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Finally became annual passholders!! Now, a simple question....

ELG13

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I'm embarrassingly excited that we are officially annual passholders. I guess I never thought we could afford it on our vacation budget or that we would justify it but after looking at ticket prices for our week trip, it saved us $400 to get APs vs the Florida resident tickets we would normally get. With that being said, is there anything that I will be getting in the mail for the APs? I always see magnets and whatnot around town but assumed people bought those somewhere. I'm also super excited about all the discounts. Are there any hidden gems for discount any of you seasoned AP holder have discovered???
 
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Once you activate your AP, Disney will mail you your Magic Band with the annual Passholder slide, and an annual Passholder magnet. During festivals, Disney many times offers special AP magnets that can be picked up at specific locations. Don’t forget to use your AP card for merchandise purchases, restaurants and free parking at the park (if that is the level AP purchased). Enjoy!
 

ELG13

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Once you activate your AP, Disney will mail you your Magic Band with the annual Passholder slide, and an annual Passholder magnet. During festivals, Disney many times offers special AP magnets that can be picked up at specific locations. Don’t forget to use your AP card for merchandise purchases, restaurants and free parking at the park (if that is the level AP purchased). Enjoy!
Are the special magnets free or do we pay? We will be taking our first trip in May during flower and garden..I hope they make some special ones...they could really make them pretty!!
 

ELG13

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Once you activate your AP, Disney will mail you your Magic Band with the annual Passholder slide, and an annual Passholder magnet. During festivals, Disney many times offers special AP magnets that can be picked up at specific locations. Don’t forget to use your AP card for merchandise purchases, restaurants and free parking at the park (if that is the level AP purchased). Enjoy!
Also, when you say activate, do you mean purchase? We technically won't activate ours until May...
 

Tuvalu

Premium Member
Are the special magnets free or do we pay? We will be taking our first trip in May during flower and garden..I hope they make some special ones...they could really make them pretty!!
The AP magnets are free but you must show your Passholder card (or have your band scanned) and your ID. This applies to everyone in your party with an AP.
Also, when you say activate, do you mean purchase? We technically won't activate ours until May...
Activate. You must scan into a park to trigger your ability to choose a MagicBand in MDE.
 

ELG13

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The AP magnets are free but you must show your Passholder card (or have your band scanned) and your ID. This applies to everyone in your party with an AP.

Activate. You must scan into a park to trigger your ability to choose a MagicBand in MDE.
I have the option to choose my magic bands right now. I'm also a Florida resident passholder and I verified it online. Is that why?
 

dmw

Well-Known Member
In the Parks
No
we never received the Mickey AP magnet in our year of AP. I've read others had the same experience. We did get the sliders when we ordered the AP Magic Band. But, we did get the free magnets from the various events at Epcot.

In terms of discounts, you can see all of them on the passholder page in MDE. Tours, dining, shopping...
AP Tip: if you want to buy water, buy it from a gift shop, not a snack cart. Purchases in gift shops are illegible for the AP discount, including snacks and beverages.
 

Dad 2 M & M

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@ELG13
we never received the Mickey AP magnet in our year of AP. I've read others had the same experience. We did get the sliders when we ordered the AP Magic Band. But, we did get the free magnets from the various events at Epcot.

In terms of discounts, you can see all of them on the passholder page in MDE. Tours, dining, shopping...
AP Tip: if you want to buy water, buy it from a gift shop, not a snack cart. Purchases in gift shops are illegible for the AP discount, including snacks and beverages.
When using your AP for discounts, you are supposed to show your AP card, as well as ID....they don't always ask for them. When parking at the Parks, they'll ask for your ID almost every time. Just remember to keep in handy....
 

WDWBigEd

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If you have a Gold pass or above visit Disney Springs and take advantage of the Disney PhotoPass Studio. Think of old Sears Portrait Studio but high tech and green screens. You can get some great family photos there.
 

ELG13

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Does anyone know how often they switch up the magic bands with designs? I'm not crazy about any of them right now so I was thinking of waiting to order incase a better design comes out....
 

dmw

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In the Parks
No
Does anyone know how often they switch up the magic bands with designs? I'm not crazy about any of them right now so I was thinking of waiting to order incase a better design comes out....
Design availability comes and goes. BTW, the AP Band that you get for free is just one of the solid color options. You will pay for any of the design bands. Also, if you don't like the designs available on MDE, you can buy a band from another Disney shop and get the AP discount.
 

ELG13

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Design availability comes and goes. BTW, the AP Band that you get for free is just one of the solid color options. You will pay for any of the design bands. Also, if you don't like the designs available on MDE, you can buy a band from another Disney shop and get the AP discount.
Yeah...I have all the solid colors so I was hoping to purchase a cute one. I may do what you suggest...order a solid one and then buy a cute one in the park with my discount. They have a bigger selection anyways.
 

dmw

Well-Known Member
In the Parks
No
Yeah...I have all the solid colors so I was hoping to purchase a cute one. I may do what you suggest...order a solid one and then buy a cute one in the park with my discount. They have a bigger selection anyways.
Another fun band suggestion - get the free ones in different colors each trip. Then, as your collection grows, you can remove the pod from one band and put it in another to make a two-color pod/band option. I have a friend who does this to match her outfit. I themed my colors for the Halloween and Christmas parties.
 

ELG13

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Another fun band suggestion - get the free ones in different colors each trip. Then, as your collection grows, you can remove the pod from one band and put it in another to make a two-color pod/band option. I have a friend who does this to match her outfit. I themed my colors for the Halloween and Christmas parties.
I ways forget we can do this!! We always buy stickers off of Etsy to personalize ours too. I know people probably think it's silly but it just adds to the fun for us.
 

Mickey5150

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The one important phrase to memorize and be prepared to say whenever you are going to pay for something. "Do you have an annual pass discount?"
 

cmoliver68

Active Member
I have seen several people reference the AP card but it doesn't appear anyone has stated that they no longer send the card with your magic bands. You will need to go to guest relations or a ticket window to get your card. Your magic band will not get you AP discounts, only the yellow card.
 

ELG13

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I have seen several people reference the AP card but it doesn't appear anyone has stated that they no longer send the card with your magic bands. You will need to go to guest relations or a ticket window to get your card. Your magic band will not get you AP discounts, only the yellow card.
Ok that's good to know. Unless they mention that card somewhere I wouldn't have known!!
 

dmw

Well-Known Member
In the Parks
No
Ok that's good to know. Unless they mention that card somewhere I wouldn't have known!!
You also have to show a photo ID - like a driver license - that matches the name on the AP card for just about anything that requires you to show the AP card.
 
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