FP+...have we all lost our edge on the competition?

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by planplan, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. planplan

    planplan Mouseketeer

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    Not complaining about the new system but I think most of us might have lost our touring edge now that the old system is gone. I have traveled to Disney during some of the busiest times of the year and bragged how I might have stood in one to two lines over the period of 8days. Yes I got a nice workout being the FP runner but I enjoyed it for my families sake. I'm going to embrace the new system but I am going to miss utilizing the legacy FP system correctly and getting the most out of it. Three FP+ is around 3 FP less a day that we are accustomed to getting....four FP+ a day would be a great number in my opinion. Well only time will tell!
     
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  3. ghtx

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    I concur with what I think is your main point: that for "super-users" of the old FP- system (including many on the DIS), the new FP+ system will be a disadvantage. But it follows that for the average WDW guest, FP+ will be an improvement.
     
  4. J and R's mom

    J and R's mom DIS Veteran

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    My frustration will be not being able to get FP+ in more than one park each day. We typically hit two or more parks per day. During our mid-December 2013 trip we were able to still pull Legacy FPs when we went to the second park so it really wasn't an issue yet. Now it will be.

    MDE knows which type of ticket the customer has (or at least it SHOULD), so if you have an AP or a park-hopper option, you should be able to make FP+ selections in more than one park per day...even if they still choose to limit it to three selections per day.
     
  5. BuckeyeBama

    BuckeyeBama You are stronger than you think.

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    Yes and no - yes, because the field is less easily skewed, but no because we still have more knowledge to leverage.

    People who are better prepared almost always have better experiences in life. This certainly applies to theme parks - all theme parks. Dissers are going to know how to more easily tour the park to maximize the use of FP+. They will know the intricacies of the FP+ systems, and be better positioned to leverage them in their favor. They are also going to know about things like rope drop strategies and which rides to tackle in which order to maximize ride potential and minimize stand by waits.

    People who just show up with minimal planning will still do a lot less. You only lost one tool. The replacement tool may not be the same, but there are and will be advantages to understanding it more fully.
     
  6. TiggerBouncy

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    To tack tnto that, which rides are beneficial to expend your FP+ on, etc (like the list on here that rates the rides). That type of thing will still be relevant while those who do not research will waste their FP+'s on C rides with very little wait.
     
  7. Jennasis

    Jennasis DIS life goes on

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    While I don't like FP+ AT ALL, I plan to study the system harder than I studied for finals in college and once again make myself a super-user (or as much as one can be). No matter what, I'll always work the system better or harder than Average Joe Guest. So just be forewarned if you see me skulking around the park in my new outfit...

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    Call me SUPER USER!
     
  8. Tuffcookie

    Tuffcookie Enjoys an early hour of peace. Is a smart cookie.

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    You go, girl! :thumbsup2

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  9. Dan Murphy

    Dan Murphy We are family.

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    LOL!!!! :thumbsup2

    No horse??
     
  10. Sammie

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    I think you will see in the future the option to use Fastpass+ at more than one park.
     
  11. Jennasis

    Jennasis DIS life goes on

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    You're right...I should have a horse...but then I'd have to have it registered as a service animal of some sort to get in to the park. I guess I'd have to go with one of these seeing eye minis:

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    It already has a cape! And some killer footwear.
     
  12. gwmort

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    There was a really good post the other day with Josh over at easywdw showing what he could do in the park with fp+ now. The entire morning routine he used none and waited in very few lines even for rides that just shortly afterward had very long lines.

    Knowing when to go and what order to do things will likely be more important than ever so the super-knowledgeable commandos will still have a significant leg up on the herd that shows up between 11 and 4 pm and complains the lines are too long, even if no fp+'s are used at all (or at least til the herd shows up).
     
  13. summermac

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    All I have to say is THANK GOD for this board. I'd be lost for our February trip without it.
     
  14. planplan

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    I did read his blog and that's my families problem! We are also the family that likes to enjoy our morning coffee and stay extremely late at the parks at night. Our use good use of traditional FP made it nice that we never had to bother with a rope drop to keep ourselves from standing in lines all day. Well we might have to be early birds next trip!
     
  15. BuckeyeBama

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    You can still do this if you go during non-peak times of the year. My wife and I did it last week and had no problems - lines were short all day long. But this is really going to be a problem for people who like to sleep in and are forced to travel during peak seasons.
     
  16. johde

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    The way I see it, FP+ closed some doors, but opened some windows. At this point, we still don[t know what the full roll out FP+ is going to look like. FP- has only been gone from EPCOT for 2 days.

    I think it depends on how far you push "peak season". If you push it to the extreme, NYE, I think FP+ is actually a benefit to the people who lite to sleep in, assuming they can book in advance. Under FP- nearly all of the FP's would be gone by 10:00 a.m. in 3 of the 4 parks. Even extending that to Christmas/New Years Weeks and other extreme "peak" weeks. With FP- you're arriving ang pulling FP's several hours away. With Fp+ you can arrive with FP's "in your pocket". And being able to stay in the park to 1:00a.m. or even 3:00 a.m. is nearly as good as rope drop.
     
  17. magicbob

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    The conventional wisdom is that "super-users" will still have an edge.

    You (we) will arrive early with a good touring plan to avoid long lines in the morning and be educated enough on the FP+ system so that we have reserved FP+ for the best rides and times well in advance.
     
  18. Dizneefamily+4

    Dizneefamily+4 Wish I could live in Cinderella's Castle!

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    I keep seeing the bolded repeated as a mantra. Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of choosing to go during off times. Dh is a teacher. Our only option is summer (or Christmas, but we choose to be home during Christmas and it's just as busy then anyway.) We go every August and while yes, it's hot and crowded, we've always been able to maximize RD and use of legacy fp so that we rode as many rides as we wanted while rarely waiting in lines. Our kids are the kind that like to re-ride their favorites again and again.

    We're actually choosing to take this year off from Disney while we watch from a distance to see what final form fp+ takes on after this trial (and error) period. Our vacation dollars will be spent at another destination this year.
     
  19. Dan Murphy

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    Excellent!!! :laughing:
     
  20. buckeev

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    AND...SU forgot something else!!!

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  21. Jennasis

    Jennasis DIS life goes on

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    Like Wonder Woman's bracelets!
     

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