Is anyone else hugely entertained by the FP+ tier system test?

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by Magpie, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. dmychuds

    dmychuds all awesome all the time

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    ... I do have control over it. No one is forced to use any kind of fast pass + or - the rides are all there without it and a good time can be had without using the fast pass system at all.

    When anyone buys tickets to a theme park they're paying for admission. Not a guarantee of fast passes or anything similar, they bought admission. If they toy with me getting into the parks I might have an issue with it, but as long as they offer what they sold (admission) then I don't see it as abhorrent an act as some posters seem to.

    What parts of the vacation are you not in control of?
     
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  3. bookgirl

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    I'm amused by the amount of teeth gnashing, chest thumping, wailing and moaning both by FP+/MB and by the GAC/DAS.

    The only constant is change. Adapt or sink in the tar pits people.

    Just got back last week and going back in March. There were things I liked and things I think I might not like but I'll either work it out or find somewhere else to spend my money. It doesn't have to be a production. Debate/Discussion/Dialog all perfectly acceptable but the Drama has got to go.
     
  4. robpa

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    So the onsite perception is that we are better than everyone else? When you decide to go on a DW vacation and decide where to stay no one is hiding any of the detail. If you book the GF you know what you are paying and getting upfront. If you consciously choose to stay there knowing that then that was your choice. Don't then complain that you should be getting more.(not saying you just generalizing) Also if you have the ability to drop $600 or more per night on a hotel room you are probably ok with what you are getting and not looking for theme park perks.

    The guests looking for more theme park perks are value and moderate and I don't think Disney is going to give them the perks they feel they deserve.
     
  5. robpa

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    Its the uncertainty of it all. They keep changing the rules and it is affecting many people who don't have control over it. Look most people go to an amusement park to ride rides. I don't know for sure what is going to happen with the new system but it seems like from the testing phase this is going to be hindered.

    Lets say you are not a part of the fastpass+ you show up at the park and the regular fastpass for your favorite ride are gone, or for later than you are going to be in the park and the standby line is 1hr+. Well I guess you have to get in the standby line. Its going to limit how many rides you get to ride.

    If you go or have gone several times , or if you just like to pay money to walk around a theme park and take in the sights its not as big a deal as to the family that scrimped and saved to go and this may be the only chance they get to go.

    Look they dropped the epcot tier on everyone from out of left field.
     
  6. pouncingpluto

    pouncingpluto 2005 WDW Bride

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    I don't think it's a perception of being better than anyone else. I think it's that it doesn't feel unfair to most onsite guests when they get park-related perks others don't get (like EMH -- and possibly a better FP+ experience), because onsite guests (and I am pretty much always in this category, as a DVC member) tend to view a WDW visit as an entire immersive experience, rather than mentally separating hotel stay from park stay. If I'm a 24/7 guest at this resort, it only seems natural that the resort gives me certain perks over people who are visiting just for the day.
     
  7. mom2mickeyfan

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    The thing with EMH is that it doesn't affect every park every day. Off-siters can avoid that perk with very little research.
     
  8. Nancyg56

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    I believe that what is upsetting to most people is that FP+ seems to be vastly different than the old FP system. With that system you were able to space out your attractions and if you planned well, avoid a lot of the stand by lines. Now, I understand that in a theme park, lines are a fact of life, but under that previous system, you could minimize the down time in lines.

    Some of the reports we are reading are that the stand by lines and the FP lines are very long, and FP+ seems to be the blame. I have no first hand experience, so I am taking the wait and see approach, but if this system ends up forcing folks who want to minimize standing in long lines for head liner attractions to not only plan far ahead, but also turns traditionally walk on attractions into long waits as well, ....the vacation is indeed being tinkered with.

    When you say that no one is forced to use FP, you are correct, but I have toured with and without, and with is way better. I absolutely refuse to step foot into Six Flags NE, it is a zoo. Loooooooooog lines for everything unless you pay for the exorbitantly priced front of the line pass. I won't do this for one day, so I cannot even imagine that I would subject myself or my family to these lines for over a week. And the pass would bankrupt me!
     
  9. robpa

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    Which they do, transportation, extra hours in the park,themed resorts and pools.These are all the marketing points that Disney was using to get guests to stay onsit. Not saying this applies to you but when is enough enough? If they do away with the EMH then I think you have a reason to be a little PO'd.

    Do they do much for DVC owners being they took a lot of your money up front?
     
  10. clsteve

    clsteve "It takes a very long time to become young..."

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    You do have the exact same opportunities to enjoy every single thing that on-site guests do, they're not taking away your ability to ride Soarin', you just might have to stand in line a bit longer.

    And, it's key to point out the DisneyCo Suits aren't looking at Universal size or attendance. They are staring wide-eyed in shock at how Universal just did more revenue in the third quarter than they did in all of 2010, with a 38% increase year-to-year while Disney is almost flat and had a decline in occupancy rate.

    Those 3 deluxe properties at Universal are a direct threat to Disney's deluxe properties (Disney's highest on-site profit margin is with Deluxe). The Loew's rooms and facilities are incrementally better and Universal Express is included.

    We can debate fair or not, Universal has proven the business model and Disney is playing catch-up. None of this should be a surprise.
     
  11. robpa

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    A lot of the problem is no one knows how this is going to work. You can't really base it off of what is going on now because not everyone is online with this yet. But with what some are saying as far as lines go(and still having paper fastpass available)it is definitely concerning. They more than likely will do away with the paper fastpass. Even if they do keep some same day passes available in a kiosk the times will be anything but prime.
     
  12. dmychuds

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    I agree that the system is uncertain, and that also means that outcomes are uncertain.

    but what I was originally responding to was someone who said that a vacation could be toyed with and no one had any control over it. But you do. In your scenario you can decide whether you want to wait in the standby line or go ride other rides. You have a choice to make and that's why I was pointing out that choices aren't be taken away from anyone, they're just different choices. I leave on saturday and have fp+ and we'll see how it goes, but I know I have choices, and if the whole system blows up and there's no fastpasses for the week I'm there, well then I'll just choose what my priorities are and go from there.

    I can understand feeling anxious about uncertainty but I think we can all agree what we've seen on this board (not necessarily in this post) is that people are beyond anxious which I find to be a little over the top.
     
  13. robpa

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    Guess how Universal did that? That's right they built new attractions not a new computer/tracking/CC machine system. Maybe one day this technology will be great,who knows but right now people see rides going up at Universal and princess meet and greets at Disney.
     
  14. mom2mickeyfan

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    I just checked for a one night stay (12-5-13) at Disney's GF the rate is listed as $559.13 and for the same night at Universal's Portofina Bay is $279. Is it possible that the cost of the rooms is the reason their occupancy rates are down?? I promise if the rooms rates came down, our family would stay on-site.
     
  15. robpa

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    I hope everything goes flawlessly on your vacation. Let us know how it went when you get back
     
  16. AmyB2006

    AmyB2006 I'd rather be in Disney!

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    No!!!! LOL. As a matter of fact DVC owners, IMO, get less than people paying a "cash" resort stay. But, we bought into a timeshare, that's all. I don't expect to get extra perks because I bought a timeshare. I'm ok with that.

    However I do think guests staying on site (whether cash or DVC) should get perks. I like the EMH, I hope they don't get rid of them. I'm happy with keeping those. If they do get rid of them, that would suck. I also love immersing myself in the whole WDW experience.

    I'm not saying we should get more perks than what are already there. But sometimes it sounds as if people don't think on site guests should any perks at all for staying on site.
     
  17. MrInfinity

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    Why are you comparing a mid-range prop at Universal to the top-of-the line at Disney? Of course it's cheaper.

    The difference between Universal and WDW is that Disney has MANY resorts in the $279 range, and will fill all those, in addition to the $600 rooms at GF, and the $120 rooms at All-Star. You can stay on property at WDW for well under $279/nt.
     
  18. mom2mickeyfan

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    I haven't stayed at either but have visited GF. I just looked at the highest rate for Disney and Universal. I have seen others talking about how nice Portofina Bay is but again, I've never visited. But either the GF is worth the $559 a night or it isn't and needs more perks to make it worth it. It was also mentioned that Disney is having trouble filling their rooms and that is why they should include pre-booking FP+s as an on-site perk only because the cost of the rooms aren't worth it. I am just going by what others in the thread are saying. :confused3
     
  19. clsteve

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    Kind of hard to tell based on just the G Fand one specific night- the BW, AK, and WL are in the $335-$420 range for the same date and I also don't know (but you might) if this is during free dining, which would affect availability and room rates/discounts.

    Deluxe hotel room rates give the highest profit margins, attract the bigger spenders, but also have the highest operating costs (larger rooms, better linens, better and more complex pool systems, etc.) that is why more perks to (hopefully) keep that rate high.

    Disney, like all resorts, also understands that there are a significant number of Deluxe guests with significant disposable income- dropping the rate too much would be fortunate for the rest of us, but would also drop availability for the big spenders. Check out the GF Lobby sometimes, there are some very high rollers, many foreign, dropping some serious cash.
     
  20. Planogirl

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    The Grand Floridian is no nicer than Portofino. IMO.
     
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