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  • News Annual Pass cards

    Did a search and didn't see anyone talking about the new AP cards.

    I renewed my annual pass yesterday and noticed my new card is different. The CM at Guest Services went into detail:

    1. The new cards no longer have the expiration date on them.

    2. The cards don't have the type on it (ex. Deluxe printed on it)

    3. The Disney "D" indicates to the cashier at stores and restaurants that the passholder is a premium passholder and should apply the premium AP discount.

    In addition, when you renew your AP, the new card DOES NOT activate until the day after your old AP card expires so depending on when you renew it, you'll still use your old card until the day after your expiration date. Also, the new card stays with you since they'll no longer issue new cards to renewals (the exception is if your card wears out.) next time you renew, you'll still have the card.

    If this was posted before, I apologize and the mods can merge this to the appropriate thread.


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    Re: Annual Pass cards

    Interesting. I remember Al saying some time ago that TDA was looking into doing away with APs in favor of doing memberships. So you only pay the months that you go. Sounds like this is a step in that direction. Could be a cost cutting factor too, saving money on printing those AP cards.

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      Re: Annual Pass cards

      Originally posted by BasilofBakerStreet View Post
      Interesting. I remember Al saying some time ago that TDA was looking into doing away with APs in favor of doing memberships. So you only pay the months that you go. Sounds like this is a step in that direction. Could be a cost cutting factor too, saving money on printing those AP cards.
      Yeah. I remembered Al talking about it. When I got the new card, I remembered the Al Lutz article that talked about it.


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        Re: Annual Pass cards

        Originally posted by BasilofBakerStreet View Post
        Interesting. I remember Al saying some time ago that TDA was looking into doing away with APs in favor of doing memberships. So you only pay the months that you go. Sounds like this is a step in that direction. Could be a cost cutting factor too, saving money on printing those AP cards.

        Not at AP, but I'm 'confoozled', as Pooh might say. Pay for the months that you go? How would that work? I could get an AP at no cost upfront, and only pay for months I actually use it? I would pay for a 3-, 6-, 9-month AP? Or I would pay a small fee for an AP, then I would pay a much reduced entry fee when I visit? I unfortunately visit infrequently enough now that an AP doesn't benefit me under the current rules, but a 'pay per visit' AP might change that scenario for me, depending on how it works, of course.

        I can't see any 'pay as you go' that would benefit Disney because I would think it could dramatically increase the number of pass holders, thereby decreasing the number of full admissions prices being paid. Of course, I expect that TDA has a scenario in mind that would benefit them, otherwise they won't offer it as an option, right?
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          • #6
            Re: Annual Pass cards

            Originally posted by The Forbidden Eye View Post
            3. The Disney "D" indicates to the cashier at stores and restaurants that the passholder is a premium passholder and should apply the premium AP discount.
            so I guess that you would get a new card if you upgrade to premium or downgrade from premium when you renew in the future.

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            • #7
              Re: Annual Pass cards

              Well if I have to keep the same pass forever, do they at least let you choose from different designs for a change? If not, I hope it's not still the same Mickey/Donald/Goofy thing that they've been using for the past three years. I miss having Sleeping Beauty Castle on my pass.

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              • #8
                Re: Annual Pass cards

                how much would it be a month then? because it was easier yearly.. and will it be extra to add discounts to the card?
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                  Re: Annual Pass cards

                  Originally posted by DisneyFan28 View Post
                  how much would it be a month then? because it was easier yearly.. and will it be extra to add discounts to the card?
                  For monthly payments, it depends on what type of pass you got. Premium is around $52 a month for example. You still have the option of paying the whole price of the AP. The discount perks still remains for all AP types. The D on my pass lets the cashier know that I'm a Premium AP holder so that they can apply the proper discount.


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                    Re: Annual Pass cards

                    I hope they keep the Premier Pass the same. I like that it looks different from the other passes. Different makes me feel special.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Annual Pass cards

                      This is my first year having an AP, but I was kind of hoping for a new design each year because I have a major issue with collecting things. I guess that's one less temptation!! Haha

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                      • #12
                        Re: Annual Pass cards

                        Yeah we got these new passes back in December, when I think they may have been brand new, many of the cast members were confused when they looked at them because they didn't have the AP level on them, which caused us to lose the proper premium discount a few times. Hopefully they have gotten better at this with time. And yes unfortunately it is the same mickey, goofy, and donald design that it has been for a while... I was hoping for something different

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                          Re: Annual Pass cards

                          Originally posted by The Forbidden Eye View Post
                          For monthly payments, it depends on what type of pass you got. Premium is around $52 a month for example. You still have the option of paying the whole price of the AP. The discount perks still remains for all AP types. The D on my pass lets the cashier know that I'm a Premium AP holder so that they can apply the proper discount.
                          thanks for the info
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                          • #14
                            Re: Annual Pass cards

                            I just renewed mine a week or so ago, and the CM explained the same information to me. Here is what the "D" on the Premium passes looks like.
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                              Re: Annual Pass cards

                              Originally posted by explodingboy View Post
                              I just renewed mine a week or so ago, and the CM explained the same information to me. Here is what the "D" on the Premium passes looks like.
                              Is the front image still the same?
                              Last edited by ledfrog; 03-11-2013, 04:27 PM. Reason: Added reply with quote.

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