Monday, November 28, 2011
Disneyland Annual Pass, Is it a Good Deal??
Disneyland Annual Pass, Is It a Good Deal??
At this time of year many people consider getting a Disneyland Annual Pass as a gift for family or friends. Is it worth it? I think it is and let me tell you why
With the AP (Annual Pass) you have the freedom to go to the park as often as you want (within the limits of your pass' blackout days) without having to worry about paying for each visit. Depending on the type of pass you purchase you may have Blackout Days where you can't go. If you are live in Southern California you can pay for one day one park and change that into an AP with monthly payments ranging from between $10 to $36.
Depending what level of pass you choose to get you get special discounts and a newsletter. Free parking comes with the Premium Pass, but can be added onto the other passes for an extra fee. The discounts range from 10% for the lower level Pass' to 20% for the Premium Pass at most of the shops and from 10% for the lower level Pass' to 15% for the Premium Pass at most restaurants. All pass' get discounts on Disney Resort Hotel rooms. Even the local "Good Neighbor" hotels around Disneyland offer Disney AP rates!
In general I believe the level of pass you get depends on how many days during the year you think you will be going to Disneyland. Even the most expensive pass pays for itself in four days at the park. When I figure that I take the price of a one day park hopper ticket, plus the price of parking and use that at what a day costs. Then consider the added discounts and it gets even better.
If you are coming for a seven night stay at the park from out of state I still say consider one person in your group gets a Premium AP to take advantage of all the discounts. This can save you money in the long run. If you think you will have a good chance to come back for a second visit in the next twelve months consider getting the AP!
If you are a total Disney Fanatic and planning on going to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World then the top of the line Platinum Pass may be the best for you. I figure seven nights and any Disney Park in the United States and it pays for itself with savings on admission and discounts.
Now for another interesting side to leaving near a Disney Park and having an AP. You don't feel as rushed. You can take the time to sit and wait for the best seat for a show, parade or fireworks display. You can just drop in for a few hours and ride a couple of rides and go home. You don't feel like you have to do everything in one day.
So is a Disneyland AP a good deal?? I think so! I highly recommend it to any Disney fan living near enough to take advantage of the fun.
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