Walt Disney World is now offering a new type of annual pass available only to Florida residents. Known as the Florida Resident Weekday Select Pass, these new tickets allow eligible purchasers to visit the four theme parks a touted 180+ days, but not on weekends.
At a price point of only $169, this could end up being an outstanding deal for those individuals who like the parks, but have the flexibility to attend them on the less crowded weekdays. Retirees and students come to mind as the prime candidates for such a restricted ticket.
The normal Florida Resident Annual Pass sells for $369, which is $200 over the new weekday plan. But, with the normal ticket, there are no restrictions on which days you can attend (including weekends and any blackout dates that applies to the newer option). Still, the lower price will be attractive to many, and some will consider altering their normal park visits from a weekend to a weekday to utilize the special pass. Also, hotel rooms tend to be cheaper on those days, so additional savings can be found.
For the normal visitor, this will probably have little impact on their trip to the World, but some think Friday night attendance might be boosted a bit by people using their limited annual pass.
Disney has instituted blackout days to the program, which correspond to some of their busiest park days. Most notable among these are the holiday season as well as most of the summer season. According to the details, the following dates are not included:
- December 19,2009 through January 1, 2010
- March 27, 2010 through April 9, 2010
- June 12, 2010 through August 19, 2010
- December 18, 2010 through January 1, 2011
For more information, visit the website: www.disneyworld.com/weekday