Before we renewed last year I was kind of "Disneyland'd Out" and would have been fine not renewing our AP's. We then decided to give ourselves "one last year" of AP's and we would try and use them as much as possible. This was May of 2012. In those 10 months, our family of 4 has gone to Disneyland together exactly once. And that was in June.
My wife and I have gone down for various events 2 or 3 times and I was there solo for the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon in September.
We've been trying to find ways to use them these next two months but we noticed something else while looking into doing a full weekend at the parks next weekend. You see, while my wife and I have the Premium passes, our children have the Deluxe passes. And after tomorrow they are blocked out on Saturday's until August 24.
We've been AP's for almost 15 years and they've had the Deluxe passes every year they've been available. Typically they would be blocked out on Saturday's the couple of weeks around Spring Break (late March/Early April), allowed back in on Saturdays until May, blocked out in May and on Memorial Day Weekend and then would typically have a couple of Saturday's in June. Now, along with the price increases, the benefits for Deluxe passes have also been decreased.
It's looking like we'll get maybe one more visit in (maybe next Sunday) but in looking at what we are committed to prior to our passes expiring in May that's likely the only time.
Safe to say renewing our passes last year was a colossal waste of money and renewing them this year is now completely out of the question.
We used to justify our passes to our friends and family in that we could spend 8-10 hours at Disneyland on a Saturday or Sunday and spend the same amount as Dinner and a movie. We would go once a month, have some great family time and that was that. It made sense at the time. But now the price of the passes have exceeded our personal "value".
I wish I could say I was sad about it, but honestly, I'm looking forward to not having the stress of having a Disney pass. And that's not the way it should be.