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You’re Going to WDW & Have Friends or Family Who Can Buy FL Resident Tickets. Here’s What You Need To Know

by SharonKurheg

It’s no secret that tickets to Walt Disney World (WDW) are EXPENSIVE. As in “over $100 per day” expensive if you buy tickets for just a few days, and several hundred dollars if you decide to spring for an annual or seasonal pass. Granted, there are a few ways to try possibly get them a little cheaper:

The above being said, Florida residents are eligible for specially priced park tickets and annual/seasonal passes at Walt Disney World. But what proves residency? And what if you live out of state but have a friend or relative who lives in the state? Can they get you tickets or passes? What about your kids? Read on, friends…

Proof of Florida residency for WDW tickets/passes

From WDW’s website:

Q: What proof of residence will I need to provide in order to purchase a Florida Resident park ticket or annual pass?

A.: You’ll need to provide proof of a Florida residential address in order to purchase a Florida Resident park ticket or annual pass. For each ticket or pass purchased for an adult, you may provide any of the following:

  • Valid Florida driver’s license (must have a Florida address)
  • Valid Florida state-issued ID card (must have a Florida address)
  • Valid Florida-based military ID

If you do not have one of the IDs indicated above, then you must provide one of the following—dated within the past 2 months—evidencing a Florida residential address, along with a corresponding picture ID (passport, driver’s license, state identification card):

Proof of Current Mortgage
You may use a monthly mortgage statement from within the past 2 months; it may not be more than 2 months old. Deeds, mortgage contracts, mortgage payment booklets and leases are not accepted.

Bills, Policies or Registration

  • Current homeowner’s insurance policy or bill
  • Current automobile registration, insurance policy or bill
  • Current Utility bill (power / phone / cable / water)
  • Bills can be no more than 2 months old (P.O. Boxes are not accepted as proof of residency)


  • Mail from financial institutions, including checking, savings or investment account statements
  • Mail from federal, state, county or city government agencies
  • Mail can be no more than 2 months old (P.O. Boxes are not accepted as proof of residency)

Additional members of the same household must only provide proof of same residential address.

Current statements and bills printed from electronic versions are accepted, along with electronic bills provided via smart phones and tablet devices.

For more information, please call (407) WDW-PASS or (407) 939-7277—or use the Annual Passholder Help Form to email our dedicated Help Team with any questions you may have about your annual pass. Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.

In a nutshell, you need to show Florida residency in order to purchase a Florida resident pass.  Guests age 18 and over may also need to show proof of residency when they use that ticket media for the very first time. So even if your friend or relative could conceivably buy the FL Resident Annual Pass for you by somehow proving that you live with him/her, you would still have to show that you’re an FL resident by providing the above proof before you use it. Children under the age of 18 do not have to show ID.

In other words, Disney will need to ensure that you are a Florida resident before you can purchase and/or use a Florida Resident ticket/pass before you can use one.

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This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary


SO_CAL_RETAIL_SLUT December 18, 2019 - 9:52 pm

Fairly easy to change one’s cell phone bill to a Florida address – heck, you could even use a hotel, or one of the extended stay hotels. Many younger people (and older) today receive e-bills – so it’s easy to do and present the current bill along with a passport – and you’re all set.

However, for the most part, the suggestion above and the details of this from the WDW website offer a reasonable workaround – it’s not ethical if you don’t live in Florida. I could do this with one of my newly acquired buildings in the Orlando area – and just quickly change the cell phone bill to that address (and also pay whatever local taxes apply to that address) – but I wouldn’t do that for the simple sake that as you pointed out – there are a few alternatives for non-Florida residents to purchase tickets.

It works the same in reverse here in southern California for local and Baja California, Mexico residents – local discounts are great, the out-of-towners pay the higher rate.

Like your blog says…Your Mileage May Vary.


Ben Weddell May 1, 2021 - 10:27 am

We used our cable bill. Easy to change the address. Also just a heads up. You mention the annual pass a few times but those aren’t available to buy right now. We have heard they might be back next year.

SharonKurheg May 1, 2021 - 10:34 am

Hi! We know. We were looking at the longer term in terms of people reading it. WDW isn’t selling APs right now and although they haven’t said when they’re coming back, they haven’t said, similar to DL, that they’re not. So we decided to include it. That way when they’re back, the post will still be up to date :-). Thank you though.

Amaya July 25, 2021 - 11:17 am

So, I as FL resident, can’t buy resident tickets for my out of state friends who will be visiting and coming to Disney WITH me? Each ticket requires Florida residents validation, not just a single resident in the group?

SharonKurheg July 25, 2021 - 11:27 am

Yes. Florida resident passes, which cost less, are only intended to be used by Florida residents. Disney is smart and is well aware that Florida residents might try to break the rules and buy those cheaper tickets for their friends & family who live out of state. So every adult who is using a Florida resident pass to enter the park will be asked for their proof of Florida residency.

Amaya H July 25, 2021 - 11:27 am

Ok, so I’m a disabled veteran and FL resident. I was able to use the base ticket office to get discounted Disney tickets for a large group of friends and myself to go to Disney next month. The clerk also pointed out that as a FL resident, they could sell them to me with the resident discount, which was awesome. However, 2 of our 8 people group aren’t residents themselves. Can they not use the tickets even though a Florida resident bought them and will be accompanying them? And did that mean we need to buy two more tickets?

SharonKurheg July 25, 2021 - 11:33 am

From the small print on the bottom of https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/special-offers/florida-resident-summer-fun-ticket-offer/: “For Florida resident tickets, all adults will need to show proof of Florida residency at park entrance.”

Justin C December 23, 2021 - 10:06 am

My wife and I are FL residents but we are taking my sister and her family. Are we able to get her kids tickets as FL resident (all 12 or under) since they wouldn’t have to verify ID?

SharonKurheg December 23, 2021 - 10:16 am

According to Disney’s “Plan Disney” page, from 2018:
“The official Walt Disney World Resort theme park rule states that children under the age of 18 are not required to provide proof of Florida residency if they are accompanied by an adult with valid proof of Florida residency.”
I don’t know if anything has changed between 2018 and now.

Victoria s January 3, 2022 - 11:35 am

We still have Illinois ID and have home and cars there. We own our home in florida, pay taxes here, and all the other necessary bills, insurance, power, cable, water etc. our home is not a rental but our home and we are here for most all months. Without the photo ID, can we still use the florida residence discount for ourselves?

SharonKurheg January 5, 2022 - 11:29 am

I would suggest you ask Disney directly, just to make sure.

Van Davis February 21, 2022 - 2:42 pm

Having been to Disney over several years, before and during Covid, and watching cues when entering the parks, I find it VERY hard to swallow that Disney employees are bothering to actually vet EVERY person or family group who comes through with Florida Resident tickets.

It seems like there would be much more holding up the line and making people pull out IDs at the turnstiles.

SharonKurheg February 21, 2022 - 3:16 pm

To get your Florida resident pass, you have to go to Guest Services (or perhaps a ticket booth – we’ve never done it that way) and show your Florida ID. Once you have FL Res pass in hand, you don’t have to show it at the turnstiles (unless, of course, there’s a problem)


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