I have travelled to Walt Disney World (WDW) Resort many times with my family but recently came back from a short trip to the World with my brother. On this trip, we encountered a Disney policy that I had never had heard of before. Apparently, Canadians and other internationals Guests travelling to WDW must be able to present a valid passport or colour copy of his or her passport along with another piece of ID (e.g. driver’s license) if they are asked to provide proof of age to be able to order an alcoholic beverage.
To back up a bit here, my brother was at the pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village. He is 27 but looks young for his age. He tried to order an alcoholic drink from the Cast Member at the pool bar and was asked for his passport or a copy of it. He texted me while I was in our room and asked if I could send him a picture of his passport page, which was in the room safe, which i did, and they gladly accepted. They apologized for the inconvenience and gave him a Mickey rice Krispie treat.
They told him that this was a “new policy” implemented back in January 2015. However, my research has indicated that this is a long-standing policy dating back to 2013. This policy is reportedly an attempt to stop under aged Guests from using fake international-looking driver’s licences, that Cast Members are not familiar with and have difficulty verifying the authenticity of, to order alcohol.
Cast Members do have discretion as to whether they ask an international Guest for such ID, which may explain why many people do not know that this policy even exists. Basically, if you look young, prepare to be asked by Cast Members to present your passport. I have also heard of some reports that even if you look well beyond the legal drinking age of 21 (e.g. reports from 30 and 40 year olds) you may still be asked to present the extra ID. I would not recommend travelling with your actual passport around the resorts, parks and restaurants but I will certainly be travelling with colour photocopy of my passport with me from now on when I travel to WDW.