Disney Premier Passport
Worth the cost? We break it all down for you.
The Disney Premier Passport is a unique annual pass in that it offers admittance to all parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida as well as the Disneyland Resort in California. The savings on this golden ticket are truly exceptional, but it’s not for the average Disney World vacationer.
Most Disney-goers aren’t hopping cross-country to stay on the resorts of both coasts, but if you are, the premiere passport is a way to stretch your wallet. What’s offered at the two parks differs slightly, so it’s important to have an understanding of the two parks and what they feature.
Below you’ll find a breakdown of the important factors in your decision to buy a Disney Premier Passport or go a more traditional ticket-purchasing route.
What Does the Passport Cost?
The Disney Premier Passport costs $2,099 plus tax for guests over 3 years old. This compares to Disney World’s Platinum Plus Pass ($1,219), Disney World’s Platinum Pass ($1,199), Disney World’s Annual Water Park pass ($139), Disneyland’s Signature Plus Passport ($1,399), Disneyland’s Signature Passport ($1,149), Disneyland’s Deluxe Passport ($799), and Disneyland’s Flex Passport ($599). Who knew there were so many annual passes to choose from between the two U.S parks?
As the passes get more expensive, they begin to offer hopper passes, less blackout dates, larger discounts, and more perks. To compare the passes check out these two pages: Disneyland Passes and Disney World Passes. The premiere passport gives you access to the highest tiered annual passes at the resorts on both coasts and for a fraction of the cost.
Where Can I Go With the Passport?
Walt Disney World – Florida
Magic Kingdom: One of the four main parks in Florida’s Disney World, the Magic Kingdom is home to Cinderella’s castle and a top photo-opp spot, Main Street USA. Just a few of the main attractions in MK include Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, and Splash Mountain; along with some classics like It’s a Small World, Hall of Presidents and Walt’s Carousel of Progress.
Epcot: One of the four main parks in Florida’s Disney World, Epcot features both Future World and the World Showcase. The main thrill rides include Test Track, Soarin, and MISSION: Space, while many visitors come for the atmosphere provided by the blending country fronts. Epcot truly has something for every guest in your party ranging from unique cuisine, action rides, character meet-and-greets, and country-specific alcoholic beverages.
Hollywood Studios: One of the four main parks in Florida’s Disney World, Hollywood Studios is up and coming. With the addition of Toy Story Land and the even more recent add-on, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, this park is becoming more and more popular. Original attractions include the Tower of Terror and Aerosmith’s Rockin Roller Coaster.
Animal Kingdom: One of the four main parks in Florida’s Disney World, Animal Kingdom is the largest of the bunch. Home to Pandora- The World of Avatar, this park is a must visit. Animal Kingdom is no longer the park known mainly for their amazing Safari adventure, but also thrill ride Expedition Everest and water ride, Kali River Rapids. This park explores the great outdoors and allows guests to see the real (exotic animals up close and personal) as well as the imagined (the incredible tree of life).
Blizzard Beach: One of the two water parks on Florida’s Disney World territory, Blizzard Beach is “snow capped” and follows the theme of a ski resort. With slides and play areas for guests of all ages, the true daredevil will be most attracted to Summit Plummet, a nearly vertical 12-story water slide.
Typhoon Lagoon: One of the two water parks on Florida’s Disney World territory, Typhoon Lagoon follow the theme of a deserted island that was hit by a “typhoon”. This option also provides attractions and play areas for guests of all ages and sizes, but is also home to the largest surf pool in North America.
ESPN Wide World of Sports: The Wide World of Sports complex sits in the heart of Florida’s Disney World. It has the capacity to host 60 sports across ten different venues, making it the perfect spot for large tournaments of all ages and competition levels. The Disney Premier Passport gets you into the Wide World of Sports on event days, but may require an additional admission charge.
Oak Trail Golf Course: Oak Trail Golf Course is a 9-hole, 36 par walking course located right outside Florida’s Polynesian Resort. The Premier Passport covers the green fee, however advanced tee time registration is required and is subject to availability.
Disneyland – California
Disneyland Park: California’s Disneyland Park is similar to Florida’s Magic Kingdom, with its own twists of magic. With similar lands and a few mirrored rides, you’ll find a different rendition of the iconic castle, It’s a Small World, Pirates of the Carribean, and the Haunted Mansion. Attractions unique to Disneyland include Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Tarzan’s Treehouse and more.
Adventure Park: California’s Adventure Park is located directly next to Disneyland Park and features some can’t-miss attractions. The Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, Grizzly River Run, Soarin: Around the World, and the Pixar-Pal-Around are just a few. If you’ve never been to the parks in California but have visited the ones in Florida, Adventure Park is bound to bring you new adventures. Be sure to check out Cars Land and Pixar Pier.
Disney World: For some extra perks, Premier Passport holders receive 20% off on select dining options, 20% off on select merchandise in stores and online at ShopDisney, 15% off at select Sports, Recreation and Spa locations as well as guided tours. Members are also granted exclusive offers on special event tickets.
Disneyland: Extra Perks of being a Premier Passport holder grant you up to 15% off select restaurants, Character Dining locations and dining in Downtown Disney as well as up to 20% off select merchandise. Members are also granted exclusive offers on special event tickets.
There is a list of Premier Passport holder benefits within Disney World here and within Disneyland here. On both of these sites you can navigate which restaurants, shops, and events qualify for discounts along with how much the discount totals, when they can be used, and any additional information. Both lists are pretty extensive!
PhotoPass: Both Disney World and Disneyland offer a service called Disney PhotoPass. However, the packages themselves differ slightly between the two coasts.
Memory Maker: Memory Maker is the name of the PhotoPass service offered at Florida’s Disney World. This package costs $169 is purchased in advance and $199 if purchased 24 hours prior to it’s start when not using a Premier Passport. It includes unlimited downloads of photos and videos taken by professional photographers around the parks. You can have your picture taken and download on certain rides, select character dining locations, and special magic-shot areas. The downloads will be linked with your account, meaning it’s important to have your magic band ready to scan to capture your special moments.
MaxPass: MaxPass is a California Disneyland special the enables you to download all of your PhotoPass pictures captured during a single day. This package is also linked to FASTPASS selections, which can be done right from your phone while you explore the park. The MaxPass is offered to non-Premier Passport guests for $15 per day.
Is it Worth it?
Whether it’s worth buying the Premier Passport is subjective and depends on what kind of traveler you. It also depends on what kind of experience you’re looking to get out of it. To put some numbers into perspective:
- Premier Passport = $2,099 + tax
- Platinum Annual Pass (Disney World) $1,299
+ Signature Plus Annual Pass (Disneyland) $1,399 = $2,689 + tax
- Daily Park Hopper Passes (Disney World) range from $57 – $132 depending on time of year and how many consecutive days you’re in the park
- Daily Park Hopper Passes (Disneyland) range from $68 – $112 depending on time of year and how many consecutive days you’re in the park
- PhotoPass in Disney World = $169 per stay
- MaxPass in Disneyland = $15/ day
Not including the savings in hotel stays, dining, entertainment, and parking, a Premier Passport would pay for itself even staying on both coasts for less than 10 consecutive days each. So, yes, if you plan on going to both resorts, the Premier Passport is a viable option and is proportionally cheap for what it’s offering.
But if you’re looking for a quick visit at each, handling your tickets individually could serve you in the long run. When you’re calculating your personal costs (as it depends on when you’re traveling, for how long, where you’re staying, what dining plan, if you want photopasses, etc.) truly analyze which out of the Premier Passport perks are beneficial to your group.
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