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General FAQ

If you use assistive technology (such as a Braille reader, a screen reader, or TTY) and the format of any material on this Web site interferes with your ability to access information, please contact us at accessibility@cidpresents.com. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the Web address of the requested material, and your contact information.

CID Presents is committed to providing an inclusive experience for guests of all abilities. If at any time you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of the event please reach out our guest services team at 888-820-0386 or at info@cidpresents.com. We encourage you to make any requests as far in advance as possible to enhance our ability to evaluate and fulfill the request.
Please note:  Service animals cannot be accommodated at any of our resorts. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

Dead and Company will play three nights between Thursday, 1/17 and Sunday 1/20. While the specific set schedule is not confirmed, the music will begin on Thursday 1/17, so please plan accordingly!

The concerts are held at our beautiful ocean-side venue, Playa Azul. Playa Azul is located on the grounds of the Barcelo Resort, right on the beach.

Please note: All guests, regardless of which resort package they purchased, will have access to the venue for all shows there, but only Barcelo and Barcelo Palace guests will have access to the rest of the resort property.

The earlier you arrive, the better! Specific set times will be announced closer to the event, but we advise all guests to factor in at least 4 hours to get from Cancun International Airport, through Customs, riding the shuttle, and checking-in to the resort!

No, airfare is not included. Each Playing in the Sand package includes concert access, resort accommodations, food and drink inside the concert venue, shuttle transportation between Cancún International Airport and your resort, and shuttles between your resort and the concert venue (if applicable).

The Alumni Pre-Sale will begin on Monday, August 20th @ 1PM ET. All Alumni will automatically receive an email with instructions on purchasing so there is no need to sign up for the Pre-Sale mailing list on the website. All guests that sign up for the Pre-Sale mailing list will have access to purchase packages on Tuesday, August 21st @ 1PM ET. All folks that qualify for the Pre-Sales will receive instructions via email. Packages will go on-sale to the general public on Wednesday, August 22nd @ 1PM ET.

If traveling from outside of Mexico—including all guests coming from the U.S.—you must have a valid passport with no exception. Mexico has VERY specific passport requirements that all visitors must abide by. You can review these important requirements HERE. PLEASE NOTE: You will also be required to provide your passport upon check-in. We encourage you to PLEASE check your passport ASAP and make sure that it’s up to date. There may be major hassles and extra costs associated with trying to obtain a passport last minute. For more passport information, please click HERE.

All packages are non-refundable. Please refer to the Purchase Policy for complete details

Yes! You can learn more and purchase travel insurance here. Please note that the Travel Insurance is overseen by a third party, who settles any claims independently of the CID Presents team.


Packages FAQ

At the time of purchase, you will be able to choose between paying in full or taking advantage of our payment plan. For payment plan installment dates, please click HERE
Please note: if you choose to do so, there will be a one-time $50 payment plan processing fee added to the first payment for your package. For more information, check back during our on sale period.

During the initial purchase, you will only be able to use one credit card. If you opted for the payment plan and need to change your credit card to make the next payment, you may do so by logging into your account HERE. Please note: the card charged for the previous payment for the payment plan will be automatically charged for any proceeding charges, unless the billing information is changed via the procedure above. If you leave the same credit card on file throughout the payment plan, that card will be automatically charged for each payment and no action will be needed on your end.

There are no additional ticketing fees on top of the prices you see, and all Playing in the Sand packages provide an all-inclusive experience within the concert venue for all four (4) nights. Please note: The Rosewood Mayakoba package is NOT all-inclusive at the resort. Additionally, we recommend reviewing the Banyan Tree and Fairmont Resort details, as there are additional limitations to the all-inclusive experience at these resorts. All resorts may offer extra amenities that are not included in the resort’s all-inclusive plans, such as spa treatments, exclusive dining experiences, off-site adventures and more. Finally, please be aware that all Mexico residents/subjects will be subject to a 16% added VAT tax, which will be charged as an incidental to the credit card provided to the resort at Check-in. Please note: any non-residents who fail to provide their passports and immigration cards to the resort at check-in, will also incur this charge.

If you wish to purchase a Playing in the Sand package as a gift for someone else, you MUST enter the recipient’s name into the “Will Call/Pick-Up” fields on the billing info page during the purchase process.

Yes, shuttle transportation between Cancún International Airport and your resort is included in your package. As the event approaches, CID Presents Guest Services will request your flight information in order to coordinate all shuttle transportation.
PLEASE NOTE: shuttle transportation is only included between Cancún International Airport and our partner resorts; no other airports or resorts in the area will be serviced.

Each Playing in the Sand package includes ONE room at your chosen resort. If you purchase a package for four, the package includes ONE room with TWO beds.

Yes. You can purchase the following additional nights through us for each resort, availability permitting. The additional nights available at each resort are as follows:

Barceló Resort and Palace:

  • 5-night packages:
    • Wed-Sun: Tuesday, January 15th and/or Monday, January 21st, and Tuesday, January 22nd
    • Thurs-Mon: Tuesday, January 15th, Wednesday, January 16th and/or Tuesday, January 22nd

Banyan Tree Mayakoba:

    • Wednesday, January 16th
    • Monday, January 21st

Dreams Tulum

    • Wednesday, January 16th
    • Monday, January 21st

Rosewood Mayakoba

    • Wednesday, January 16th
    • Monday, January 21st

Secrets Akumal

    • Wednesday, January 16th
    • Monday, January 21st

Hard Rock Hotel

    • Wednesday, January 16th
    • Monday, January 21st

Fairmont Mayakoba

    • Wednesday, January 16th
    • Monday, January 21st

Unico

    • Wednesday, January 16th
    • Monday, January 21st

If you plan on booking additional nights with the resort directly, please make sure to reserve the same exact room type to ensure the best possible chance of linking reservations. Please note these requests are not guaranteed.

During the purchase process, you will only need to provide the lead guest’s name via the “Will Call/Pick-Up” field. After you’ve purchased, CID Presents Guest Services will reach out to you to collect personal and flight information for each guest in your party.

Yes! You will be given the specific date of this deadline in the near future, but it will most likely fall within 2 months of the event. All guests who provide travel information after that deadline may need to utilize airport shuttles on a standby basis.


Resorts FAQ

Performances will take place on-site at the Barceló Maya Resort. Official Playing in the Sand shuttles will transport guests from our partner resorts to the Barceló:

  • The Hard Rock is 5 km or approximately 7 minutes by shuttle bus
  • The Rosewood, Banyan Tree and Fairmont Mayakoba Resorts are 34 km or approximately 30 minutes by shuttle bus
  • Secrets Akumal is 18 km or approximately 15 minutes by shuttle bus
  • Dreams Tulum is 32 km or approximately 25 minutes by shuttle bus
  • UNICO is 13.5 km or approximately 18 minutes by shuttle bus
  • The Rosewood, Banyan Tree and Fairmont Mayakoba Resorts are 48 km or approximately 38 minutes by shuttle bus.
  • The Barceló, where the venue is located, is 80 km or approximately an hour by shuttle bus.
  • The Hard Rock is 74 km or approximately 55 minutes by shuttle bus.
  • Secrets Akumal is 91 km or approximately 1 hour and 7 minutes by shuttle bus.
  • Dreams Tulum is 110 kim or approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes by shuttle bus.
  • UNICO is 86 km or approximately 1 hour and 8 minutes by shuttle bus.

PLEASE NOTE: We advise all guests to factor in at least 4 hours to get from Cancun International, through Customs, riding the shuttle, and checking-in to the resort!

CID Presents Guest Services will reach out to all guests for their arrival and departure flight information before the event in order to coordinate shuttle transportation. In order to accurately plan the shuttle schedule, we will implement a deadline by which all guests will need to provide flight information. Any guest who has not provided this information by the deadline may need to utilize airport shuttles on a standby basis. The specific date of this deadline will fall within 2 months of the event, and will be provided to all purchasers in the near future.

PLEASE NOTE: we advise all guests to factor in at least 4 hours to get from Cancun International, through Customs, riding the shuttle, and checking-in to the resort!

Yes, you can park at your resort. However, you may not park at the Barceló for the event unless you are staying at the property. If you are staying at one of the other resorts, you must ride a Playing in the Sand shuttle to the show or arrange for your own private transportation to pick you up and drop you off. A reminder: transportation WILL be available for all Playing in the Sand guests to and from the airport, as well as to and from the Barceló for the concerts if you are staying at one of our other resorts.

Yes, of course. If you would like to have your room in close proximity to another party’s room, please be sure to book at the same resort and submit your request to us. Although we will do our best to accommodate, all proximity requests are subject to resort availability and cannot be guaranteed. Please note: all rooming requests, including those involving proximity, must be submitted to us by a to-be-determined deadline. This deadline will fall within 2 months of the event.

As long as all guests have been registered by the original purchaser, each guest may check-in separately and still experience a seamless a check-in.

Late arrival is no problem, as Playing in the Sand staff will be available for the duration of the event to accommodate guests and any needs. All arrival plans will need to be provided to us in advance to ensure the smoothest check-in possible.

Standard resort check-in times apply across all of our resorts. Resort check-in time is often not guaranteed until 3:00 PM or 4:00 PM. Each of our resorts have assured us that they will do everything in their power to have rooms prepared as early as possible, though it is unlikely that check-in would occur prior to noon. If you arrive before your room is available, the resort will store your luggage and we will be happy to provide you with your resort credentials so that you can enjoy amenities while your room is being prepared.

No, all guests will only have access to the resort at which they are staying, AND the concert venue. While the venue is on the Barceló Resort property, it will be sectioned off from the rest of the resort grounds. Guests who aren’t staying at the Barceló will not be allowed on the resort grounds (outside of the venue) before or after the shows.

No, all partner resorts have conversion outlets to accommodate American plugs.

All partner resorts provide laundry services, though the costs vary for each resort. Laundry service is not included in all-inclusive resort amenities.

Yes, all resorts accept US currency, as do most restaurants, bars and shops in the surrounding area.

Each phone network has unique options; we suggest checking with your service provider for specific choices. Every resort has WiFi available, so laptops and smartphones can provide inexpensive alternatives for calling including Skype and Viber. Please note: Access to WiFi may incur an additional fee, depending in which resort you stay. We will be selling WiFi access for all Barceló guests in the near future. Please stay tuned for more information!


Event FAQ

You must be at least eighteen (18) years old to purchase a package. Guests seventeen (17) years of age or younger may attend the event if accompanied by their parents or legal guardian (with valid proof of such) at all times. Please check HERE for more information on bringing guests who are seventeen (17) years of age or younger.

*Please note: ALL guests staying at Secrets Akumal and Unico must be 18 years or older.

Show access is only sold as part of our all-inclusive resort packages. There are no plans to sell tickets without resort accommodations.

No, the venue is all general admission. Seating will not be provided at the event, but there will be plenty of space to lounge in the sand!

Most resort dining areas require shirts and shoes to enter, but there are no specific dress guidelines for the resorts or concert venue.

Absolutely, all Playing in the Sand guests will be greeted with a variety of food and drink options within the venue, all included in your package. There will even be dozens of servers bringing drinks into the crowd each night, so you won’t need to leave your spot!

There will be no shortage of exciting activities to enjoy at each Playing in the Sand resort, as well as out and about in the local area. We will be announcing off-site Adventures and on-site resort activities in the near future – please stay tuned to our website for more details!