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
The total cost for the Deluxe AP is $619.00.
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.
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.
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
- 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 AP||Cost||Savings|
|5-Day PH + 2-Day Park Hopper Tickets *||$594||$25|
|5-Day + 2-Day Single-Park Tickets **||$549||$70|
** 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.
- 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:
- Restaurants: 10% (15% at The Voodoo Lounge at House of Blues®)
- Shops: 10%
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.
|Date||Deluxe AP||5-Day Park Hopper Ticket||Days To Break-Even|
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.
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