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  • dlfreak
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    Originally posted by CaptainCM
    shopping passes are offered during certain times of the week. They are not offered after 4PM to prevent people from getting free admission to see the parade. Also, they won't void the sale unless you provide a recipt. You can't use a shopping pass to dine at an in-park restaraunt, becuase demand is already high enough for Blue Bayou if you just have the paying park guests, it wouldn't be fair to allow people without admission to jump in the mix as well. Also, they are VERY firm on the times. If you are more than 5 mins over the 1 hour mark, they will charge you. It's part of the agreement.
    Well I'm not sure how accurate your source is because we got our Shopping pass last Friday at 4:19 pm. It expired at 5:19 pm. They did not ask for a receipt. The CM said "And approximately how much do you think you spent inside the park." In no way insinuating proof of a receipt or any in-park purchases. Additionally, when acquiring the pass they don't ask you why you want one, so if you wanted to risk getting into the Bayou dining and getting back before the hour was up it would be completely up to you. There is really no way (under the current system, that is) that they could restrict you from eating anywhere (additionally, I'm sure they'd appreciate ANY money you spend inside with your SHOPPING pass regardless if its on a Mickey Mouse toothpick holder or a 5 dollar churro)

    Just adding a few cents.

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  • CaptainCM
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    shopping passes are offered during certain times of the week. They are not offered after 4PM to prevent people from getting free admission to see the parade. Also, they won't void the sale unless you provide a recipt. You can't use a shopping pass to dine at an in-park restaraunt, becuase demand is already high enough for Blue Bayou if you just have the paying park guests, it wouldn't be fair to allow people without admission to jump in the mix as well. Also, they are VERY firm on the times. If you are more than 5 mins over the 1 hour mark, they will charge you. It's part of the agreement.

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  • PanTheMan
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    I have never heard of such a thing...Dang it.

    On my way to my Ex-Wifes house to pick up my Kids near oceanside, i would often stop at Downtown Disney to go to the World of Disney Store. And i could have been on MAIN STREET?... Dang.

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  • DisneyDarling
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    Used shopping pass on 5/17/05

    DH and I had no clue at all about the shopping pass, but I found out about it from the lady at the newsstand/merchandise stand that's part inside and part outside DL. The CM at guest services pulled out a clipboard to put my name down for 2 shopping passes, and there were probably 20 or so names on the list (presumably of others who had gotten shopping passes). Maybe they're only doing it because of all the new 50th merchandise--we went in and got gold ears for our real day at the park the next day (in case they sold out of the adult size, which I think they did...I really wanted to wear them during our day at DL, for photos and also because it's more fun!) She did do the credit card imprint and stamped our left hands, but no one asked us anything about how much we spent or what we did when we came back. It's a good idea to come back in like 45 mins in case there's a long guest services line you have to wait through before returning your passes. Now that I know about the shopping pass, I'll be sure to ask for them next time, when I really want to enjoy Main Street and all its fabulous merchandise, as a fun way to gear up for a full day of DL rides and other attractions!!

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  • dlfreak
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    You don't have to purchase anything. They ask you how much you spent but they don't ask for receipts or anything.

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  • Wendy_Bird
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    i just really would like to take my mom out or my mother inlaw or something for a nice dinner... that is all... and I dont think that she would want to ride anything... but would that count as having bought something... and could I buy a key chain and just ride the rides or does it have to be something significant?

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  • melmel
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    Originally posted by Wendy_Bird
    I waonder if that is the case... then could I take some firends out to diner at the blue bayou??
    If you were in and out within an hour. But I wouldn't count on being able to do that if your party is larger than two, and unless you're being seated at 11:30 am or 3:30 pm.

    Our turnover rate is really high-- at lunch, it averages 30-40 minutes. At dinner, it averages 45-hour, but you have to account for a lot of walking time too, because of the high pedestrian traffic in New Orleans and Adventureland.

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  • Wendy_Bird
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    I waonder if that is the case... then could I take some firends out to diner at the blue bayou??

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  • dlfreak
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    We went to "Guest Services" and the CM was happy to help. You can get, assumedly as many people as you'd like in with the shoppping pass (we got all three of our group members in) but they all have to be with you (obviously) when you return before the one hour deadline.

    Oh and after signing the agreement that you give Disney permission to charge you for the price of addmission after the time printed on the "receipt." They give you regular tickets but in the back it has the return time and the little disclaimer again about being charged. It has the card holders name on it, as well. In addition they stamp your left hand.

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  • dlfreak
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    Oh so they charge the tickets to one credit card and when you return the void the sale? I hope they stil have this! Where did you guys go to acquire your pass?

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  • Lady Constance Gracey
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    My fiance and I used a Shopping Pass this past October (2004). We put both our passes on his credit card with no problem.

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  • cj843
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    i did a shopping pass in Feb. 2004 just to buy Candy at the Candy Palace. They issued one for two of use and:

    Took my credit card number
    Issued tickets
    We were back in an hour and they did not charge my card...(however I think they said 45 minutes!)

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  • ni_teach
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    I seem to remember they had this a few years ago during the Christmas season. Sorry that I do not remember the details. But I do believe that it existed at one time so your not crazy about asking for information.

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  • sierranevada
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    I know for sure they had the shopping pass last year - I had some friends use it last May. Have not heard anything about this year. They way it worked, they gave credit card and when they returned in one hour, the CM did ask to see a receipt to show that they bought something.

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  • Morrigoon
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    I have *never* heard of anyone not being able to leave Main Street.

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  • wolfy
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    I know at Christmas they let in people to Main Street only for Shopping (you can't leave Main Street with out a ticket or AP), but have never heard of a "Shopping pass", sounds like a good idea, all around!

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  • MickeyJCA
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    Originally posted by JonathanIT
    I know they had them as recently as a couple years ago. I think how it worked was, you had to give a credit card number (or swipe), and if you weren't back out at the guest services window within the alotted "1 hour" limit, they would charge a full day park admission to your account.

    --J.
    Interesting. I always thought the shopping pass was a good idea: let people into The Park to spend money, but they can't add to the cost of ride maintenance. Sounds like a win/win. Of course, I would have just gotten the cheap pass and then hung out until I had to leave just so I could "be there" (if you know what I mean, and I'm sure you do ).

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  • DOOM BGI
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    Originally posted by MickeyJCA
    I seriously doubt that the shopping pass is still in effect. I think it went out with the ticket books. In the ticket book days, you could spend a day in The Park without going on any attractions because everything required a separate ticket. But today there's nothing to keep "shoppers" off the attractions. The 1 hour limit sounds plausible, but still, I doubt it. The shopping pass used to be popular during the holiday season, but I'd be surprised to hear that it's still an option in 2005.

    Let me know if you find out differently.
    I know they had them as recently as a couple years ago. I think how it worked was, you had to give a credit card number (or swipe), and if you weren't back out at the guest services window within the alotted "1 hour" limit, they would charge a full day park admission to your account.

    --J.

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  • MickeyJCA
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    I seriously doubt that the shopping pass is still in effect. I think it went out with the ticket books. In the ticket book days, you could spend a day in The Park without going on any attractions because everything required a separate ticket. But today there's nothing to keep "shoppers" off the attractions. The 1 hour limit sounds plausible, but still, I doubt it. The shopping pass used to be popular during the holiday season, but I'd be surprised to hear that it's still an option in 2005.

    Let me know if you find out differently.

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  • DOOM BGI
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    I was under the impression that DLR no longer offered "Shopping Passes." I thought they were phased out at about the same time that the big AP rate increase happened a while ago. But I may be wrong! :confused:

    --J.

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