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Old 02-18-2013, 06:24 PM   #1
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Now that dinner is done and I'm sitting here in Garden Grill wishing I had bigger pants on, I thought I'd share what a CM told me while waiting at the turnstile this morning.
He said they had just watched a PowerPoint about the new system. He said - if he remembers correctly, guests will be able to get 4 advance FPs per day, including AP holders (once the system is fully implemented). They will not be limited to a certain number per year (except the limit of 4 per day times 365 days).
He said that guests will still be able to get FPs in the park (not the paper type you get now, you'll swipe your card/wrist band and be assigned a return window).
We chatted for quite a while - I was the first person at the park besides the princess bkfst families - but that's what I specifically remember.
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It sounds good! I sure hope they keep the other fast pass going as stated! We would love to have access to both!
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:49 PM   #3
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It sounds good! I sure hope they keep the other fast pass going as stated! We would love to have access to both!
There's basically no chance of that. The old FP machines won't have RFID scanners. So once the changeover is made to RFID tickets/Magic Bands, there won't be any way to use the old machines. Cheshire Figment explained this on one of the previous FP+ threads.
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Now that dinner is done and I'm sitting here in Garden Grill wishing I had bigger pants on, I thought I'd share what a CM told me while waiting at the turnstile this morning.
He said they had just watched a PowerPoint about the new system. He said - if he remembers correctly, guests will be able to get 4 advance FPs per day, including AP holders (once the system is fully implemented). They will not be limited to a certain number per year (except the limit of 4 per day times 365 days).
He said that guests will still be able to get FPs in the park (not the paper type you get now, you'll swipe your card/wrist band and be assigned a return window).
We chatted for quite a while - I was the first person at the park besides the princess bkfst families - but that's what I specifically remember.
But do you have to be "in the system"? We usually just show up the days we want and use our no-exp tix. We never stay on site either. Will we be able to use FP+?

Being able to choose 4 before getting there should take a bite out of those 12 miles of walking per day but I wonder how many will never get used.
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But do you have to be "in the system"? We usually just show up the days we want and use our no-exp tix. We never stay on site either. Will we be able to use FP+?

Being able to choose 4 before getting there should take a bite out of those 12 miles of walking per day but I wonder how many will never get used.
It's a good question that I can't answer. I still have some non exp days on a ticket sitting around, but I'm usually AP, so that's what I was asking him about.
I imagine Disney will do their research, as they always do, and figure out how many FP+ go unused and add that amount back into the supply of same day FP availability,
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Rumor is that "no-expiration" tickets will be going away. I don't know what they will do about the ones that are still in circulation.

Thanks for the update, LaurenT!

Rumor was also that FP+ would first be rolled out at Test Track on February 17, and sounds like maybe this has come true. Haven't seen any reports yet of anyone able to book FP+ for Test Track, though.
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Rumor is that "no-expiration" tickets will be going away. I don't know what they will do about the ones that are still in circulation.
This. We have two non-expiring tickets, one with 6 days and one with 10 days. Will they end up converting those two tickets to RFID or will I have to go to a ticket booth every time I'm there and switch them out for the number of days I want to use?

I still don't understand the 3 or 4 FP per day for one park only, though. Are they trying to phase out the PH option as well??
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True, but the CM today said that everyone will eventually be issued an RFID ticket, even day passes. So, they won't get a paper FP, but they'll be able to swipe their ticket and receive an assigned return time.
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True, but the CM today said that everyone will eventually be issued an RFID ticket, even day passes. So, they won't get a paper FP, but they'll be able to swipe their ticket and receive an assigned return time.
How will they know their return time? And when will all those machines be fitted with the new RFID reader? This is strange indeed.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:09 PM   #10
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How will they know their return time? And when will all those machines be fitted with the new RFID reader? This is strange indeed.
I don't know, bur he did assure me it would all be done by the time I have my DVC trip end of August...
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How will they know their return time? And when will all those machines be fitted with the new RFID reader? This is strange indeed.
They did this at hurricane harbor water park. You would swipe your wrist band at a kiosk. You picked the water ride you wanted from a list with return times. I guess if you forget your return time you can swipe at the kiosk again and it would tell the return time.
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You're never going to convince me that there are enough FP slots to allow everyone to prebook 4 slots, then have access to same day in the park FPs and also allow APs to prebook 4 per day any day of the year they might want to go. (If that were me, I'd book a bunch in advance just on the off chance I might want to go. Or maybe every weekend, just to keep my options open).

This will definitely be interesting to watch unfold.
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You're never going to convince me that there are enough FP slots to allow everyone to prebook 4 slots, then have access to same day in the park FPs and also allow APs to prebook 4 per day any day of the year they might want to go. (If that were me, I'd book a bunch in advance just on the off chance I might want to go. Or maybe every weekend, just to keep my options open).

This will definitely be interesting to watch unfold.
Maybe everyone in the park gets one FP+ for wishes.
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You're never going to convince me that there are enough FP slots to allow everyone to prebook 4 slots, then have access to same day in the park FPs and also allow APs to prebook 4 per day any day of the year they might want to go. (If that were me, I'd book a bunch in advance just on the off chance I might want to go. Or maybe every weekend, just to keep my options open).

This will definitely be interesting to watch unfold.
A group of us were thinking on the rumor board and crunched some numbers. They support your contention.
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You're never going to convince me that there are enough FP slots to allow everyone to prebook 4 slots, then have access to same day in the park FPs and also allow APs to prebook 4 per day any day of the year they might want to go. (If that were me, I'd book a bunch in advance just on the off chance I might want to go. Or maybe every weekend, just to keep my options open).

This will definitely be interesting to watch unfold.
Maybe there will be some sort of penalty if FP+'s are being regularly booked and going unused.
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