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Old 07-02-2013, 09:38 AM   #16
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There was a thread on this subject a while back - I never posted, but read it with interest. I suppose I could search for it, but since it's been a while, anyway...

I'm fresh back from a week at WDW and can report that I had an equal number of times that I was asked to show ID with my AP for free parking and times that I was waved right through without showing ID.

The times that I did need to show ID, I was asked in what I would deem not particularly friendly manners. Not quite rude, either - just... militant-ish. Twice I asked why, as I'd never before been required to show ID for parking, and was told by one CM at the MK gate, "it's a new rule that went into effect 3 weeks go," and by a CM at DHS, "too many passholders were loaning their passes out to family and friends for free parking."

Note that I was asked for ID in the early morning and 3 hours before park closure. I was waved through without showing ID in the early morning and late afternoon. So I don't think time of day had anything to do with it. Maybe the "new rule" is being slowly released to the CMs in training/meetings?

The first time, I accidentally handed my son's AP instead of my own and received a dirty look when I showed my own ID... realizing my mistake, I apologized and showed my own pass. But it got me thinking... my 11yo son's AP includes free parking, too, and he was right there with me, so we certainly weren't in the wrong in using his pass. As an 11yo, though, he doesn't have a state ID card; I can't help but wonder how the interaction would have continued had I wished to use his card for parking.

Anyway, I suggest passholders just have their ID ready to show from now on. You may not need it, but if you do, things will move much more quickly if you don't have to get out of your vehicle and dig around the back seat for your wallet... like me.
This came up for the first time for us (locals) a few weeks ago. My husband was driving, and I realized about halfway to WDW that I had forgotten my license. I didn't worry because no one had ever asked for it...until we reached the parking booth and I gave my husband my pass (as usual) and they asked for ID. It had never happened before and I had a second of panic. Of course we had my husband's pass and he had his license, fortunately. But it was kind of sprung on us. And as a PP mentioned, how do they check my 6yo's ID if he's traveling with someone else? Anyway, now we hand over ID automatically. And when it's just me and the kids, I've had no problem handing my son my pass AND my ID to hold out the window to the attendant when the booth is on the passenger side. I haven't had anyone say anything and received no dirty looks, so I guess it pays to be proactive and just hand over the ID.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:40 AM   #17
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Also keep an ID handy so you can use the 10% discount at all merchandise locations! I can't tell you how many guests are shocked when I tell them that with their AP and a photo ID they can save some $$.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:14 AM   #18
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Also keep an ID handy so you can use the 10% discount at all merchandise locations! I can't tell you how many guests are shocked when I tell them that with their AP and a photo ID they can save some $$.
I'm sorry, I'm going a bit OT with this, but I have to ask... what do you do if a child comes up to pay for something and wants to use his AP discount? At 11, my son has his own money and wallet and wants to buy his own stuff, but he doesn't have any photo (or non-photo, for that matter...) ID to provide.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:28 AM   #19
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So, i am just curious. If we are a party of eight and only one of us has an AP but she will not be the one driving, can we still use her AP to get free parking as long as she is in the car with us and has her ID? Thanks.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:07 PM   #20
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So, i am just curious. If we are a party of eight and only one of us has an AP but she will not be the one driving, can we still use her AP to get free parking as long as she is in the car with us and has her ID? Thanks.
Yes. But she needs to be in the car so the attendant can check the photo ID.

I'd also suggest that she be the one to hand over the annual pass and the photo ID. Sit her up front with the driver and maybe go through the parking stalls so she connects with the attendant since you can do either side for ID.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:26 PM   #21
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So, i am just curious. If we are a party of eight and only one of us has an AP but she will not be the one driving, can we still use her AP to get free parking as long as she is in the car with us and has her ID? Thanks.
Along the same lines, I'm assuming if grandparents (or any other relative) want to take their grandchild to Disney World and he is the only with an AP that they cannot get free parking?
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I'm sorry, I'm going a bit OT with this, but I have to ask... what do you do if a child comes up to pay for something and wants to use his AP discount? At 11, my son has his own money and wallet and wants to buy his own stuff, but he doesn't have any photo (or non-photo, for that matter...) ID to provide.
My experience last month was yes! the clerks demanded an ID every.single.time. my son or daughter tried to use their AP. They would then have to come find me so I could use my AP and ID to complete the transaction. It got to be a huge hassle cause I am not a shopper.

They suggested using school ID, our school doesn't use them. State issued is only age 16+, we have no passports either.
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My experience last month was yes! the clerks demanded an ID every.single.time. my son or daughter tried to use their AP. They would then have to come find me so I could use my AP and ID to complete the transaction. It got to be a huge hassle cause I am not a shopper.
Even bigger hassle... I've been told I can't buy my son's things with my AP if I'm using his money. So what's a kid with saved allowance money to do?!

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They suggested using school ID, our school doesn't use them. State issued is only age 16+, we have no passports either.
Ditto that - no ID at all here.
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Along the same lines, I'm assuming if grandparents (or any other relative) want to take their grandchild to Disney World and he is the only with an AP that they cannot get free parking?
They certainly should be able to get free parking with the child's AP - it very clearly states that it includes parking. The big question is what will happen when said child cannot produce ID.
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Even bigger hassle... I've been told I can't buy my son's things with my AP if I'm using his money. So what's a kid with saved allowance money to do?!
Well, considering you're the AP holder, that makes sense. Not his AP ... not his discount. But beyond that, it seems like a pretty easy (and obvious) fix. You get the money from him before you get to the register and you pay for the item. Or you pay for everything first and then have him pay you back once the transaction is done.

Unless your son's money looks different from the money you use, I can't imagine how the person ringing up the sale would know that you're using his money and not yours to pay for whatever you're buying.

Let's not make this harder than it is!

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I don't know why Disney doesn't put our photo on the Annual Pass. I have an older Universal AP and it has my photo (new ones don't). Sam's Club even puts my photo on my $40 annual membership card but it is too much bother to have my photo on a $450 WDW annual pass? Or even have my photo in the WDW computer system so when they scan my AP, my photo shows up on the computer monitor. It already shows my home address and other details, I know because the CM at DHS quizzed me about my home address instead of asking for a photo ID.
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The CM who looked in your car, taking the extra time to really LOOK at you, reminds me of a TSA guy I got once at an airport in Maine.

I had a tube of toothpaste in my luggage, which apparently had more fluid ounces than it was supposed to (it was a full-sized tube, but there was maybe a quarter of the tube left, so it couldn't have been over 2oz). The guy pulled it out of my Ziploc bag and made a HUGE deal over the fact that I had a FULL TUBE of toothpaste. I apologized and told him that he was free to toss it, and I'd just buy another tube at my destination. He looked at me suspiciously and then opened the toothpaste to check it -- maybe he thought there was something in it and that's why I was so nonchalant about throwing something like that away. Who knows. He squeezed out all of the remaining toothpaste and then tossed it, after which he went through my ENTIRE carryon bag, including riffling through every book I had and checking them to be sure nothing was hidden. He even read the summaries on the back, I guess to be sure that nothing was subversive. He unpacked everything -- to the point where the other TSA guys were all, "geez, Todd, let the lady go." Nope. Not Todd.

He finished, gave it all to me in a heap and then said, "Bet you wish you didn't bring that big tube of toothpaste now, don't you?" I just smiled at him and said, "Thank you for helping keep us safe." Then I took my stuff and spent ten minutes re-folding and re-packing, with the help of one of the TSA ladies, who apologized saying that "Todd's just in a mood." Indeed.

When you mentioned the hyper-vigilant parking CM, I couldn't help but think of Todd. Good times.

Hmmm, I think I had Todd the TSA agent one time in Phoenix. He loves toothpaste.
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Well, considering you're the AP holder, that makes sense. Not his AP ... not his discount. But beyond that, it seems like a pretty easy (and obvious) fix. You get the money from him before you get to the register and you pay for the item. Or you pay for everything first and then have him pay you back once the transaction is done.

Unless your son's money looks different from the money you use, I can't imagine how the person ringing up the sale would know that you're using his money and not yours to pay for whatever you're buying.

Let's not make this harder than it is!

See, I think what you've just described makes it harder than it ought to be! No reason at all we should be shuffling money when my son is entitled to use his own benefits. Another problem will occur when my AP expires before his does... he'll still be entitled to the benefits associated with his AP, including discounts and parking, regardless of whether his mother happens to also have an AP of her own. Guess we'll cross that bridge when/if we come to it.
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See, I think what you've just described makes it harder than it ought to be! No reason at all we should be shuffling money when my son is entitled to use his own benefits. Another problem will occur when my AP expires before his does... he'll still be entitled to the benefits associated with his AP, including discounts and parking, regardless of whether his mother happens to also have an AP of her own. Guess we'll cross that bridge when/if we come to it.
I understand your point, but in the long run it does protect AP holders. Say your son lost his AP. Someone else picks it up and uses it to buy stuff and get discounts. The CM doing the check-out just accepts it -- never asks for ID. Someone could get discounts off your son's AP for the entire year. Even if they couldn't use it to get into the parks, they'd still have a perk that they didn't deserve and didn't pay for. It's inconvenient, maybe, but Disney's got to balance that off being sure that only the people who deserve AP benefits are actually getting them.

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I'm sorry, I'm going a bit OT with this, but I have to ask... what do you do if a child comes up to pay for something and wants to use his AP discount?.
When I find myself in this situation I flag down my closest manager and explain the situation and they generally quickly approve it and allow me to give the discount. It's a bit of a hassle, I know!
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