Any new news about fast pass plus?

Discussion in 'Disney Rumors and News' started by Rhongepooh, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. doconeill

    doconeill Fastpass Jedi Master DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Feb 11, 2007
    Yeah...nothing new, and a few old items from the T&C that aren't in the latest revision, like AP holders needing to hold on to the ticket card for discounts.

    About the only real new thing is that they say parking booths will have touchpoints - so that looks like it will be one of the "features" of the bands - parking entitlements. That should settle some issues.
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  3. dwheaton

    dwheaton Mouseketeer

    Dec 13, 2006
    Good points about the situation with the congressman. I think the more likely scenario is that Disney will offer perks to resort guests and have tiers based on where you stay. It will technically be free since there's no charge, but paying more for hotels will lead to better perks.
  4. doconeill

    doconeill Fastpass Jedi Master DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Feb 11, 2007
    I seriously doubt that if they decided to change it, that congress would call them out for lying. It hadn't been implemented yet. And I really don't know what purpose the question served - is tracking our movements and using our personal data somehow better if we were paying for it?

    The whole thing with the congressman - which in my opinion was nothing more than an election ploy (and he's local to me and I might have voted for him if I had the time to get to the polls), and served no other real purpose.
  5. vbmom40

    vbmom40 Mouseketeer

    Apr 22, 2008
    My Family will be going to DL in December do the new fast passes apply to the DL resort or are they for WDW only?
  6. doconeill

    doconeill Fastpass Jedi Master DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Feb 11, 2007
    They have not announced plans to use this at DL - yet.
  7. jimsanfilippo

    jimsanfilippo Mouseketeer

    Mar 25, 2009
    But there is absolutely nothing stopping Disney from changing their minds about it being free in a few years. It's not like they'll have congressional hearings if they decide to start charging. Disney wouldn't have misled congress, they would just have changed direction after reviewing how it has worked for a while. I can see them beginning to charge for it for people staying off-property down the road.
  8. NicoleK1974

    NicoleK1974 Mouseketeer

    Jun 13, 2012
    I just came back as we are planning our next UNEXPECTED trip!

    I would love if it rolled out my Halloween when we are going to be there!

    BTW: to anyone I confused by saying it saved me over 1/2 a day just from the Toy Story FP+, I meant just having that issue alone solved saved me a 1/2 day.

    We also FP+ for Little Mermaid and....I think it might have been Disney Jr. Show....

    But we were at HS a total of about 4 hours to do everything we wanted and also to eat, whereas if we didn't have the FP+, it would have been al ALL DAY at HS just kinda waiting in lines and wandering around waiting for FP times, getting pushed and shoved at rope drop, the hassle of all that, etc.

    So instead of getting up at the crack of dawn just to grab a FP for TS, we were able to do other thing we wanted until about 1:00 in the afternoon.
  9. beer dave

    beer dave Master of the obvious

    Apr 30, 2011
    This is what I was expecting. A little planning and a lot of available time.
  10. f19810

    f19810 Mouseketeer

    Oct 21, 2007
    Now you will have to get up at the crack of dawn to reserve your fastpass+ for TSM. With fastpass+ you may get up at the crack of dawn and not be able to get your fastpass. At least with the current system, if you get up at the crack of dawn to get to DHS, you KNOW that you will get the fastpass. I can't get some ADRs at 180 days, now I have to worry about this.
  11. Pick-A-Lilys

    Pick-A-Lilys Earning My Ears

    Oct 23, 2009
    Well...I'm sure I'm in the minority, but this is WAY too much planning for me for a leisurely vacation. I'm ok with scheduling where I have dining reservations...but scheduling Fastpasses....nope...bad idea.
  12. tmadden

    tmadden Earning My Ears

    May 14, 2013
    I don't like how Disney is putting all the headliner attractions in the same group. Expect this @ Hollywood Studios & EPCOT also
    Before Leaving Home

    Randomly selected guests who booked Disney’s Magical Express as part of their vacation were selected for the test. About a week before they were scheduled to arrive at Disney World, they received a package at home that included the new FastPass Plus cards (embedded with RFID technology) and instructions on selecting four experiences. The mailing showed these lists:

    Select two experiences from this group:

    The Barnstormer
    Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade
    Dumbo The Flying Elephant (which already has a queueless waiting system)
    Haunted Mansion
    Jungle Cruise
    The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh
    Mickey’s PhilharMagic
    Town Square Theater: Meet Mickey & Minnie

    And also: Select two experiences from this group:

    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
    Main Street Electrical Parade
    Peter Pan’s Flight
    Space Mountain
    Splash Mountain
    Town Square Theater: Meet The Disney Princesses
    Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

    I think it is interesting that several of the experiences were not attractions at all but shows and parades. Historically FastPass has not been available for these events. Disney has reportedly done tests of reserved seating for parades and fireworks shows (Source). I do like this idea, since to get a decent viewing spot you normally have to camp out an hour or more in advance. Also, I saw a roped off viewing area for the Main Street Electrical Parade directly in front of Cinderella Castle. I thought it was unusual, and assumed it was for VIPs for handicapped access. But it may well have been part of the FastPass Plus test – for those who scheduled the parade experience in a advance, they could go to the reserved viewing spot and get good seat without a long wait.
  13. DocWes

    DocWes Earning My Ears

    Jan 20, 2013
    I think this is exactly what Disney is trying to do. Free up time and improve the experience so you will be happier, spend more and come back.

    Being a Disney newbie last year, we found it overwhelming trying to rush around for FPs and then sometimes having times that were many hours later in the day. I might be in the minority on the Dis boards but I think the FP+ will in the end make for more relaxing trips with more quality time and less wasted time.
  14. doconeill

    doconeill Fastpass Jedi Master DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Feb 11, 2007
    That article (found here) is ANCIENT information and has no bearing on anything tested in the last couple months or upcoming tests.

    The article has no obvious date (a pet peeve for sites that post "news"), but it was actually posted in September.

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