3 Day park hoppers now have to show ID

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  1. Dramamama

    Dramamama Mouseketeer

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    At DL and DCA today with a 3 day and ID had to be shown. Names had to be written on the backs with the pen that they provided. Once that was done it was easy. The biggest issue I had was with teenage minors. The teenagers in my group did not have any ID with them. It caused multiple problems throughout the day. Today was day 1, I'm interested to see how the other 2 days go.

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  3. Geemo

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    I had heard they were not requiring minors to show ID.
    Knowing how things can and do change, we're bring ID for everyone in our group. Ages 8 to 60.

    Thanks for the info.

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  4. letitsnow

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    I think they should have an AP express line. All that money we spend they can at least give us that perk. The other day my family got stuck behind a family trying to get in for over 10 minutes just to get the ticket situation fixed!
     
  5. theluckyrabbit

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    Posters on other boards have said that they had an easier time if the parent/adult goes in first, shows i.d., then tells the CM how many minors behind him/her are in the same group. Having the minors go in first can cause problems when there is no i.d. available.
     
  6. bcla

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    Yeah - we were told to sign our 3-day CityPass PH on our first entry.

    The brokers probably wouldn't buy them directly since they typically rent at $85 a day and the 3-days are $250. However, I think they're trying to combat brokers buying an unused last day from people leaving the park and/or people trying to transfer them off to friends to complete an unused day.

    As for kids, it is possible to get photo ID just to smooth things over. Not all states issue state IDs for minors (California can issue a California ID to someone of any age) but it is possible to get a passport or passport card. Oe might come in handy if you've got a big 2 YO or almost 10 YO. We actually used a government ID when our kid was flying as a lap child and even used at the airport even though our kid had a paid seat and was clearly not at the age where ID is de facto required.
     
  7. pixiewings71

    pixiewings71 <marquee><font color=deeppink>Sweet!!! Totally!!!!

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    My children have never been asked for ID when using park hoppers. Note that DD16 does currently have an AP so her photo does come up on the screen. :) DD12 did not have to show ID to use her 3 day hopper in August. Nor did we need to prove, nor were we asked to prove our niece was 2, of course she is very vocal and she was telling everyone it was her birthday trip and she was going to be 3 on Sunday. LOL
     
  8. elaw

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    I agree completely :thumbsup2
     
  9. Crazy4Disney06

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    Back in 1998 when I made my first trip to DL we had paper tickets and it was done just like this! No problem for me. Really is not the "big" deal everyone seems to make it out to be.
     
  10. Rhonna

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    Disney wasn't cracking down on the ticket ID issue in August so you wouldn't have had the problems people are dealing with now. They started this in late Oct. (the 24th I believe) right before we went.
     
  11. bcla

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    I'm old enough to remember the value books. No ID, although I'm not sure how they handled youth tickets if there was a question as to age.

    Back then - no ID, no park hopping, no multi-day tickets, and no annual passes. You had to hand them an admission ticket (that technically didn't expire) and buy one for each day visited. It actually worked pretty well, although running out of ride coupons meant reaching into your wallet for cash. I don't think I ever went more than one day per trip. I also don't remember the rides being terribly long except maybe for Space Mountain.

    I also remember getting my hand stamped to go see Dancing Waters at the Disneyland Hotel. I was worried that the mist from the fountains would wipe off the ink. Again, no ID and we weren't asked to produce our ticket. However, this was after they eliminated the ride coupons and went to you can eat.
     
  12. MAH4546

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    Doesn't matter. Disneyland, like airlines and the TSA, is not allowed to force a minor to provide ID.
     
  13. StyledSugar

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    We have to show ID (passports) for our minor children every time we fly, whether it is a flight in Canada or a flight in the States. I'm not talking just Canada to US flights and vice versa. It's flights within both countries. Perhaps it's more of an airline policy rather than the acutal law though. They've always asked and we've always produced it, no questions asked.

    I'd rather not carry our passports to the park and will try gaining entry without them the first day, although my DH and I will of course have our driver's licenses. Hopefully that will be enough.
     
  14. bcla

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    No. Disney is a private company, and they can do anything they want as long as they don't discriminate specifically against a protected class. I have heard of people being questioned about their kids' ages. If a private business specifically asked for ID of every patron, they could. It's not typical that minors in this country have government issued ID (some countries have mandated national IDs for years) so typically businesses don't ask minors for ID. However, a business can make a service contingent on proof of one's identity - even a minor.

    And the airlines do have requirements for proof of age for lap infants. The legal requirement is under 2, but different airlines have different requirements for proof of age. Southwest specifically says to bring a government issued birth certificate, but we've made do with a passport card.

    I would also note that TSA can't force an adult to carry photo ID. It makes thing more difficult, but I have heard from people who were taken aside to a room to ascertain their identity when they forgot to bring some form of government issued ID.
     
  15. mrswh

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    I forgot my license at home on a trip once. I had to go through extra screening, but since I was the only one at the time, I was actually through security before my DH and kids, who were with the crowd of fools that remembered to bring their IDs. ;)

    I agree Disney can do whatever they want. I hope that they don't start asking kids for IDs because the only thing I have for my kids is their passports and I'd really rather not carry them around and, since I can't just put them in my back pocket, worry about losing them.
     
  16. cmpeter

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    My kids are 16 and 12 and we have never been asked to show ID by the TSA in the states.
     
  17. SeanCLV

    SeanCLV Earning My Ears

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    Today we had to show our ID's every time we went into a park with 2 day PH's.
     
  18. bcla

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    Like I said, it's not typical in this country. A driver license is the most common government issued ID in this country, and of course minors typically don't have one until they're of driving age. However, you seem to live in a state where a DMV issued non-DL photo ID is only $10.50. We live in California where it's $26 as opposed to $31 for a DL.

    I got my kid the passport and the passport card (with the $25 acceptance fee applied for both) although it was a pain. I worked weekdays and had to find an acceptance facility open on Saturday since we had to go together - my kid, my wife, and myself. If you've already got a passport and not a passport card, I wouldn't know about paying the $25+$15 just to get it. I would say if you wanted one just do it when the regular passport is up for renewal.

    I know most don't use passports or photo IDs for minors (and some states don't issue them for minors) but I have heard of some families visiting Disneyland bringing birth certificates as proof of age and/or somewhat of an ID. I don't like the idea of hauling around a birth certificate. The only time we've ever used out kid's was when we got the passport and passport card.
     
  19. larina

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    I know I'm the odd one out, but I think it is about time they do this. And everyone should have photo ID past the age of 12. Schools give out IDs these days, it isn't hard. My 9 year old has one. It is totally reasonable for Disney to want to confirm ages of groups and whatnot. Too much abuse has brought us to this point. I hope this will stop it!
     
  20. mrswh

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    I agree, though I think it's sad, that they need to have better defense against fraud. But, just because your school gives out IDs doesn't mean they all do. My kids go to private school and they are not given ID cards. If I need to bring ID for my kids, I'd have to go get them a state issued ID as I don't want to bring their passports to the parks.

    My kids were not asked for ID when we were last there (Thanksgiving weekend). If Disney decides to require ID for children, I hope they will state this clearly on the ticket so that we have advance notice and will know to get some form of ID and bring it on our trip.
     
  21. Dramamama

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    As the 3 days have gone on the I'd thing is very easy, for the adults. I just have my I'd out when I give them the ticket. They also haven't been checking the hand stamp very often for park hopping. Only about 1 in every 3 times. The signing the ticket in "their" pen was a hassle, especially when we had 1st entered they didn't ask us to but told us "be sure you sign your ticket". Didn't say anything about "their " pen. Most of us had to have the tickets reprinted and signed again.

    I just wish they would have put this change of policy on the web site. Because if the 4and 5 day discussions here, I checked the web site before my group left. Nothing was said.

    Our biggest issues was with the teenagers, 18 of them. Many didn't bring their school ids with them. If I had know I would have told them to. We got it worked out. But it was a hassle.

    The other issue is that not everyone that deals with tickets is aware of the change. Just for fun, I called Disney to ask which tickets required Id. The CM said 4 and 5, I asked specifically if 3 days had to and he told me no. If they are making a change, for the better, it is fine, but communicate that change and have some kind of "grace" period to put it into effect.

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