Ultimate Guide To Disneyland Annual Passports

Mouse Monthly's Ultimate Guide To Disneyland Annual Passports
There is so much to know when it comes to Disneyland Annual Passports (AP’s)! What are they? How much do they cost? Which one is right for you and your family?

Whether you’re going to buy a new AP or have had one for twenty years, this informative guide will answer all your questions and put you on the right path for a future full of Disney fun!

What Is An Annual Passport (AP)?

Annual Passports are your personal tickets to the magical rides, shows, and spaces inside Disneyland Resort theme parks. More than a regular ticket, AP’s almost make you a part of the Disney family and each includes a variety of perks and discounts.

Let’s take a closer look, from starting with the least expensive pass:

Disneyland Annual Passport Levels

  • Southern California Select AP
    • The cheapest Annual Passport, the SoCal Select pass is specifically built for Southern California locals on a budget.
  • Southern California AP
    • A step up from its less expensive sister passport, the SoCal AP offers 55 more days at Disneyland, though with a slightly less ‘budget-friendly’ price. While it was recently offered for new passholders, as of November 2017 this pass is again only available for renewal.
  • Deluxe AP
    • The cheapest passport for non-Southern California residents, the Deluxe AP doesn’t skimp on value. Enjoy admission to the Disneyland Resort 315 days per year, including most weekends.
  • Premium AP
    • Once the highest level of Disneyland Annual Passport, as of October 2015 the Premium pass is no longer available to buy or renew.
  • Signature AP
    • One of the newest Disneyland AP’s, the Signature passport features the same unlimited parking privileges as the Premium AP, as well as larger merchandise and dining discounts than the ‘lower’ passes. However, unlike Premium, this pass is blocked out for the weeks surrounding the holidays of Christmas and New Years.
  • Signature Plus AP
    • Now the top Annual Passport at Disneyland, Signature Plus allows unlimited admission and parking at the resort, plus the highest merchandise and dining discounts.
  • Disney Premier Passport
    • The ultimate pass to Disney magic, a Disney Premier pass you’ll enjoy the benefits of a Signature Plus AP at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. If you want to pay upfront and never worry about parking fees or blockout dates, this is the pass for you.

Latest Disneyland Annual Passport News

We always keep an eye on what Disney is up to with their Annual Passports plans and policies. Below you’ll our latest articles about Disneyland AP’s.

Disneyland Annual Passport Frequently Asked Questions

Can you upgrade a Disneyland Annual Passport? Do they sell a kid’s version? Can I buy a SoCal AP?

These are just a few of the questions we answer in our AP Frequently Asked Questions section. Here are some of our more popular FAQ pages:


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16 Responses to “Ultimate Guide To Disneyland Annual Passports”

  1. Heather May 23, 2016 at 11:25 pm #

    Planed my hubbys bday and come to find out we are blocked on friday 27th for his birthday so cal pass(no longer ava.) Would they give us a courtousy pass?

    • Alex Blasingame May 24, 2016 at 7:29 am #

      Sorry Heather, I don’t think they would do that. Never hurts to ask though!

  2. ana December 12, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

    Hi I was wondering if your a annual pass holder but u loose your pass what do u do

  3. Serene October 9, 2015 at 10:53 am #

    It was somewhat a secret that if you renew your pass in person, Disney will give you a free pass into the park that day if you’re blocked out. I’ve done this 3 times on a Saturday as I have a Socal Pass, previously a Socal Select. Since Disney pretty much eliminated letting us buy tickets on blockout dates, does anyone know if this still applies to the renewal pass?

    • Alex Blasingame October 10, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

      Great tip on the ‘renewal secret,’ Serene. We’ll add it to our ‘AP Tip & Tricks‘ page. In fact, another of our readers recently mentioned that they had used this same trick several times as well when renewing their pass.

      According to Disney, this officially doesn’t happen, so I guess we’ll have to wait for someone to try this and report. My family just renewed their AP’s online, so we can’t be the guinea pigs.

      The next time you renew your passport, please come back and let me know if they still let you in on a blockout day. Thanks again.

  4. Viola October 8, 2015 at 9:04 am #

    I was wondering if you heard anything about the new passes? I noticed that there are 2 that included photo pass plus .Do existing passholders now have this aadded? If we do,what should we do if we already bought one before it was added?

  5. Kristine August 15, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

    I have heard a rumor that you can buy the Southern California select pass and on the day you buy it, you can gain access to the park… even if it is a blackout day. do you know if this is valid? and what about if you purchase it online and pick it up?

    • Alex Blasingame August 15, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

      Kristine! Thanks for the comment!

      The rumor you heard is true. When you buy any new AP, you get admission to the park that day, regardless if it’s a blackout day. It works for any level of limited pass too, SoCal Select, SoCal, & Deluxe. This applies to the first time you buy it, not renewals. Also, it needs to be done at the park, so head down to Disneyland early and tale advantage of this great perk!

      • lindsay November 6, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

        Will doing this allow you to park hop?

        • Alex Blasingame November 7, 2015 at 3:26 am #

          Yes, when you use the special ticket to enter the park, you’re really just using your Annual Passport. You’ll have the same privileges (park hopping, discounts, etc) that you normally would. Essentially, they’re just giving you an extra day on your AP, not giving you a regular park ticket. Thanks for the question Lindsay!

  6. Stefanie July 22, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

    I may have missed it, but I have an update on annual passes if you haven’t mentioned it somewhere already. When you buy an annual pass (mine were Premium) you are not eligible to purchase Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets on the advanced date unless you’ve already been to the park and used your tickets. I just wasted $2000 on annual pass tickets to I could get the Halloween Tickets on the early release date, only to find out I couldn’t purchase them. I am very frustrated about it. The whole reason I bought the annual pass was to be able to buy the tickets. I had to pay $250/ticket last year to scalpers on StubHub and wanted to avoid that issue this year. No luck. Disneyland will take your money and you don’t get any of the benefits until you actually use the tickets. Not to mention it took over an hour and a half to get through to guest services today to find that out. Totally disappointed in Disney 🙁

    • Alex Blasingame July 22, 2015 at 7:58 pm #

      Wow! What a pain! Thanks for the info. I’ll definitely research this and include it on the site. I hope you enjoy your AP’s all the same.

  7. sediment June 17, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    I would like to know if you have any history on the growth of the AP Program over the years. An estimate of the number of AP’s sold per year, for example.
    I know Al Lutz used to mention a count every so often, but those articles are hard to find. Especially when mouseplanet virtually erased his name from their site.

    Thank you.


    • Alex Blasingame June 17, 2015 at 5:44 pm #

      Sorry, I don’t really have any reliable information on the number of AP’s. I do know that DL has sold out of SoCal AP’s, but thats about it. There are some sites that throw out numbers, but most seem unqualified. If you do find a good source, I’d love to hear about it. Thanks for the comment.

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