We live in Phoenix and are thinking about getting AP for our family of 4, 2 adults, 2 kids. So I need some advice and have some questions about the best way to do this. Originally I was thinking of getting all 4 of us the PAP, but now I'm wondering if it would be smart to get just one PAP and the other 3 regular, sorry I don't know what to call it. Is it worth the extra money to not have blackout dates? Do you buy them in advance and they're good for a year from the first visit? Or is it a year from date of purchase? So here is the plan. We LOVE Disneyland at Christmas, so we'd like to go twice at that time of year. So we plan to go 1-2 weeks before Christmas 2010, spring 2011 (once or twice), a few times in the summer, fall break (for Halloween), and then make it back for Christmas 2011 before they expire. Does Disneyland have the Halloween and Christmas parties like I've heard of in WDW? Are there any other really good times of year to go? Sorry, this is all totally new for us! Typically we only get every other year or so.