Disney World Quick Tips – Upgrading your Park Tickets to An Annual Pass.
So you’ve already bought Magic Your Way park tickets when you decide an annual pass is a better deal. Did you know that you can take that ticket to Guest Services and upgrade it to an annual pass? The full value of that ticket will be applied to the pass and you’ll just pay the difference. So say you bought a $200 ticket and your AP costs $489. You’ll just pay an additional $289.
Your AP will be backdated to the first date of use. So say you have a 7 day ticket and you the first day you used it was September 1st. On day 7, you decide to upgrade. Your full value of that ticket will be applied regardless of how many days you used and your AP start date will be September lst.
Two big caveats:
If you bought tickets from a discounter like Undercover Tourist, you’ll only be given the discounted value of that ticket unless (and this is huge) you use the ticket first. This probably seems counter-intuitive, but it kind of makes sense. All you have to do is use your UT discounted park ticket once (or more) during your trip and you’ll be given the Disney value of that ticket. So say you paid $180 for your discounted ticket. If you bought this ticket through Disney, it would be worth $200. Don’t scan that ticket at least once and you’re only getting $180 applied to your AP, which is the value of the ticket that Undercover Tourist sold you. Use it once (or more) and you’ll get the full $200. That’s a savings of $20 to you. Many people who buy APs take this route to save a little bit of money.
The other caveat is that you must (in theory) upgrade your ticket within 14 days of the first use. You can even do this once you get home, although it’s probably better to take care of it in the parks. After your 14 days, you’re not technically allowed to upgrade. Having said that, I know for a fact that people get home and are allowed to upgrade a few days out of that window. Very much of it depends on the cast member and because of this, I’m not recommending it. However, one CM told me as long as it’s within the same month, you’re allowed to do it.