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    Question Turnstile Sounds...What's the Difference?

    I've wondered this many times as I've entered Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure. As you know, one of two noises are played as your passport is accepted, either a Tinkerbellish Pixie Dust jingle or a sort of whistle/chirp.

    I've tried many times to figure out what circumstances cause one or the other to be played, but every time I think I've got it I turn out to be wrong.

    Does anyone know?













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    Re: Turnstile Sounds...What's the Difference?

    One's for your first entry of the day; one's for re-entry.

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    Re: Turnstile Sounds...What's the Difference?

    One sound is played when you enter the park for the first time each day and the other sound is played each time you re-enter. This alerts the CM to check for a hand-stamp to make sure you aren't using someone else's ticket. I think the "Tinkerbellish Pixie Dust jingle" is the one played when you first enter but it may be the other way around. Listen next time you enter the park and you'll know.

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    Re: Turnstile Sounds...What's the Difference?

    I was told that the different sounds tell the cast member whether you have already been in the park. (I forget which sound is which.) Apparently, there have been some problems with people using their AP to enter the park, then surreptitiously handing them through the fence to a friend to enter the park on the same AP.

    That's why it's a good idea to get your hand stamped even if you have an AP.
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    Re: Turnstile Sounds...What's the Difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkRider View Post
    One's for your first entry of the day; one's for re-entry.
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    Re: Turnstile Sounds...What's the Difference?

    The pixie dust sound means your ticket or annual pass has been scanned for the first time of the day. The whistle means your are re-entering the park or park hopping, that is why you will be asked if you have a handstamp after the whistle. If you hear a bong sound that means many different things and most of the time a lead is called out to investigate what is wrong with the ticket.The lights at the end of the turnstile are for the guest research people the green light means the first visit of the day and the white light means re-entering and the red light means there was something wrong with your ticket.


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    Re: Turnstile Sounds...What's the Difference?

    There's a third one that plays if you're an AP and you visit on your birthday, but I don't know what it is - I've only been once on my actual day, and I didn't know to listen for it.

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    Re: Turnstile Sounds...What's the Difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkRider View Post
    There's a third one that plays if you're an AP and you visit on your birthday, but I don't know what it is - I've only been once on my actual day, and I didn't know to listen for it.
    i was just about to mention that

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    Re: Turnstile Sounds...What's the Difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Chaney View Post
    That's why it's a good idea to get your hand stamped even if you have an AP.
    I don't follow. Why is it a good idea to get your hand stamped if you are the legitimate holder of the AP?
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    Re: Turnstile Sounds...What's the Difference?

    AP's are not required to have a handstamp. They do however always have to show their pass each time they come to the turnstile. The only time AP's are asked to get a handstamp are on high volume days that the park has to limit guest coming in. Also, the birthday sound is like a bell sound.


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    Re: Turnstile Sounds...What's the Difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Chaney View Post
    That's why it's a good idea to get your hand stamped even if you have an AP.





    Why would that be?

    If it's my AP, and we are not required to have a hand stamp, what benefit would there be for me?

    The CM's don't waive you through with just a hand stamp, so I don't see the purpose of it when you have an AP.

    Just wondering...

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    Re: Turnstile Sounds...What's the Difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkRider View Post
    There's a third one that plays if you're an AP and you visit on your birthday, but I don't know what it is - I've only been once on my actual day, and I didn't know to listen for it.
    Really! Interesting. My birthday's on a Wednesday this year, so odds are I won't get to check that out for a while...but I'll keep that in mind.

    Thanks for the answer everybody- it makes sense. I never knew that the sounds served a purpose.













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    Re: Turnstile Sounds...What's the Difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkRider View Post
    There's a third one that plays if you're an AP and you visit on your birthday, but I don't know what it is - I've only been once on my actual day, and I didn't know to listen for it.
    The old entry system(before the Color Monitors) also would display that it was your birthday along with the sound. I haven't been their on my Birthday since they changed the system so I don't know if the new ones do that still.

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    Re: Turnstile Sounds...What's the Difference?

    If I'm not mistakened, I think there was a voice that said, "Happy Birthday!" I'm not sure...

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    Re: Turnstile Sounds...What's the Difference?

    Regarding AP holders getting their hands stamped:

    Certainly, AP holders are allowed to come and go into either park as they please. Getting your hand stamped is mostly a help and a courtesy for the CM at the turnstile.

    When the whistle indicates that you are returning to the park, the handstamp verifies that fact. It helps confirm to the turnstile CM that you are not someone who has had an AP handed out through the fence to them.

    Of course, if you can pull off the scam just once, then you and your buddy can both get your hands stamped. That is probably why your photo in living-color now shows on the turnstile CM's computer.
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