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Old 04-24-2018, 01:29 PM   #1
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How many park days would be reccomend to make AP worth it

Is annual passes worth it for a 10 day trip?
What are the other reasons I should consider getting an AP? Can 1 person in my room purchase AP? Please share any information you might have on being an AP holder .

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Only 1 person has to buy the AP, to get an AP discount. There are various perks and discounts when you get AP. If you enjoy Memory Maker - that is included with your AP. I do believe a 10 day park hopper is cheaper, but I haven't done the math.
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A 10-day ticket with Park Hopper, for ages 10+, costs $520 (plus tax).

A Platinum Annual Pass costs $849.99 (plus tax).

The difference is about $330 . For that money, you could buy a 2-day Park Hopper pass ($274.00 plus tax), and keep $56.00 in your pocket.

So, if you're talking about a single, super-long stay and all you care about is comparing prices for X days in the parks ... the answer is "thirteen days".


If you're looking at multiple trips, it gets a bit more complicated. Non-APs expire 14 days after the ticket is first used; they just don't sell non-expiring tickets anymore.

So if you were thinking of two trips in a single year, cut that AP price in half: $415 per trip. 3-day Park Hoppers cost $370; 4-day Park Hoppers cost $455.

If you were going on two three-day trips, non-APs would be cheaper.

If you were going on a 3-day trip and a 4-day trip, you'd about break even (the AP would cost less than $30 more).

Two trips of 4 or more days each, and the AP wins, hands down.


But then, there's all the OTHER benefits of an AP. Especially, Room discounts,and discounts on dining and shopping in the Parks and at Disney Springs. So, really, it's not an easy "over X days, get an AP". Look at all those discounts, estimate what they're likely to save you, and be sure to take that into account, too.

Especially, as has already been observed, since you only really need ONE person in your group to have an annual pass, to get all those discounts. (Well, actually, one per room, for especially large groups ...)
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I get the AP if I am taking 2 trips or more in a year. Back when passes did not expire, you could make 2 week long trips on a 10 day hopper plus. I still have 2 7 day hopper plus tickets with 2 plus options left on it. Maybe I will finally get to redeem those this summer. I also enjoy the shopping discounts with the passes. You can also get that same discount on the Shop Parks app as long as the item is not in store only.

While I like having the memory maker tied to my AP, I wish they had a family annual pass option though. One where one person would get a pass with the memory maker and then others could opt out if they wanted for less money. As long as all passes were purchased in the same transaction. I don't feel my 10 year old and 8 year old need the memory maker on there AP. Also, if you get the AP, make sure you ask if they have AP discounts anytime you are paying for something. Sometimes you can be surprised at what will be discounted.

There are quite a few restaurant discounts right now with the AP. We opted to get the tables in wonderland card as well. It costs $150 but gives 20% off many table service restaurants (including alcohol) plus others like flame tree bbq. I mention the alcohol because I think the standard AP discount does not work for alcohol.
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