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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Mike Scopa, Len Testa & Mike Newell

  • Annual Passes
  • Matt thanks Micki for her brownies
  • Mike Scopa says you need to determine how many days you'll be going down in the time span of a 365 days
  • Len says the breakeven point for an Annual pass vs a Magic Your Way basic pass is at about 12 days
  • Mike Scopa says you need to consider the whole package and the benefits of being an annual pass holder
  • Mike Scopa mentions those staying off site can get free parking with the annual pass
  • Len says if your staying off site and factoring in the parking savings, the break even point is at the 12 day mark
  • Mike Scopa says a family of four staying at a deluxe resort is worth having someone get one annual pass
  • Len says based on the savings for a typical annual pass holder at a resort, you can save $20 per night at a value resort, $40 per night at a moderate resort and $70-80 at a deluxe resort
  • Len has a spreadsheet and says at a deluxe resort, the breakeven point is night 3
  • Len says at a moderate night, the breakeven is at night 5
  • Len says at a value resort, the breakeven point is night 10
  • Mike Scopa mentions annual pass holders get discounts to special events like Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party
  • Matt mentions there are two kinds of annual pass: the annual pass and the premium annual pass
  • Len says the premium annual pass includes the 4 theme parks, the 2 water parks, pleasure island and DisneyQuest
  • Len says the breakeven point with a premium annual pass at a deluxe resort to day 5, day 7-8 at a moderate resort and day 12-13 at a value resort
  • Mike Scopa says the Disney Dining Experience card is available to annual pass holders (and Florida residents) for about $75 and it gives you one year of 20% off at nearly all the sit down restaurants in the Walt Disney World resort and a few counter service locations
  • Len says the breakeven point for the Disney Dining Experience card is around $250-300 spending on meals
  • Len says the more sit down meals you do, the more sense the Disney Dining Experience card makes
  • Mike Newell says the annual pass is perfect for him as a Disney Vacaction Club owner
  • Matt says you never have to worry about "wasting a day" when you have an annual pass
  • Mike Newell says an annual pass is great for partial days
  • Mike Scopa says he's been an annual pass holder for 12 years
  • Mike Scopa says annual pass holders get 10% off merchandise at World of Disney (Downtown Disney)
  • Mike Scopa mentions La Nouba (Downtown Disney) tickets are discounted for annual pass holders
  • Mike Scopa mentions you can also get a discount to pleasure island
  • Mike Newell says you can get discounts on the backstage tours
  • A list of Annual Pass discounts
  • Mike Scopa says it will encourage you to go down to Walt Disney World more often

Running Time: 23:13
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Authored by: wdwtodayfanclub on Friday, October 13 2006 @ 10:00 AM CDT
It's funny how an annual pass can dement the Disney fan's mind. I ONLY spent $5,000 for Disneyworld trips last year, but if I didn't have my pass I would have spent $7,000. That's a $2,000 savings!

What would we have saved if we didn't go to Disneyworld this year? We can't even bear the thought.

Call 1-888-no-Disney if you or a loved one needs help. There is a cure.


We are not Disney nerds, we are enthusiasts
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Authored by: skmacgowan on Friday, October 13 2006 @ 12:07 PM CDT
... mine?


(sorry, just couldn't resist, guys!) ;-)

... and just how late was it when you finished recording that? Hmmmmmmmm??????? ;-)

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Authored by: richard on Monday, October 16 2006 @ 08:22 PM CDT
I'm an annual passholder too, and almost as enthusiastic as you guys. But I
think you may have oversold it a little.

There was no mention of the fact that AP discounts at the resorts are
sometimes only available for a very limited number of rooms, and at some
resorts there may not be any rooms available at all for this discount. So you
need to be flexible about your resort and take what you get. If you don't
reserve soon after the discount becomes available, the pickings can be very
slim. And if you are a AAA member, you can generally get a 15% AAA
discount, so the saving should be measured from that rate rather than rack

Similar caveats apply to some of the other discounts. For example, the same
tour discounts can also be had if you are a DVC member, Disney Visa holder,
and sometimes for AAA members.

But my advice is if it's even close, go ahead and buy the AP. It's just cooler
to put an AP in the slot!