Annual Passholder Tips

See our discount tabs on the Annual Passholder page in MouseWait to take advantage of all the benefits of your annual pass.  Please comment below and let us know about your annual passholder tips!

  • Photopass TIP (Updated Nov 24): Instead of buying individual pictures, buy the CD – they put all of your pictures on one disk for one price (I think it is $59 at this time) – this is a great deal because you can put an UNLIMITED amount of pictures on one disk! The Photopass card is good for 30 days, so if you are an Annual Passholder, you can load as many pictures on there as you want for 30 days, then put them all on one disk for one price! I also heard that if you wait for around 25 days to login to the Photopass site to see your pictures, you get an additional 30 days to load the card up! Great deal and the Disneyland photographers are the best!Here is a great tip from Christi, a former Photopass Cast Member: ” I was a Photopass CM and the CD is the way to go. The trick with logging on to the website works sometimes, but don’t count on it. After you log on you will get emails telling you when your photos are about to expire.

    Two tips: 1. Use a sharpie and write your name on your card. Make sure you get YOUR card back from the photographer. They do get switched every once in a while. 2. Make a record of your card number and keep it somewhere separate from your card. If you lose your card or wallet, the CM can punch in the number manually.

  • NO DOWN PAYMENT – if you renew your pass before it expires, you don’t have to pay the $75 down payment with the new payment plan option! You also still get a discount for renewing before your expiration date (on Premium and Deluxe only you save $20).
  • Don’t try to get your way by saying you are an Annual Passholder – it doesn’t work! Just be nice and pray you get the right Cast Member to help.
  • Hotel Discounts: Once a year they send out AP discounts for the hotels, but if you call, sometimes you can still get good discounts with your pass, never hurts to ask.
  • If you forget your pass when you get to the park, they will usually give you a temporary pass – but I think they will only do it once.
  • These days, Disney gives Annual Passholders discounts on just about everything, go to our Discount tabs in MouseWait to see which stores accept it. If you are unsure, just ask wherever you are buying something whether you are in the parks or Downtown Disney, most vendors will give you a discount.
  • AAA Discounts: There are a few places, like the Plaza Inn (great chicken dinner!) that will give you a discount for AAA. If you know of more please post below!

We just started this page, so we will add more – check back soon!

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130 Comments

  1. I renew my ap almost 1 yr after it expire and still able to get the discounted renewal price and with no down payment!

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    • How were you able to do that?? Because i renewed mine after 4 months after expiration and had to pay the whole amount.. Down + 1st payment and no discount;) (20.00)

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  2. So my pass expired on 9/23/11 and I renewed that day. They gave me my $20 discount and was able to waive the down payment, but my first monthly payment was in 24 hours. So all together with a premium and deluxe pass we paid $70, not bad at all compared to the admission prices nowadays. Hope this helps anyone with questions

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  3. Just fyi for renewer. You can renew at ticket booth on a blackout day and still get a curtisey wavier blackout pass exception. Just remember to come early 40nov minutes

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  4. The Disneyland Resort no longer gives AAA discounts. It was a promotion in the past, but the only discounts given now are for people with annual passes and Disney Vacation Club members.

    Also a good rule of thumb is that the annual pass gets a discount a food locations that serve a full meal. You will not get a discount at snack carts.

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    • Not to long ago u only got an AP discount if u spent over $10.Now they discount u no matter what u spend.The snack carts don’t discount u.But some stores sell drinks&shacks & those stores will give u AP discount.Also if u forget ur pass they do give a one time entry.U just have to go to the ticket booth.

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      • The corn dog cart in DL gives a discount with your pass. It is the only cart I know of that does that.

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    • AAA discounts are accepted at Earl of Sandwich 15% vs AP disc of 10%. Dont worry if you forget if you present AP card they will ask if you have AAA for the better deal.

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  5. If u renew your pass right before it expires u get a discount and if u are making monthly payments then the down payment is waived??

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    • Yes, the payments will be calculated with the down payment you havent paid icluded

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  6. I was just reading old posts and was reading about the birthday thing do they do it anymore? Or are they planning to do it again?

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  7. No free pass on birthdays, but you can go to city hall and get a free happy birthday button. Castmembers everywhere will tell you happy. Birthday all day long!

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    • MOST cm’s will. But I could count on 2 hands how many were NOT doing tbeir job when they saw that button last Oct 7 2011.

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    • I got a birthday button at ticket booth and yes everyone who saw the button said happy birthday

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  8. We tried to do the AAA discount at the plaza inn and were told that they didn’t offer that discount.

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  9. What is a courtesy blackout pass? When and how can you get one?

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  10. It was suppossed to read- can we get hotel discount if we make the res several months out?

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  11. I’m a premium pass holder and DVc member wich discount is better ad can I use both?

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  12. Can I use my Anaheim Annual Pass for ANYTHING in Orlando?!?

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    • We used our Anaheim APs throughout Disney world and received discounts.

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  13. After your Downpayment for your ap how soon before they charge your monthly? The same time or a few days later? The next month?

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    • With in 24hrs. We just went on the 4th

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  14. When you buy your pass buy it on a blackout date at the park so you can get a extra day. They will let you in that day even if the day is blacked out according to your pass :)

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  15. I heard from a couple of friends that Disney will be getting rid of parkhoppers. Anybody know anything about that? It sounds ridiculous to me but hey, ticket prices went sky high recently….

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    • If they get rid of park hoppers they are retarded.

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  16. How do you get in on magic mornings?

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    • Log into to the Dl resort site and click on AP news. There will be a link to an article that says how to reserve it online.

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  17. I went to ESPN zone last night and they gave us double points on our player card with our AP.. We paid $50 for 300 points and they gave us 600!!!

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  18. I wish they’d stop posting that plaza inn takes AAA discounts- they do not

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  19. Anybody have any good tips on how to get out of being bent over the chair on parking fees? I know about the 3 free hours at Downtown but it can be a hassle and the season pass parking is getting outrageous. Any street parking close by?

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    • Parking at DLR can be expensive at $15 per day, but if you plan on going often then your best bet is getting a parking pass with your AP and then you are not constrained to a time limit. Your other choices are Downtown Disney for 3 hrs free or 5 hrs validated with dining or purchases. Another option is valet at Grand Californian Hotel 3 hrs free with validation for dining at Napa Rose or Storyteller’s cafe. As for stree parking, I haven’t noticed any street parking that is close or convienient and be careful with parking at local hotels without staying there, you can be towed and that will definitely cost you more than $15/day! If you stay at the local hotels, some offer free transportation to DLR. you also have the option of having someone drop you off, DLR has a small parking lot off of Harbor that is for drop off/pick ups, so your ride can wait for you there as well. Hope this helps!

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  20. When you renew you AP online, do they mail you a new AP card or do they just give you paperwork to go get a new card at guest services?

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    • They mailed new ones and took the pictures off the back.

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  21. Do other passports like SoCal and SoCal select get the 70 $ off??

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  22. I was going to get one of those card thing so does it really work

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  23. I bought my daughter a SoCal annual pass on monthly payments months ago and printed paper ticket which says is expiring 12/31/2013. Does any one know if it’s still valid to redeem after that date? She’s not in town till next month and I think I’m almost finished paying it. Would hate to lose it all together cause she didn’t go redeem it!

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  24. Does Disneyland accept AARP discounts? Hey, this old lady had to ask!

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  25. I know this was published a long time ago, but since it is accessible from the tool bar, I think maybe the prices and discounts (for renewing) should be updated. Love this app. Thanks for all your hard work!

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  26. Correction. Star tours and Little Mermaid both officially open on 6/3/11

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