Disneyland Deluxe Annual Passport | Ultimate Guide

Disneyland Deluxe Annual Passport

The Disneyland Deluxe Annual Passport (AP) is the least expensive pass available to non-Southern California residents. It is also the most expensive passport without unlimited parking.

Introduced along with the SoCal AP for the opening of Disney California Adventure, the Deluxe AP is a good option for Disney fans who want to visit the park a week or more per year, but don’t need the nearly year-round access of the Signature pass.

Let’s see what this great AP has to offer.

By The Numbers: Deluxe Annual Passport

Passport Cost

Total Cost

The total cost for the Deluxe AP is $619.00.

Financed Cost

Payments for new Deluxe Annual Passports are $43.50 per month after a $97 down payment. However, monthly payments for existing AP’s will be slightly higher.

Remember, financing is available for California residents only.

Already financing a Deluxe AP? Wondering what you still owe? Check out our page entirely devoted to AP pay schedules.

Does The Deluxe AP Include Parking?

No. As of October 2015, only the Signature, Signature Plus, and Disney Premier Annual Passports include parking. All other passport levels, including Deluxe, have to pay the daily parking rate on each visit.

However, if you’re a current Annual Passholder with the yearly option on your pass, you will be able to keep it when you renew. Visit our Ultimate Guide to Annual Passholder Parking for more information on your parking options.

Benefits

How Many Days Per Year Can You Visit The Resort?

The Disneyland Deluxe AP allows you entry 315 days per year. See the Disneyland Resort Annual Passport Blockout Calendar for specific dates.

When Is This Passport Blocked Out?

Deluxe AP’s can visit the Disneyland Resort almost every day of the week, excluding a few holidays and some Saturdays in June, July, early August. This passport is blocked out on:

  • Valentine’s Day Weekend
  • Some weekends around Spring Break
  • Memorial Day Weekend
  • Labor Day Weekend
  • Thanksgiving
  • The weeks of Christmas & New Years

How Many Visits Do You Need To Break-Even On The Pass?

You’ll pass the break-even point for the Deluxe pass on your 8th day at the resort.

When you’re planning your vacation goals, the number of times you’ll visit the Disneyland Resort can guide you to the correct Annual Passport. Below are some examples of when it would be cheaper to skip the AP and buy regular tickets.

Ticket or APCostSavings
Deluxe AP$619
5-Day PH + 2-Day Park Hopper Tickets *$594$25
5-Day + 2-Day Single-Park Tickets **$549$70
* Park Hopper tickets that allow unlimited entry to both parks at the Disneyland Resort for the entire day they’re valid.
** Single-park tickets allow entry to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure on the day they’re redeemed.

These examples don’t include any cost savings you’d get from your AP discount, which is 10% at most restaurants and shops in the parks. In some cases, a Deluxe AP combined with these discounts can actually make your vacation cheaper than it would have been with regular tickets.

If you plan to visit the Disneyland Resort more than 7 days and/or take smaller trips spaced throughout the entire year, it makes sense to buy a Deluxe Annual Passport.

Discounts

  • Disney Dining: 10%
  • Merchandise Purchased At Disney Theme Parks, Kiosks, and Resort Hotels: 10%
  • Disneyland Resort Hotel Stays: 15% to over 40% depending on the day of the week and season
  • Resort Events & Tours: 15%
  • Downtown Disney:

Do you live in the correct area?

Anyone can buy the Deluxe passport.

Price History Of Disneyland Deluxe Annual Passport

I’ve included a chart of Deluxe prices over the years, using the Disneyland 5-Day Park Hopper (PH) ticket just for price reference.

DateDeluxe AP5-Day Park Hopper TicketDays To Break-Even
November 2002$165$169*5
January 2004$179$179*5
October 2004$209$179*6
September 2005$229$209*6
September 2006$239$219*6
September 2007$259$2346
August 2008$269$239*6
August 2009$289$244*6
January 2010$299$244*6
August 2010$329$246*6
June 2011$379$2667
May 2012$469$2907
June 2013$499$3007
May 2014$519$3057
February 2015$549$3158
October 2015$599$3159
February 2016$599$3358
February 2017$619$3508
* Interpolated data

As you can see in the table above, from 2002-2010 the cost of a Deluxe AP was roughly the same price as a 5-Day PH ticket. However, the price of all Disneyland AP’s and tickets increased significantly in 2011.

This is especially so for the Deluxe passport, which has shot up almost $300 in 7 years! After the price hike in October 2017, the cost of a Deluxe AP now exceeds the price of a 3-Day PH ticket by $304 and a 5-Day PH ticket by $269!

This means it now takes 8 visits to break-even on your AP.

Compared to the new Signature annual pass, which requires 11 visits to break-even, 8 visits isn’t all that much. However, the raised prices across the board give us insight into the Disney AP pricing strategy, discussed in more detail in my post ‘5 Reasons Disneyland Doesn’t Want More Annual Passholders‘.

Is The Deluxe Annual Passport For You?

If you can’t get a SoCal annual pass and are looking for a budget Disneyland AP, the Deluxe passport is your best and only choice. It gives you near year-round access to the resort, including most of the Saturdays coveted by SoCal Annual Passholders.

While you’ll still have to deal with 50 blockout days, they’re all during peak times at the resort you’ll probably want to avoid anyway. No matter where you’re living, if weekend visits and increased travel flexibility are part of your vacation requirements, you’ll love this pass.

As with the other passports, the Deluxe AP is especially useful if you can make use of the available weekdays, when most people are at work and park crowd levels are at their lowest. Make your visit into a 3-Day mini-vacation and take advantage of all the benefits this passport has to offer.

If you’re still wondering whether this pass is the right choice for you and your family, visit our Disneyland AP Comparison Page, where you’ll find an easy guide to see if the Southern California Select, Southern California, Signature, Signature Plus, or Disney Premier AP’s might be a better fit for your style and budget.

If you can think of any more questions, leave me a comment below. I’d love you hear from you! Thanks for visiting and we’ll see ya’ real soon!

Wondering which annual pass to buy and when? Visit the
Mouse Monthly Ultimate Guide to Disneyland Annual Passports
for all your AP answers.


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8 Responses to “Disneyland Deluxe Annual Passport | Ultimate Guide”

  1. Jd March 20, 2016 at 7:55 am #

    Visiting 3/19/16 as an Deluxe Passholder only to discover that it’s a blackout date. At first, I assumed it was because of Spring Break season. But now I realized that the Deluxe has basically been downgraded to what the SoCal pass was. Saturday’s only for certain months. Now Deluxe passes are blocked Saturdays from March to August. Very disappointed and was caught by surprise. The new tier pricing dominated the ticket increase prices but AP holders were not warned.

    The Deluxe was perfect. The blockout days made sense and was easy to work around. We could easily avoid high season time. But taking away Saturday’s for half the year is hard.

    • Jd March 20, 2016 at 8:28 am #

      Correction: the tier pricing dominated the news but no mention of the pass changes

      • Alex Blasingame March 20, 2016 at 8:30 am #

        That’s interesting news JD! I’m curious if you bought your Deluxe pass before/after the AP or ticket price changes?

    • christina April 4, 2016 at 9:21 am #

      I found this too! I’ve called Disneyland annual pass hotline, and it was awful! I bought that pass because the blackout dates were good for me now all Saturdays in spring are blocked out and I can’t go during the week my kids are in school. I’m very disappointed.

  2. Mary November 5, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

    For the Deluxe AP I remember Thanksgiving day being blocked in previous years but this year the Disneyland website has it listed as a non blockout day. Are you aware if this is correct?

    • Alex Blasingame November 5, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

      You’re right. Thanksgiving on the 26th is open for the Deluxe passport, but the 27 and 28th are blocked out.

  3. Vince October 21, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

    Ideally I would visit Disneyland, for about 3-4 days a year… I think maybe the Deluxe Annual Passport could work, not likely the Signature… Although, I’m intrigued with the hotel discounts. Suggestions?

    • Alex Blasingame October 22, 2015 at 4:18 am #

      Thanks for the question, Vince. The answer to your question really depends on a lot of things. Would those 3-4 days all happen in one visit or separate visits? Would you stay at a resort hotel on each visit? What time(s) of year would you go?

      If you’re visiting 3-4 days all at once, you can get Park Hopper tickets for $275-300, saving you about half the cost of a Deluxe AP (and that’s at gate prices). You’d could save even more by getting discounted tickets from an authorized vendor, such as ParkSavers.com.

      If you’re going to Disneyland on 4 separate occasions spread across the year, 4 1-day tickets will run between $99-155 (again, list price). Single-park tickets would still be cheaper than a Deluxe AP, but PH tickets alone would add up to more than the passport would cost.

      As far as hotel discounts go, you’ll get the largest discount at on-resort properties if you stay during the off-season. You could save $40 or you it could be a lot more, depending on the hotel and time of year. Combined with the merchandise and food discounts, this could make up for the difference between ticket/AP prices, though you’d have to do some healthy spending to make up the difference.

      It really depends on your specific vacation goals and budget. Hope this helps. Thanks again.

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