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Old 02-03-2018, 04:57 PM   #21
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I'll be honest, I went for 8 full days at Disney this time to completely justify even if 6 or 7 worked with park hoppers. I am trying to squeeze one day in during our Tampa stay

For us though we do park hoppers and our break even point now is about 6 or 7 days with the renewal prices so I don't feel too guilty.
And I might possibly squeeze in a September trip in addition to the April trip. Iím hopeless!
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Old 02-03-2018, 05:06 PM   #22
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And I might possibly squeeze in a September trip in addition to the April trip. Iím hopeless!
I'm so dreaming of going in March/April but not sure how I can work it. A friend from the UK is coming to the US, but with the music work I do at Easter and a wedding I'm singing for the week after I'm not sure I can swing it.

If I can swing another trip somehow I will, but if not the 8 days is more than justifying for an AP renewal
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Old 02-03-2018, 08:09 PM   #23
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The only problem I have with the AP, is that is makes me want to go more often!
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Old 02-03-2018, 08:16 PM   #24
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The only problem I have with the AP, is that is makes me want to go more often!
Thatís a problem???
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Old 02-03-2018, 08:50 PM   #25
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With one trip a year, still cant justify it......
Pre-DVC / pre-discounted AP when we started visiting WDW annually my husband's co-worker clued him into buying the AP and arranging the trips within the 12 month to get one trip purchasing hotel and air only. Bonus: once we had the AP I realized it came with hotel discounts, as well as other discounts, so that second trip was less expensive for both the resort and tickets.


We rarely buy the AP's at the renewal rate - even now because there's usually a 6-month break from the last trip on the existing AP to the next trip and if we go during spring training than the parks aren't the focus.
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Old 02-04-2018, 08:12 AM   #26
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When we first bought DVC, we were buy as you go. Disney was usually a once a year trip. We had also skipped a year here and there when we cruised DCL and/or vacationed elsewhere.

For many years now we have bought APs. In all these years buying the AP now, I think once or twice I did not activate my AP. I had two trips (once for hubby) where I did not go to the parks and once I bought tickets as you go since I was not going back within the year and again did not want to activate my AP.

It will definitely be the AP for a long time to come.
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Old 02-04-2018, 01:29 PM   #27
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We tend to buy the AP every second year. We go every year in late October early November so we just stagger the trips. This way the annual pass always pays for 2 years worth of Disney trips for us.
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Old 02-04-2018, 01:59 PM   #28
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We rarely buy the AP's at the renewal rate - even now because there's usually a 6-month break from the last trip on the existing AP to the next trip and if we go during spring training than the parks aren't the focus.[/quote]


Kinda sorta here, too.

Plus, Disney offers various discounts at various points in time.
Waiting sometimes gets a great deal at the right time.
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:12 PM   #29
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With one trip a year, still cant justify it......
With the right strategy, if you have some flexibility on when you go, this still works very much to your advantage. We have often purchased AP's every other year. We schedule two visits on the front and back end of a 52 week period and buy an AP.

Examples...

We had a December trip in 2015 followed by a November trip in 2016. We purchased an AP and paid for one set of AP's instead of two separate tix.

Then, we had a trip scheduled for October/November 2017 with another in the summer of 2018. We purchased AP's for this set, and actually added a few days before a cruise in August of 2017 because we stayed on points and it was nearly a no-cost add for us.

In both cases, we saved nearly $2,000 by having the AP for the two trips and not having to purchase separate ticket packages.

All in all, we have purchased AP's 5-6 times since 2007, but we have only once ever renewed. In every other case we covered our annual trips by spreading the AP over two calendar years.
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:35 PM   #30
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With one trip a year, still cant justify it......
If you go to WDW once a year, having an annual pass will work for you......as long as you can space your trips within 1 year period.

For example, if you go the last week in July this year, next year you go the middle of July. Thereby still doing only one trip per year, but doing two trips in less then 52 weeks.
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