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Old 03-16-2013, 02:00 PM   #16
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I dunno if this means anything, but I paid off the remaining balance for my May 31 - June 9 trip a few weeks ago and after I did, if I pull up my reservation on the mobile app, under park tickets, it says "Fast Pass+ Experience". That was not on there before I paid off the trip. I've also gotten nothing officially from Disney about it, I just found it strange that it would appear after I paid the trip in full.
~LOL. It is strange, I would keep trying to book FP's online just to see if it would work. You never know, you may be the first person to actually use FP+ outside of a test period, lol. Just kidding.

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Yeah, same here. It's driving me nuts because I'm really curious how the whole fastpass+ stuff will work and want to try it out myself instead of just hearing/reading about it. I keep logging into the mobile app every few days to see if it's changed and I can click on it and it does something. It's starting to become an obsession.
~I know, it feels like forever!!! But, like I said earlier, I didn't expect for FP+ to debut until late 2013/early 2014, and was surprised by the February rumors. With that said, I hope it's sooner & not later.

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DrDisMsHouse, I see my likeness in your signature section...Thanks! Truly!

As for 'FP=Disney money grab', how can anyone be excited about this? Please explain?

Further, when did WDW, DL, etc. become the main vacation destination for so many? You know the real world still offers way, way greater stuff, right? I could explain if you'd like...fftopic
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~Dear Pirate, oh how I've missed you & your walmart-disney rant. You have such a magical way with words.

~I don't know Pirate, some people love running around all day in the hot blazing sun -- racing from FP machine to FP machine & standing in line while people sort out their mixed up room keys, while some people don't, it's all about choices.

~Please Mr. Pirate, tell me about this real world! What could possibly be greater than Disney World??? Is it possible to enjoy other "great stuff" & Disney World, or does it have to be one or the other?
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:28 PM   #17
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New cards for annual passholders

I just read that annual passholders will be able to convert to Rdif cards starting the 20th....maybe it's sooner than later!
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:01 PM   #18
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I have my AP voucher to exchange my first morning. I checked my reservation and it does say Fast Pass Plus. Not sure if I will be using it. I don't think I want to be limited to just three FPs per day. As an inveterate park hopper I need passes in two parks too. Just won't work for me unless they change things.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:01 PM   #19
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~LOL. It is strange, I would keep trying to book FP's online just to see if it would work. You never know, you may be the first person to actually use FP+ outside of a test period, lol. Just kidding.

~I know, it feels like forever!!! But, like I said earlier, I didn't expect for FP+ to debut until late 2013/early 2014, and was surprised by the February rumors. With that said, I hope it's sooner & not later.

~Dear Pirate, oh how I've missed you & your walmart-disney rant. You have such a magical way with words.

~I don't know Pirate, some people love running around all day in the hot blazing sun -- racing from FP machine to FP machine & standing in line while people sort out their mixed up room keys, while some people don't, it's all about choices.

~Please Mr. Pirate, tell me about this real world! What could possibly be greater than Disney World??? Is it possible to enjoy other "great stuff" & Disney World, or does it have to be one or the other?
LOL! You are a current day DIS gem (vs my irrelevant old fogie rantings).

Walmart it seems is in some trouble due to it's corporate shenanigans...One can only hope Disney will feel some of that runoff but it seems doubtful. Shareholders: Don't allow the board to be a rubber stamp!

Who runs from FP to FP? Only people who don't get it ... The blame or concern should be with Disney for intentionally creating these "crises" situations. You know what I'm talking about.

As for the real world vs Disney. Disney was always our go to getaway (living on a small island requires 'something'). But our real vacations, our real family memories occurred in places like Aruba, San Francisco, The Grand Canyon, Bonaire, DC, Tucson, AZ, NY, Curacao, Sedona, The Bahamas, Monterey, CA, and even adult destinations like Las Vegas and Napa Valley (where the kids needs were always first priority).

Disney is ingrained in all of us BUT the truly great memories of our travels are by no means as one dimensional as just Disney. And looking in retrospect I can honestly say that the real world experiences have proven more valuable in our kids growth as human beings, although their Disney memories certainly have kept a certain 'fantasy' alive in their beings ... How's that?
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:43 AM   #20
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I was lucky enough to do a Fastpass+ Trial when I was in WDW in December 2012. They were just in the beginning stages and most of the RFID scanners were malfunctioning. I'm sure they are just making sure those kinks are gone. It was honestly so great that I would be very bummed if it wasn't available by my next trip in September - I felt very spoiled using it!
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:24 AM   #21
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Are people only seeing the fp+ option on their apps, or can you see it on my experience computer version as well?
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:25 PM   #22
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i have been off the boards for a while and am really behind.

please explain this new fast pass to me. i have used fast pass for yrs. and sometimes it works great and sometimes it does not. but that is not disney's fault. is this anything like the universal pass? that does not apply to all rides. would it be available with all aps? i sure hope so. what about existing aps?
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:31 PM   #23
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i have been off the boards for a while and am really behind.

please explain this new fast pass to me. i have used fast pass for yrs. and sometimes it works great and sometimes it does not. but that is not disney's fault. is this anything like the universal pass? that does not apply to all rides. would it be available with all aps? i sure hope so. what about existing aps?
Fastpass+ will essentially help you plan your day by virtually grabbing up your FPs for you before you leave home. You would be given options of rides and parades and character meets you plan on going on during which day, and your itinerary will be put together so you have the least amount of waiting/line time and your Fastpasses are ready for you when you start your day. If you have ever used Touring Plans, it is essentially Disney's version. It eliminates the need to rush to one big attraction at rope drop, or worry of not getting a Fastpass during the day if they are all gone.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:09 AM   #24
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LOL! You are a current day DIS gem (vs my irrelevant old fogie rantings).

Walmart it seems is in some trouble due to it's corporate shenanigans...One can only hope Disney will feel some of that runoff but it seems doubtful. Shareholders: Don't allow the board to be a rubber stamp!

Who runs from FP to FP? Only people who don't get it ... The blame or concern should be with Disney for intentionally creating these "crises" situations. You know what I'm talking about.

As for the real world vs Disney. Disney was always our go to getaway (living on a small island requires 'something'). But our real vacations, our real family memories occurred in places like Aruba, San Francisco, The Grand Canyon, Bonaire, DC, Tucson, AZ, NY, Curacao, Sedona, The Bahamas, Monterey, CA, and even adult destinations like Las Vegas and Napa Valley (where the kids needs were always first priority).

Disney is ingrained in all of us BUT the truly great memories of our travels are by no means as one dimensional as just Disney. And looking in retrospect I can honestly say that the real world experiences have proven more valuable in our kids growth as human beings, although their Disney memories certainly have kept a certain 'fantasy' alive in their beings ... How's that?
~Mr. Pirate, you are very smooth. I was not expecting this -- I just love your post. You write & articulate words so beautifully. Stop this. Anyway, how could I forget about you & your fabulous "ocean pier?!?" I'm sure this lifestyle helped to broaden your perspective as it relates to "vacation."

~"Who runs from FP to FP?" Unfortunately, I do! But, not for long! Buh-bye, old fp's! I guess I don't "get it." What am I missing?

~So, in summation, the gist of your post defines Disney World as 'fantasy' and not 'real.' In contrast, all other destinations outside of "Disney" such as Las Vegas are considered 'real' vacations. Is this correct, Mr. Pirate? How do you come to that conclusion? Why do you consider Disney vacations to be "less" valuable?

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I was lucky enough to do a Fastpass+ Trial when I was in WDW in December 2012. They were just in the beginning stages and most of the RFID scanners were malfunctioning. I'm sure they are just making sure those kinks are gone. It was honestly so great that I would be very bummed if it wasn't available by my next trip in September - I felt very spoiled using it!
~Thanks so much for the update! I can't wait to try it!

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Are people only seeing the fp+ option on their apps, or can you see it on my experience computer version as well?
~I've only noticed FP+ on the app.

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i have been off the boards for a while and am really behind.

please explain this new fast pass to me. i have used fast pass for yrs. and sometimes it works great and sometimes it does not. but that is not disney's fault. is this anything like the universal pass? that does not apply to all rides. would it be available with all aps? i sure hope so. what about existing aps?
~Well, you're just in time. We're all in the same boat, just waiting for more details to be released. So far, we have nothing. --->Here<--- is an informative link that offers more insight into Fastpass Plus.

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Fastpass+ will essentially help you plan your day by virtually grabbing up your FPs for you before you leave home. You would be given options of rides and parades and character meets you plan on going on during which day, and your itinerary will be put together so you have the least amount of waiting/line time and your Fastpasses are ready for you when you start your day. If you have ever used Touring Plans, it is essentially Disney's version. It eliminates the need to rush to one big attraction at rope drop, or worry of not getting a Fastpass during the day if they are all gone.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:35 AM   #25
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Thanks for the kind words. We have a mutual admiration club going, I would say!

Re: Running from FP to FP. It is simply timing and prioritizing. It is true the recent adherence to the time window hurt my style but thus far I'm not getting shut out. Of course I just won't go or simply leave if it's too busy.

Re: Vacation. Disney is all fantasy. We are cocooned inside the magic walls (real and imagined) with a Disney soundtrack following us. A clean, seemingly safe and sterile environment. There is beauty and wonder around every corner and the place is full of people, mostly families all looking for and soaking up the same aura.

Las Vegas is the one place I mentioned that I shouldn't have because collectively they are attempting to corral the masses in much the same way as Disney. Mea culpa.

Don't get me wrong, I am not diminishing the Disney experience. They do what they do really well and I am appreciative that I was able to escape my beach for their fantasy quite a lot BUT a real world vacation can provide much more in the way of fulfillment, especially when raising kids, IMO. Having them see the great and sometimes not so great still within the family cocoon gives them an experience that is fun, exciting, full of wonder and some puzzlement and probably much more useful in their development as new people. Again, this is JMO.

I only mean to express my amazement in the number of people who ONLY do this type of vacation (Disney, universal, sea world, etc) to the exclusion of the real world. There are lots of really, really great things to see and do out there!
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:03 AM   #26
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nothing official, so we're all effectively speculating, but it was announced that people that purchase APs starting March 20 will get RFID cards rather than the paper tickets we've had up until now, and guests that already have paper APs can upgrade them to RFID until May 19.

It's the end date that I find interesting -- is May 19 the target date for magic bands for AP holders? Hard to imagine that they'd go back to paper tickets, so that would be the logical step to take from there.
I was at the new RFID enty at MK ( with my AP paper ticket) I asked the CM with the scanner about the AP Magic Bands and he said sometime in May. that would go right along with the May 19th timeline!
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We're have trips planned in May and Sept but haven't heard anything from Diney about it
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Thanks for the kind words. We have a mutual admiration club going, I would say!

Re: Running from FP to FP. It is simply timing and prioritizing. It is true the recent adherence to the time window hurt my style but thus far I'm not getting shut out. Of course I just won't go or simply leave if it's too busy.

Re: Vacation. Disney is all fantasy. We are cocooned inside the magic walls (real and imagined) with a Disney soundtrack following us. A clean, seemingly safe and sterile environment. There is beauty and wonder around every corner and the place is full of people, mostly families all looking for and soaking up the same aura.

Las Vegas is the one place I mentioned that I shouldn't have because collectively they are attempting to corral the masses in much the same way as Disney. Mea culpa.

Don't get me wrong, I am not diminishing the Disney experience. They do what they do really well and I am appreciative that I was able to escape my beach for their fantasy quite a lot BUT a real world vacation can provide much more in the way of fulfillment, especially when raising kids, IMO. Having them see the great and sometimes not so great still within the family cocoon gives them an experience that is fun, exciting, full of wonder and some puzzlement and probably much more useful in their development as new people. Again, this is JMO.

I only mean to express my amazement in the number of people who ONLY do this type of vacation (Disney, universal, sea world, etc) to the exclusion of the real world. There are lots of really, really great things to see and do out there!
~I totally agree with this, Pirate! Do you still like WDW? How often do you visit? I visit WDW, once a year for a week including travel days, that's all. With that said, I've made plans for this year but they aren't ironclad. Do you still get excited about Disney vacations? Sometimes, I think people overdo Disney with multiple trips per year, for week(s) at a time and become burned out -- so it's beneficial for them to take a break from Disney for a while.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:01 AM   #29
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We had hoped the FP+ would be up and operational by the time our June 13th trip rolls around, but I guess I can temper my enthusiasm for that. Oh, well.

As for the other thing is this thread, I agree that's possible to "overdo" Disney. This summer will be our 3rd trip in 3 years, but we know our schedules the next few years won't allow it, so any fatigue we might have after this trip will give us plenty of time to recharge.

We also go to Vegas twice a year. We spend the 4th week doing something else, like a cruise, the beach, or a city we haven't been to before.

Personally, I work with a bunch of humorless people whose lives revolve around work and nothing else, so when we travel, Disney and Vegas are the perfect spots where we don't have to think. Just have fun and play everything by ear.

Just my 2 cents...
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We had hoped the FP+ would be up and operational by the time our June 13th trip rolls around, but I guess I can temper my enthusiasm for that. Oh, well.

As for the other thing is this thread, I agree that's possible to "overdo" Disney. This summer will be our 3rd trip in 3 years, but we know our schedules the next few years won't allow it, so any fatigue we might have after this trip will give us plenty of time to recharge.

We also go to Vegas twice a year. We spend the 4th week doing something else, like a cruise, the beach, or a city we haven't been to before.

Personally, I work with a bunch of humorless people whose lives revolve around work and nothing else, so when we travel, Disney and Vegas are the perfect spots where we don't have to think. Just have fun and play everything by ear.

Just my 2 cents...
So you're well versed and that is good, IMO.

Your comment about working with humorless workaholics made me cringe! I hope somehow, some way that changes for you.
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