I have been tasked with planning a trip for 11-12 people in 2021 (likely January or February). It seems like an annual pass and tables in wonderland would result in some pretty good savings with a group this size. We are going for 6 nights during a time when APs seem to have good hotel deals (i.e. 25-45% off the last two years from what I’ve read online). We will require at least 3 (likely 4) rooms. AP costs about $1100-1200 depending on which pass we choose. A 6 day park ticket for one person would cost about half the AP cost, which would be saved if we purchased the AP. Adding the likely hotel discounts (even for a single room) and the food discounts (especially with TiW) it seems like a big savings.
Obvious downsides appear to be the upfront cost and that the AP has to pay for all of the meals (can’t split the bill by family). I’m not overly concerned as I trust the people we are travelling with to pay us back.
I am just starting my research so if you have any good sources for this sort of info I’d be happy to receive it.
I have a few questions:
I’ve read conflicting information about the number of rooms one AP holder can book. Is it two or three? Or more? Even if we needed to purchase two APs it might still save money, but if we can get away with a single one we would do that. Are the AP discounts on rooms normally available for all levels of hotels (i.e. value, moderate, deluxe) and room types (i.e. studio, 1 bedroom, villas)? Or are there normally restrictions like other discount offers.
It seems many (if not all or most) restaurants will limit APs to up to 4 people for the discount (up to 10 with TiW). It seems I can add a spouse to the TiW to get up to 20 people on the discount of 20% for only about $50. I assume I’m going to have to split the group in 2 or 3 groups to get the hard to find ADRs. Is this going to be an issue for AP and TiW discounts?
I’ve also read that you can add the dining plan to an AP discounted room. I’m trying to figure out why that would make sense. If you have access to the 20% discount on food why would the dining plan be a good option? For convenience alone? It seems unlikely to save money.
I originally planned to rent DVC and cook more food than always buy food, but the AP/TiW combo seems like a better option.