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Old 07-23-2011, 10:38 PM   #1
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Disneyland Annual Pass

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I had a question about the Disneyland Annual pass. I am more of a WDW type of guy, but was just in DL in march and wasnt expecting to be back until 2013. But as it happens I will be back on the 29th of June. I will be at the park for 3 days and we always stay on property (most likely Grand Californian). I was wondering if it would be worth it to buy the Annual pass for at least myself, and just park hoppers for the other people I am taking with me. I will have about 9 people total going. I am thinking with that many people with all of the buying I will have to be doing plus the two hotel rooms that it will provide enough discounts on lodgeing food and merchandise to just about pay for it self with the discounts. Although I'm not too familiar with the DL annual pass discounts I would think it would be some enough giving what I will spend while at the park. I should point out that I am also a DVC member as well as a D23 member so I'm not sure what discounts overlap. I Generally do not use DVC points at DL. I can make better use of them at WDW. The three day park hopper is about $200, so its another $300 for the Premium DL Annual pass. I was then thinking since I will be in WDW next summer for about 10-12 days I could apply the $499 spent on the DL annual pass towards an upgrade to the premium 2 park pass, which would only be another $280, which would be cheaper than buying a parkhopper with the water parks Disney quest etc.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:46 PM   #2
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The AP hotel rates are very hit and miss, particularly in high season. I believe the standard discount is 10% with some shifting deals that come in and out of the website you can grab when you get the chance, but at the end of June I wouldn't expect some huge deal. I don't know what the DVC discount is, but for most places the merchandise AP discount is 20% and food is 15%. I do believe there is a DVC discount on buying the AP though.
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Old 07-24-2011, 01:37 AM   #3
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Thanks, for the info. Two rooms for two nights even at 10% discount is $200 off at the Grand Californian. I think that combined with the food and merchandise discounts will make up for the extra $300 for the pass.
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Old 07-24-2011, 02:47 AM   #4
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It sounds like it would definitely be worth it to get the DL PAP and then upgrade to the Premier for your WDW trip. I think I figured out that if I spent about 14-15 days in both parks, it would be worth my while to buy the Premier!

I have the DL PAP and it works great for food discounts, except that you have to be the one there to buy the items since they check ID. We didn't always get the discount if my husband was buying food from another place while I was in line somewhere else. But other than that, it's great .

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Old 07-24-2011, 01:26 PM   #5
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I was also going to suggest going for the Premier Pass. I LOVE the 20% off discounts on food and merchandise! (if they still have it)
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Old 07-24-2011, 03:16 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the info everybody. Like I said even though I live in Arizona I was born on the east coast. So I am more of WDW fan so Im not as familiar with DL things. I'm the Disney Parent at my house, my wife is not nearly as into it as I am, but the kids love it. So im the one that does all of the planning etc. Although my time is limited due to the fact that I have to run three businesses.. So I am not as good as some of you Dis moms at planning due to A lack of time and B forgive me if this is not PC but you ladies just naturally seem to be much better at this type of stuff. My wife does not work so I would love some help with it but shes just not into it like I am. At least the DL planning is not as involved as the WDW with the dining reservations etc.
Thanks for the help any other suggestions would be appreciated.
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