Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios FastPass+ Tiering Changes

MyMagic+ is still testing (Disney claims it will always be testing this new system and tweaking things to make it better), however for the most part, as a whole, the MyMagic+ system has officially been rolled out for guests.  One of those tweaks will take place beginning June 16, when the attractions that are tiered at Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios change up a bit.

The changes aren't too major.  However, it is something that I think you should be aware of, so let's dive right in.

At Epcot, the major changes are that Maelstrom and Epcot Character Spot are moving from Tier 1 to Tier 2.  In addition, Living with the Land will be moving from Tier 2 to Tier 1. (The Living with the Land move is the one that I find most curious...but I guess they needed some attractions for Tier 1.  I might have left Maelstrom alone...it seems like it's been seeing a nice boost of guests from both FastPass+ and Frozen's success.)  Here's how the new tiers look:

Tier 1 (Choose One)
  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  • Living with the Land
  • Soarin’
  • Test Track
Tier 2 (Choose Two)
  • Captain EO
  • Epcot Character Spot
  • Journey Into Imagination
  • Maelstrom
  • Mission Space Green/Orange
  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Over at Disney's Hollywood Studios, there was only one minor change.  But it's one that I like the least.  Now, The Great Movie Ride is a Tier 1 attraction, instead of a Tier 2.  This leaves the only rides in tier 2 to be Star Tours and Tower of Terror, both of which have height requirements. It's always a  poor idea to use FastPass+ reservations for shows, so if you don't or can't ride one of the tier 2 attractions, you are out of luck.  So, now. you must choose a show for your second FastPass+.  Great Movie Ride worked in Tier 2 because it was a ride that didn't have a height requirement.  Here's how these tiers look:

Tier 1 (Choose One)
  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Fantasmic!
  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!
Tier 2 (Choose Two)
  • The American Idol Experience
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
  • Muppet-Vision 3D
  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
If you currently have your FastPass+ reservations made for either of these two parks, keep in mind that they will not be affected, unless you change them.

Also, nothing has changed at either Disney’s Animal Kingdom or Magic Kingdom; these parks do not include tiering.

If you would like to learn more about FastPass+, MyMagic+ and My Disney Experience, please make sure to check out this blog post.

So, with that being said, what are your thoughts?  Do you think these changes work or not?  Let me know in the comments section or on the Facebook Page.

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