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Old 02-08-2013, 02:00 PM   #1
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RideMax and the changes FP system

Just as a heads up to RideMax customers. While planning for my trip during Presidents week I created my RideMax plans and noticed that even when I did not allow (unchecked the box) for using FastPasses late, the program always made a notation that it was okay to use them late and if it was in the schedule that way don't be alarmed. With the changes to the policy forthcoming..li emailed RideMax to make sure they were aware of the changes and that they intended to modify the program accordingly. This is the response I got...(please note, this is not to start another discussion of the fastpass system but rather for helping with how to plan accordingly going forward)

"Sorry to take so long to respond, but yes, we are keeping an eye on this. Most of the rumors indicate enforcement starting
on the 18th, and that's what we're assuming -- for now at least.

Because Disneyland does allow late FP currently, I think it's safe to say that many of our FP estimates tend to err on the
late side, rather than early (even when you don't have the "use FP late" checkbox on). It has been fairly "safe" to do this
until now.

With this change by Disney looking more likely, I expect us to be going through our FP estimates next week and
"tightening" them up, so I expect that you'll see many return times moved up to earlier in the day. Just to be safe, I also
expect that we'll also remove the "late FP" checkbox entirely, hopefully by the middle of next week.

As a result of these expected changes, I'd suggest creating your "final" plans as close to your actual visit date as possible.

I hope this helps... Have a great trip!"
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Good to hear they're keeping on top of the change if/when forthcoming, and will make adjustments quickly. We've used Ridemax for our last 3 WDW trips and it worked beautifully (even during the dreaded Easter week) and plan to use it for our 1st trip to DL in April. By then, all the FP kinks should be worked out, I hope!
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:11 PM   #3
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Good to hear they're keeping on top of the change if/when forthcoming, and will make adjustments quickly. We've used Ridemax for our last 3 WDW trips and it worked beautifully (even during the dreaded Easter week) and plan to use it for our 1st trip to DL in April. By then, all the FP kinks should be worked out, I hope!
I just bought it yesterday! I've been playing around with it and actually thinking about how I may have wasted my money because of this fast pass enforcement business and them not updating quick enough. Looks like I didn't! Can't wait to use it!
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I just bought it yesterday! I've been playing around with it and actually thinking about how I may have wasted my money because of this fast pass enforcement business and them not updating quick enough. Looks like I didn't! Can't wait to use it!
I fail to see how this constitutes wasting your modey. There is an option in RM to always use FP within the window. Just choose that. Will wait times be affected by all FPs being used within the window? Yes, to some degree. But RM is already quite conservative on this. Using the option for FP within the window should be more than adequate.

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I fail to see how this constitutes wasting your modey. There is an option in RM to always use FP within the window. Just choose that. Will wait times be affected by all FPs being used within the window? Yes, to some degree. But RM is already quite conservative on this. Using the option for FP within the window should be more than adequate.

I imagine they were concerned as I was (see above post) since they still had the notation to don't worry about using it late even when you unchecked that option. And, as RideMax admitted, they erred on the "later" side before (made for a more accurate plan then) but are now going to revisit the return times to make sure they are all as accurate as possible.

I have to say I have used RideMax a lot and always have been very impressed. Definitely worth the $$$s!
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