Readers' Opinions

From Robert Niles on March 10, 2010 at 1:39 PM
I've got a Southern California Annual Pass for Disneyland and a 10-day, no-expiration park-hopper for Walt Disney World, which allows me to pop in on weekdays (our here) and for a two or three days a year (out there) for reviews, trip reports, etc.

Since the 10-day ticket lasts me about three years, I can't see yet paying the extra for the Premier Pass. A rough, back-of-the-envelope suggest that you'd need to make at least three or four days of weekend or high-season visits to each coast each year to begin to make this a good call, factoring in the free parking and discounts. (You'd need more weekday or off-season visits than that, when cheaper APs and seasonal passes are available.)

Now, if this pass included a discount on the Delta LAX-MCO run, too.... :-)
/dreaming

From Anthony Murphy on March 10, 2010 at 1:43 PM
Thought they would do that!

The question is, do people usually go to both? I mean they are pretty far from each other. My family are big Disney fans, but I have only been there three times in my life (number 3 is coming up this summer).

I mean its good for Mr. Robert Niles.....

From M. Ryan Traylor on March 10, 2010 at 2:41 PM
Trying to run the figures on this to see the value and I have to agree with Robert. Being a SoCal resident, I already get great discounts on Disneyland. I'm not liking the price of this premiere pass.

The first thought I had would be to purchase this pass on my next vacation to WDW Resort. Maybe this pass should raise the price a little more and be like a Busch/SeaWorld pass. Have two years of use.

From Anthony Murphy on March 10, 2010 at 4:16 PM
It is not THAT great of a deal (at least for my family)

First of all, its $700 no matter if you are 3 or 30. No kids and adult prices.

No DVC discounts


I love ya Disney, but no thank you!

From Robert Niles on March 10, 2010 at 4:54 PM
Also, if you thought that some Disneyland Premium AP holders had a snobby sense of self-entitlement, wait 'til these APs hit the park. :-p
From James Rao on March 10, 2010 at 5:18 PM
For the Disney jet setters this deal sounds convenient and worthwhile. For me its $3500/year for my family before hotel, food, travel expenses, and taxes.

I think I will stick with my Silver Dollar City season passes which are about $350/year for the family. Disney remains my favorite destination, but about ten days every other year is the most I can afford!

From Anthony Murphy on March 10, 2010 at 6:54 PM
I should probably say that it is a good deal if you are going to both coasts in one year and are not entitled to DVC or other discounts.

So I was excited, but then brought down when seeing this would not be a good deal to my family (especially since its the first time in 5 years we are going to both coasts)

From steve lee on March 10, 2010 at 7:27 PM
I loved having a WDW Annual Pass, but it was $470 and only included parkhopping and free parking (which is perfectly fine - it paid for itself). If I had the ability to jump coast on a whim I would absolutely plunk down an extra $230 to have the water parks, Disney Quest, and the entire Disneyland Resort at my disposal.

But I don't have the ability, so oh well.

From Dan Babbitt on March 10, 2010 at 8:50 PM
Took them long enough to come up with this!
From Joshua Counsil on March 10, 2010 at 9:30 PM
Thanks for that update, Robert. I thought it was pretty harsh to ban someone for that. It may have been plagiarism, but it might not have been intentional, and by that I mean they forgot to reference the article.
From Bob Miller on March 11, 2010 at 9:23 AM
When I use to get premium passes for my daughter or grandson and myself, I always got them starting in August. That way, the next summer, we'd go in June or July and get two vacations with the same pass.

If I was still into getting passes, I'd go to Disney World one year and the next year go to Disneyland. Up north here, a season pass is just that, it's good for only that summer season or just the year of issue. Unless Hersheypark has changed, when I get a season pass for Zachary and myself this summer, it'll only be good till December 31, 2010.

From Pyra Dong on March 11, 2010 at 10:11 AM
HmmMmmMmmM-- I really love this idea... but it involves me having to fulfill several of my lifelong wishes.
1.) be rich
2.) get a credit card with no limit
3.) have a significant other with whom I can share the experience ;-)

On the other hand BWAHAHAHA I have family in the S. Cali area who I visit pretty often so BAM! I am a frequent FL/Cali visitor and BAM! I have free room and board at both locations!
On the other other hand... I have no more room on my poor credit card. boohoo

From Melissa Faulkner on March 11, 2010 at 3:38 PM
$700 bucks, wow that is expensive. For my family of 3 that would be $2100. There is no way I could even begin to justify that kind of money for Disney. I like Disney but not that much.