I just have so many questions about this, that I thought I’d start a thread.
First, what is it?: I can answer this one with my story. During my family’s last trip over Labor Day 2014, my DD3 went up to Primeval Whirl and Splash Mountain and wanted to ride. The CM explained that she wasn’t tall enough, and she was sad but resigned. The CM then produced a slick card, about index card size for the ride saying basically that she’d be tall enough one day. Others have said you usually have to be the one to ask CMs about it. The one we got for Splash Mountain looks like this:
I thought maybe this is just a souvenir, and when she’s tall enough a CM will fill in the date. But on Chat (unforum, whatever) people are saying that this was used like a paper FP for at least the child and two adults, so my real questions start now:
Basically, what are people’s personal experiences using these cards?
Are they to be officially used as paper fast passes? Or just souvenirs in the stand-by line or FP line if you happen to have FPs for the ride? If they’re used as FPs, that seems maybe better than rider swap, although it will be delayed gratification.
If they are to be used as FPs, then how many people do you think they’d let in with the child?
In our personal experience, we’re now going back in September (me, my DW and DD) and she’ll probably be big enough to ride Splash Mountain. Should we not FP it in the hopes that we’d get a “free” FP?
Could someone then have gone around to all the rides and then when the child is big enough gotten into a bunch of FP lines? We wouldn’t have done this as it would have made DD too sad to see all the rides she couldn’t do, but with the right child and/or parents this might work.
If it’s used as a paper FP, I’m guessing the CM would keep it after you give it to them. But I’m guessing they’d let you take a picture of it before they keep it?
What keeps locals or repeat visitors from amassing lots of these cards to use? Or people getting them to give to other families? Maybe just not enough people use them for this to be a problem? What’s to stop a Liner black market of these? I’m definitely not suggesting this. That seems wrong to me.
Again, let me know any personal experiences you may have about this. We hear a fair bit about rider swap I think, but I don’t remember hearing nearly as much about these.
What’s a better name for them than the one I made up? Is there an official name?