My family (DH and DS20) are current Signature Passport holders at DL. Our renewal date is September 15th.
In September 2017 we’re going to WDW. We’re taking the red eye in, so we’re going to arrive at 6:30am on the day we check in. We did the same flight last time and it worked well for us. We took the the day to get acclimated/oriented/settle in. We had Military Salute tickets and we did 4 full days, one day each park. The 5th day was check out day and it was low key as well. I’m not sure if we would’ve went back to any parks if we could’ve…but maybe.
So here is my quandary…our trip is MUCH longer this time - by double. We have the red eye in and lets call that day A, we have 9 full days in the park, then our departure day that we will call day B.
If we do strictly Disney - we would need tickets for a MINIMUM of 9 days. So - for the 3 of us…9 day hoppers $1351.71.
We are butting up ($87.92) against the cost of a Premier Pass right there! It would make our next year at DL essentially FREE. We would downgrade the pass the next time renewal came about.
HOWEVER - we’re a military family, so we could purchase the military salute tickets, $209-4 day park hopper and $224-5 day park hopper. $433 for 9 days. Add that to the cost of the current annual pass we have ($849) and we’re at $1282.00 (ish - taxes and what not)
That’s $157 per person less than the Premier Pass.
Things get sketchier still if we decide to visit Universal. We said, “Next time we’ll do it.” Well it’s next time. So fewer days at Disney pulls the numbers further apart. Say 2 days at universal, now the difference is ($1317 - 7 day park hoppers, or $418 - since we’d have to buy 2x 4-day Military Salute tickets.)
Oh, well I guess I should’ve done the math, it’s only $175 per person less than the Premier Pass.
Did I just talk myself into Premier Passes?
Not quite yet - That $175 per person is still bugging me. That comes out to $525 for the 3 of us. That’s a fair chunk of change. Is there something I’m missing? Something that would offset that?