My apologies if this has been noticed on another post.
My wife and son each received the 50th AP newsletter and I've been online all weekend updating our user profiles so Mindy and I can enter the media event drawing. Curiously, however, there is no way for Nicky (our son) to enter. All kids under 18 are severely limited in the information they can enter to register with Disney.com and Disneyland.com. The practical upshot of this is that as near as I can tell, every annual passholder under 18 is not only excluded from the drawing, they are unable to even acknowledge their AP status with disneyland.com or log on to the AP website at all.
Some preliminary caveats:
**Mindy and I were APs before becoming parents. We would love an "adults only" night at Disneyland.
**We love the improved odds generated by automatically excluding all APs under 18.
I would grant the age restriction on the drawing (as stated in the Official Rules), AS LONG AS I could be guaranteed that no guest would be under 18 either, which is currently NOT addressed by the official rules posted online. Contrariwise, if an AP can bring a youth or teen guest, then why exclude them from the drawing? And don't say it's security because RadioDisney is holding contests every other day that limit participation to UNDER a certain age....
To me, it's an issue of economics and benefits. Disneyland has long ago abandoned the "junior" passport in favor of the calendarized versions we have now (SoCal, Deluxe, Premium). We pay full freight for a deluxe passport even though our child will only use a fraction of the Disneyland services due to age interest and height restrictions. We have come to live with this reality at the park. But is this any reason to say my son can't get a mousepad because he's under 18? That doesn't wash. If you're paying for a full AP, then any AP holder should have the full benefits accorded. If you want an adult party at the media event, maybe you should restrict the age; but consider that our son could have come with us (had we been willing to pay) to last year's Haunted Mansion event where alcohol was served to the upper-level guests.
IMHO, the online disneyland web people need to figure out a way to meet both the needs of online child protection and the federal laws pertaining to such and the benefits that should be afforded to any paying annual passholder. 'Cuz right now they're paying like adults and getting treated like kids.