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Old 09-28-2012, 08:26 PM   #16
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We were chosen to participate last week in this. Our Fastpasses were for Sunday. We stayed at BLT on points and did use ME going back to airport.

This is what I did not like about Fastpass+ : The choice between 2 sets of rides/attractions (pick 2 from each group) and only 2 were things I would ever FP. Both of those were in the same group. OK, I'm OK with this...

You do not get to choose your times--they give you options. I think I was given 3 options of 4 fastpasses. Choice #1 would not work for me because FP#1 was for before I was even arriving at the parks. Choice #2 was OK and spread out evenly throughout the day (12:15-1:15, 2:15- 3:15, 3:15-4:15, 4:15-5:15) and choice #3 was in the evening (it was EMH) but I was supposed to eat dinner at Ohana said my DH who had no ADR and we were going over around 5:30 so that cut out the last ride too. .

So I went with option #2 and our first ride was BTMRR and it was broken down. We'd have an hour to wait for Splash Mountain. HM was at 3:15 and we walked down that way and it was a 30 min. wait but the wait looked more like 50-60 minutes to us. So, no way! Pirates was also a long wait and the JC was backed up as far as I had ever seen that line--completely passed the stairs.

So, we walked down to the new Fantasyland and poked around and looked at what we could see there. The park was extremely busy (to me, but I do not go when it is really crowded) and it was so hot, sweat was running down my the back of my shirt.

Because of dinner, the screwed up schedule of the fastpasses we had, and the crowds, we cut our losses and left, went back to BLT and relaxed by the pool and showered and went to dinner at BLT where they, much to my surprise, took us and fed us a wonderful meal.

Originally Posted by aan1701 View Post
I tried it, and while using them is easy enough, all it did was stress me out. Have to try to balance FP with ADR. Just to much planing. I personally do not like this at all. We even had two last min additions to our res, and while they were able to participate, they could not get any of the FP we had. Vacation is supposed to be stress free. Now Disney wants me to plan my meals 6 months early, and now pick what rides I want and when. Next thing you know they will ask me to plan my restroom stop. So I am not a fan.

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THIS is exactly how I feel. I did not like even trying to chose an option and thinking what I wanted to be doing every minute of the trip. Esp. as DVCers, those days are LONG GONE for me and mine. Thank God!

Originally Posted by Tamar View Post
I think we would like this during F&W festival. We used to get FP for Soarin' first thing in the morning and then use them when we had a break between seminars. Now we won't be able to do that (I suspect the stars will rarely align), but if we could book FP for those breaks, it would be almost the same....
I think this would be great if you could pick your times (I'm talking general *you*). I'd like to do early a.m., then leave and go back to the resort until the late afternoon or evening. This was NOT an option with the options they gave me to choose from. It was really keeping me n the parks ALL DAY LONG. Sorry. We don't do the parks all day long--and when DD was younger, we napped and swam in the afternoon.

Originally Posted by dianeschlicht View Post
I'm quite sure I would feel the same way! I no longer make ADRs for that very reason, and I certainly do not want to plan my touring days that far ahead. It takes all the fun and spontaneity out of a trip. HATE that they are doing this.

Originally Posted by DougEMG View Post
I'm looking foward to the new Fastpass+. I have it planned out which parks I'm going to be in each day (passed on crowd level ratings), so it shouldn't be a problem. Plus my wife doesn't like to hit the parks till the afternoon which can sometimes make it hard to get normal fastpasses.
Trouble was, it seemed like they spread the fastpasses out to keep you there a long time. I would have liked picking my own times but you pick from their options. So, one broken ride and plans for dinner were screwing with my options. Sure, since we did not have ADRs for Ohana we probably could have stayed and then went but after a shower and getting ready for dinner, it would have gotten later and later and my chances would be slimmer and slimmer.

So I am not a fan of this new system. I'm seriously not planning out my day like that. Overkill.

We eneded up doing the pool in the a.m. (Tuesday, Wed. and Thursday) and the parks in the afternoon and evening. It was great.
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