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Q: Disney VIP ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Disney VIP
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: r2-ga
List Price: $75.00
Posted: 12 Feb 2005 18:03 PST
Expires: 14 Mar 2005 18:03 PST
Question ID: 473571
I was at Disney today and noticed at two rides people walk up to the
handicaped extrance, flash a white and red pass and be immediately

What is this pass and who can get one?

Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 12 Feb 2005 18:46 PST
Hello R2,

Could you be thinking of the FastPass?

Disney's FastPass is your free pass to jump in the front of the line
to your favorite Disney Park attractions.

Read How It Works here:

Or perhaps it was a VIP pass that was issued for a special circumstance.


"While on the Winnie-The-Pooh ride, we experienced yet another
breakdown. After we had remained in our seats for about 10 minutes,
attendants came and led us out, where we were issued VIP passes to
jump to the head of the line for another attraction."

Or it may have been the Guest Assistance Card.

Please let me know if one of the above is what you have in mind?

Subject: Re: Disney VIP
Answered By: legolas-ga on 13 Feb 2005 10:45 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi r2-ga,

As a VERY avid Disneylander (we go about once every week or two and
have had Premium passes for the last two years), I can tell you I know
every trick in the book at Disneyland :)

There are a few possibilites for what the pass is.

1) "Special Assistance Pass" - A SAP is given to (almost) anyone who
claims that they have a disability that requires them to have
'special' assistance. To use that pass, you go to the Exit of the ride
(or the handicap entrance) and esentially walk in. You get the passes
from Town Hall on Main Street (just under the railway bridge on the
left). In recent time, the SAP's have been harder to get. You need
some 'proof' as to why you need it. My mother who uses two canes to
walk will often get one if she expects to go on rides. Standing for
prolonged periods are difficult for her. The nice thing is that when
we go as an extended family group with her, *everyone* gets to skip
the line. This is most likely what you saw. However, when I've seen
them, they are black and white only... They look very similar in size
and shape to the Parking Pass you receive when you park your car.

2) Rider-Switch pass - Very similar to a FastPass in that you still
are required to wait in the FastPass line, but, it's given to people
who are unable to go on the ride all at once. For example, if a young
child can not go on the ride due to height restrictions, and both
mother and father wish to go on the ride, they can go in 'turn'.
Mother goes first, requests a rider-switch pass and when she's done,
the father can 'skip' the line and get on the ride much faster. To get
this pass, just ask at the attraction when you're about to get on the
ride (when you're still in the line. If you wait until after, you may
not get one.)

3) VIP passes - Kinda a strange thing, but, there are times where
Disney will give special passes to people. Sometimes through Make a
Wish foundation, sometimes to invited guests, media, employees, etc.
These passes are not available to the public other than through some
sort of special relationship with Disney. I know some travel agents
can get VIP passes for certain tours that allow early-entry into the
park and pre-arranged fast-pass-like access to certain attractions. I
see these types of passes used at the Aladdin show often.

4) FastPass - You probably already know about FastPasses. On some
attractions, you obtain a ticket from a vending machine that has a
pre-arranged 'entry time' for an attraction. You return when it is
your time, and you get to skip the queue. You can only obtain one
ticket within a set period of time (the time period is printed on your
ticket and changes based on availability). Not all attractions offer
FastPass, and you are not guaranteed that a FastPass ticket will be
available for any particular ride. HOWEVER, one big thing for you to
know--the return "between" time is really a return "after" time. All
rides will allow you access to the FastPass line even after your
ticket 'expires'.

I hope that helps and answers your question. If any part of this
answer is unclear, please let me know by requesting clarification
prior to rating, and thus closing this question.


No search was performed. I've learned almost every trick there is for
getting around Disneyland in the fastest possible way :)
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