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    Question Question about Annual Passes

    Just a question about the perks of having an annual pass. We are going for 10 days and I was thinking of buying the AP instead of a 6day pass. (The other people in our party are buying the 6day) Would it be worth getting for the discounts it offers? We are planning to stay at the ASMovie? Do they discount the value resorts? Character Dining? Merchandise?
    Any help would be appreciated from DWTers that are lucky enough to live close enough to go to WDW a couple times a year!

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    Will you be back in a year? If not you may want to look into 10 day park hoppers with the no expiration option(any unused days are good forever). I don't know too much about AP discounts but I think the merchandise discount is only good at some stores at Downtown Disney, a Disney Dining card might be a good companion with the parkhopper tickets I beleive that discount is good at any sit down restaraunt. Do a little checking with Disney online and compare AP prices and discounts with parkhopper and Disney Dinning Card.
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    Not much sense in an annual pass if you don't go a bunch of times a year. There are not many perks associated with them (and for non-florida residence, I think they are very expensive) that I have found useful. Anytime I look for an AP rate at the hotels, it is not available and the best it will get you is 10% at some of the resturants and Pleasure island, Downtown Disney shops etc. My daughter (Lives in Tennessee) found that by buying a ten day, non-expiring, park hopper pass on the internet, she has the freedom to visit ten times over as many years as it takes to use the ticket up and it was cheaper than an annual pass. The tickets are available in increments from 3 to 10 days I beleive.

    Darn - would you beleive the kid ( well I still think she is a kid = 30+) beat me to the post for this one. - Way to go Daughter

    Just looked -Non-resident annual pass is 415 (Adult) and 365 (under 10)
    10 day non-expiring, park Hopper is 377.

    Both are plus tax, but if bought on the internet, I don't think you will pay sales tax like you would if you buy them at the park.

    I don't know if the Disney Dining Card is available to non-Florida residence, but if it is, it's a great value. It saves 20% for all food and drinks at sit-down resturants in the parks and hotels/bars. For FL residence it is around $75/year and is good for up to six people at a meal. re-newals are only $50. I will try to find out about non-resident availablility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WDW Donna
    Just a question about the perks of having an annual pass. We are going for 10 days and I was thinking of buying the AP instead of a 6day pass. (The other people in our party are buying the 6day) Would it be worth getting for the discounts it offers? We are planning to stay at the ASMovie? Do they discount the value resorts? Character Dining? Merchandise?
    Any help would be appreciated from DWTers that are lucky enough to live close enough to go to WDW a couple times a year!


    Donna,

    Visit www.allearsnet.com to see the comparisons, they have a great section.
    Pre MYW days it used to be better getting the AP if you were visiting for 10 days.
    As someone already said a 10 day with the no expire option may be the way to go AND it is cheaper than the AP.

    As for discounts, Disney does discount the value resorts, as I took advantage of that for the past two Mousefests.
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    Here is the info on the Disney Dining Experience: I don't know if you can "fake" your residence or not, but it looks like it is for residence and AP Holders. Depending on how much you are going to eat in the resturants, it might be worthwhile to get one annual pass for your party and then get the Dining Experience Card.

    http://allearsnet.com/din/dde.htm

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    I looked into the Dining card and I am considering getting the AP for the discount on the resort and the dining card for the discounts on Chef Mickey's and other restaurants we plan to attend. There are 12 of us going so covering 10 of us at the character dinner alone would pay for the card.
    I was talking to Disney Travel today but forgot to ask if I could get a discount on my whole party (four rooms)at ASMovie or is it just for my room. The reservations are all being made at once through me. Does anyone know?

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    SOunds like you have a good plan. AS far as the Dining card - you bet it pays. I can cover the cost with one family visit to a buffet. One of the best meals is the buffet at Animal Kingdom called Boma's. Try to fit it in your plans if you can. Food is based on African tastes and has some very unique and delicious flavors. The Prime Rib is excellent and the soups are unlike anything I have had anywhere else. They also have good stuff for the kids like mac and cheese, chicken fingers etc. The desserts are outstanding as well! It's our favorite at WDW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WDW Donna
    I was talking to Disney Travel today but forgot to ask if I could get a discount on my whole party (four rooms)at ASMovie or is it just for my room. The reservations are all being made at once through me. Does anyone know?
    I believe you can get 3 rooms at a time discounted.

    Also, you might ask about AAA discounts - you can get them right through Disney travel, and sometimes they are as good as AP rates, occasionally they are better. Or if you book through AAA they include discount cards and other goodies.
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