love love love going to Disneyland, if you're S. CA resident, you can go ahead get an annual pass. one of the benefit living in LA is that you're very close to Anaheim's Disneyland, this the first Disneyland in the world, maybe not the biggest but the one w/ the most history.
1. S. CA resident with zip code 90000-96199 can get S CA or S CA select annual pass. there's 4 level of different pass, the cheapest one is S CA select with almost every sunday blocked all summer and major holidays. this one is for ppl that have weekday off and don't want to go to the park on the weekend on vacation season. They now offer monthly payment that can deduct from your credit card every month for as low as $9.92 per person and down payment $80 or total $199. you get special hotel rates, Downtown Disney District discounts and dining discounts inside the park. dining means inside the restaurant and it does not include food carts that you see around the park. you can go inside the park 170 days a year.
2. for me, I choose S CA annual pass, you also have to the S CA resident but you get more days 215 days a year. down payment $80 and $15.75 a month total $269 a year. I also pick parking pass which gets you free parking but only on the available days not on blockout days. 1 year parking only on available day is almost $100 more. you get all the discount that was mentioned on the S CA select plus 10% off some merchandise store inside the park. if you're not sure ask before you purchase. you are blockout most summer days and almost all Saturdays but not Sudays.
3. if you have extra money and live really close to Disneyland then you can pick Deluxe $24.92 a month with down payment $80 and total $379 with 315 available days it's only blockout on some Saturdays and Christmas week. with all the discount above you can also get guided tour discounts
4. if you have lots of money to spend and live within 5-10 mins to Disneyland then this one is for you, Premium level with $34.92 a month and $80 down payment, that's total $499 a year and no blockout days at all, you can go on anyday of the year including Christmas and major holidays. you get 20% merchandise discount and it also include free parking. 10-15% dining discount at select restaurant inside the park, and free one year family fun magazine. and also each next year you renew they will send you one 20% off merchandise coupon at any store inside the park. I got 2 coupons because we have 2 annual pass and we've been using it. every $100 you spend you get $20 off. they will send you receipt by mail of your order and each month you don't have to do anything, your credit card will automatic deduct the monthly payment.
when we go to Disneyland in the weekday, you can see everyone at the entrance taking out their annual pass, before they used to put your picture but now they don't. when you first register for annual pass, you can bring your receipt that you print out at home and at the entrance just tell they you're here to get your annual pass and then they will direct you to the annual pass office to get your card. sometimes when we dine inside the park, we forgot to use our card. so remember everywhere just ask them, "Do you take annual pass discount?" because after they charge you and you take out your card it doesn't count anymore.
there is one thing I don't like about the park, if you go there early, don't expect to find the restaurant open, most indoor restaurant opens at 11 or 11:30am, so if you're hungry you can only get corn dogs or turkey leg by the castle. not even the ice cream parlor is open, so ppl like me and my boyfriend who goes there just to eat have to wait till lunch time. right now CA adventure is going on major renovation at the front door, so I suggest don't even go there till they're done in the Summer 2012. also some store inside the Disneyland park is going on renovation too they're all open again Summer 2012, I guess they're prepare for a new look and ready to reopen fresh at the Summer of 2012. because summer is the most pack season in the park.
it is fun, it is full of history and don't forget to check out small shops and some place you don't really know that exist if you go there often. there's always some place new to go and some thing new to do and some place new to eat. explore and have fun.