I just returned from taking my 88 year old mother to DLR and staying at the Grand California Hotel for 3 days. It was her last Disney wish as she is currently in Hospice. At hotel check-in we were told the room key can be used throughout the DLR to purchase merchandise and meals. WRONG!!! You cannot use it at Rainforest Cafe. I had to go all the way back to our room for my Visa card...and then had trouble because they would not accept my annual pass premier photo ID as a photo ID. In Disneyland at the Star Trader the room key (again) was not accepted because the store now requires a photo ID. And, my annual pass premier photo was not accepted, nor was my charge card. They only accept a "valid" photo ID such as a drivers license, passport or military ID. City Hall cast members (and even their manager!) were unaware of this new procedure and had to make several phone calls and it was soon confirmed with the merchandise manager. Of course we tested this new procedure at other various shops or restaurants. They accepted the room key without any problems. We go to DLR quite often, and stay at the resort at times too, and have never had this problem. So, be sure to bring a valid photo ID...a annual pass photo ID is not acceptable at DLR to make purchases. Times have changed indeed.