Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fast Pass + Review

Walt Disney World has invested a lot of time, energy, and resources in creating My Magic+ and upgrading the not-broken-why-fix Fast Pass system.

But, maybe the Fast Pass system did need to be improved.

I'm not going to lie - I was incredibly hesitant going into this vacation.  Seriously?  I have to decide where I want to be ALL day??  It's hard enough for dinner - but, I can only get fast passes in 1 park, I can only get 3, and I have to decide 60 days out?

Plus, only my husband had a ticket ahead of time - I was waiting to get to the Shades of Green to purchase FL resident military seasonal passes for my 4 year old and myself.  We couldn't get our own fast passes ahead of time - would we be doomed to spend all our vacations in line?

All of these thoughts went through my head.

But, then I realized that all of our fastpasses were linked with our traveling companions - they booked ahead of time, and as long as we arrived at the attraction with them, we were fine!  When I tried to scan MY Magic Band before a member of that family, it didn't clear.  Luckily, we were never stopped!

**Only Apple and Android products can download the My Disney Experience app and their mobile site is pitiful!  If you happen to be different like me (Windows 8 phone), make sure to email yourself a screenshot or record your appointments somehow!!**
We emailed screen shots to each other daily

So here's the thing - you pick your times/attractions MONTH in advance.  And, often, you'll think "oh, I need to take Space Mountain at 9:45 a.m. because that's when it's available."  But, in reality, you are offered that time first when, even the SAME day, we were able to change our fast pass+ until later in the afternoon!

A different day, we had a 2 p.m. appointment to meet Mickey Mouse - TALKING Mickey Mouse - in the Town Square Theatre.  After rope drop, I suggested we head directly in there - and we were the first people to meet Mickey Mouse that day!  Perfect - no wait, plus we could change our fast pass for something later in the day!
I was a bit excited to talk with Mickey Mouse - can you tell?

**Hold off on making fast passes for the first hour or two the park opens - that's when the crowds and lines are the lowest**

While we didn't park hop on this trip, it is important to know that you should only be able to get fast pass+ for one park per day.  I have read articles of people working around this, but eventually, it will probably be more settled on one park per day.  We were, however, still able to use our plastic rfid tickets as well as our key to the world cards for extra paper fastpasses.  Unfortunately, Disney has figured this out sooner rather than later and is no longer issuing Keys to the World Cards that are eligible for paper fast passes!

**If park hopping, book fast pass+ for the 2nd park for later in the day and wait in lines first thing in the morning when crowds are low**

I was always shocked - the week of Thanksgiving - that at 11 am, we could get on the app (though the app was touch and go with loading) and change our fast passes and still pick up good reservations for later in the day!  I was pleasantly surprised and a complete convert, minus - the limited number available (3) and the lac of mobile compatibility!  

Have you experienced Fast Pass+ yet?  What did you think?  Please share your comments below or over on facebook!

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1 comment:

  1. I didn't think I'd like it but I did. It made it easy for us to change throughout the day, which was great. And on top of that it let my husband and I customize what we wanted to do. For example, he's not a thrill ride person. So if I had to wait for Space Mountain, he'd just ride the TTA for a while. But now I don't have to run across the park to get just myself a fastpass. I like it a lot. I think it can only be improved.
    PS - I'm totally jealous you got to meet talking Mickey. I'm dying to see it!

    Rosanne @ The Disney Point