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cabmom
04-01-2004, 10:57 AM
What advice can you all give me for my family in regards to passes. Lately, we have been going down at least once a yr, or twice within a one year period. I need to know if an Annual pass would be worth it. OR do we buy park hopper passes? Are park hoppers good forever or just for a certain amount of days: ie length of stay? The last time we went we bought the fairy tale package and it was only length of stay.
If there is a thread already out there about this, could you direct me to it?
Thanks for all your help!
Marilynn

Susan--Ontario
04-01-2004, 12:07 PM
The simple answer is how many days are you going in this trip and any other trips in the next 12 months. If the answer is that you are going to spend more than 8 days at the parks then an AP is the way to go from a financial point of view.

However, there is always the convenience point of view. Having used the length of stay passes last time I am now torn between them and an AP. I love having the water parks and Disneyquest available to me for "free".

We have always had AP's for the past 6 or 7 years because we like to have the flexibility of being able to go whereever we want, whenever we want, for however long we want. There is no need to be at the park from opening to closing in order "to get your money's worth". It allows you to go anywhere to eat because you don't have to worry about having park admission. If the fireworks are cancelled on the night you are using a day on your park hopper pass who cares. You can go back the next night just before fire works time and see them when you may have had a very relaxing day.

We have an eight year old and a two year old. I like to be able to change the schedule if necessary. (You know, meltdowns, temper tantrums, sleepiness etc.)

The negative point is the money up front for the passes. I know people who buy their passes a year ahead and then they don't have that expense when their trip bill comes in. Some people buy Canada Savings bonds through work and then buy them once they've accumulated enough money.

I like to tell people that my trip only cost a few thousand dollars because I didn't have to pay for park admission on my second trip in one year.

Decide whatever works for you.

cdnmickeylover
04-01-2004, 12:14 PM
The park hoppers don't expire nor do the pluses. If you know that you are going to go back within a year I'd say get the AP's. They are great as Susan says because you don't feel that you are wasting a day of a park hopper if you just go into a park to eat. The fringe benefit is that you might also luck out and get a great rate at a hotel too. We have Pop in May for $59/night. We are glad that we purchased the AP's which really weren't that much more than 7 day PHP and the renewal rate will be lower than the original rate.

pumpkinboy
04-01-2004, 12:14 PM
Check out the AP breakeven analysis on Deb's AllEarsNet.com (http://allearsnet.com/pl/breakeven.php) . It's very complete and really easy to follow.

You sound like AP candidates to me. Plus there are all the hotel and other discounts available to you when you are an AP holder.

Good luck!

cabmom
04-01-2004, 12:30 PM
Thanks for your responses!
We are 2 adults and 3 kids between 4 and 8. So it's almost $2000US for us for the AP's. We are going in September again for 2 wks, but I don't know if we'll spend the whole time in Orlando or go to our family in St.Pete's. Some decisions we have yet to make! We also want to do Universal, and I know they have good deals on right now as well for AP's and for 5 for the price of 2.
I hear you about the meltdown's with the kids!;)
Thank you everyone!
Marilynn

poohbear7
04-01-2004, 08:16 PM
You can buy your passes at the Disney store.
Adult Annual Pass is $546.83 CA.
Child Annual Pass $465.32 CA
Adult 7 day is $455. CA
Child 7 day is $367.Ca

Hope this is of some help. I talked to the Disney store at Yorkdale this week and this is the prices she gave me after the increase on Sun.