annual Passholders can visit the theme parks after 2:00 p.m. on most days without a park pass reservation. This perk does not include Magic Kingdom on Saturdays and Sundays, when a reservation will still be required.
It was recently announced that beginning next year, Walt Disney World Annual Passholders would no longer need park pass reservations for select “good-to-go” dates.