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    Question Annual pass & Disney World

    Hey there everyone! I come seeking adventure and salty old pir.. advice from those of you who are Disney Experts!

    I am returning to WDW (Specifically EPCOT center) this weekend since April. It feels like forever for me since I live in Tampa. I hadn't scrounged up the cash until now to get going again and just in time for the end of the F & W Festival.

    My first question is regarding the Annual Pass. This is my first annual pass ever. I had a Seasonal for 5 years, I decided to make the leap since I will soon be relocating out there for my job I bought my ticket online last night. My question is does the year take affect on the day I pick up the ticket from Will Call or the day I made the purchase? I could swear the answer is the first choice, but I would just like a solid answer.

    Also.. it has come to my attention that this weekend will be insanely crowded at the parks. According to the reservation line, the hotels on property are completely booked (scary thought, huh?) My question is, should I be prepared for stands running out of food at the F & W festival? I have been in the past, but never on a weekend so crowded and have never had to wait in lines longer then 5 minutes. I know I will be waiting on lines, that is not a problem. I just know the rest of the group will be really upset if this is the case(about the food stands running out of food, not so much the lines ). If anyone has any tips on how I can strategize this day as best as possible, please let me know. And one more thing, should I not count on getting on the new Nemo ride? There's always next time, of course. Thank you in advance everyone!
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    If you purchased a voucher online, then the expiration date will be one year from when you activite it at a Guest Relations window. If you purchased an activated pass, it expires one year from the date you purchased it.

    Does you pass say voucher or does it have an expiration date?

    Once you have your AP/PAP, read the booklet that comes with it. There are often places you can get discounts.
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    This weekend is going to be insanely busy at WDW because there is so much going on besides the last weekend of F&W. Super Soap Weekend is at MGM, and Festival of the Masters is at DTD. Plus Monday opens the first MVMCP, Osborne Lights, and the holiday parades at MGM and AK.

    Whether this will translate into mobs at Epcot, I don't know, but at least a good chunk of the crowds should be at MGM.

    The Seas with Nemo and Friends is in soft-opening status, so it may or may not be open at any time. Finding Nemo: The Musical at AK is also in 'rehearsals' that you may be able to go see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MandaBella View Post
    Does you pass say voucher or does it have an expiration date?
    Neither, what I have is a ticket order confirmation which I bring to will call upon my arrival. It doesn't say anything about when it is effective, that's why I thought I'd ask


    Thank you for the info Disney Dame I completely forgot about SSW, but Festival of the Masters doesn't ring a bell. Could you explain what this is? Also, I thought The Seas with Nemo and Friends was open to those with DVC memberships and Passholders. Is this incorrect? Let me know, thanks again, you guys are great
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    Quote Originally Posted by disneyvixen View Post
    Thank you for the info Disney Dame I completely forgot about SSW, but Festival of the Masters doesn't ring a bell. Could you explain what this is? Also, I thought The Seas with Nemo and Friends was open to those with DVC memberships and Passholders. Is this incorrect?
    Festival of the Masters is an event at Downtown Disney - a huge outdoor art show. More info can be found here: http://www.allearsnet.com/btp/festmast.htm

    The Seas w/ Nemo & Friends had its AP/DVC preview days already, and now is open to anybody if it is running.

    Glad to help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by disneyvixen View Post
    Neither, what I have is a ticket order confirmation which I bring to will call upon my arrival. It doesn't say anything about when it is effective, that's why I thought I'd ask
    Sounds like you have a voucher then if there is no expiration date. I think you can only purchase activated AP/PAPs at guest relations. I've been buying my PAPs at guest relations lately and prior to that I had a voucher from the Disney Store, which no longer sells them.

    More info on AP/PAPs:
    http://allearsnet.com/pl/apass.htm
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    Thanks again Pat My mom is an artist, I'm sure she would love that!

    Thanks to you too Manda. My confirmation/exchange slip says that I need to go the Will Call window to pick up my ticket. I went once with a friend of mine who ordered a seasonal pass online, I remember where this is located, I just don't remember the whole "Activation" process. I will get in touch with her.

    Living in Tampa, I've been to Disney quite a bit. I don't doubt Disney wouldn't be stocked, I'm just a pessimist Thanks again everyone
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    Hi,
    Did you purchase the pass new or as a renewal upgrade?
    If it's a renewal it starts on the expiration of your old pass.

    I just found that out last weekend,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boater View Post
    Hi,
    Did you purchase the pass new or as a renewal upgrade?
    If it's a renewal it starts on the expiration of your old pass.

    I just found that out last weekend,

    It is new and I purchased it online. I have to exchange the will call certificate I printed at the will call window
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    Quote Originally Posted by disneydame2004 View Post
    Festival of the Masters is an event at Downtown Disney - a huge outdoor art show. More info can be found here: http://www.allearsnet.com/btp/festmast.htm

    The Seas w/ Nemo & Friends had its AP/DVC preview days already, and now is open to anybody if it is running.

    Glad to help!
    Be sure to stop by the booth for AP holders at the Festival of the Masters on the 11th and 12th of Nov. Look for two great cast members and tell them some friends from England say hello.
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    Not that this matters since it is the weekend, but this weekend IS insanely crowded at Epcot... all three parking lots were full... it was insane.
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    Actually I was there as planned from opening to closing and I didn't think it was crowded at all. I waited a max of 6 minutes in each line for food and we waited no longer then 10 minutes for any of the rides (except for The Seas with Nemo and Friends. This line was about 30 minutes and was WELL worth it!)
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    I purchased my annual pass online and received a voucher. The expiration was set to exactly one year from the day I turned in the voucher for the pass.
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    Thank you Jen I love the new pass designs.
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