Walt Disney World Annual Pass Refund Coronavirus
Entertainment and recreation facilities are shuttered across the globe due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the world’s largest theme park complex Walt Disney World. For now, the parks sit abandoned, waiting for guests to once again fill the walkways and queues.
With the parks closed there has been a lot of controversy regarding how Disney was handling the annual passes. For passholders who pay monthly, initially they were still charging the monthly payments, but now they have given the option to stop that. If you continue paying you’ll get time added to your pass equal to the time the parks are closed.
Disney World Passholder Refund Announcement – Fully Paid
But what if you paid for your entire annual pass up front? Well, Disney now has you covered as well. I am a fully paid up Walt Disney World annual passholder and I just received the following correspondence from Disney.
Dear Valued Annual Passholder,
This is a truly unprecedented time for all of us, and we want to thank you for your patience as we work through the many details related to the temporary closure of the theme parks. We recognize this may be a challenging time, so we wanted to share how we will assist our Annual Passholders. Active Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passes who have paid in full will be extended for the number of days the parks are closed. The new expiration date will be reflected on the Annual Passholder’s account prior to the reopening of the theme parks. As an alternative, in lieu of an extension of their passes, Passholders who have paid in full may choose to receive a partial refund for the theme park closure period. Information will be provided soon on how to choose this option. Our Annual Passholders are some of our most loyal guests, and we stand ready to help during this incredibly uncertain time. If you have any questions, please contact V.I.PASSHOLDER Support at (407) 939-7277. We do anticipate heavy call volume and appreciate your patience as we answer all inquiries.
Take the Money
Unless you plan to return to Walt Disney World on the first day it opens, you may want consider the partial refund as long as Disney is favorable in the way it is calculated. If you take the extra time, then it will begin ticking on the day the parks reopen. If you aren’t going to be there in the first days, weeks or months then you may want to just purchase a new pass to use during your next visit.
Walt Disney World Annual Pass Refund Coronavirus – Bottom Line
As you may know, Walt Disney World annual passes are not cheap so a partial refund for months of closure could amount to significant money. While they haven’t shared exactly how you can request a refund, I suspect they will have a process soon. My passes expire in early May, so I’ll probably take the refund and apply it towards my next tickets/passes.
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