Disney Premier Annual Passport | Ultimate Guide

Disney Premier Annual Passport

The Premier Passport is the ultimate ‘golden ticket’ to Disney magic. You’ll enjoy unlimited admission to everything the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts have to offer.

If you’re planning to visit both US Disney resorts in a given year, you may want to think about investing in a Premier Passport.

On this page, we’ll cover the costs and benefits of this great pass, giving you all the info you need to make the best vacation decisions for you and your family.

By The Numbers: Disney Premier Passport

Passport Cost

Total AP Cost

As of October 2015, the base price for the Premier AP is $1,439.00. After Florida sales tax, the total cost comes to $1,485.77.

For tax purposes, the Premier AP is split in two: the “California/Disneyland” half and the “Florida/Walt Disney World” half. The CA part of the passport is tax-free but the FL half includes a 6.5% county sales tax.

That’s why every other Disneyland Annual Passport is a flat price but the Premier AP comes out to a weird number. If  you’re curious about the math, you can find a break-down in the table below.

Annual PassportBase CostCost of “FL/WDW” HalfFL Sales TaxTotal Cost
Premier AP$1,439.00$719.50$46.77$1,485.77

Can You Finance A Disney Premier Passport?

No, you can only make monthly payments on regular Disneyland AP’s. The entire cost of a new Premier passport must be paid in full at the time of purchase.

However, there is a trick to work around this limitation, letting you finance more than half the cost of a Premier AP. To find out how this works, visit our AP Tips and Tricks page.

For more information on financing the other Disneyland Annual Passports, visit our Financing Your Disneyland Annual Passport page.

Does The Premier AP Include Parking?

Yes, you can park at both the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort 365 days a year at no extra cost!

Benefits

How Many Days Per Year Can You Visit The Resort?

The Premier AP allows you entry to every Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme park and water park 365 days per year. This includes:

  • Disneyland Resort
    • Disneyland
    • Disney California Adventure
  • Walt Disney World Resort
    • Theme Parks
      • Magic Kingdom
      • EPCOT
      • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
      • Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    • Water Parks
      • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
      • Disney’s Blizzard Beach
    • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
    • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course

When Is This Passport Blocked Out?

The Premier AP is never blocked out. However, this pass does not include or guarantee admission to special events at Disney theme parks or properties.

How Many Visits Do You Need To Break-Even On The Pass?

The number of visits to break-even on the Disney Premier Passport greatly depends upon your specific situation.

We’re building a page specifically to help people figure out when it would make sense to buy a Premier pass. We’ll send out updates via our free weekly newsletter, so subscribe today and stay up-to-date!

Discounts

With a Disney Premier AP, you’ll enjoy the same discounts as a Signature Plus or Platinum Plus Annual Passholder, but now on both coasts!

  • Disneyland Resort
    • Disney Dining: 15%
    • Merchandise Purchased At Disney Theme Parks, Kiosks, and Resort Hotels: 20%
    • Disneyland Resort Hotel Stays: 15% to over 40% depending on the day of the week and season
    • Resort Events & Tours: 20%
    • Downtown Disney:
  • Walt Disney World Resort
    • Disney Dining: 10 – 20%*
    • Merchandise Purchased At Disney Theme Parks, Kiosks, and Resort Hotels: 15%
    • Disneyland Resort Hotel Stays: 15% to over 40% depending on the day of the week and season
    • Guided Tours: 15%
    • Downtown Disney:
      • Restaurants: 10 – 20%
      • Shops: 10%

* WDW dining discounts are not as straightforward as they are at Disneyland. For more information on discounts and locations for the current year, please visit the Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Dining Benefits page.

Unlimited PhotoPass® downloads are now also included in Disney Premier benefits.

Do you live in the correct area?

The Premier pass is available for everyone.

Where Can You Buy The Disney Premier Passport?

Unlike other Disneyland Annual Passports, the Premier AP can only be purchased in-person at the parks. You can buy this AP at:

Price History Of Disney Premier Passport

The price for a Disney Premier pass has risen like clockwork for the past 5 years. I’ve put together some comparison tables, showing each price increase.

You’ll also find a comparison of the Premier against the current Signature Plus and Platinum Plus AP’s.

Disney Premier Versus The Premium Annual Passports

For most of it’s existence, the Premier pass was really just two Premium AP’s glued together into one package.

The chart below compares the Premier passport to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Premium AP’s. This represents the entire history of the highest pass until the most recent shake-up in Disney Annual Passports.

DatePremier Pass *DL Premium APWDW Premium AP
March 2010$700$439$629
January 2012$749$499$649
May 2012$849$649$699
June 2013$979$669$729
May 2014$1029$699$754
February 2015$1099$779$779
* For ease of use, the cost shown is the base cost for each year and does not include Florida sales tax.

When it was first created, the Disney Premier Passport only cost slightly more than the WDW Premium AP. That certainly changed over the years, keeping pace with the skyrocketing price of the Disneyland Premium pass.

DateCombined DL/WDW CostPremier Savings
March 2010$1068$368
January 2012$1148$399
May 2012$1348$499
June 2013$1398$419
May 2014$1453$424
February 2015$1558$459
* For ease of use, the cost shown is the base cost for each year and does not include Florida sales tax.

Disney Premier Versus The ‘Plus’ Annual Passports

With new Annual Passport levels on both coasts, we now have to compare the Disney Premier against the Disneyland Signature Plus and WDW Platinum Plus.

DatePremier PassDL Signature PlusWDW Platinum Plus
October 2015$1,439$1,049$829

Even with the price increase for all AP’s coast-to-coast, you still save over $400 with the Disney Premier pass, versus buying two AP’s separately.

DateCombined DL/WDW CostPremier Savings
October 2015$1,878$439

Is The Premier Annual Passport For You?

“I’m going to both Disneyland and Disney World this year, should I buy a Premier pass?”

Here’s the simple answer:

If you’re a Signature Plus Annual Passholder at either Disneyland and plan on spending more than 2 days at Walt Disney World, you should upgrade to a Premier AP.

For everyone else, it depends.

That’s a bad answer, I know, but this is actually a huge and complex question that requires looking at a lot of numbers to answer.

It also requires a case-by-case kind of answer too. Where do you live? Do you already have an Annual Passport? If so, where? What kind of AP is it? Do you have to pay for parking? Are you financing your current passport? The questions go on and on.

We’re putting together a Premier Passport Planning Guide to help you figure out if this AP is right for your. Based on your specific situation, you’ll be able to do some simple math and make the numbers work for you. Sign up for our free newsletter to stay updated.

Conclusion

If you want ultimate flexibility for your Disney vacations, at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, then the Disney Premier Passport is the one for you. Though it’s the most expensive pass, you’ll enjoying having no blockout dates, no parking fees, and the highest discounts rates coast to coast.

Wondering whether this pass is the right choice for you and your family? Visit our Disneyland AP Comparison Page, where you’ll find an easy guide to see if the Southern California Select, Southern CaliforniaDeluxe, Signature, or Signature Plus AP’s might be a better fit for your style and budget.

If you can think of any more questions, leave me a comment below. I’d love you hear from you! Thanks for visiting and we’ll see ya’ real soon!

Wondering which annual pass to buy and when? Visit the
Mouse Monthly Ultimate Guide to Disneyland Annual Passports
for all your AP answers.


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9 Responses to “Disney Premier Annual Passport | Ultimate Guide”

  1. Christopher Kusek March 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm #

    I’m currently a WDW AP holder and I was wondering what it would take to convert that to a Premiere pass (is it just the difference in cost?) Also if I understand from this it has to be done in person at one of the parks (WDW or WDL?)

    Thank you!

    • Alex Blasingame March 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm #

      You’re right Christopher, all that has to be done is to pay the price difference between your pass and the Premier. And yes, it has to done in person at the Magic Kingdom or Disneyland Main Entry Ticket Booths. Thanks for the question.

  2. Anna February 26, 2017 at 12:08 pm #

    Do dvc members get discounts on the premier passes

    • Alex Blasingame February 27, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Anna. Sorry to share bad news, but the answer is no. There aren’t any discounts on Premier AP’s for anyone.

  3. Shannon February 22, 2017 at 11:32 pm #

    is there any pass that covers all disney parks including those overseas like hong kong, tokyo, shanghai or paris?

    • Alex Blasingame February 27, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

      Great question Shannon! As cool as that would be, the answer is no. The closest pass to what you suggest is the Premier, covering DL & WDW. A ‘Global Disney’ pass would be great though!

  4. Shelly October 2, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

    AP sticker for Disneyland AP please

  5. Shelly October 2, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    I’m looking for the Disneyland APLEASE sticker

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