You may have already heard that you can go to Disneyland for free on your birthday. But what I didn't know until this week is that you can apply that free admission towards an annual pass on your birthday. If you live in Southern California, this is an especially great deal. If you go on your birthday only, you will get a $69 discount on any annual pass, and get in that day for free. There are four levels of passes:
Southern California Select - $134
Southern California - $174
If you choose the lowest level pass (which is not good during most of the summer and most weekends), you only have to pay $65 - that is less than one days admission for the entire year! This type of pass is good for my family, though, since my kids are not in school all day and we can go on weekdays for just a few hours. (We also try to avoid all theme parks in the summer anyway because of the crowds and the heat). Even if you choose the Deluxe pass, however, you still will only pay $200 for it.
Since my family has all of our birthdays within 6 weeks of each other, and we live 30 minutes from Disneyland, we have decided that we will go on all of our birthdays and get annual passes for only $65. Granted, we cannot all get in until the last person has their pass (that would be me, in July), BUT, once we all do, we have until May (my husband's birthday) to all get into Disneyland for free. That's called "workin' the system", people! :)
For parking, you can pay $59 to add that to your annual pass. In my family, we are adding that to my husband's pass only. If I ever want to take the kids for just a few hours myself, I can park in Downtown Disney's parking for free for the first 3 hours. There is a tram from Downtown Disney that will take you right smack to the middle of Disneyland, so you really could just spend about 2 hours there and call it a day - for free!
For more info, please visit Disney's website, read all the fine print, and be sure to see if this offer has expired before trying it yourself.