Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by edward.lee8, May 8, 2007.
does anyone know when its better to go with an annual pass than a multi day ticket?
That would depend on how many days you plan to visit the parks over a 1-year period. You would need to compare the cost of purchasing passes for the total number of days for your visit(s) and the cost of an AP.
An adult AP costs $462.
2 7-day adult hoppers (expiry) purchased to cover 2 trips of 7 days would cost you $528. If you're planning 2 visits within a years time (365 days or less), then the AP is a better choice.
If you plan shorter visits, let's say 2 5-day trips, then purchasing a 10-day MYW hopper (no expiry) @ $435 would be a less expensive ticket choice than the AP.
If the visits would be more than a year apart, then the MYW passes are a better choice.
The real confusion comes when you try to factor in other AP perks like shopping discounts, possible room discounts, dining discounts and free parking. Those savings (when applied) can be enough for some people to favor purchasing an AP even though they are not planning to make multiple visits during the year.
For us it is a no brainer. We visit twice a year and own a rental home. Cost for parking in our first trip would have been $100.00 at least. So the AP was the way to go.
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We just booked a package but we usually buy APs. Does anyone know if you can upgrade the tickets in the package into APs like you can regular tickets? And if so how does it work? Is it the same (you get the credit of the price for tickets towards the APs)? Thanks
Yes, you can upgrade them to APs as long as you do it within the first 14 days after the passes are first used. You would pay the difference between the gate price of the ticket and the current cost of an AP. If the tickets have w/p fun & more options that have been used, you will have to upgrade to a PAP. The anniversary date of the AP will be one year from the date that the passes were first used. Do it at Guest Service at any park.
Just an added caution: There have been some reports that taking the pass off of your room key and converting it to an AP causes some problems for people on the DDP. If you're on the DDP (free or not), it's a good idea to wait until the end of your stay to upgrade your passes to APs.
Thank you for the caution, we are on the DDP so we will take you caution to mind. Because what we did was got an dining package with just 1 day base tickets but we know that we are going again next year so we are going to buy APs. Should I add more days to the tickets and then upgrade on our last day. The price would all work out the same wouldn't it?
It would actually save you money if you bought four day or longer hoppers. There is an "advance purchase" savings if they are part of a package. Then when you are doing the upgrade to AP they work from the "current gate price" and not what you actually paid for the ticket.
thanks for the input.
we will be going to DW at least twice within the year. I suppose with an AP it could make a third trip a no-brainer.
we have ha the AP one year but knew we were planning 3 weeks. No matter how many times we go to DW there is always a twist.
Our grandaughter lives in Florida so when she gets out of school each year we meet in Disney. It has become a very happy tradition.
That is great advice. I think that is what we are planning on doing. Our package has to be paid off this Saturday but couldn't I call back a week or so before we get there to increase the number of days for the tickets? Can we wait till the very last morning that we are there to do the upgrade? In other words if our tickets are 8 day can we wait til the 8th day to do the upgrade (as long as it is within the 14 days from the first day we used them)? Thanks for all of the help.
The problems come from the fact that the resort front desks, which create room keys, use a different computer nework from the Guest Relations windows at the parks, where you get APs. Cross-connecting those two systems is a royal pain for the GR windows.
But there is a simple way to do it that some on the boards have used.
At time of check-in, don't let the CM code your passes onto your room keys. They can give you a completely separate card that ONLY has your ticket on it.
Since the card ONLY has a ticket on it, it does not require the GR window to access the resorts computer system, only the ticketing computer system, which makes the whole process go much smoother.
That is great advice. Thanks. Any idea about what day would be best to convert to APs. Also anybody know if it would be better (cheaper) to add the park hopping feature before changing to APs or does it come out the same?
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