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Old 04-24-2013, 03:41 PM   #31
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You can buy them at the resort as well. We bought ours last year at BLT. We only had to go to guest services for TiWL
I could be wrong, but I believe that last year they started to sell APs at some resorts. But then they stopped it. I don't think you can buy an AP at *any* resort *now*.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:23 AM   #32
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We were at SSR this weekend and told resorts do not sell APs anymore. Was told I had to go to Guest Relations at one of the parks. So picked mine up at MK on Monday!
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:15 PM   #33
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They're valid for one year from your first use. We go twice a year for 7-10days each trip and for us its worth it. We like having the park hopper option, but Im not sure it would be worth it if you didnt want the hopper option- and depends on how many days you plan on being in the parks.
I also like that even if we take a day off from the parks we can still do dinner in the parks & its not "wasting" a ticket day.
One cool thing about the APs from Disney is that they are actually good for 366 days instead of 365, since they include the date of the day you start the ticket the next year. Example: First use is on June 2, 2013, and you will also be able to enter the parks the last day of your pass on June 2, 2014.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:45 PM   #34
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Since they jacked up the price of the no-expiration option, nearly any year with two separate trips will make it easy to justify APs when you qualify for the DVC rate.


I'm hedging my bets for now by buying 5 day base tickets from UT for $25 off for my New Year's trip. If I can swing the Thanksgiving trip I'd like to do to see DS's marching band perform (airfare is so high anymore!), then I'll upgrade to AP's while we're there in November. I'll be able to upgrade for around $120, less if rack rates go up between now and then.
I don't think you can upgrade in Thanksgiving. You have to upgrade within 14 days of purchase and there still needs to be 1 day left (or upgrade on the last day of use)?
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:13 PM   #35
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It depends too if you buy the Annual Pass or Seasonal Pass. We live in FL and we get the Seasonal pass cause there is no way I am going to Disney in the summer. And we don't like the two weeks of Christmas or Spring Break because it's too crowded. So if you're ok not going during those times, it makes it much more valuable, IMO.
But don't you have to pay for parking at the parks with Seasonal Pass. At $14 a pop, 10 trips to WDW adds on another $140 to the cost of your ticket.
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:37 PM   #36
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But don't you have to pay for parking at the parks with Seasonal Pass. At $14 a pop, 10 trips to WDW adds on another $140 to the cost of your ticket.
True, so in our family I buy the annual pass so I can use it to park with, and we purchase a season pass for the rest of the family.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:28 PM   #37
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We now have all bases covered - we have AP vouchers, 10 day no expire and 5 day MYW tics locked away in the safe deposit box for trip planning through 2018.

This year we are using our DVC PAP - 28 days total at WDW. We are finding we are not doing parks every day anymore, but the overall savings is still there using an AP. Our trip last week we stayed off-property at WBC, so the AP saved us on parking at the parks, an added plus.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:52 PM   #38
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We now have all bases covered - we have AP vouchers, 10 day no expire and 5 day MYW tics locked away in the safe deposit box for trip planning through 2018.

This year we are using our DVC PAP - 28 days total at WDW. We are finding we are not doing parks every day anymore, but the overall savings is still there using an AP. Our trip last week we stayed off-property at WBC, so the AP saved us on parking at the parks, an added plus.
We are planning on AP for the first time this year. It will be our first time since becoming members to travel twice in a year. Yahoo!! Hopefully it won't be the last. I plan to stock up a bit on tix too. But we also have three kids to get the, for too....
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:12 AM   #39
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Is there a difference between dvc ap and ap? I am not a dvc member but thinking about getting an ap because we will be back twice in 12 months at 6 or 7 days each time. Also can you get tiw with a regular ap pass or does it have to be the 699 one? Thanks!
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Is there a difference between dvc ap and ap? I am not a dvc member but thinking about getting an ap because we will be back twice in 12 months at 6 or 7 days each time. Also can you get tiw with a regular ap pass or does it have to be the 699 one? Thanks!
The lower priced DVC APs are only available to DVC owners and their immediate family (living at the same address as the owners). Other than that, there is no difference.

TIW is available (at an additional cost) to any AP holder, regardless the price.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:02 PM   #41
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The break even point would be basically 11 days with park hopper option.
But the maximum ticket is 10 day ticket with park hopper would be $399.38, when you add one more day it puts it over the annual pass price of $425.00

If you bought 2 x 5 day tickets with park hopping (i.e. one 5 day ticket for your first trip, then another 5 day ticket for the second trip), that would cost $346.13 x 2 = $692.26. Well over the price of the AP.

Benefits of the AP, park hopping, 10% discount, various dining discounts, free parking, 1/2 price mini-golf, access to special release merchandise.

Downside to having an AP (if you can call it that) is that you may want to add spontaneous trips to Disney during the year to get more out of your AP. Not necessarily a bad thing, just more money on travel expenses.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:39 PM   #42
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We now have all bases covered - we have AP vouchers, 10 day no expire and 5 day MYW tics locked away in the safe deposit box for trip planning through 2018.

This year we are using our DVC PAP - 28 days total at WDW. We are finding we are not doing parks every day anymore, but the overall savings is still there using an AP. Our trip last week we stayed off-property at WBC, so the AP saved us on parking at the parks, an added plus.
So you can hold the AP vouchers or MYW tickets for several years before activating and not need to worry about anything expiring?
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So you can hold the AP vouchers or MYW tickets for several years before activating and not need to worry about anything expiring?
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Good to know Peabody, thank you!
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:38 PM   #45
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We just started planning a 12/31-1/7 trip this year and will also be going back summer 2014. The difference between a 7-day park hopper and DVC AP is like $50 or so. No brainer there. So this trip we are using all available points = lodging paid for but will have to fork up the money for APs. Summer trip = tickets paid for (APs) but will have to fork up money for lodging. Better than paying for both - both trips!! We won't do water parks for the winter trip and if we decide to do a water park on next summer's trip, still coming out ahead if we just buy 1-day water park tickets.

AND if DH and I can squeeze in an adult trip in the fall of 2014 for Food & Wine, we are set for park tickets!
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