And how old do you have to be to go to DLR alone?
12 is the limit, but I wouldn't necessarily let a kid wander off by themselves that young. (Unless they are commonly described as "12 going on 35".) If the youth had an older brother or sister or a trusted older friend that went along, than that's better...
And does an AP get you in at BOTH parks?
Yes - Before they opened DCA they tried separate AP's for DL and DCA, and a combined pass for both. They sold a small percentage of two-park passes for a little bit more money, mostly to the die-hards who wanted to at least give the place a chance.
Of the passholders who renewed their AP's and stayed with a single-park option, the overwhelming majority stayed with Disneyland alone and almost none for DCA alone. That experiment ended fast - they wanted to have someone going to DCA....
So they quickly went to all Two Park AP's, and have stayed with it.
And what kind of discounts do they give?
Go look at the Annual Passports section of the Disneyland website, they are all spelled out.
Note that some of the restaurants in the area give discounts for other group memberships you may have (like a AAA Auto Club card) so you have to think to ask. Look for little signs or stickers by the door, or by the cash register.
Or they give discounts to Disney Cast Members that they don't normally give to AP holders - and I've been confused for one when wearing one of the red "Guest Of Honor" name badges they used to sell.
(You try saying something once, and when it's clear You Are Getting that discount and they aren't going to take No for an answer... You just say Thank You and shut up. )
Or I've been lumped in when we went off-site for lunch with one or two CM's in our party that were well known by the restaurant staff - they just gave the CM Discount to everyone in the party. Even when they split the check three or four ways to keep it manageable.
AND... is there anything else about an AP that you could please tell me?
DO NOT wave your AP around like a Badge Of Honor - Some CM's actually have attitudes ranging from open disdain to downright contempt for AP's, especially the ones who demand special treatment. And heaven forbid you try the "I pay your salary - I'll Have Your Badge!" type talk, that really doesn't go over well.
You are still a Guest in Walt's Park, always remember to act like one.
DO NOT try giving your AP to someone else to get in for the day. They do look and compare the appearance of the person at the gate to the picture in the computer (and it comes up much larger and in better detail than the one on the card) and they will check the holder's ID if there are any questions.
Say goodbye to your pass at a minimum, and they might press charges against the person trying to get in fraudulently.
Try noit to lose your pass. They will replace a lost card once a year for free, after that they can and usually will charge.
(Worn out cards are no problem, because you are turning in the illegible one. If they have to play with it to get it to scan at the gate, go get yourself a fresh one. Stolen cards, bring in a copy of the police report.)
AND... How long does it take to get your AP?
Same day - You can buy it in the regular line at the Ticket Booths and they give you a ticket-media style voucher and that's it. Present your parking stub and if your new pass includes parking they'll refund it.
Once you are inside the park you have to go to the AP Processing Center to give them all the address and contact particulars, sign the agreements on conduct and such, and have your picture taken, then wait a minute or two for the card printer to churn out your New AP.
If the line at the APPC is out the door and halfway around the block, go ride a ride or two and come back later. The crowd runs in fits and starts.
--<< Bruce >>--