Hoo boy, how long since *I've* had to ask anything like this?
Anyway, being a longtime AP means I often don't have to deal with questions like this, and it's been long enough since being a CM that I no longer know these answers.
My dad, his wife, her sister, niece and nephew, are going to go to the park on June 20th and 21st. Now current ticket prices (that might apply to them) are as follows:
Single Day, single park ticket (adult): $59
Single Day parkhopper: $79 ($69 I think if you buy online)
2-day parkhopper: $116
3-day parkhopper: $169 ($149 if bought online at Disneyland.com)
SoCal Select Annual Passport: $119
SoCal Annual Passport: $149
Deluxe Annual Passport: $229
Now, I'm really only concerned about the adult prices here, not looking at the kids, and I'm not considering parking because I anticipate them only coming one or two more times in the year (my dad likes to go to DL once a year if he can help it, but his wife loves DL and would come more often if possible, which it might be, KWIM?) So the Premium is definitely out of the question.
During the fall, they drive down to SoCal a LOT for USC games, which are always on Saturday. So really, as long as they have Sunday availability, it should work. Well, that knocks out SoCal Select.
It seems to me that a regular SoCal pass would be a good call for them.
Here's the rub: both SoCal pass types are blocked out on the 21st. I know at one time, if you had a parkhopper, used all the days on it, then upgraded your pass on the last day of the parkhopper to an AP, they would do it, and just start the pass on the first day you used the parkhopper. The only stipulation I knew of is the pass you upgraded to had to be, in fact, an upgrade. That is, more expensive than your parkhopper.
I'm wondering, first of all, if they will still upgrade to any pass as long as it's more expensive, or if they've set some limit like any non-blocked-out pass on the day you upgrade or something like that. I'm assuming/hoping not, but if I'm wrong correct me.
Secondly, there's the whole SoCal issue. I'm a SoCal resident, the sister, niece and nephew are SoCal residents. My dad and his wife are not, but could easily have their AP mail sent to either local addresses. Do you think Disney would allow them to set up their passes with either my or my stepmom's sister's address? I have to imagine this comes up all the time, what with people moving, and the state of CA not issuing new licenses every time you have an address change.
I wouldn't even have to ask the second question if they were just purchasing APs outright, because the sister could buy all the tickets and do it that way, but since it'll be an upgrade, they'd be doing it in person.
Oh, that's the other question... they're always changing the system for people upgrading tickets to APs. Do they just do it at the pass processing center, or will they have to go out the gates to Guest Services? Has anyone done this recently?