How often do they check your AP at check-in?

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  1. Kallison

    Kallison <font color=red>I'm a lab adorer<br><font color=na

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    Just wondering -- we have gotten AP rates twice, once at BC and once at Dolphin. Neither time did they ask for our AP and we did have one to show. Now I'm thinking of getting MYW tix for entire family but we have a room with an AP rate. What happens if we don't have the AP at check-in?
     
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  3. cobbler

    cobbler <br><font color=blue>Tag #1: (Under Construction:

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    If they ask you for it and you don't have it, then I do believe you get charged rack rate.
     
  4. Sammie

    Sammie DIS Veteran

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    Annual Pass purchases are linked in the Disney computer system. That is why many CMs do not even bother to ask to see the AP as they know you have already purchased it.

    I would not chance it.
     
  5. Kallison

    Kallison <font color=red>I'm a lab adorer<br><font color=na

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    Well our first trip to the BC we didn't buy AP until after we had checked in. So that blows that theory.
     
  6. goofydad621

    goofydad621 DIS Veteran

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    On a thread ealier this week some folks were talking about Disney cracking downand showing a valid AP at check in was manditory, I called the Poly (we are going in a few weeks) an I was told that we had to show at least a voucher at check in and an activated AP with in 48 hours of check in.

    Hope this helps

    Dave
     
  7. Sammie

    Sammie DIS Veteran

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    If you want to risk it, certainly you can have that option. I personally would not ever intentionally begin my vacation with deception.

    I am sure there are CM's that have let some slip by. There are also CM's that will check the reservation before you check out and if you have not purchased the AP by check out, then charge you rack rate.

    You might get away with it, you might also get caught and be asked to either pay rack rate or go purchase the AP.

    Considering Disney reads these boards I would be leary of taking the chance.
     
  8. Ilovestitch

    Ilovestitch DIS Veteran

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    They might not always ask, but I have heard people say they were asked to present their AP at check-in - so it DOES happen.

    I don't know about you, but I'd feel bad about lying and taking away an AP discount from someone who actually HAS an AP.

    If your o.k. with lying and don't mind paying rack rate if you get caught- then go for it! Although it's not worth it IMHO. -Steph
     
  9. skondo10

    skondo10 Mouseketeer

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    I have used my AP to book rooms for our past eight trips. During our Magical Gathering I was able to book three rooms using my AP. I was never asked to show my AP at check in although I always have it ready just in case. We were staying at AKL this December and I was asked to show my AP. This was the first time. I think they may start checking more frequently.
     
  10. pampam

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    At the most, you will be charged rack rate, which is what you will be charged with the MYW anyway. Go for it.
     
  11. chimera

    chimera <font color=deeppink>WISH Racing Team Member<br><f

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    We go about every other month and have never been asked. Doesn't mean they won't start asking now that rates are changing.
     
  12. Leota

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    WARNING - Soapbox Speech Coming!

    I am an AP holder - Have been since 1998. AP rates are for AP Holders - It is designed as a Perk for Frequent Guests. There are only so many AP Rooms available which should be used by Frequent Guests who hold AP's. To take these rooms away from true AP holders is pretty selfish, IMHO.

    It is my hope that WDW will institute the policy held by DLR - you have to provide your AP# when you make the room reservation & then show the AP upon check-in.

    BTW - I have had to show my AP upon check-in before, but not every time. I, personally, wish they would be stricter on their AP policy.
     
  13. Doesney

    Doesney *sigh*

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    3 out of 4 times we have been asked to provide it. I think its just too risky to chance it.
     
  14. disfan100

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    This is my reply to a similar thread last week:
    I was requested to show an AP 2 out of 4 trips to WDW in 2004. This was the first time I had ever been asked. In previous years it was never mentioned. The first request was in April. I had 3 rooms reserved at CSR. The second request was at CR in October and it was only me.
     
  15. D&R love Disney

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    I've never been asked to show my AP or voucher but I always have one available. Many of my friends have been asked to show theirs though.
     
  16. lark

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    I agree with everyone that this is cheating. But everyone's moral compass is set differently, and this is supposed to be a board about sharing tips and the like.

    One thing I've seen suggested on this board is to delay the purchasing of passes for one of the people in your group. For example, if you're going to be there for 5 days, a child's MYW pass would be in the neighborhood of $200 or so, or more if you want extra features. If you get asked for the AP at check in, tell them you haven't bought it yet, and then buy it for the child. For an extra cost of about $180, you get your room discount. If they don't ask, buy whatever pass you were going to buy.

    Some thoughts on this: (1) Obviously it only works if your room discount is steep enough and you're going for a multi-day stay. (2) There's nothing to keep them from asking you for your AP during your stay, in which case you're going to get charged rack rates, which, frankly, I wish they would do from time to time to keep it honest. And (3) make no mistake about it, this is stealing. If you're ok with that, so be it, but at least acknowledge it is what it is.
     
  17. Aisleleven

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    I agree with you...

    FYI - I have been asked to show my DL to confirm my address for a Florida Resident Discount EVERYTIME...and my address is clearly on my ressie and in the computer...

    I've also been asked for my AP when checking in (on more than one occassion)...

    When I called to confirm my ressies, the CM reminded me to bring my AP stating I would need to show it at check-in...

    Like everything in Disney, I'm sure there are exceptions to this and it will depend on the CM checking you in, but it seems like they are starting to crack down on this...
     
  18. skiwee1

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    I've never been asked for my AP when checking in. Even when first purchased and nothing was in the system was I ever asked. I always ask them if they want to see it and told no. The CMs have always told me that when making the reservation CRO puts that I have an AP and that is all they need. I asked the CM what if I really didn't have an AP and just told the CRO that? They reply that they just go by what they are told in teh system. I would never chance not having an AP and getting the rate though.
     
  19. CamColt

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    We have been asked to show an AP at the Poly twice, the Swan, and ASSP, when checking in with an AP rate.
     
  20. eeyorina

    eeyorina Earning My Ears

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    I had to show my AP at the BC last Oct along with my AAA card as we had nights booked with one or the other.
     
  21. EsmeraldaX

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    I've had my AP voucher and not been asked. In fact, I told them it would not be activated until the next day and the CM said that was fine.
     

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