How the New-gen FASTPASS System at Disney World Could Affect Your Vacation

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By Lisa.

On our recent trip to Walt Disney World, we had the opportunity to take part in the trial of the new FASTPASS system. When we arrived at the airport and checked in to the Magical Express, they asked us if we would try it. Having already heard it was coming out ,we decided to give it a try.

We were asked what day we would be going to the Magic Kingdom. Not being the type of people that plan what day we will be at which park, we were actually not sure what to go with. We decided on a Sunday, so that my father could take part in it as well. We were then given a card and told to choose four attractions. We chose Splash Mountain, Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Haunted Mansion, and a meet and greet with Mickey. They scan your cards, and an email is then sent to you with the times that you have for each ride. Shortly after, I received the email that had the times which ran from 2:45-8:45. Each attraction had a return time of one hour, just like a regular Fastpass.

We had ADR’s at Epcot that day for lunch so we knew we would have to hop the monorail and head over to Magic Kingdom pretty quickly after we were done. That was not an issue, since we are used to going from park to park.

What did cause an issue was my Dad waking up Sunday not feeling very well. We went to Hollywood Studios for a few hours that morning, but he ended up in health services having the medics called due to his heart. He decided to stay in the parks and go to lunch rather than go to the hospital, but after lunch he had to go lay down. My mom and I let him rest and went to Magic Kingdom to try it out, but by then we had already missed our first time at Splash Mountain. We were able to go on Haunted Mansion and Winnie the Pooh, but had to leave early to check on him and missed the meet and greet with Mickey.

The way that the card works is that when you get to the ride, you go through the Fastpass line, scan your card on a Mickey podium and it lights up Green. The cast member then checks their Ipad and lets you though. They also have your personal information, such as them knowing it was my Birthday.

Here are the new Fastpass cards:

It was nice being able to go on two rides back to back without having to get one fastpass and then waiting two more hours to get another. What we didn’t care for was choosing ahead of time what park we will be in in advance and not being able to make changes if something comes up. We already book ADR’s 160 days in advance, I would hate to think that we may have to book what ride we will be doing which day in advance as well.

The new Mickey podiums:

If Disney decides to go with this system, I hope that they make some considerations for changes that may occur when people are in Orlando. It would also be much nicer if maybe people could just do the bookings the day of the visit and not in advance. That would give people more flexibility and would be a better set-up. I love using regular Fastpasses, but am not sure that this new version is the way to go.

So how can it affect your future vacations?

It may cause some major increases in wait times, and could also cause a problem and not allow people to even get on some rides if all the times are previously booked.

For me, this new system is a miss unless some major factors are taken into consideration. I love Disney, but hope that they keep things the way they are now!

So what do you think about the new FASTPASS system? Think it’s something that you will like or could just cause more lengthy wait times?

Thanks for stopping by for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see you in line at the theme parks, Fastpass in hand.

Lisa

Lisa just moved to Nashville, TN, after spending 28 years in Ohio. She has been a huge Disney fan since her parents took her on her first trip at age two. 2. She has been to Disney over 70 times and worked at Blizzard Beach as part of the Disney College Program. She is now working on finding a way to move to FL, so she can be closer to her favorite place on Earth!

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Comments

  1. Christie says:

    I’m with you, what if you have something change and you don’t end up going to that particular park that day? Or have an accident? I just like to go with the flow, myself.

  2. I agree. I like a little spontaneity on my vacation and not have every little thing I do planned out. I don’t know what park I’m going to from day to day. I don’t understand why they just don’t have a place to get fastpasses for all rides in the front of the park. You could choose which rides you want fp for in the morning, you don’t have to run all over the park to get it and they don’t have to give out a new card and all of your information to the CM at the ride either. Just use what they have now, scan your ticket and get a receipt with your time to ride.

  3. Thanks ladies, I know Disney is trying to streamline things more, but many people just want to relax and not thin about where they have to be each day…Sometimes we will just go out to the bus stop, and hop on the first bus that arrives. Gives us a chance to explore more and even resort hop! – Lisa

  4. riceballmommy says:

    I wouldn’t mind seeing this as an option. Something you don’t have to use, but is just there in addition to regular FastPass and stand-by lines. That way if you prefer regular FastPass or just the spontaneity of looking for the shortest line in whatever park your in that day you can do it. For my family it would be a great little extra. We plan out what days we’ll be in what park for our ADRs anyway, so picking out one or two “must do things” wouldn’t be a big deal. Of course we’d consider it no pressure, and if we just didn’t make it there at that time then no big deal, we’ll just ride that ride another way, another day, whatever need be.
    I would not want to see any penalties for not showing up, that way if you can’t make it at that time, it’s no big deal.

  5. i do plan what day i will be in each park (working around extra magic hours) but like to take the day as it goes…gets to hot? go back to resort for a swim…rainy day…change parks (epcot when it is an all day hard rain..more inside things to do) etc. dont think i like this new system already…will try it in july and then decide for sure …if it is available

  6. Not sure if I am going to like this new Fastpass system. I liked the fact that you didn’t have to be on time for your fastpass with the current system.

  7. My question is what if you don’t have access to e-mail or even have an e-mail address like my mom. Our phones are just regular phones not smartphones so no e-mail access. How would you get an e-mail telling you your FP times?

  8. I think this could totally stress out a vacation and take away those ‘special spontaneous moments’! I mean it is already bad enough that you have to wait 90 minutes to meet the princesses (instead of them wandering through the park) and I think this would just make planning a vacation more like work and a schedule to follow :( I hope this does not become a permanent thing!

  9. I can see pros and cons to this. I agree I think it could work if you could reserve 1 day ahead of time (vs 180 or 90 days). As a local we usually decide less than a month in advance that we will be going to disney. I would hate to be unable to get ANY FPs as I try to use them so I don’t have to wait in lines.

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