Wednesday, April 2, 2014
New FastPass+ Perks Headed to Walt Disney World Soon
These new perks will be rolled out starting Monday, April 28.
FastPass+ at Walt Disney World has been an ever changing animal. We've seen it evolve from random testing; to testing by only resort guests; to testing park-wide, getting rid of Legacy FASTPASS; to just this week when advanced FastPass+ reservations were rolled out to all guests. (For those who missed the announcement, Guests who are staying off-site now have the ability to make advance FastPass+ reservations, up to 30 days in advance. See this blog post for more details about the entire FastPass+ and MyMagic+ experience.) It really has been such a roller coaster following it all.
With that said, there have been some hiccups and issues that people have had and it seems that Disney is now trying to address those issues all thanks to guest feedback! (See, sometimes answering those surveys works!)
The first issue that people generally had with FastPass+ was they just didn't offer guests the ability to get enough FastPass+ reservations in a day. Disney was only offering guests the chance to make three. People, especially Disney fanatics who were used to getting more FastPasses than three per day, were very upset by the limit. It appears that Disney is now going to address this issue!
It was announced that they are working on giving guests a fourth rolling FastPass+ entitlement. Here's how it will work. Once a guest uses all three of their FastPass+ reservations, they will then be allowed to head to one of the FastPass+ kiosk in the park to make an additional reservation. The best part is that this reservation will be rolling, so once you use it, you'll be able to head back to the FastPass+ kiosk to make additional reservations throughout the day! (On a one FastPass+ a time basis.)
This is a wonderful idea and it will be interesting to see how it plays out. First, it still keeps things fair for those who make their reservations day of (there will always be those guests and they should get the chance to have a legitimate pool to choose from...I know some may disagree with me on that, but they paid the same money to get in the door you did, they shouldn't get shafted.) But this change will allow people to still get the additional FastPass+ reservations they wanted to be able to have, but couldn't. This opens up so many possibilities.
This of course, changes the ball game. This means that the strategy of making your FastPass+ reservations for later in the day not as appealing. Also, I wonder if that will mean that standby lines will get even longer for those attractions that didn't used to have lines, like Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean? Currently the lines for these kinds of attractions have ballooned. Though, now that we'll be able to make additional FastPass+ reservations for those attractions if we want to, it may end up making these lines shorter...hmmm.....I'm just not sure how that will all shake out yet and will intriguing to see how it does.
Overall, I am happy with this change and I like that it will be rolling, allowing guests to take advantage of the perk, if they choose. (I wonder if they will allow you to re-do a ride you've already done, if the availability is there. Guess we'll find out when it rolls out.)
It will also be interesting to see how this plays out at both Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, where guests have to choose from tiers. I'm guessing that once you start choosing your fourth FastPass, it will potentially allow you to access any of the attractions, if they have times available.
The second change that Disney will be making will be a service enhancement that allows for Park Hopping. Previously, guests were limited to only choose their FastPass+ reservations from one park, per day. With the addition of the Park Hopping feature, it will open up this perk again to guests (because previously, who would want to pay for Park Hopping if you couldn't have access to the FastPass+ system.)
Again, this is a welcome perk, because I am a Park Hopping fan. I enjoy being able to head to Animal Kingdom in the morning, leave by lunch, and then head to Epcot for the evening. Having to choose which park to make FastPass+ reservations was very difficult.
Overall, I think these changes are VERY welcome and will be happy to see them roll out in the near future. Of course, Disney didn't announce any sort of roll out date for these perks, but I expect they will happen within the next few months (cause why announce something that they won't be rolling out until 6 months down the road.)
What are your thoughts though? Think these are nice additions? Or still think FastPass+ is the most awful thing to hit Walt Disney World and these additions won't change your mind. Let me know in the comments section or on the Facebook page.
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