Published: November 16, 2007 at 8:23 AMI just got a SoCal AP last month, and did a bit of research beforehand. My situation is a bit unique: I'll always be going solo, and can often go on a whim if I want to. My rationale: maybe six visits over the next year; I can live without going to DL for eight weeks next summer; I'll usually go on a Friday but probably never on a Saturday; I might want to go on a Sunday (12-2 being one); I *might* go aound Christmas or another blackout day over the next year, so maybe one blackout ticket (I didn't buy parking for this reason); I can park-hop to DCA now (I wanted to before but it was too low a priority for gate admission or wasting money on a one-day park-hopper).
Published: November 16, 2007 at 1:02 PMNot only the single user, but getting the SoCal pass works well for an older couple. If you are purchasing tickets, you feel you have to stay all day to justify the cost. When you buy a pass you can visit many times for short periods of time. I think that is the best part of the pass. As a local (I live within 20 min of the park) I go multiple times during the year for dinner and a few rides. I know a few pass holders that go for exercise. It is far more interesting walking around Disneyland then a track in a gym or on a treadmill! You do need to decide if parking is something you should opt for as it adds around $60 to the cost.
Published: November 16, 2007 at 2:17 PMAh, to live close to the Original...sigh. If I were within an hour of the home of the Mouse, I'd opt for the premium - quit my day job - and spend each and every day cruising the pathways, taunting the Jungle Cruise skippers, and basically enjoying myself. Thanks to God I'm not that close to EITHER US location!
Maybe I'd retire (again) and go scoop up trash just for the "discounted" admission...
Published: November 16, 2007 at 2:31 PMThe math on the parking is pretty simple: Go six times or more, and you should buy the parking add-on.
As for the block-out tickets: Those can be handy, but the math works out pretty much the same way. If you are going to buy just one block-out ticket on a day that the SoCal pass would have covered, you might as well buy the SoCal pass instead of the SoCal Select.
From there, add two more block-out tickets are you're even with the Deluxe pass. Add one more beyond that, and that gets you to the Premium, assuming that you'll use the Premium's additional in-park discounts.
It's all about finding that right combination of timing and frequency, as outlined above.
Published: November 17, 2007 at 4:53 PMMy fiancee and I have SoCal passes that are set to expire on Tuesday. We are making our fifth visit to Disneyland on Sunday to experience it one more time before we have to renew. However, we decided that we would not renew. We would just buy a new one on the next trip down there.
The main reason we bought the pass was we had family come into town last year around this time and they wanted to go to DL. We knew that Nemo would be opening in June, so we figured getting the pass would mean we can visit again for Nemo. It was also nice to see the park with different decorations throughout the year. It also allowed to spend leisure days there, knowing we could come back almost anytime. So days we would start with a movie at the AMC in downtown disney for $6 and then hit the parks.
We battled the idea of getting parking. We decided not to for the first year, seeing how many times we went. Good choice for that one.
And we didn't mind being restricted to just Sundays and weekdays. We always stay away during holidays and the summer. Too many people.
Published: November 19, 2007 at 11:22 AMThe pass is a MUST have if you are a local AND have small children. When your kids get tired or cranky, you can leave early with the knowledge that you can come back most any time.