Quick Thoughts on AP Days

Feb 27, 2016 | Disneyland Resort

Back to blogging here after taking a hiatus during and after the holidays (which seem like so long ago now). While I turned my focus on other things during the few weeks my pass was blocked out, I did finally start an Instagram account! I take so many photos during my visits to Disneyland that they wouldn’t all make it on the blog, so Instagram has been a really fun place for me to share those. Plus I’m finding some amazing Disney fans with gorgeous photos and fun adventures. It’s also a great way to post occasional “live updates” during my visits. If you haven’t yet, please join me there!

A few weeks ago I posted this APDays photo. During February, Disneyland ran a month-long “appreciation” of Annual Passholders. Each week had its own theme starting with “Main Street to Mickey Mouse,” “Live the Adventure,” “Fantasy & Fun,” and this last week’s “A World of Tomorrows.”

With the hoards of holiday tourists gone, February is a great month to get passholders back into the parks. As for what Disney has done to show its appreciation:

  • A series of 4 buttons with each week’s theme.
  • Screenings at the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln theatre (free, just needed to reserve a seat ahead of time).
  • Recipe cards.
  • Activity maps/pamphlets.
  • Coloring sheets at Blue Sky Cellar and Stage 17.
  • Free popcorn and water.
  • Meet and greets with special characters (like Baymax at Staget 17).
  • An AP exclusive “Walk in Walt’s Footsteps” tour (with tour fee).

I really appreciate that Disney provides these types of perks to AP holders, and I was very excited to finally be able to participate after missing out on “Wednesdays With Walt” last spring. This event was fairly simple and I’m always glad when Disney does something that doesn’t require advanced reservation or registration. Anyone who has ever tried to register for almost any Disney event knows how crazy that can get.

As for myself, I visited the parks during the first and third Fridays of February. The first week, I stopped by Blue Sky Cellar and picked up the button, a recipe card, and the map of Main Street and Buena Vista Street with bits of trivia. I also attended the first week’s screening at the Robot Lincoln theatre, and it was really wonderful to see the vintage footage of Walt Disney presenting the animatronics and preparations for the Worlds Fair; there was also a “ride-through” of It’s A Small World that felt even longer than the actual ride itself. The third week, I also attended the screening that focused on the Silly Symphonies.

That was a long-winded way of getting to the main point of the post, which is whether or not it was worth going to Disneyland only for the sake of APDays — and I don’t think it was.

However, an event that is open to all Annual Passholders that does not require pre-registration is going to necessarily have to be simple to be efficient. These types of events are fun extras that Disney doesn’t have to provide, considering the number AP holders, a number of whom would be visiting anyway, so I’m glad when Disney provides special extras like this, especially when they celebrate Walt Disney himself. I think the biggest draw was probably the special character meet-n-greets, but I’m not particularly keen on meeting characters so that part of the “magic” was a bit lost on me.

AP Days was a nice bonus to experience, kind of like some of the bonus features on Blu-Ray/DVDs that you watch since you bought the movie.

If you checked out AP Days, I’d love to know about the things you did and what you thought of it, and whether or not this type of event makes having your AP even more worth it!

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