PDA

View Full Version : Fla "resident" discount--All opinions welcome


3DisneyKids
09-02-2005, 09:28 PM
Ok, here's the deal...DH and I live in Maine year round (we're not snow-birds). However, we OWN rental property in FL and thus pay Florida taxes, etc.

My sister--who lives in FL and manages the property for us--says that we are crazy not to get FL State ID's (different than driver's license) and go to WDW on FL resident discounts. (WDW accepts these state IDs as proof of residency.)

I have always thought that it is a "Florida Resident" discount, not a "Florida Taxpayer" discount, but now I am having second thoughts...sure would be nice to get extra savings

I would love to hear different opinions on this...from FL residents as well as non-residents. What would YOU do?

isla bonita
09-02-2005, 10:04 PM
Wen own a home in Florida and I have a Florida ID. It is the bomb. Surprised you have just heard of this. The discounts are many. Worth the time and I think it was under 10.00 bucks.

Tinkerbelll
09-02-2005, 10:11 PM
My DAD lives in Florida and I'm a college student and live with him for a month or two in the summer.... I've never even thought about getting a state ID card... (Live in NY with my mom the rest of the year). Is this possible? legal? moral?

3DisneyKids
09-02-2005, 10:12 PM
Wen own a home in Florida and I have a Florida ID. It is the bomb. Surprised you have just heard of this. The discounts are many. Worth the time and I think it was under 10.00 bucks.

Oh, I've known about it...just didn't know it was kosher or not...that's why I'm looking for opinions.

3DisneyKids
09-02-2005, 10:13 PM
My DAD lives in Florida and I'm a college student and live with him for a month or two in the summer.... I've never even thought about getting a state ID card... (Live in NY with my mom the rest of the year). Is this possible? legal? moral?

Yes, it is totally legal and totally possible. Moral...now that is the question.

isyt
09-02-2005, 11:39 PM
I think if you have any intentions of moving there in future , it would be totally moral. Personally even if you aren't I think its ok. If you get a Fl rate are you booking extra trips :rotfl2: ? Disney will still get there money. :grouphug:

3DisneyKids
09-03-2005, 12:40 AM
That is such a good point...I will likely end up spening MORE because we would make an extra trip...LOL. Guess that would make up for it, huh?

DMRick
09-03-2005, 01:38 AM
This is what Disney will accept, so if you have any of these things, I would say you qualify:

Proof of Residency per adult is required - you must provide any one of the following:
* Florida driver's license
* Florida state-issued ID card (must have Florida address)
* Florida voter's registration card with corresponding picture ID
* A college ID for a Florida college
* Florida-based military ID

3DisneyKids
09-03-2005, 07:39 AM
Well, I don't HAVE a Florida state-ID, but I can get one, I assume. I suppose I could just bring in my tax bill for the property we own and use that address.

Anyone else in this position?

dvcgirl
09-03-2005, 08:19 AM
Ok, here's the deal...DH and I live in Maine year round (we're not snow-birds). However, we OWN rental property in FL and thus pay Florida taxes, etc.

My sister--who lives in FL and manages the property for us--says that we are crazy not to get FL State ID's (different than driver's license) and go to WDW on FL resident discounts. (WDW accepts these state IDs as proof of residency.)

I have always thought that it is a "Florida Resident" discount, not a "Florida Taxpayer" discount, but now I am having second thoughts...sure would be nice to get extra savings

I would love to hear different opinions on this...from FL residents as well as non-residents. What would YOU do?

If you pay taxes....get the IDs and get the discount. Nothing at all wrong with that. We got the Seasonal Passes this year and it's great. And since we have CM friends, they bought the vouchers for us at th CM discount. So essentially we get a year at Disney (minus the hot and crowded summer/holiday periods) for $200 each!

dvcgirl
09-03-2005, 08:19 AM
Well, I don't HAVE a Florida state-ID, but I can get one, I assume. I suppose I could just bring in my tax bill for the property we own and use that address.

Anyone else in this position?

Yes, it's incredibly easy to get a Florida ID. You'll have no trouble whatsoever...

A Mickeyfan
09-03-2005, 08:26 AM
My DAD lives in Florida and I'm a college student and live with him for a month or two in the summer.... I've never even thought about getting a state ID card... (Live in NY with my mom the rest of the year). Is this possible? legal? moral?
Had you gone to college in FL, it would be legal & moral, no matter where your parents lived. I know my step Dad was living in FL (when I wasn't) & took me, my son & his daughter (she lived down here already). My son was free (under 3 at the time), they got the resident rate & I couldn't. Now that was like 18 years ago. Maybe things have changed. If you have a FL picture ID, you can get the discount, without it, you will not

calypso*a*go-go
09-03-2005, 11:36 AM
You should probably just go for the Florida I.D. as they may want you to surrender the license from your current state if you try to get a new one. Also, I don't think you can use your tax info. (Probably because there are so many timeshares/rental homes in the area.) This has been a hot issue for DVC owners as many feel that should qualify them for the resident discounts due to the property tax issues, etc., but Disney does not recognize it that way.

isla bonita
09-03-2005, 01:34 PM
DVC owners do not have a legal address. I as an owner of property do have a legal address for the property I own. I do not own it for a week or so I own it until I sell it. This is a lot different then DVC, Time share and the like.

swilshire
09-03-2005, 02:30 PM
What documents are required to get the Florida ID and where do you get it?

Thanks,

Sheila

A Mickeyfan
09-03-2005, 04:17 PM
Well, I don't HAVE a Florida state-ID, but I can get one, I assume. I suppose I could just bring in my tax bill for the property we own and use that address.

Anyone else in this position?
Nope, I think you need more than a tax bill. Many people own property that are not residents & the state is aware of that... Is the tax bill mailed to you in FL or your primary residence? They will see the mailing address on the bill. I know my tax bill has my mailing address but for the property address it has it as parcel ID #, then the city & unit, then block & lots then the actual address. They are the same since I live there. My uncle also gave me land in another county for Christmas last year & the tax notice is the same...it has my actual mailing address then the property address is the section, plat book page, unit, block & lot... So showing a tax bill isn't showing you live there... look at your bill, it only shows you own there.

A Mickeyfan
09-03-2005, 04:24 PM
If you pay taxes....get the IDs and get the discount. Nothing at all wrong with that. We got the Seasonal Passes this year and it's great. And since we have CM friends, they bought the vouchers for us at th CM discount. So essentially we get a year at Disney (minus the hot and crowded summer/holiday periods) for $200 each!
When did they start a CM discount of FL Resident Pass's? That must be farily new... never heard of that one....The regular price for a Season for anyone is like $212????

A Mickeyfan
09-03-2005, 04:34 PM
Well, I don't HAVE a Florida state-ID, but I can get one, I assume. I suppose I could just bring in my tax bill for the property we own and use that address.

Anyone else in this position?
Forgot to ask you, why are you yelling...isn't that what all caps mean? You asked a question and DMRick answered it for you....

3DisneyKids
09-03-2005, 07:27 PM
Good questions. I know that you can get a FLorida State ID at eny Florida DMV (same place you go to get a Driver's License)...though the ID is NOT a license. You must have a FL address to put on the ID...

So, the question is, what do you bring in to "prove" that is your address?

3DisneyKids
09-03-2005, 07:31 PM
Forgot to ask you, why are you yelling...isn't that what all caps mean? You asked a question and DMRick answered it for you....

I'm not yelling. Caps (when used in just one word) just means emphasis on that particular word. When everything you type is in all caps, then you are yelling.

Example...I love Disney SO much! :)

Kacey
09-03-2005, 08:32 PM
Good questions. I know that you can get a FLorida State ID at eny Florida DMV (same place you go to get a Driver's License)...though the ID is NOT a license. You must have a FL address to put on the ID...

So, the question is, what do you bring in to "prove" that is your address?


We got ours last year with no problem. We took our tax bill and a few utility bills to prove our address, and they only asked us what our address was...they did not ask to see any proof. However, to be safe, I would take along a few pieces of proof.

Donna
09-03-2005, 08:46 PM
Forgot to ask you, why are you yelling...isn't that what all caps mean? You asked a question and DMRick answered it for you....

I don't see where she was yelling at all. putting HAVE in all caps was simply meant to be an inflection in her voice, had she been talking to you.
Regarding this thread, what ARE (note the inflection ;) )the FL resident discounts that you get as a resident? I get a really good deal on my annual pass thru DVC, are there other discounts I will get when i move there? someday...

3DisneyKids
09-03-2005, 10:03 PM
Hi Donna--

Oh yeah, there are great deals for FL residents. Can't really name them all b/c them come out at different times throughout the year, like AP discounts. There are definitely good (sometimes great) room rates, though you may not care about that since you are DVC. But there are also huge savings on passes and tickets. Allearsnet has the best page...go to ticketcharts on that site and you will see all of the prices.

The best pass appears to be the FL resident seasonal pass. This works like an AP in that it is good for the year, however there are blackout dates (summer months and Christmas week) that you cannot go. Also, you do not get free parking at the parks with the FL Seasonal Pass like you do with an AP. But, the Seasonal Pass only costs about $210! Even the DVC AP can't touch that price.

tednvon
09-04-2005, 11:04 AM
HI..we also have Fl ID's and sold the property we owned. But ID's are good for 6 years...

Best deals...
Florida Seasonal Resident Pass at Disney
Disney Dining...20% at all disney restaurants including booze
Local Florida Resident Golf Discounts...Disney has incredible golf deals in the summer for residents.


Also, remember, many folks rent in florida, and all you need is the address where you stay to get the id.

Long lines to get IDs so plan the day and get there early at the driver's lisence office.

Good Luck...Granpa Ted

Donna
09-04-2005, 11:47 AM
Our DVC APs cost $295 with no blackout days, so that seems to come out about the same, we tend to go in the summer lately so both kids can go. And we have DDE with our APs and that price is lower. I used to think there were such good benefits but depending on what you already have, i guess the benefits ARE good. My husband would like the golf bennies the best; we have those in DVC and with APs too but time restrictions apply. I used to think having the DDE benefit would be the best one of all, i'm glad we're able to get that one now.

A Mickeyfan
09-04-2005, 01:01 PM
I'm not yelling. Caps (when used in just one word) just means emphasis on that particular word. When everything you type is in all caps, then you are yelling.

Example...I love Disney SO much! :)
Sorry I thought the B I or the U were for the emphasis on that one word... at least that is how it use to be on this board... maybe it has changed.
And yes, you will have to provide a valid Florida address. I know I came here 14 years ago. I was told to start up a checking account so they can send something to me (like a statement) with the new address on it. I ended up not having to do that. I have & had AllState for my car insurance. I changed my address with them & when I got here, I went to the tax office (anything with cars in NY was always only DMV & wasn't use to that) to get my car re-registered. I took my reggie, insurance ID card to the DMV, showed that, surrended my NY license & got my Fl one. I want to say you have to have some sort of legal mail sent in your name with the FL address. You cannot just go there & say you live at such & such ..here is my out of state DL. And as I said before, I know that the tax bills have the mailing address seperate from the property address. Unless it is mailed to you at that address, you cannot use that. When my kids got their permits, I had to show their school ID & original birth cert plus their original ss card (no copies were accepted). Then I had to show who I was because they were under 18.

A Mickeyfan
09-04-2005, 01:11 PM
We got ours last year with no problem. We took our tax bill and a few utility bills to prove our address, and they only asked us what our address was...they did not ask to see any proof. However, to be safe, I would take along a few pieces of proof.
They didn't ask to see anything? :confused3 Are your bills mailed to you at that address. If so, I would think that they can cross reference the tax bill in their system (name & address you give them would be listed as the same on the tax bill) and that is why they didn't ask?? They didn't even ask to see a photo ID, meaning meaning anyone can go into the office & say I want a FL ID card.... and the person behind the counter makes one, no questions asked. That is one easy way to steal someones identity..never mind thru the computer.. that is scarry :scared1: ... figures.. it is FL (I can say that, I live here :rotfl: ) and they haven't caught up with the times.... :rolleyes:

DawnM
10-05-2005, 09:31 PM
Actually, you need absolutely nothing other than an address to put on your ID card. One website I saw mentioned having ANY postmarked letter to your name (didn't have to be a bill) as proof. I mean, if you moved down there and were staying at a friend's or family member's house while you looked for a job you would technically still need a FL ID or DL within 30 days so I guess that is why they aren't rigid about it????

Dawn

dvcgirl
10-05-2005, 09:56 PM
When did they start a CM discount of FL Resident Pass's? That must be farily new... never heard of that one....The regular price for a Season for anyone is like $212????

I think that the regular price is somewhere around $220. My CM friend got us the voucher for $202.

spoon full of sugar
10-05-2005, 10:41 PM
I had to get a Fl. id many moons ago before I was driving. I had to have a birth certificate, s.s. card, and proof of residence. I can't imagine, after 9/11, that the rules would be less than they were 15 years ago?! :earseek:

DawnM
10-06-2005, 06:44 AM
Well, they are rigid about needing to show proof of citizenship to the US but not residency in FL. You have to show a birth certificate or SS card or Passport, but beyond that they weren't rigid at all.

Dawn


I had to get a Fl. id many moons ago before I was driving. I had to have a birth certificate, s.s. card, and proof of residence. I can't imagine, after 9/11, that the rules would be less than they were 15 years ago?! :earseek: