Annual pass hints


thanks! can I google it or is it on here somewhere?


Alcohol and Signature dining isn’t really our thing. We’ll do a few Signature dining, but, for example, we do plan to take advantage of our kitchen and make breakfast and/or a few meals. So, our food savings isn’t a lot. We figure the Memory Maker and souvenir shopping (we have budgeted big: $500…so we could save about a $100 there) will be a significant part.

I did notice that JJT’s calculator kind of calculates things assuming you would get the AP for everyone, which makes it not as useful as I had hoped. I can do the calculations myself, though. In our case, it would just be me who would buy the annual pass. I see no benefit to both of us having it!


There is a post with a link somewhere. But I just linked directly through Google Docs, so I don’t have the thread in the forums off hand.


I agree. I upgraded just my ticket, so we have 1 AP in the family.

We had 9 park days, and the dining. We didn’t actually buy that much stuff (probably less than $200 worth of souvenirs for the week). For me it was: (1) memory maker; (2) Tables in Wonderland; (3) a discount at Hoop De Doo that pretty much made it a better deal for us. Combined with the limited shopping, I think we ended up saving about $300 or so for the week. Not a ton, but, worth it. (Notice I am also going back the weekend :wink:


Discounts on event tickets and tours.


We’re all on the noob continuum for some topic or other… :wink:

Here’s a post I wrote about my Worth It to Upgrade? sheet:


wow. just wow…


Thanks! I do have a suggestion…you could provide an option to price it out where you only get ONE annual pass for the group to do the price comparison with. Also, I noticed the Memory Maker, if you add it, adds it for everyone as a savings…but really, it should only be counted ONCE as a savings, no matter how many people there are since you wouldn’t pay for Memory Maker per person anyhow.


To run it for 1 annual pass, all you need to do is enter 1 adult - it will price out tickets and savings for that 1 person.

Then, you should still enter what you expect to spend for everyone for food/merch etc, since I’d assume the 1 AP person would be using their discount for everything they could.

I realize that method doesn’t tell you the total outlay for all your tickets, but the intent of the sheet is to figure out if it is worth it to upgrade vs what your total expenses are.

But, once you enter the above for the 1 adult, you can then change the number of adults/children and compare the original savings to the new one to see how much more or less you’d save if you upgraded everyone.

Regarding Memory Maker: it does only count it once regardless of how many people you enter - but it is once per trip. It assumes if you are people who buy MM, you buy it every time. That seems to be the norm and I thought it simpler than adding another setting box where you tell it how many times you want to buy it, or have people turn it on and off for individual trips.

Since there’s already so many things to set, I’ve tried to avoid adding more things and confusing people.


Too late! :wink:

Ah. Okay. That makes sense. Rather than thinking of it as a savings calculator, I was seeing it more as a trip cost comparison. But I get it now.

I see. When it doubled it, I thought it was per person. We would never actually spend money on Memory Maker usually, other than for a single trip, so I guess for me it doesn’t work. But I can just leave it off and then add back in the savings once at the end then.





Do you know? … if I buy an AP and TiW could I use it alongside the deluxe DDP to get the discount on alchohlic drinks?


It’s a VERY inclusive club :wink:


I believe that that is the case. You can use your TiW card for the additional alcoholic drinks that are not included with the DxDP (remember that starting in 2018 you do get 1 alcoholic drink per adult per meal credit used included with the dining plans).


I have no idea, but I don’t see any reason why what @Jadesfire21 said wouldn’t be true. My understanding is that you can always pay out of pocket for additional items.

THere is no minimum purchase on a TiW card. I have stopped into the Rose & Crown and purchased a beer at the bar (in a to-go cup) and received the discount.


the following is a term: * The Tables in Wonderland discount cannot be used in combination with any other discount.

But I don’t see that as the case you describe because the alcohol you would be buying is non-discounted.

If you have a taste for wine, this could come in handy, we bought a bottle at Cali Grill that was about $160 and got $32 off - thanks to TiW. 20% of the cost of the TiW card right there…


I will be travelling with two young adults, DD24 and DS21. I am sure that will utilize the discount on drinks and cocktails.


The UK 14 day ticket is £400 per person and as part of the package I have free memory maker. I wonder how they would calculate the value if I bought on AP on arrival? Should I ask the concierge at AKL to do the calculation as soon as I arrive? What sort of discounts do AP holders get for hard tickets such as MNSSHP? Does that discount only apply to the AP holder or could I buy tickets for the rest of my party at a discounted rate? Sorry to hijack your thread @ryan1. Your other thread has me thinking about DVC now too!:fearful:


First, always ask if there’s a discount. I have found that Disneyland CM’s usually ask but WDW CM’s rarely do. Next, when I travel with friends who don’t have an AP I pay for souvenirs and sometimes the room and they pay me back - that way we all get a discount. This also comes in handy for events and tours (like the Fantasmic dinner at Disneyland).

Also if you find a good travel agent that can come in handy too - we booked room only through my favorite agent (Debra Gordon - used to be with MEI travel) and she waited until the AP discount came out then rebooked and saved us 15%. Easy peasy!

You should also check online (or ask at the parks) for AP events and discounts – for example this year Disneyland has had an “AP corner” with some photo ops and pins & stickers as well as the chance to buy limited edition merch. My husband’s Pixar Fest shirt is awesome. Not sure what’s up at WDW but I’ll find out this weekend. Yay!

Also be sure to get the numbers of all your ride photos for download and use PhotoPass photogs whenever you can – we usually make a fun collage of our trip and have also used Disney pics for holiday cards.

I got the Premier AP this year because I already had 2 trips to California planned and a conference in Orlando came up, so it will more than pay for itself without all the other extras. What I haven’t calculated is how much it costs me in “Wow, plane tickets are cheap I should go to Disneyland…” dollars.

Anyhow, when in doubt, ask!


I recall a discussion a year or more ago about how the UK tickets are valued - but I think the result was that people reported several different $values ended up being applied by CMs and there was no obvious answer.

I tried searching here in the forum for that discussion, but no luck. It might have been in chat.