What to Do on Blockout Days as a Disney Passholder

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After a long wait, due to the pause of the pandemic, Disney has brought back a fan favorite. Disney’s annual passes have been placed on pause after the 2020 covid-19 pandemic. Finally, they are back for purchase! With four different options to choose from, Disney gives their Guests to choose the pass that works best for them. The sale began on April 13, 2023, and fans were all about it! According to Disney Parks Blog, “Disney fans, we heard you loud and clear!” in bringing back the pass.

As an Annual Passholder, there certainly are a lot of perks. There are savings of up to 20% on merchandise purchasing, along with saving on select dining options. Each Park also includes standard theme Park parking, which is a huge bonus if you are driving to Orlando.

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With all of these perks, of course, the higher Annual Passholder you purchase which is the Disney Incredi-Pass the more perks you can receive. The lowest yearly or monthly option is the Disney Pixie Dust Pass. It begins with Disney Pixie Dust Pass, then Disney Pirate Pass, followed by Disney Sorcer Pass, and ends with Disney Incredi-Pass.

The Disney Incredi-Pass is the highest option and the only option that doesn’t have blockout dates. Blockout dates are certain times of the year when your Annual Pass may not be valid due to the nature of the busy season. Often these times are during the holidays and some weekends.

Depending on which pass you hold, there are ways to go around those blockout dates. Just because you’re not able to use your pass to get into the Parks, doesn’t mean there aren’t other things to do in the Disney World area!

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Blockout Dates

What do you do if there is a blockout date during the time you were planning to visit? Build around it! If you have a pass that blocks off a weekend or a holiday, and your dates are flexible you can still manage to go within the same week or so. For the Pirate Pass, the week of Thanksgiving is a blockout date, but if you wanted to see the Parks all dressed up for the holidays you can go before or after!

Disney World Options

There are a plethora of options when it comes to things to do in Disney World. If you choose to visit around blockout dates, there is always Disney Springs, Disney Boardwalk, Resorts, and more! Just like a rainy day at Disney, there are so many other excursions you can embark on without being in one of the Parks.

You can take the monorail and experience the different Resorts, including or not including the unofficial monorail bar crawl. You can shop, dine and indulge in the entertainment at Disney Springs. The Boardwalk has similar offerings, giving Guests the opportunity to explore dining, entertainment, and various Resorts along the Boardwalk.

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Disney is great at making sure all of Disney World feels like home and a place to explore, even if you aren’t in the parks. My suggestion, take a look at your blockout dates and experience all the new options Disney has to offer!

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.