Fastpass plus revisited
By Lisa P.
I was one of the people chosen back in May to try out the new fastpass plus system. When I tried it then I was not a fan…You can check out the article in the Mouze Kateerz archives. When I got mail from fastpass plus for our December trip I was very apprehensive, but decided with only having a short 2 day trip that I didn’t have anything to lose. Let’s just say, Fastpass Plus may have won me over! Here are some of the top reasons that you may like the new Fastpass Plus system (And one reason that you may not!)
You chose what park you go to and on what day and plan your rides from there.
When we went in May we were approached on our way to the Magical Express and asked to participate. We could only choose MK, but got to choose our day. This didn’t end up working for us. This trip however, we got the Fastpasses in the mail, each with our name already on them and with a website to go to. Each pass is equipped with an RFID chip so it can be scanned at the fastpass entances. Once on the site we could choose from MK or HS and could choose which we wanted to do which day. With this being a 2 day trip we had a pretty good idea on which parks we wanted to do each day. We chose HS for Friday and MK for Saturday. From there we chose 3 rides at HS that we wanted to do…you can imagine how happy I was when I saw that Toy Story Mania was one of our choices!! We ended up choosing Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror and Star Tours. Once our choices were made we were given a list of start times to choose from. Since we were flying in that day and going to lunch at EPCOT first we really liked being able to choose a later start time. Our first FP was for 2:10 and the last at 5:30. For MK we got to choose 4 rides and decided on Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Haunted Mansion. We again got to choose a start time, and decided on 3:00 with our last one being at 11:00pm. We were ready and on our way!
You can make changes after your initial choices are made..Even if you have already done the first ride!
While at the studios we got a regular FP for Rock N Roller coaster. The time for it was 5:30-6:30, the same as when we were supposed to be on Star Tours. We knew we could do both within the hour, but we also wanted to do the Osbourne Lights and get back to EPCOT to ride Test Track. While in the middle of the park I could pull up the Fastpass Plus website and choose to change my time on Star Tours! I was able to move it up to earlier so we could do all that we wanted to that night without an issue. We did the same thing at MK when we decided that we wanted to get back over to EPCOT that night for illuminations. We made a couple changes on that one and rather than Space Mountain we go to do Big Thunder twice! The nice thing was, not only can you change the time you have, you can also change the rides. This was a huge help when plans change, and a huge improvement over the first time we tried it and were stuck with times and rides that ended up not working for us.
If you are a planner this is a huge plus!
I know there are people out there that like to plan where they will be each day (I will readily admit that I am NOT one of those). If you know where you are going to be, this is the way to go. You don’t have to worry about running from ride to ride getting your Fastpass and you don’t have to wait 2 hours to get another one! Plus, if your dinner is running longer than you thought, then you can just get online and change it! I like the fact that they added some flexibility that was not there before. One other nice feature is if one person doesn’t want to do a certain ride, you can choose which person to choose for each ride. You can have your whole group on Tower of Terror, or let those that don’t like thrill rides to something more mellow at the same time.
The reason you may not like it
I am not a planner when it comes to going to Disney. As many times as I have been there I like the flexibility to wake up and decide from there what we feel like that day. We make ADR’s, but other than that we try not to plan too much. I already have to get online 180 days before my vacation and decided where I will feel like eating everyday, I am not looking forward to also having to decide what parks I am going to each day as well. I do like that I can make changes, and can see myself using this for Toy Story, Test Track and Soarin’. There are just so many rides that I want to do while I am there that I feel like I would spend as much time making changes as I will be actually riding the rides. One other downside is that if you don’t have a smartphone making changes could be an issue. They may end up putting up kiosks, but if they don’t then you may end up being stuck with what you chose months ago.
Overall, I am changing my old opinions of the Fastpass Plus. We got a lot of use out of it, and were able to do much more in those 2 days than I originally thought we would. I just still worry that it could cause issues for non-planners and possibly FL residents that decide on a whim to go to the parks and don’t have this option. Only time will tell how it ends up working out, but one thing is for sure, Disney is moving towards some big technological upgrades!
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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!