Disney Premier Passport: Is It Worth It?

Disney premier passport

TripSavvy / Julie Bang

Important Information about the Disney Premier Passport

Effective January 2021, Disney “sunsetted” (i.e. canceled) the Premier Passport along with Disneyland’s Annual Pass program. For now, there is no way to purchase new Premier Passports. It is likely that Disneyland will develop a replacement program for its annual passes; if and when that happens, the company may resurrect the Premier Passport or create something to replace it.

Current Premier Passport holders can continue to use their passes to enter the parks at Walt Disney World through March 31, 2021. The passes will be cancelled after that date. Passport holders can renew into Walt Disney World’s annual pass program through April 30, 2021.

Legacy Info about the Disney Premier Passport

As indicated above, Disney’s Premier Passport program is no longer offered. The info below is about the legacy program that no longer exists.

Virtually all theme parks, including the Disney parks, offer season or annual passes. Typically, the passes are designed for fans who live near the park and plan to visit often. Some companies, such as Six Flags, offer passes that include access to all of the parks in the chain. With so many regional parks, it might make sense for someone to consider purchasing such a pass; it could be used to frequently visit a nearby home park, make a trek or two to a second park that is a few hours away, and perhaps plan a trip somewhere that includes a third park.

The Disney Premier Passport, however, was for the ultimate Disney park enthusiast. It included access to all of the parks in both the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. And it cost plenty of cheddar to get unlimited visits to both Mouse Houses. Was it worth it? Maybe. Let’s break it down.

Simply put, this ultra, uber, extreme, super-duper, and, er, premier pass granted admission to all six of Disney’s U.S. theme parks for one year. And unlike other annual passes, you didn’t have to worry about any blackout dates, because there weren’t any. You could park hop—that is, visit any combination of the parks at either resort for a day—to your heart’s delight. And the Disney Premier Passport came with all kinds of other perks as well.

Parking, which costs non-pass holders $25 a pop, was included. Those with passports were also entitled to unlimited PhotoPass downloads, up to 20 percent savings on park merchandise and dining, and discounts on special events, entertainment, and other special offers.

Disneyland Submarine Voyage, Monorail, and Matterhorn
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In addition to the benefits listed above, Disney Premier Passport holders received the following at the Disneyland Resort:

  • Admission to Disneyland Park
  • Admission to Disney California Adventure
  • Disney MaxPass (which regularly costs $15 a day) is included with every visit

Here is what Passport holders got at Walt Disney World:

  • Admission to Magic Kingdom
  • Admission to Epcot
  • Admission to Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Admission to Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Admission to both of the resort’s water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon
  • Admission to select events at ESPN Wide World of Sports
  • Greens fees at Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course

The Cost of the Disney Premier Passport

Get ready for some sticker shock. For 2020, Disney charged $2,199 for the pass. That represented a huge jump from 2018 when the cost for the Passports was $1,579. The steep increase was likely tied to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both resorts; in anticipation of the huge demand for the new lands, Disney raised its prices accordingly across the board.

The fee for the Disney Premier Passport was less than the combined cost of the top-tier passes at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts, which for 2020 was $1,449 and $1,295 respectively. (Note that Florida residents and Disney Vacation Club members pay less for Disney World annual passes.)

Main Street Vehicle at Disney World
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Pros of the Disney Premier Passport

If you are absolutely bonkers over the Disney parks and frequently visit both resorts, the Passport was tailor-made for you. But if that description fits, you are a fairly small subset of the population.

If you don’t live in either Florida or California, and you are planning at least three visits to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World for a year, a Premier Pass might have made sense for you. Three trips within 12 months may not qualify you as “absolutely bonkers” over the Disney parks, although you would certainly be considered a Disney parks enthusiast.

There was another scenario in which you’d come out ahead with a Premier Passport. Let‘s say that you live in or near Southern California, and you typically purchase a Disneyland annual pass (as is the case for many West Coasters). You could have considered purchasing a Premier Passport instead if you were planning a vacation (or two) to Walt Disney World.

During the highest-demand seasons, the cost of a six-day Disney World Park Hopper Plus pass added to a Disneyland Signature Plus Passport would have been about the same as a Disney Premier Passport. With the Passport, you could spend more than six days at the parks and save some money (not to mention the other discounts your pass would have afforded you). Of course, if you planned two or more Disney World visits for a year, you would have really come out ahead.

It was a bit harder to make a case for Disney World pass holders who lived in or near Central Florida and were planning to visit Disneyland. For one, Disney World passes cost less for Florida residents. For another, since Disneyland Resort only has two theme parks and no water parks, it’s unlikely visitors would want to spend as much time there as they would at Disney World. Adding the cost of a three-day Disneyland Park Hopper ticket to the price of a reduced-price, Florida resident Disney World Platinum Plus Pass would have been much less than the cost of a Disney Premier Passport. Even two three-day visits to Disneyland on top of a Disney World pass would have cost a Florida resident less than the fee for a Disney Premier Passport.

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