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Annual Passholder/ Ticket Changes 2016

21stamps

Well-Known Member
OOOOOOO!! we will activate in December.. Here's hoping.
Mine will be activated the day after thanksgiving, I was told that I will get 13 months. Hopefully that was correct information!

My question is, we check in on 11/25 at GF.. We are not going to any parks until 11/27.

Will I not be able to apply the 20% at the restaurants and discounts on water sports before the 27th?
 

LuvtheGoof

Grill Master
Premium Member
Mine will be activated the day after thanksgiving, I was told that I will get 13 months. Hopefully that was correct information!

My question is, we check in on 11/25 at GF.. We are not going to any parks until 11/27.

Will I not be able to apply the 20% at the restaurants and discounts on water sports before the 27th?
Your pass has to be activated before you can use any discounts, so no, you will not get any discounts on the 25th and 26th if you don't activate your passes.
 

21stamps

Well-Known Member
Your pass has to be activated before you can use any discounts, so no, you will not get any discounts on the 25th and 26th if you don't activate your passes.
The 25th I have a room only reservation, no discount. Then on the 26th I have a 5 night passholder discount. Same room type so they have assured me that I won't have to move..
But I am required to show my proof of the AP at check in, do they ever give temporary cards in that scenario? Or I have to go a park before I even check in?

This may complicate things. I did not buy an AP for my son, so I can't go to a park first without using one of his days.. that whole scenario seems like a hassle.
 

LuvtheGoof

Grill Master
Premium Member
The 25th I have a room only reservation, no discount. Then on the 26th I have a 5 night passholder discount. Same room type so they have assured me that I won't have to move..
But I am required to show my proof of the AP at check in, do they ever give temporary cards in that scenario? Or I have to go a park before I even check in?
I take it that you have an exchange certificate? You can get it activated at DS or any park guest relations. Since you are at GF, just monorail to MK, visit guest relations outside the park, get them activated, and monorail back to GF. Yes, it's a bit of time, but will save you aggravation later.
 

21stamps

Well-Known Member
I take it that you have an exchange certificate? You can get it activated at DS or any park guest relations. Since you are at GF, just monorail to MK, visit guest relations outside the park, get them activated, and monorail back to GF. Yes, it's a bit of time, but will save you aggravation later.
This is the most important info I have read on this site. Thank you.

Wow, I'm glad I found out about this now. I guess I'll call and try to get a spot at Lilo's playhouse on the 25th. "Hey son, we're on our family vacay!! Now I'm dropping you off in a kids club within the first hour!" :(. Oh well, that's probably the better option than dragging him to wait in line at guest relations. I've never had to use them..have no idea if it will be a long wait during that busy of a day.
 

LuvtheGoof

Grill Master
Premium Member
This is the most important info I have read on this site. Thank you.

Wow, I'm glad I found out about this now. I guess I'll call and try to get a spot at Lilo's playhouse on the 25th. "Hey son, we're on our family vacay!! Now I'm dropping you off in a kids club within the first hour!" :(. Oh well, that's probably the better option than dragging him to wait in line at guest relations. I've never had to use them..have no idea if it will be a long wait during that busy of a day.
Could be a minute - could be an hour. Just no way to tell until you get there. If you don't already know, it's located way on the far right as you are looking at the train station. You will have to go through the bag check, but not the "turnstiles". And why not take him with you? I'm sure he'd enjoy the monorail rides. Good luck!
 

21stamps

Well-Known Member
Could be a minute - could be an hour. Just no way to tell until you get there. If you don't already know, it's located way on the far right as you are looking at the train station. You will have to go through the bag check, but not the "turnstiles". And why not take him with you? I'm sure he'd enjoy the monorail rides. Good luck!
Ok, maybe I could go without a bag and bring him. Thank you!
 

Gabe1

Ivory Tower Squabble EST 2011. WINDMILL SURVIVOR
Premium Member
Ok, maybe I could go without a bag and bring him. Thank you!

Double check me but I BELIEVE you can do this all at Disney Springs new Welcome Center in the Town Square area. The building is large, has couches and tables for guests waiting to be served (no lines, they find you) and enough to keep a young kid from squirming around. I know you can buy passes, convert multi day to annual passes there so likely activate.

The 25th I have a room only reservation, no discount. Then on the 26th I have a 5 night passholder discount. Same room type so they have assured me that I won't have to move..
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We also had one night not on the dining plan but it was on the fall break discount. We were assigned a different room for both reservations. At check-in the Cast Member made a call and arranged for us to stay in same room the entire stay. So I think it is automatic but often easy for a CM to make it happen. I'd ask at check-in
 
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21stamps

Well-Known Member
Double check me but I BELIEVE you can do this all at Disney Springs new Welcome Center in the Town Square area. The building is large, has couches and tables for guests waiting to be served (no lines, they find you) and enough to keep a young kid from squirming around. I know you can buy passes, convert multi day to annual passes there so likely activate.
Thanks for the info! Any idea of the crowds on Black Friday? We are having dinner at Narcoossee's and I planned on parasailing at Sammy Duvall's earlier in the day, if weather allows..and then Saturday we have a 1900 Park Fair brunch and will rent sea Raycers. I think all of those are applicable for an AP discount, so I would like to get it activated ahead of time... If the waits are too long it may not be worth it though. Does it have to be activated before our second "check in" on the 26th?
 

Gabe1

Ivory Tower Squabble EST 2011. WINDMILL SURVIVOR
Premium Member
Thanks for the info! Any idea of the crowds on Black Friday? We are having dinner at Narcoossee's and I planned on parasailing at Sammy Duvall's earlier in the day, if weather allows..and then Saturday we have a 1900 Park Fair brunch and will rent sea Raycers. I think all of those are applicable for an AP discount, so I would like to get it activated ahead of time... If the waits are too long it may not be worth it though. Does it have to be activated before our second "check in" on the 26th?

I've been there for previous Thanksgivings, 4th and Christmas NYE week. As nicely as I can put it, it is very crowded. Doing non park attractions might be less intense but I would anticipate the parks to at or near their highest levels. I've only purchased APs at Guest Services or TTC so I'm not sure about your split reservations. The Welcome Center is by far the best I've encountered but even with that I did wait 30 minutes.
 

dreamfinder

Well-Known Member
The 25th I have a room only reservation, no discount. Then on the 26th I have a 5 night passholder discount. Same room type so they have assured me that I won't have to move..
But I am required to show my proof of the AP at check in, do they ever give temporary cards in that scenario? Or I have to go a park before I even check in?

This may complicate things. I did not buy an AP for my son, so I can't go to a park first without using one of his days.. that whole scenario seems like a hassle.

Not once when I used an AP room discount did I have to show my AP. If they do ask you should be able to return within 24 hours with your valid AP.

But you don't need to go IN the park to get your AP. If you choose to go to the park to do it, they all have guest services windows available outside the turnstiles (but past security usually) where you can get your AP activated. Or you can get it done at Disney Springs at guest services there.
 

21stamps

Well-Known Member
Not once when I used an AP room discount did I have to show my AP. If they do ask you should be able to return within 24 hours with your valid AP.

But you don't need to go IN the park to get your AP. If you choose to go to the park to do it, they all have guest services windows available outside the turnstiles (but past security usually) where you can get your AP activated. Or you can get it done at Disney Springs at guest services there.
I think MK will be our best option- outside of the park. We will be doing parasailing, sea Raycers, mini golf, 1900 PF, and GF cafe, and quick service at the GF (not quite sure how or where now that Gasparilla's will be closed) during those 2 days- all of which have an AP discount I think. I definitely would like to save a few $ if possible.
 

GymLeaderPhil

Well-Known Member
To clarify what you need to present to get Passholder discounts:
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/passholders/cards-necessary-in-park/

  • Photo ID
  • Yellow Passholder admission card with Mickey in an orange circle on the front
Most WDW owned and operated locations will also accept a MagicBand with your pass on it as well as your photo ID. However third party locations usually do not accept the MagicBand since they can't scan or read it.

To get a Passholder admission card, go to any Ticket Window or the Theme Park/Disney Springs Guest Relations. They are not mailed out.
 

21stamps

Well-Known Member
To clarify what you need to present to get Passholder discounts:
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/passholders/cards-necessary-in-park/

  • Photo ID
  • Yellow Passholder admission card with Mickey in an orange circle on the front
Most WDW owned and operated locations will also accept a MagicBand with your pass on it as well as your photo ID. However third party locations usually do not accept the MagicBand since they can't scan or read it.

To get a Passholder admission card, go to any Ticket Window or the Theme Park/Disney Springs Guest Relations. They are not mailed out.
Thanks!
 

TylerFromMI

Member
To clarify what you need to present to get Passholder discounts:
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/passholders/cards-necessary-in-park/

  • Photo ID
  • Yellow Passholder admission card with Mickey in an orange circle on the front
Most WDW owned and operated locations will also accept a MagicBand with your pass on it as well as your photo ID. However third party locations usually do not accept the MagicBand since they can't scan or read it.

To get a Passholder admission card, go to any Ticket Window or the Theme Park/Disney Springs Guest Relations. They are not mailed out.

Just to reiterate, this is accurate. Just got back yesterday and each time I asked about the discount, they asked for the yellow pass and my ID, including at Starbucks for the merch discount.
 

bee

Well-Known Member
Sorry if this has been asked and I missed the answer (in which case, feel free to berate me ;)).

Do I have to activate the pass by the January date to get 13 months, or can I buy it by that date and activate it at a later date and get the 13 months?

Thanks!
 

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