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    AP: Premium vs. Deluxe

    Well it's time for me to renew my Annual Passport and as always, I'm tempted to upgrade my Deluxe to a Premium. I have never made the jump, but this year I have a new factor to consider: a job change has cut my vacation time in half. This means I need to make the most of Saturdays and holidays that are normally blacked out on the Deluxe pass.

    Does anyone with a Premium go regularly on the days otherwise blocked from the other passes? Is the park too crowded to make a visit worthwhile? I have rationalized in the past that I wouldn't want to visit on these days anyway so why pay more.

    If anyone that has upgraded their pass in the past could share their experience (or regrets), I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
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    Re: AP: Premium vs. Deluxe

    My friend has had an AP for 6 years and I've only see her go on a Saturday once or twice. I asked her why she wasted all that money just to go on the days and pass can go (I've got a deluxe I do just fine) and she can't explain it.

    But for you and the job situation I'd say a premium would be good if you went a few Saturdays.

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    Re: AP: Premium vs. Deluxe

    I had to upgrade to the premium this year, my job has me working every weekday, so the only days I go now are Saturdays and Sundays. I've never found the crowds to be too bothersome, and if they have started to bug me, I've just left with the knowledge I can come back whenever I want.


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    Re: AP: Premium vs. Deluxe

    When i go I go on saturdays. I also try and go on the days that the so cal passes are blocked out...those days are usually less busy...

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    Re: AP: Premium vs. Deluxe

    Remember, if parking is a factor, than Premium is worth it.

    Becuase deluxe is $328 with parking, then you're only $31 away from the premium. Add all the Saturdays, and holidays that Premium gives you, and it's a much better deal.
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    Re: AP: Premium vs. Deluxe

    Hubby renewed to a preminum (without telling me fo course).. he lvoed it (this was a few years ago......) so the rest of us only had a deluxe.. what was he thinking to go ot the park with out me. THis is before I worked at DCA

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    Re: AP: Premium vs. Deluxe

    We upgraded a few years ago when we showed up one day that was blocked out and hadn't checked first. The people we were with already had premiums. Now we don't worry about it we go when we can which is usually the weekends because of work schedules. And if it ever gets too crowded we just leave and come back another day.

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    Re: AP: Premium vs. Deluxe

    Quote Originally Posted by Monorail Man
    Remember, if parking is a factor, than Premium is worth it.

    Becuase deluxe is $328 with parking, then you're only $31 away from the premium. Add all the Saturdays, and holidays that Premium gives you, and it's a much better deal.
    The difference is $71

    The Deluxe is $209, parking for any other AP than a Premium is $49, for a total of $258.

    The Premium is $329 with parking.

    So when you renew your AP, you get $20 off either a Deluxe or Premium (included in the above prices), no matter which type of AP you owned the year before.

    So is it worth $71???

    If you plan to go on three or more blockout days ($30 a day), of course yes.

    But if you plan to go on one or two, is it worth it?

    First off, do you use the free parking, if not, then we need to look at a $120 difference, or 4 blockout days.

    Do you buy a lot of merchandise? Only the premium gets 10% off in-park merchandise, so you would have to spend $1,200 to recoup the $120 difference...

    And food, Premium AP's get an extra 5% off (15% vs 10%), so that would be $2,400 worth of food to save the $120.

    But if you plan to use the parking, and go on 2 blockout days, then you are only looking at a couple of hundred dollars of purchase to make it worthwhile.
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    Re: AP: Premium vs. Deluxe

    I have a premium and I really like not having to worry about whether the day I want to go is a blackout day. When other people who don't have passes, don't go very often, and work go with me, they usually want to go on Saturday. There have also been special events like the Shag merchandise event which was on a Saturday, and I was able to go on my birthday, which was a Saturday.

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    Re: AP: Premium vs. Deluxe

    Quote Originally Posted by Monorail Man
    Remember, if parking is a factor, than Premium is worth it.

    Becuase deluxe is $328 with parking, then you're only $31 away from the premium. Add all the Saturdays, and holidays that Premium gives you, and it's a much better deal.
    A deluxe is $229, with parking its $278. A premium pass is $349. The difference is $71. If you will use more than 2 blockout days, and use the parking, its worth the upgrade.
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    Re: AP: Premium vs. Deluxe

    Look like Darkbeer cover all,
    If like dinnng at Disneyland and get 15% for premium AP.
    all AP pass you get 10% for shopping.
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    Re: AP: Premium vs. Deluxe

    oppooo.
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    Re: AP: Premium vs. Deluxe

    Yea, I added parking twice anyway.

    Still, if you plan to go those three days, it pays for itself.
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    Re: AP: Premium vs. Deluxe

    Remember, the premium also lets you get in on New Years eve, 4th of July and all other holidays. Just nice to have the option. When you break it down, it is just about a little over $6 per month extra to have the option to go there whenever you want. I would call that a bargain!

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    Re: AP: Premium vs. Deluxe

    How wild is this - we have been debating this very issue for a few days!!!

    As a NorCal passholder, we have had a Premium for a few years just so we didn't have to worry about a block out day, X-mas, etc. I also go to Orange County and Los Angeles for work a bunch.

    This year however, I don't think we will get a premium and shall be downgrading to a Deluxe. We don't plan on going on a Saturday (WAAAAAAAAAY too crowded for us) and for work I am only there Sun-Thurs, sooo, we really can't justify the expense....well almost...
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