My wife and I are contemplating getting the Premier Annual Pass (WDW+DLR AP), but we're not quite sure if we should.
Here's our situation:
DLR or WDW trip in the Spring (preference: DLR)
WDW trip in October
DLR trip in December
WDW AP expiration: Aug 15, 2011
DVC discount renewal AP presently held
If we upgrade to the Premier for the Spring trip to DLR, it will expire prior to our December trip to DLR (at least that's my understanding). Since we paid $340 (less than that, actually, since we renewed before the increase...I can't find the previous renewal price), we'd pay $360 to jump to the Premier, since that's the cost difference between the two. That's obviously not worth it for one trip to DLR, especially when park hoppers for 4 days (length of our stay) are around $200.
However, we are instead considering separately buying a DLR AP when we arrive in CA in the Spring. This option is $329 for a Deluxe AP with some blackout dates (only one of which would fall over the two trips we're planning on taking, so it'd be +$45 for this, -$20 DVC discount--right?) or $459 for a Premium AP with no blackout dates. This AP would also entitle us to dining discounts.
Interestingly, it seems possible that if we purchase this AP, we might automatically be upgraded to the Premier AP with the DLR AP date-of-purchase as the expiration date. This may have only been the case for individuals who held both passes when the Premier pass was announced. Does anyone how this works? If we'd be issued the later-expiring Premier Pass, we'd definitely just buy a $329 DLR AP--then this is a no brainer. Something tells me that isn't the case, though.
Another option would just be to buy Park hoppers this time, get the Premier Pass in August when we renew, and bank on visiting DLR again after December and before August 2012.
I am thinking the best option will probably be purchasing the Deluxe DLR AP in the Spring.
Anyone have any suggestions? Am I overlooking anything or not failing to take something into consideration?
If someone has an answer to the question of whether the purchase of a DLR AP would automatically grant us a Premier AP (as holders of both a WDW AP and a DLR AP) that would be greatly appreciated).