So my mum and I are planning to visit Disneyland/DCA all the way from Qld, Australia, twice this year - for 2 weeks in April, and for 2-3 weeks in December-January(2014).
Last year over early December we used 5-day park hopper tickets. We didn't want to leave by the end, and realised it wasn't enough time there. So, we're coming back. Now, we can get those same tickets at $240 per person both times we visit ($480pp), but we're not sure if we want that.
We also know the Deluxe annual passes are $469pp,which ends up cheaper. As we are staying in Anaheim the full duration of both our visits, this means we could go every day that we are there, for just a morning or just an afternoon etc (obviously excluding Saturdays and Holidays, the blockout days).
We're leaning towards this option for that reason, as well as the fact that me being 16y/o and addicted to theme parks AND disney, I tend to rush around the parks, going from ride to ride all day and night and have the energy to do so. My mum however, is 58y/o, and suffers from diabetes and sleep apnia (always tired because of lack of proper sleep), as well as arthritis. A lot of the time she needs to sit down, or would like to just stay at the hotel or walk around a shopping centre, while I run around the park. This is what we did when we had annual passes at popular theme parks near home (Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, not internationally known but it's our DL equivalent).
So, we like the idea of the passes. The only thing is, everwhere we've read about 'the best pass for you' say if you're visiting once or twice to look for seasonal ticket deals, and only go for annual passes if you live nearby or visit 3 or more times a year.
Basically, I'm looking for some input as to what the better option is. I mean, the AP is cheaper than two 5 day passes, and we'll be wanting to go like 10+ days on each visit, and you get discounts. But we're confused by the '3 trips or more if you want an AP' thing we keep hearing.
Any help would be very much appreciated!