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Old 10-03-2012, 01:49 AM   #1
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Question Is an Annual Pass really economically viable?

I've heard a couple of podcasters saying that it is more economical, for a stay of longer than 6 days, to get an Annual Pass for WDW, purchase the Tables in Wonderland card and try to get a room with the AP discount. They claim that the AP discounts on a deluxe resort room will more than pay for the cost of the AP itself and the TiW card.
I was wondering if any Aussies had tried this, and if so, is it really worth it? I may have left my run a little late, I leave on my trip for an 8 day stay (6 days park tickets) at the end of November.
It just seems a little ridiculous: buying an annual pass when I don't live in the country and will not be returning to the park. Am I crazy?
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:29 AM   #2
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We did buy an AP (& the TIW card) for our trip a few years back, however we were stayed for 14 days, albeit in a value resort. The AP RO discounts alone were more than the cost of the upgrade from a 10 day hopper, plus the TIW card. The $$ we then saved on food, drinks and other AP discounts was money in our pocket (as opposed to Disney's).

However, we are going back in December this year, this time for only 8 days (+ 3 days at HRH in Universal), and we're not getting the AP, partly because we're only getting 5or6 day park hoppers, but mainly because we've booked with free dining at POFQ - with two teenage daughters who're happy enough to share a bed, and are adults on the DDP, this was the best deal for us by a mile.

What you need to do is to work out the difference in cost between your park hopper and the cost of the AP + TIW card, then call Disney and find out if there are any AP RO discounts for your resort while you're there. If the AP discount is close to the difference in the price of your tickets, then grab it, and the savings you make with the TIW card will be extra spending money.

If there's no AP RO discount available, then the savings will depend on how much you're going to spend on food and drink over your stay. Hope this helps
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:39 AM   #3
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I don't think it would be worth it for 6 days, unless you are planning on going full bore on the dining option with the Tables of Wonderland and there are a few of you in your travel party. If you are 3 or less in your travel party it's not worth it for 6 days.

Probably out in the general WDW section of this message board you will get more replies - a few in the Australian section have purchased annual passes for the discount, but not many - out in the rest of the board you've got a lot more than have done it, but I expect they will say for only 6 days of park visits, not worth it.

For November, they are offerring 30% discount on accomodation anyway (other than Thanksgiving week), getting an Annual Pass for an additional 10% would be crazy. You're not going to find any discounts if you are there Thanksgiving week.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:21 AM   #4
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I can't help with whether it's worth getting an AP for WDW specifically, but I just wanted to say don't let being in a different country put you off. If it works out to be better value, go for it I am currently an AP holder for HK, and plan to get an AP for Paris in the next few months. We didn't use our APs for accommodation in HK as we found a better deal through Expedia. But we were amazed how much the savings on dining and merchandise added up - it was well worth it! Not saying that will be the case for your family at WDW, but don't be put off investigating just because it seems a bit ridiculous
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:48 AM   #5
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Keep in mind that only 1 of your party needs to get an AP to take advantage of all the discounts,
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:57 AM   #6
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I purchased and annual pass last time I was at WDW, but I was there for 3 weeks! Weel worth it for that amount of time. We were staying off site, so I can't vouch for the onsite discounts, but it saved us a bit for shopping and parking each day. Plus we could visit a park for a few hours and not feel like we "wasted" a day of a ??-day pass!!
Whether it is good value is quite a personal decision depending on lots of things as others have said before me!
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:58 AM   #7
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AP pass will get you 10% discount on merchandise, free parking if you are staying offsite and the TIW card. As Cola says the TIW really only works for the larger groups or enough ADR's to make it work. You only need the one AP for the group.

Work out the maths is the best idea.
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:00 PM   #8
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If free dining is offered during your stay, would you still be eligible as I think you need to be on a magic your way package?
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:12 AM   #9
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If free dining is offered during your stay, would you still be eligible as I think you need to be on a magic your way package?
This is where you have to do the maths! As a solo free dining, whilst better than nothing, is not really worth it for me. So a TiW card with 20% food and an AP with 30% room and 10% merch can deliver me a better discount without a magic your package.

But if you can jam them all in as few rooms as possible, then free dining could be worth your while.

also - the standard park hoppers have a max of 10 days on them so if you want 16 days continuous entry access you may as well buy the APs. Unless you are off to Universal and other activities for another 6 days - as you have 14 days in which to use the 10 in the hopper.

To add to colin A's suggestion, you only need 1 person to have the TiW who can cover up to 10 in one sitting.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:13 AM   #10
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OMG I think I am now more confused than ever after reading this thread. I was looking at AP for us for next year but because we were hoping for the free dining I didnt think we could but I think I will have to really sit down and work out a spreadsheet to find out what will be the best option for us. We want a 2 bedroom villa (do you get discounts with them as well) we also want to stay 14+ days arghhhh! luckily I have some time to work it out.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:34 AM   #11
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OMG I think I am now more confused than ever after reading this thread. I was looking at AP for us for next year but because we were hoping for the free dining I didnt think we could but I think I will have to really sit down and work out a spreadsheet to find out what will be the best option for us. We want a 2 bedroom villa (do you get discounts with them as well) we also want to stay 14+ days arghhhh! luckily I have some time to work it out.
When you say a 2 bedroom villa, are you booking with DVC points or paying. Which resort do you plan to stay.
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When you say a 2 bedroom villa, are you booking with DVC points or paying. Which resort do you plan to stay.
It will probably be the BWV as thats where we have just stayed and DH wants to go back there. We are not DVC members, we are looking into it but its so hard getting information over here. A friend in the USA was going to order package but I have not heard back. We did not know much about DVC until our last day at WDW and it was to late to do anything.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:07 AM   #13
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What I plan on doing in a couple of years is to book a MYW package with a ten day pass for a 14 day stay. On my first day, without using my ticket first I plan on upgrading to an AP using the full credit on the MYW going toward an AP.

Well that's my current plan, it changes almost daily!
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