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Gemfyre
08-22-2007, 11:12 PM
Hewwo!

DH and I are planning on leaving for Disneyland on Tuesday, I think we've decided to get a regular Annual Pass (Non southern CA) We plan on coming back a few times in the next 12 months.

So, onto a silly question.

Im assuming No Early Morning Hours for the 315 Day-Annual Pass? I havent seen anything about it. Can a CM get back to me? Or anyone who has a NON-Southern CA Annual Pass?

squirrel
08-22-2007, 11:15 PM
I think that is why some people buy a hopper first and then upgrade it so they get at least one EE.

Are you staying at a DLR hotel? If you are then you get EE everyday they have it while staying on property.

Gemfyre
08-22-2007, 11:19 PM
How does upgrading work?

Sorry for the dumb questions, usually I just buy a ticket and walk in lol.

squirrel
08-22-2007, 11:26 PM
I haven't actually done it but have been planning this trip for months and reading everything I can!

This is what I have seen posted: Find out what days EE (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat) while you are at DLR. Then you should use your EE as soon as possible because you get perks with the Annual Pass (% off shopping and dining). Before your park hoppers expire you need to pay the difference in price to upgrade them (I believe you do this at the ticket booth)

Gemfyre
08-22-2007, 11:41 PM
Thanks so much for your help!

Really appreciate it

squirrel
08-22-2007, 11:47 PM
Glad I could help. Wish I had a chance of going back again within the year so I could upgrade to an AP!

disneyfan4ever54
08-22-2007, 11:53 PM
I haven't actually done it but have been planning this trip for months and reading everything I can!

This is what I have seen posted: Find out what days EE (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat) while you are at DLR. Then you should use your EE as soon as possible because you get perks with the Annual Pass (% off shopping and dining). Before your park hoppers expire you need to pay the difference in price to upgrade them (I believe you do this at the ticket booth)

The upgrade to AP's are done at the Bank on Main Street. :)

kuusimo
08-23-2007, 12:24 AM
In order to get the early entry, you can purchase a 3 day park hopper and then after you use your early entry, you go to the Annual passport office and trade them in. They will credit what you paid for the tickets and put that towards the annual pass. That way you still get your early entry and don't lose any $$. I hope that helps.

joeysmommy
08-23-2007, 01:59 AM
My original plan for next month's trip was to buy the 6 day park hopper and then upgrade to an AP since we were staying offsite. But now that we are staying at PPH we get the EE days for all they days that we're able to.
But I read on these boards and others that if you print the AP as an eticket at home then it comes with a 10% off $50 purchase/20% off $100 purchase coupon. Being the thrifty girl that I am I couldn't pass up the coupon, so I am now an AP holder..yay!
Well, I was going to buy the AP at the front desk when we checked in.
Another little tidbit I learned when I called DLR, is that you can get the AP rate for the hotels even if you don't have an AP when you book it. I told the CM that I planned on upgrading when I got there and he told me just buy the AP at check-in and they would honor the price. I have my confirmation in hand just in case!

Crazy4Disney72
08-23-2007, 07:23 AM
My original plan for next month's trip was to buy the 6 day park hopper and then upgrade to an AP since we were staying offsite. But now that we are staying at PPH we get the EE days for all they days that we're able to.
But I read on these boards and others that if you print the AP as an eticket at home then it comes with a 10% off $50 purchase/20% off $100 purchase coupon. Being the thrifty girl that I am I couldn't pass up the coupon, so I am now an AP holder..yay!
Well, I was going to buy the AP at the front desk when we checked in.
Another little tidbit I learned when I called DLR, is that you can get the AP rate for the hotels even if you don't have an AP when you book it. I told the CM that I planned on upgrading when I got there and he told me just buy the AP at check-in and they would honor the price. I have my confirmation in hand just in case!

I did the same thing, booked the AP rate at PP without actually having the AP, planning to get it once we got there, which the CM making the reservation confirmed was fine to do. However, that sounds like a pretty good deal, getting those coupons by ordering the AP from home, as long as the AP isn't activated at time of purchase. I wouldn't want my year to start until I actually use the AP at the parks. Is that how it works?

joeysmommy
08-23-2007, 12:00 PM
<<I wouldn't want my year to start until I actually use the AP at the parks. Is that how it works?>>

That's what I was worried about too.
The clock starts ticking when they scan the AP at the park.
I really just wanted to have my AP in hand..makes the trip more real.
We leave in 31 days!! Yay!
I can start packing in 25 days!

Hofmanns4
08-23-2007, 12:18 PM
[QUOTE=joeysmommy;20444936]I really just wanted to have my AP in hand..makes the trip more real.
QUOTE]

So, did you already purchase online and did you get those coupons? I was going to go to the Disney Store this weekend to purchase, but that 20% off coupon sounds too good to be true!

joeysmommy
08-23-2007, 12:27 PM
yes, I clicked on the Annual Pass icon on the DL website, then they have a link where you can purchase your AP.

They send you a seperate email a few minutes later with the link to print your ticket. A full page with a barcode prints,on the second page is the coupon.

I was going to buy an AP for my husband and 2 kids so I'll do 3 seperate transactions to get 3 more coupons.

Will I spend $400 in merchandise? Probably. I'll spend about $100 on scrapbooking supplies alone. and another $100 at Build a Bear.

victorandbellasmom
08-23-2007, 12:33 PM
Will I spend $400 in merchandise? Probably. I'll spend about $100 on scrapbooking supplies alone. and another $100 at Build a Bear.

Is the 20% off coupon good at all Downtown Disney stores or is it just WOD and inside the parks?

JadeDarkstar
08-23-2007, 02:11 PM
can you still get the coupon if your a dvc member and want the dvc discount on buying the ap?

(that could come in handy) and did you see when the coupon expires. or when they stop giving the coupon.

KelsiesMommy
08-23-2007, 04:12 PM
EE is only for those with specified park hoppers or DLR hotel guests... GC, DLH, or PP. If you have an AP, the only way to get EE is to stay onsite

Hofmanns4
08-23-2007, 04:20 PM
yes, I clicked on the Annual Pass icon on the DL website, then they have a link where you can purchase your AP.

They send you a seperate email a few minutes later with the link to print your ticket. A full page with a barcode prints,on the second page is the coupon.

I was going to buy an AP for my husband and 2 kids so I'll do 3 seperate transactions to get 3 more coupons.

Will I spend $400 in merchandise? Probably. I'll spend about $100 on scrapbooking supplies alone. and another $100 at Build a Bear.

What a great idea! Thanks for the info! I love the DIS!

bearette
08-25-2007, 01:34 AM
What is the difference between the annual pass and the deluxe pass besides the blackout dates? Is there still food and merchandise discounts with the cheaper pass?

joeysmommy
08-25-2007, 02:25 AM
The premium AP gets 15% off dining and deluxe gets only 10%.
Premium received 10% off merchandise and Deluxe does not.
Altho, I can get 10% off at many locations with my Disney Visa.
Premium gets free parking too.

My AP will almost pay for itself with the discounts on tours this year.

The coupon can be used at most stores and pin carts with some exclusions:
Disney Vault 28, Midway Games, Fairytale Arts, Jewel of Orleans, Silhouette artists, Portrait artists, Parasol cart, three fairies magic crystals, heraldry shop, crystal shops, and face painting.

I'll probably use it at World of Disney or the Emporium.

SuzanneSLO
08-25-2007, 01:22 PM
My AP will almost pay for itself with the discounts on tours this year.

The Disney VISA usually give a better discount on tours than the AP. Make sure to check when you reerve. -- Suzanne

joeysmommy
08-25-2007, 01:23 PM
Thanks Suzaane.
The AP discount is 20% for tours, do you iknow how much the Disney Visa discount is?

bearette
08-25-2007, 01:27 PM
I was thinking about getting a disney visa... maybe I'll get the cheaper pass and just add parking since I know i won't be able to go on the holidays when it is blacked out. The discounts aren't very different if you have the visa.

joeysmommy
08-25-2007, 01:30 PM
bearette- that's what I was thinking too, the discounts on the AP are ok..but the only reason I bought the Ap is because I'm going in Sept and November this year and next September for my 40th. That way I'll get 3 uses out of it.

I can get pretty good discounts with my Disney Visa and AAA card, but the AP discounts are a bonus.

bearette
08-26-2007, 12:40 PM
I live in California so I don't really need dicounts on the hotels and I don't do the tours so if I can save $100 I will!

SuzanneSLO
08-26-2007, 08:44 PM
Thanks Suzaane.
The AP discount is 20% for tours, do you iknow how much the Disney Visa discount is?

Well, I think it is 20% off for the VISA as well, at both DL and WDW. So, at DL, the AP and VISA are the same. It is at WDW, where the AP discount is only 15%, that the VISA discount is better.

-- Suzanne

GailT
08-26-2007, 09:19 PM
I was wondering if you get the annual pass is it just for DL or can it be used at DW too? :)

bumbershoot
08-26-2007, 11:52 PM
Does not work for WDW. Oh that it would, though.