Reasons to Splurge on an Annual Pass

Well, ladies and gents, you’ve heard it from the girl that’s obsessed with Diagon Alley and Hogmeade: I’m getting an annual pass to Disney World! I’ve thought, for quite a long time, about this and I’ve decided that, despite the fact that my husband will never go with me (he hates all things Disney), there are various reasons to splurge on an annual pass to Disney World.


Ok, so I haven’t checked the price recently, because I haven’t needed to (the last time I went, for MNSSHP, I was with a pass holder who got us in the gates), but it was $20 per day the last time I went. If I purchased the four day pass, like I originally planned on, I would have already cost my self at least $80 more – just for parking!


I’m a huge fan of Universal – I mean, I’m a pass holder for them as well (mostly because of HP world and The Mummy rollercoaster) – but their parades are just not good. Ok, their holiday parade isn’t so bad; it’s got fake snow and some pretty cool floats. But there will never be anything like a Disney parade. I love watching their parades because they’re actually good. The floats, actors, dancers – everyone! – are amazing, and they truly bring the magic of Disney alive for parade watchers, whether they’re in the front row or standing on tiptoes in the back.

My favorite parade is the one during Mickey’s Not-so-Scary but it’s been a while since I’ve seen the others (especially since I haven’t even been to Pandora or Toy Story Land yet! In fact, I haven’t even seen the night show at Animal Kingdom. Man, I need to go – and pronto!

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There is nothing like a snack at Disney – nothing, I tell you! Mickey-shaped treats, along with an innumerable number of other countless treats (including ones at Disney Springs or the resorts) make a trip to the parks totally worthwhile. I love the themed snacks, like LeFou’s Brew or the grey stuff (It’s delicious! Don’t believe me, ask the dishes!) that can be found at Magic Kingdom; and the food all around the world at Epcot help to make one feel like they’re traveling abroad when they aren’t. I’ve eaten dinner at quite a few of those restaurants over the years. Eating at the restaurant in Canada has been one of my favorite experiences, but I won’t ever stop heading to England for some fish and chips!

What’s even better about the food: the various events. Epcot’s Flower and Garden, Food and Wine, and Art Festivals offer various, special treats that can only be found at that time of year. I can’t wait to head to the Art Festival in a few weekends! Don’t worry, I’ll totally be sharing the treats (and sights!) around the park.

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I’m sure that some of you have heard of Dapper Day (when park goers head to Magic Kingdom, dressed in their Disney best, to celebrate) but there are various other opportunities to partake in some good, old fashioned Disney style. During Mickey’s Not-so-Scary, people dressed up in costumes. I went with a friend (we went as Anna and Elsa) and, now that I’ve seen how elaborate it can get, I’m prepping for this September.

People also arrive at the parks in super festive, fun outfits, including various (and cute) Disney tees or accessories. The ears are a classic look for park goers but there’s something super special about all of the amazing purses or other accessories that people can get.

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I don’t know about you, but I love going on the same rides over and over and over again. This is true for all theme parks for me. But what makes Disney so special is the feelings that well up inside of me when I walk through the gates. I”m transported back into the little girl that would watch The Little Mermaid all the time or reminds me of why I am constantly humming Disney songs. It’s magical, the ambiance and world that Walt Disney created. Even though I’m in Orlando, I feel like I’m somewhere else, and that makes all the difference.

So, I hope you’ll join me as I traverse around the parks this year. I hope to share some more Disney posts, including things to do around the parks or some infamous Disney secrets. Follow me on Instagram to see what I’m doing in the moment! I’ll be sharing all of the things that I do with my Disney annual pass!

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  1. Vicki

    Jamie I have to come visit you!! This all sound so fun!!

    • jsmithBlogger

      I would love it! There are so many great photo spots too!

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