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Old 12-12-2012, 10:57 AM   #16
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I'm not understanding the difference in the options you can order online, then-- what's the difference between ordering the annual pass itself versus the annual pass gift voucher?

The regular AP is already tied to a specific person and the gift voucher isn't.

It could potentially take a bit longer to process a gift voucher at the park since all the personal info has to be entered, except if you have an old AP in the system the info should already be there, so not a big deal in that case.

If you're prone to losing things buying the AP vs the gift voucher could provide some measure of protection, but either way you have to stop at the ticket booth at some point.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:36 AM   #17
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There are two purchase options on the Disney website. I have done both ways. If you choose the annual pass, then you have to fill in specific personal information for who that pass is for and the print-out shows that person's name on it. Also, you can choose the monthly payment option for this type of pass if you live in California. If you choose the annual pass gift voucher, then you don't at time of purchase have to designate any specific person that the pass belongs to. I believe you also don't have the monthly payment option with this pass. In neither case do you receive an actual AP card. You still have to take the print-out (voucher) to the ticket booth and have your AP processed.
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The regular AP is already tied to a specific person and the gift voucher isn't.

It could potentially take a bit longer to process a gift voucher at the park since all the personal info has to be entered, except if you have an old AP in the system the info should already be there, so not a big deal in that case.

If you're prone to losing things buying the AP vs the gift voucher could provide some measure of protection, but either way you have to stop at the ticket booth at some point.
Thanks for the explanation-- makes perfect sense!
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:52 PM   #18
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Just a quick question about purchasing APs online-- if I purchase online, does my year start from the day I buy the tickets, or from the first day I actually enter the park?
Yes, the first day you enter the parks. However, be sure you check your expiration date when they give you your AP, when I activated my voucher in July my AP printed with an expiration date of late May, which was when I purchased it, I simply mentioned it to the CM helping me and she quickly fixed it for me.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:13 PM   #19
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If I was a previous passholder, can I apply the cost of a 1day/1pack (or whichever) ticket towards renewal/new contract?
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:24 PM   #20
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If I was a previous passholder, can I apply the cost of a 1day/1pack (or whichever) ticket towards renewal/new contract?
Anyone can purchase a 1 day ticket and use that towards an upgrade to an AP. You do not need to be a previous AP holder to do this.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:47 PM   #21
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Hi there! I just activated my AP this past weekend. I bought the hard plastic vouchers at Safeway before the price increase. I took it to the ticket booth, they gave me my AP, I took that to the turnstile with my ID. Took a photo with the photo pass photographer near the Mickey floral and all was done.
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That's too bad. I wish I could just walk right in. I really hate getting delayed right when you get to the park. What a buzzkill
FWIW, it's all part of the process of getting an AP, and if you look at it like that, you can try to be excited about it.


I did the process at the ticket booth, and even though ticket booth stuff always takes longer than I feel it should, it was still exciting. Same a couple months later when DS and DH got to do just about the same process.


You *can* hop before you take a picture, but they will lecture you and you WILL have to show your ID. I kept forgetting to look for photographers and got the lecture at DCA when I hopped. Then I forgot there, too, and the next day got the lecture as I entered a park. I was tired of the lecture and got my picture taken asap. It's not difficult, you just have to remember to look for them, LOL.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:32 AM   #22
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I'm trying to figure out a way to streamline my activation process for a trip next month. I'm purchasing APs online for DW, DD5, and me. My daughter and I will be arriving at the parks the day before my wife; will I be able to exchange all three vouchers for plastic APs at the ticket booth the first day, or will my wife have to do hers separately the next day?
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:33 AM   #23
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I'm trying to figure out a way to streamline my activation process for a trip next month. I'm purchasing APs online for DW, DD5, and me. My daughter and I will be arriving at the parks the day before my wife; will I be able to exchange all three vouchers for plastic APs at the ticket booth the first day, or will my wife have to do hers separately the next day?
I believe she'll need to do it separately, as she'll need to show ID. The exception to this would be if she had an AP recently. At least, the CM that did ours (activated vouchers in Sept, had let APs expire in May), said she could've done this for DH's AP when he didn't go in w/ us the first day in Sept when the girls and I activated ours. We didn't, though, as I had left DH's voucher with him in the room.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:13 PM   #24
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Thanks for the information on this - you guys rock!

We are getting AP's for Christmas from my MIL and haven't had them in a long time. The picture thing was really confusing. Now I get it!
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