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    Considering getting an AP need help

    I live in Sacramento, but I was thinking that I paid for a 3day hopper in Feb this year and now I am buying another one (at a higher price) this October and that it may have been cheaper to have just had an AP. I had a few questions though. Is it worth paying the extra for the premium since you get 15% off some dining and 20% off merch or is the extra 200 not worth it? Are there a ton of restrictions on the food and merch that you purchase?

    Also is it too late to get an AP should I wait until January so I would have the whole year or does it start from time of purchase?

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    Re: Considering getting an AP need help

    Some ways I benefit having a premium instead of delux may be the same for you.

    I sometimes use Priceline to bid on nicer hotels down Harbor and drive to the Disney parking lots instead of depending on shuttles. This often saves me $50 a night on lodging, but more importantly $15 a day on parking. For me this is roughly $100 a year saved but I go about once a month and stay down there every 3rd of 4th time.

    The other thing is since I go when my neice has off from school it includes a lot of weekends and I don't worry about being blocked on Saturdays. This isn't likely an issue for you but if you end up going in the Summer or a school break it would.

    I dine onsite a lot so am sure I've saved a lot with the extra %5 off food.

    I don't buy a lot of stuff, but when I do the extra merchandise discount is the icing on the cake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wonton View Post
    Are there a ton of restrictions on the food and merch that you purchase?

    Also is it too late to get an AP should I wait until January so I would have the whole year or does it start from time of purchase?
    In the parks and hotels the discounts are fairly widespread. Mainly just not on snack carts and a few stores.

    What you should do is get a 3 day hopper or longer, use the Magic Morning and the upgrade to the AP at the ticket booths before the end of the third day.

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    Re: Considering getting an AP need help

    Also, its a year from the time of purchase, and not a straight calendar year.

    And I agree with getting the hopper and then upgrading.

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    Re: Considering getting an AP need help

    get the hopper and then upgrade. That is what we did a few years ago.
    If you will be going on weekends then you will want to avoid the delux pass, if you will be going to the DLR only during the week then consider the delux pass. The other thing to consider is how much will you be buying, that 20% adds up quick and it is good at the Parks and the Disney store in DTD.
    The food discound does not work for the outside vender carts, but the little red wagon is not an outside vendor.
    You can also get hotel rooms at a discount, the Disney hotels give you a discount, and so does HOJO. ther are a few others as well.
    If you go for multiple times a year for several days then an AP is a good idea.
    Good luck.

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    Re: Considering getting an AP need help

    reading thru i was just wondering why three people recommended getting the 3 day and upgrading? are there perks to that? what does it matter in the long run?

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    Re: Considering getting an AP need help

    you would often get a pacage deal park hopper with hotel tickets, you can save a fair amount that way. Also you can get into the park right away with the park hopper.
    When you upgrade you will be asked some questions to make sure that you are the one who bought the tickets. Your Ap will start the day that you first used those tickets.
    Wait untill you get your AP before you make any large purchases, and when you get your Ap you will have to go to one of the Photo pass people and get your photo taken for the AP records.
    So the short answer is why park hoppers instead of an Ap to start with, some times there can be a delay on gettting the Ap, and often it is just a voucher. With the parkhoppers you can just go to the gate if you want and then upgrade the pass latter.

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    Re: Considering getting an AP need help

    I purchased a premium pass. $87 down and $46 a month, free parking, (Don't forget about parking it's $15 a day normall) and includes the discounts and I can go any day I want. This is truly only worth it if your going to be going atleast once a month n my iew.

    Just so you know though, if you do the monthly pay,ent plan,Disney WILL charge the first month as soon as you goto the park for the first time. I wasn't really expecting this and purchased 5 annual passes and it hit me good.
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    Re: Considering getting an AP need help

    thanks for all of your feedback. i think i may hold off one more year.

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    Re: Considering getting an AP need help

    Quote Originally Posted by wonton View Post
    thanks for all of your feedback. i think i may hold off one more year.
    There is a little tip that may help you. Whoever pays the bill gets the AP or maybe in your case the Premium insead of Deluxes. The AP holder gets discounts when they pay. Sometimes you can save when that person has an AP, but the others in the group just have regular park tickets or a lower level AP.

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    Re: Considering getting an AP need help

    How often do you go to DL? If you go more than twice in a 12 month period (not a calendar year), an AP is a very good deal. If you go to DL and nowhere else when you come down, ditto. If neither of these things are true for you, it's not such a great buy.

    Myself, it seems like every year I contemplate getting an AP and yet never get around to it. Southern California is full of so many fun and unique things to do (many of them free) that an AP isn't worth it for me.
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    Re: Considering getting an AP need help

    Depends on how often you go, for how long, how many are in your group, and how much you eat and buy in the park. We (my daughter and I) live in Arizona, and the Premium AP works for us. We go at least twice a year for several days. We stay off-site, get free parking, eat at the park (usually one meal and a few snacks), and save on "much-needed" purchases (lol!). I bought the first AP years ago when I went with two kids for two weeks. Haven't regretted it since.

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    Re: Considering getting an AP need help

    does it include getting into WDW?

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    Re: Considering getting an AP need help

    Quote Originally Posted by wonton View Post
    does it include getting into WDW?
    No. However their is a Premier AP that does. That's what I have because I get to WDW at least once a year and that covers the extra cost.

    The Premier AP give you the access and perks of a DLR Premium AP at DLR and a WDW Premium AP at WDW. It's costs $849 while a Premium AP at DLR is $649. For me the $200 difference is worth it easily since a 6 day hopper at WDW is well over $300. Simply is you go to one resort for 3 days and the other twice for 3 days, you cover the cost and save over ticket prices.

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    Re: Considering getting an AP need help

    Quote Originally Posted by wonton View Post
    I live in Sacramento, but I was thinking that I paid for a 3day hopper in Feb this year and now I am buying another one (at a higher price) this October and that it may have been cheaper to have just had an AP. I had a few questions though. Is it worth paying the extra for the premium since you get 15% off some dining and 20% off merch or is the extra 200 not worth it? Are there a ton of restrictions on the food and merch that you purchase?

    Also is it too late to get an AP should I wait until January so I would have the whole year or does it start from time of purchase?
    Withthe Premium AP, and well any AP the time on it starts from when youpurchase it, so it doesn't matter what month or day you buy it, youstill get the whole year, so if you bought it now in september thenyou have this september till next september, a whole year. I have apremium and I don't have any restrictions on merchandise or foodpurchase with discount the only thing is—the carts( I think all ofthem) do not take the AP discount. And the parking is free sotherefore your saving on parking too BECAUSE $15 A DAY does addup!! i think it's worth it even if you are using for 3 days at a time when you come and visit, as long as you use it before it expires in next september, which i assume you will..

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    Quote Originally Posted by joy bells View Post
    reading thru i was just wondering why three people recommended getting the 3 day and upgrading? are there perks to that? what does it matter in the long run?
    yeah ur putting the price of the hopper toward the pass.

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    Re: Considering getting an AP need help

    I was going to post a similar question. I'm going to be at Disneyland for a week in January at the Disneyland Hotel. What is the discount at the hotel? Is it worth it for me to spend the money on the premium pass?

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