Ultimately, if you are a local and want to keep it simple, either you adopt visiting Disneyland as a lifestyle - in which case you get an AP and use it frequently, dropping in whenever you'd like - or you just visit when tickets go on discount sale.
And, as I wrote, if you're not local, don't sweat any of this. Get the two- or three-day ticket. (If you haven't been in a while, or ever, I'd get the three-day.)
We go so often that the Premium Passes are what's right for us. Plus, with this new price hike the days that all passes are blocked besides the Premium Pass might actually be less crowded than other days, and that makes it worth it as well.
Still, that's a lot of money.
Sometimes CA Unemployment has it's benefits.
No matter what you do, Disneyland costs significantly more than any other theme park. The only way around it is visit less. 1 to 3 trips a year should be sufficient. Visit more, annual passes are the way to go.
I'm not sure it is worth going yet. I want to see how DCA turns out. I will wait til next year when everything is finished.
On another note September mid-week (we went Sept 1st, 2010) is an excellent time to visit Disneyland. It was the least crowded I've ever seen Disneyland in all my years of visiting. We didn't