A few have posted about how one can get many APs from other parks for less than some Disney APs. Well after having Disneyland APs for four years in a row, we took a wonderful two-year break from Disneyland. We made a dozen trips to Knott's with their Seasonal Pass (which lasted about 8 months), and we got a 5 visits pass at Universal at Costco--they currently cost $59. (For us, 5 visits to Universal in a year is more than enough--even with Transformers.) Soon, we're going to Yosemite, and we went to SF and visited both Gettys and Griffith Park and San Diego. . . what I'm selling is the idea of a Disneyland break. We still went once for the reasonably priced Halloween party, and now I CAN'T WAIT to get back to Disneyland more often! We'll use our already purchased Deluxe APs for the first time in the fall after the insane Carsland lines have diminished.
Visiting WDW was my favorite thing to do in the world when I was in grade school, but we went exactly one day a year (in the 70s) and stayed off property. I treasured that one day.
If you do get the least expensive AP and if your kids are in middle-school or older, please (as a teacher) avoid pulling your middle and high school kids out of school.
Final tip: we love our Disney Visa card and the Disney dollars we get from it. They will pay for our Walt Disney World tickets and a few nice meals when (or if) we go there in 2014. Check out their new Premium card which (unless this deal was just cancelled) pays 5Xs the dollars for Disney purchases for the first 3 months.