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Wild 4 Disney and Florida Resident Passes make visiting Disney World a whole lot more affordable for Central Floridians

Wild 4 Disney and Florida Resident Passes make visiting Disney World a whole lot more affordable for Central Floridians

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This JHM column is for all you Central Floridians out there. To be specific, those folks who live in and around the Orlando area.


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The upside of living here is that you've got world-class theme parks right at your front doorstep. Which means (if you so desire) you can be among the very first folks to experience the latest ride, show or attraction at SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure & the four Disney theme parks.

But the downside of living in Central Florida is that you have this seemingly endless parade of houseguests. Friends & relatives who regularly fly into Orlando. Who - once they get into town - immediately expect you to drop anything and then act as their personal tour guide at the Parks. Which - given what theme park admission costs these days - can get pretty pricey if you're still buying tickets on an individual basis.

And even though a lot of folks who are flying in Orlando these days now have Universal on their radar (thanks - in large part - to all the positive press that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has gotten) let's face facts: Your house guests - at some point during their Central Florida vacation - are gonna wanna see Mickey. Which is why it would probably be smart if you got yourself some sort of  nnual pass for the Disney theme parks.


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Thankfully, the Mouse knows that Central Florida residents (like people everywhere else these days) are really watching their pennies. Which is why the Walt Disney Resort has created four different levels of Florida Resident Passes for its theme parks.

The most affordable version of this strictly-for-Florida-residents admissions media is the Weekday Select Pass. Which - for $only 169 - will get an adult (And by Disney's definition, an adult is anyone 10 years of age or older) admission to the four WDW theme parks most Mondays through Fridays.

Now please note that I said "most Mondays through Fridays." Given its incredibly low price point (i.e. a child's version of this pass can be purchased for just $154), this admission's material does come with some conditions. To be specific, if you're using a Florida Resident Disney Weekday Select Past, you're not allowed to enter the Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studio and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • April 16, 2011 - April 28, 2011
  • June 11, 2011 - August 18, 2011
  • December 18, 2011 - January 2, 2012.


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The same restrictions apply to the next step-up in WDW admissions material. Which is the Florida Resident Disney Seasonal Pass. Which - for $251 - gets an adult into all four of Disney World's theme parks year 'round. Except - of course - for those three sets of blackout dates that I listed above.

Which is admittedly a really great price. Especially if you're springing for the child's version of the Florida Resident Disney Seasonal Pass. Which goes for $229 a person.

The only problem with those Florida Resident Disney Seasonal and Weekday Select Passes is that they - in effect - lock you out of the four WDW theme parks during the exact times of year when most people actually take their vacations. Which means - like it or not - if Mom & Dad want you take them to DHS the week before Christmas so that they can then catch the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights OR  if Aunt Trudy flies into Orlando during the tail end of April and then wants you to accompany her on a tour of Epcot's International Flower & Garden Festival .... You've got no choice. You're just going to have to buy a full-priced ticket if you want to get into the Disney theme parks during those extremely busy times of year.


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Which is why - in the long run - it just might be wise to buy a Florida Resident Disney Annual Pass. Which - for $366 for adults and $332 for children - will get you into all four of the WDW theme parks year 'round.

Better yet, if you spring for the Florida Resident Disney Premium Annual Pass ... Well, that not only gets you into the Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studio and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. But the Premium Annual Pass also gets you into a lot of other spots that tourists like to visit during their WDW vacations. To be specific, Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and the DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park.

Of course, you're going to pay a higher price for the Florida Resident Disney Premium Annual Pass. The adult version of this Pass goes for $484.00 while the child's version goes for $443. But the upside is that this Premium Annual Pass also gets you discounts at Downtown Disney, Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Which is the sort of perk that you can actually share with family & friends while they're visiting the Walt Disney World Resort.


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If - on the other hand - you're not willing or able to shell out nearly $500 for a Florida Resident Disney Premium Annual Pass ... More to the point, if you have friends & family who've come into town on short notice and want you to come out to the Disney theme parks with them ASAP ... well, there's always the Wild 4 Disney Pass.

This is almost an unbelievable bargain for Florida Residents. For just $119 (plus tax), you get four days of fun in WDW's theme parks. And for an extra fee, you can add a Park Hopper Option and/or active the Water Park Fun & More Option to add even more flexibility to your Wild 4 Disney Pass.

Mind you, at this price point, some restrictions do apply. This Wild 4 Disney Passes are only available for purchase now through May 22nd. And this admissions material has a one-week-long blackout period from April 17 - 24, 2011. More to the point, the unused portion of these tickets expire on May 26th. Plus you'll need to produce proof of Florida residency for each adult you're purchasing Wild 4 Disney Passes for.


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The same sorts of restrictions apply for all of the other forms of Disney Florida Resident Passes that I've mentioned in today's JHM. To explain: This admissions material must be purchased in advance. After that ... Well, you'll then receive an exchange certificate. Which must then be taken to a Walt Disney World Theme Park ticket window. That's where - once you present your exchange certificate along with a valid Florida photo ID - you'll then be issued your Disney Florida Resident Pass.

And once you have that safely tucked away in your wallet ... Well, you'll then be good to go when your brother-in-law blows into town and says "Let's go drinking-around-the-world at Epcot." Or if your old college buddy comes into Orlando and says "Let's go try that Wild Africa Trek thing at Disney's Animal Kingdom."

I'm sorry that I can't solve all of your Disney theme park-related problems. Which is why you're going to have to come up with some sort of excuse all on your own as to  why you're not willing to ride "it's a small world" over & over & over again with your 4-year-old niece.


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Hey, maybe you could tell her that you suffer from sea sickness. It's  just a suggestion.

FYI: The prices that you see listed in today's aren't the prices that you'd pay if you ordered your Florida Resident Disney and/or Wild 4 Disney Passes through Disney. But -- rather -- the discounted prices that you can this admissions media for if you purchase your Florida Resident Disney and/or Wild 4 Disney Passes through Orlando Fun Tickets. So if you're a Central Floridian and are looking to say a few bucks on these Florida-Resident-only ticket offers, be sure and check OFT out.

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