Hello, my name is Bongo, and I need some help. I am about to get an Annual Pass for the Disneyland Resort (Most likely a Southern California Annual Pass), but I need some help decided whether or not if I should get it NOW or LATE? Disneyland's Annual Passes are EXPENSIVE, and this may be a once-in-a-long-time opportunity for me here, so I cannot screw this up. So I decided to go to the best place I could think of for Disney help; MiceChat. Please help me, I am not sure what to do!
If I go NOW...
- I can enjoy the park as soon as January's first Sunday and go every Sunday after that to reap the most out of the annual pass. That means after every week of school/work/undefined lab rat experiments, I can enjoy a Sunday off at Disneyland and come home to work as happy and chipper as a June Bug (That's a saying that's said a lot nowadays, right?)
- I get to see and experience Disneyland and especially DCA's renovations up close and personal. I don't know about you, but I am a huge fan of behind-the-scenes type of stuff. Looking through a construction wall or even waving to a construction crew (And him waving back is pure awesome) always excites me, which is also why I love seeing all the new DCA photos streaming in.
- It's the off-season for many major parks, which means shorter lines, easier to manage crowds, and sometimes lower prices if I'm lucky.
- I NEED A DISNEYLAND TURKEY LEG IN MY MOUTH RIGHT NOW.
- The days that are not a blackout date are usually a Sunday or a weekday. Since I am busy during the weekday, Sundays seem to be my best options, so that means to make my money worth it, I'd have to go almost every second Sunday to every Sunday to make it seem worth it.
- Even though I like behind-the-scenes stuff, seeing huge tarps and construction walls up can kind of detract away from the magic, which I have come to love and expect every time I go to Disneyland (Which is, honestly, very far and few. I can count how many times I've been to Disneyland on just my two hands. That's not a lot. I am not too young, but I am not too old either.)
- The construction walls also mean that some walkways will be closed off, which can sometimes limit my mobility, and trust me, when I go to a park a lot, I can speed between rides and shows like clockwork (Example? Universal Studios Hollywood. More on that later). Having to stop or slow down for a crowd trying to squeeze past some repairs can be tiresome; especially if a guest(s) is very rude, which has happened to me a few times before.
If I go LATER... (By later, I mean before/during the Summer rush)
- Disneyland's maintenance and DCA's renovations will be done and it will all be fresh, new, and exciting. I don't know about you, but I love things are fresh and crisp and up to date. Why? After a while, things may become a little dilapidated, outdated, and sometimes, rusty. Good example? Skip down to the "The Great Movie Ride"'s article...
- Tarps and construction walls will be down, which means a lot more free space to crawl and move around in.
- ALL rides SHOULD (Main word SHOULD) be functional and fully operating.
- The DCA Renovations should (hopefully) suck most guests away from Disneyland and into DCA, which leaves more room in the original Disneyland to play and romp around in
- Some shows, deals, attractions, etc. are only available during the Summer and Fall/Winter seasons
- Hot weather. Living in SoCal for most of your life still doesn't prepare one for the unbearable heat. Even with proper clothing and protection, I find it a wonder how we are able to live down here.
- Long lines for rides and food and very little sitting places in the shade (Benches, curbs, those curb things that keep the shrubbery in place, etc) or ANY seating at all for shows like Fantasmic. I mean seriously, I love Fantasmic and all, but do some people seriously just park up a place to sit; blanket and all; on the Rivers of America just to watch the show? I love and hate dedication like that. For one thing, it shows they love Fantasmic to the bone, but for people like me who love to squeeze as much time out of the day and am unable to go to the show until it starts can be...well, more of a fault on my part, but still.
- Prices are at their height. Always remember to come to Disneyland with a big heart and a deep wallet.
- BIG. HUGE. MASSIVE. HARD TO MANEUVER. (Sometimes rude, although I can't really blame them). CROWDS.
BUT, there is something else. I have been hearing lately that Disneyland and Disney World are falling into a small state of despair. First thing that comes to mind? Splash Mountain. Now I don't want to just point fingers at Splash Mountain. Other places are guilty of this too. PotC's lines have had trash strewn all across the floor, and at one point even caused a minor traffic jam; dusty and old sets; peeling and chipped paint; work lights turned on during ride operations, etc. I don't know about you, but I find these minute details very distracting. I know it's the off season, but if these things persist up to the Summer Rush, it will cause even more problems than there already is. Trash causing more jams, waiting in line for an hour to see a less than stellar ride experience, etc. I am sorry, but if I pay that much money for an okay experience, it just doesn't seem worth it.
If I go LATER THAN LATER... (After the Summer Rush to Next Year)
Pros: (Most of these are estimations since they take place in the future)
- Problems MAY be fixed
- People will start to diminish from the new rush of a ride(s) at DCA, meaning there is more breathing room for me.
- Cooler weather = much more enjoyable stay
- Some new rides, shows, food venues, and/or attractions may be made/done in the future
- The future is unpredictable and all those Pros may never come true at all. It's like a roll of the die; you never know what's going to come up.
Of course, with such a big and very complicated plan, I always always ALWAYS have the Nuclear Option available as a last resort. What is the Nuclear Option? I ditch the Disneyland Annual pass and go for a Knotts Berry Farm Annual Pass OR Renew my Premium Universal Studios Hollywood Annual Pass OR Get BOTH (Seriously, I added both up and it is still cheaper than the Southern California Disneyland Annual Pass.). It costs less and I get TWO parks. Sound fantastic...
So please MiceChat, I am in need of your help! This is an opportunity that I just cannot screw up on. It's an expensive mistake that could scar my wallet for a long time. To be truthful, I am literally stumped here. the pros, cons, and nuclear option all seem very nice to me. Vacations and breaks are approaching closer and closer every second; time is money, so please do give your opinion on what I need to do. I am in a really tight situation here. Thanks!
PS: What are the benefits of a Gold Annual Pass for Knotts Berry Farm compared to a regular one? The website says there are benefits, but doesn't specify what they are. Same with the Platinum Annual Passes. If someone could specify them to me, that would be helpful. Thanks.