Hi there. The Annual Pass website (for "prospective" passholders, not those who already hold them) does not answer this question, so I'm hoping you all can help.
I am going to be buying Annual Passes for my spouse and myself, but our trip isn't until May 2011 -- in other words, the first time we would use the Annual Pass is the middle of May. I understand that you can purchase the Annual Pass online, and the 12-month period in which it is valid would commence on the date we first use it; but how far in advance can one purchase the AP prior to first using it?
When I called the Disneyland Guest Relations phone number this morning, the CM put me on hold for a bit and came back with an answer of "30 days." He said, "They just changed it; you can't buy it that far in advance before using it." This sounded to me like a policy-waiting-to-happen and not an actual policy that DLR has formally implemented. Can anyone confirm that this is true, and provide a source?
Obviously, if I purchased the APs in the next few weeks, and AP prices went up in, say, February (OK, I know it's not likely to rise in February, but just for the sake of argument...), then we would have gotten a good deal by purchasing very early - almost six months' ahead. So I can see the rationale for imposing a 30-day deadline between purchase and initial use. Just looking for confirmation from the experts, as I trust you more than the very green-sounding CM with whom I spoke.