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Disney launches Premier Passport for Walt Disney World and Disneyland parks

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Disney has announced a new "Premier Passport" which acts as an annual pass for its theme parks at both the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort.

Priced at $722.75 including tax, the Premier Passport provides entry to all 6 of Disney's US parks, plus its two water parks at Walt Disney World and a number of other attractions. It has no "block-out" dates, and is therefore valid 365 days a year. It is available now through Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme park ticket booths, but cannot yet be purchased online.

Disney has promised that customers who already hold Annual Passes for both resorts will automatically receive a Premier Passport. As a bonus, this will have an expiration date in line with whichever of the existing passes expires last. Those with cheaper passes stand to benefit the most from this upgrade. Guests holding an Annual Pass for a single resort will be offered the chance to upgrade for an additional, yet to be announced, fee.

For hardcore Disney fans, the new pass offers better value than the previous option of buying separate Premium Passes for both resorts. The individual passes would cost $1098, so the Premier Passport offers a saving of $375. However, there are no discounts available for children or members of the Disney Vacation Club.

Full details of the benefits included with the Premier Passport are given below. All are available for 365 days from the time of purchase.

Walt Disney World:

  • Unlimited admission to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom theme parks.
  • Park Hopping (the ability to visit more than one park in a single day).
  • Unlimited admission to the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks.
  • Unlimited admission to the DisneyQuest indoor theme park, ESPN Wide World of Sports (only on event days and some events require an additional charge) and Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course (reservations required).
  • Free parking at theme parks and water parks.
  • Subscription to Mickey Monitor, the magazine for Annual Passholders.
  • 10-15% off merchandise from selected shops at Downtown Disney and Animal Kingdom.
  • 10-15% off dining selected resort restaurants.
  • Discounts on other activities at the resort, such as the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
  • Eligibility for Annual Passholder rates (where available) at Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Disneyland:

  • Unlimited admission to the Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure theme parks.
  • Park Hopping (the ability to visit more than one park in a single day).
  • Free parking at any pay-on-entry parking lot.
  • Subscriptions to Backstage Pass (the Annual Passholder magazine) and Disney's Family Fun Magazine.
  • Eligibility for Annual Passholder rates (where available) at Disneyland Resort hotels.

Disney has also announced the line-up of events for its D23 fan community over the next year. Although there will be no repeat of last year's D23 Expo in 2010, Disney will be running a new event known as Destination D on September 24-25, 2010. The event will celebrate the history of Disneyland, covering its design, construction and evolution since opening in 1955. It will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel, with tickets being made available in the summer.

The D23 Expo will return in 2011, on August 19-21. It will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center close to Disneyland, with tickets going on sale a year in advance on August 19, 2010. Discounted tickets will be available to D23 members.

In future, the D23 Expo and Destination D will continue to be held in alternating years. Full details of the planned events can be found on the D23 website.


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