Annual Pass

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  1. rmdo92

    rmdo92 Earning My Ears

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    Hi

    We are starting our planning for our next holiday

    has any one try an annual pass?

    we are looking/hoping to have 2 trip (My wife may do another on one top by her self) in 12 months some where between 7 and 16 days each.

    can I buy an annual pass, to start on the 1st day of our holiday, and also get the discounts on room as they are doing at the current time?

    would we have to book it though the US agents or can we do it though a UK agents.
     
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  3. Pegasus928

    Pegasus928 DIS Veteran

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    If you mean the Disney AP then we bought ours from DTD on the nihgt we arrived in February and it was activated as soon as we used it to enter the park the next day.
     
  4. popsynic

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    Hi

    Getting an ANNUAL PASS is a SUPERB way of saving lots of money on your Disney Holiday. here are a few tips and guidelines that I have learned in my research.

    1 - Only ONE of your party needs to buy an annual pass to get the benefits.

    2 - An annual pass is only slightly more expensive than than the current 14 day Ultimate pass that most UK travellers end up buying, but because it gives you heaps if further discounts and benefits you actually save money - and if you are doing a second trip within 12 months of first use, then you make massive savings.


    14 day pass = £235 in 2010 / Annual Pass = £298

    3 - with the pass you can get 10% of most restaurants in Epcot, and several others around WDW including some at downtown Disney. You also get discounts on Merchandise/souvenirs, boat rentals and similar, spa treatments, special tours and several other things

    4 - If you are staying on site you can get massive room discounts, for up to two rooms I believe.

    5 - If staying off site, you get free parking at all parks - this in itself is worth $170 dollars, which you will soon find out about if you have yet to experience this!!

    6 - If you get an adidtional tables in wonderland dining card - about £50 - you can then also get a massive 20% off ALL meals AND Alcholic and non alcoholic drinks for a part of up to eight people I beleive. If you do the maths, this makes easting with this MUCH cheaper than using the dining plan.

    7 - To get the room discounts, tell them you are an annual passholder when you book the room.

    Now you do need proof of membership when you check in. So either buy it online before you go from Disney (you get sent a voucher to activate on your first day in the parks) and show this to the check in person, or when you get to disney world, go and buy your single annual pass BEFORE you check in from any guest services location

    Remember that the pass is valid for 12 months from FIRST DAY OF USE, so you can buy it before you intend to travel.

    8 - Room discounts when they come out CAN be applied to an exisiting room rervation, So if you want to stay at a specific resort, resrve it anyway, and then check for when the room discount comes out for annual pass holders nearer to your travel dates, and apply it to the room, or change your resort to one which has a better AP rate. This way at least you have a room secured if the worse should happen.

    9 - you only get access to what room discounts are available if you are an annual passholder, so this can be a bit tricky. But see my next tip or use a site like MOUSESAVERS.COM, which lists the annual passholder room rates regularly

    10 - If you don't feel comfortable booking and dealing with Disney Travel yourself, then use a speciaised Disney travel agent. Tell them that you have or intend to have an annual pass when you check in, and they will make sure you get ALL the discounts and benfits, and they will KEEP CHECKING for you, and switch you to the best rate possible.

    11 - The company that runs these boards is called DREAM UNLIMITED and they seem to be a decent specialised travel agent, and they will take and manage your booking even if you are UK based. Best to sort your own flights out though

    12 - you will still need regular park tickets for the rest of your party.

    13 - bottom line is if you think you are going to spend more than £100 on meals and souvenirs, then then you WILL save some money on a 14 day trip - even just using the basic 10% discount. Anything you do above that like dscounts on special tours or boat rentals, spa treatments, etc or the big room discounts, you will be even better off.

    If you are doing more than one trip in twelve months, then it is a no brainer in my opinion.

    Footnote: Some of the info may be very slightly outdated since I last checked (not that long ago), and Disney are always changing things, but I am sure someone will shout out if anything is wrong.
     
  5. eyoreaud

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    Hi please double check the dining discounts, if i remember rightly the discounts in EPCOT are only on selected restaurants and them mostly only at lunch time, it may have changed slightly since i last had an AP though (last year) :)

    As the OP has said it's still a no brainer if you intend going twice in the same year as your AP doesn't expire untill a whole year after you first use it, doesn't matter when you bought it ;) Heres a link to www.mousesavers.com they are great and have all the up to date info you will need, just join for free and get some good advice :yay:

    Happy planning! :thumbsup2
     
  6. wayneg

    wayneg Moderator Moderator

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    We have had AP's for past 2 years and are great, especailly for us as we are not bothered about water parks so can buy the cheaper pass not the Premium.
    Unfortunately ours have now expired for 1 reason, free Dining plan, if either of your trips are around the free DDP dates then you have to buy a ticket from Disney to qualify.
    I really can't understand why they don't allow you to upgrade to AP (I know one or 2 say they got them to do it) After going 4 times last year because we had AP's this year we have no incentive to go back, even considering a week in Spain next month:scared1:
    You need to work out the numbers but we enjoyed having AP's for 2 years.
     
  7. popsynic

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    It may be worth checking out and comparing how much it was cost to get a 'table in wonderland card' for your dining and use your AP to get a room discount, as opposed to paying full rack rate for hotel room and park tickets just to get the free dining.
     
  8. wayneg

    wayneg Moderator Moderator

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    Wouldn't eat or stay onsite if wasn't for free DDP and the 42% off OKW/SSR deal.
    Cost £91/night at OKW this August with free DDP for 3 adults.

    Best AP rate for OKW I saw was $189 plus tax/night which works out at around £130/night before starting with any food & $10/night internet.

    Off site costs us around £80-90/night incl hotel + food. & Free Internet.
    Will be back to offsite next time if the deal doesn't come back.:)
     
  9. popsynic

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    Excellent rates- thats the way to do it!
     
  10. mikki.young

    mikki.young Knows Dreams do come true!

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    If you ask this question on the US site you will probably get lots of folks telling you that they get the AP for the room discounts. I always get an AP but as I have DVC I don't have to worry about room costs. There are a number of discounts and the free parking for offsite is a great one. Deb Wills site has a list of current discounts (room discounts come and go like mad so they are not on there but the TA would know them)
     
  11. Pegasus928

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    We never considered the room discounts when we bought ours. It was purely based on the fact that we knew we were going twice this year and the price worked out about the same as buying 2 lots of tickets.
    Then when we took the discounts, parking and Tables in Wonderland card it made sense to us.
     

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