The Disneyland Southern California Select Annual Passport (SoCal Select AP) is the lowest priced AP and has the most restrictions. Debuting shortly after the opening of Disney California Adventure in 2003, the SoCal Select AP is designed almost exclusively for locals.
Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of this particular pass.
By The Numbers: SoCal Select Annual Passport
Payments for new SoCal Select Annual Passports will $20.17 per month after a $97 down payment. However, monthly payments for existing AP’s will be slightly higher.
Already financing a Southern California Select AP? Wondering what you still owe? Check out our page entirely devoted to AP pay schedules.
Does The SoCal Select AP Include Parking?
No. As of February 2015, only the Signature, Signature Plus, and Disney Premier Annual Passports include parking. All other passport levels, including the Southern California Select AP, 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 SoCal Select AP allows you entry 170 days per year. See the Disneyland Resort Annual Passport Blockout Calendar for specific dates.
When Is This Passport Blocked Out?
SoCal Select AP’s can visit the Disneyland Resort on weekdays only (no Saturdays or Sundays ever). This passport is also blocked out every holiday and a large part of the busy summer season, including:
- Martin Luther King, Jr Day Weekend
- Valentine’s Day Weekend
- Spring Break
- Memorial Day Weekend
- Most of Summer (June through mid-August)
- 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 SoCal Select pass on your 5th 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|
|SoCal Select AP||$339||–|
|3-Day Park Hopper Tickets *||$315||$24|
|4-Day Park Hopper Tickets *||$335||$4|
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 most cases, a SoCal Select AP combined with these discounts will make your visits to Disneyland far cheaper than it would have been with just regular tickets.
If you plan to visit the Disneyland Resort more than 4 days and/or take multiple smaller trips spaced throughout the entire year, it makes sense to buy a Southern California Select 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?
The SoCal Select AP is only available to Southern California residents or those people living in zip codes 90000 – 93599.
Price History Of Disneyland Southern California Select Annual Passport
I’ve included a chart of SoCal Select prices over the years, using the Disneyland 2-Day Park Hopper (PH) ticket just for price reference.
|Date||SoCal Select AP||2-Day PH Ticket||Days To Break-Even|
From its creation in 2003 until just a few years ago, the SoCal Select AP was roughly the same price as a 2-Day Park Hopper ticket. However, as I explain in my post about Disney’s plan to axe Annual Passholders, the price has increased significantly after 2011 and has remained high for the past few years.
With the recent price hike in February 2016, the cost of a Southern California Select is almost the same as a 5-Day PH ticket, which means it now takes 5 visits to break-even on your AP.
That isn’t much if you’re visiting the resort a dozen times in the year, but it does signal a shift in the Disney AP pricing strategy.
Is The Southern California Select Annual Passport For You?
I recommend this pass for Southern California residents who are able to visit the Disneyland Resort (DLR) on weekdays. Due to the large number of blockout days (half the year), if your schedule restricts you to weekends only, the SoCal Select AP isn’t for you.
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, Deluxe, Signature, Signature Plus, or Disney Premier AP’s might be a better fit for your style and budget.
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