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Old 09-03-2013, 02:42 AM   #16
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Don't worry. Disney has already said that you won't have to stay onsite to get FP+ and/or Magicbands.

I could imagine a perk in the future where onsite guests might get a bonus FP+ or something like that, but nothing extreme. They could pull a Universal and make offsite guests pay $30/day for the privilege, but don't count on it.
Actually paying extra when we stay offsite wouldn't really bother me. We stay onsite as often as offsite and I just want to have access in any case even if we have to pay more.

We visit Universal and don't have much trouble seeing what we wish to without Express. I don't think that it would be quite so easy at some attractions at WDW.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:03 AM   #17
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I certainly hope not. We're staying off-site for this trip, but we're AP holders who visit twice each year. They're due for renewal on October 27th but if by some chance this information is correct, I will not be renewing!
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:09 AM   #18
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I wouldn't believe it, I thought I read somewhere that they are working out plans on what do about individuals who don't pre plan and that they would have some type of fast pass like item for them that would be like fast pass + but not booked till you get there. I don't think the story above makes and sense as people are not all planners.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:28 AM   #19
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There is one small change I saw during my visit the last 2 weeks.

At least one attraction had regular fastpass removed, and replaced with fastpass+ only - that was Voyage of the Little Mermaid in HS. I was slightly annoyed to have no ability to fastpass that since I was not in MagicBand testing.

This had the effect to boost the standby line to a potential 2 show wait (40 minutes) and 30 minutes was typical. We were the last few admitted after a one show wait.

Other attractions have been remodelled to Fastpass+ and had their original fastpass machines relocated. For example, Pooh and Voyage of the Little Mermaid both have traditional fastpass machines in front of Philharmagic instead of near the attractions themselves. And it sure seemed to me that people did not bother to walk over there and use them as the Fastpass return times remained one hour out the whole time I was there - and walk on with fastpass while standby times grew.
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #20
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The article is so inaccurate it's funny. They will absolutely NOT end FP until FP+ and Magicbands are 100% rolled out and running smoothly (which includes off-site guests and AP holders). And that will not happen by September/October. Maybe not even by the end of the year.

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Old 09-03-2013, 12:54 PM   #21
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:50 PM   #22
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The article obviously neglected to include "2014" after the September part...
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:53 PM   #23
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So regular FP is safe correct?
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:34 AM   #24
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There is one small change I saw during my visit the last 2 weeks. At least one attraction had regular fastpass removed, and replaced with fastpass+ only - that was Voyage of the Little Mermaid in HS. I was slightly annoyed to have no ability to fastpass that since I was not in MagicBand testing. This had the effect to boost the standby line to a potential 2 show wait (40 minutes) and 30 minutes was typical. We were the last few admitted after a one show wait. Other attractions have been remodelled to Fastpass+ and had their original fastpass machines relocated. For example, Pooh and Voyage of the Little Mermaid both have traditional fastpass machines in front of Philharmagic instead of near the attractions themselves. And it sure seemed to me that people did not bother to walk over there and use them as the Fastpass return times remained one hour out the whole time I was there - and walk on with fastpass while standby times grew.
I think Pooh and Voyage's FP machines have always been over by Philharmagic
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:05 PM   #25
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That is curious what was said about voyage of the little mermaid at HS. That was an option on my FP+ account but now it is gone. Do you guys think they are not doing fP for that at all?
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