Walt Disney World has made some controversial decisions in regards to its annual passholder program in recent years. From massive price hikes to the introduction of demand-based tiers, it seems like there has been a lot of bad news recently for some of Walt Disney World's most loyal guests.
However, last year Disney announced that it would be expanding passholder discounts for the next year, and now it looks like there is even more good news for annual passholders in the pipeline. From additional discounts and freebies to a rumored new perk in the pipeline, if you are an annual passholder, here are all the updates you need to know about!
1. Rumor: Annual Passholders to get their own speedy security line
Though Walt Disney World's enhanced security measures have been in place for over a year now, they unforutnately don't run as quickly as many might wish them too, with guests needing to stop and wait in line, sometimes for quite awhile, for bag check and metal detectors before they can enter the park. However, according to a new rumor, Disney may be speeding up the process for annual passholders in the very near future.
According to Disney Insider Jim Hill (speaking on The Disney Dish podcast), Disney is seriously considering giving Annual Passholders a way to go through security a little bit faster by creating a pre-screening service similar to that used by the TSA in airports. It is currently unknown what kind of steps such a service might entail, but such a perk could make a logical extension to the Annual Pass-only entrances, which were introduced last year.
Though this may sound like a potentially problematic feature for annual passholders, the majority of these guests are well aware of what they can and can't bring with them into the parks, making them more prepared for a "fast lane" security check. And if Disney indeedcan find a way to get these guests pre-screened and through some kind of sped-up security, this would not only speed up the process for the annual passholders, but it would also have the benefit of removing them from the general line as well, hopefully making things go a little bit faster for all other guests as well.
Of course, right now this is just a rumor, and if Disney is indeed exploring options to facilitate such a process, and if they can find something feasible, it will likely debut in the next few months.
2. Reserved seating for annual passholders at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival now available
Beginning this week, Walt Disney World Annual Passholders can take advantage of the opportunity to reserve seating at the remaining Eat to the Beat Concert series shows on a first-come, first serve basis. Guests will need to visit the current Annual Passholder button pick-up location inside of the Festival Center to get a badge for either the 5:30, 6:45, or 8 p.m. performance of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. And then before showtime, guests will need to join a separate queue on the left-hand side of America Gardens Theatre.