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An Observation on Fastpass+

Discussion in 'General' started by Beccaberry, Mar 28, 2014.

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    We arrived at EPCOT on Thursday just before opening. Through security, and straight back to Soarin' (it was the only ride I really had any interest in riding during our short time in the park). In the few minutes it took us to walk back to The Land, the wait time for this ride had "soared" to 120 minutes. Shocking, I suppose, but not surprising given the time of year (the parks were teeming with Spring Breakers).

    What DID take me aback, and what I was somewhat surprised to see was this:

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    This was the line for people to make 'in-park' fastpasses for the day. And it wasn't moving very quickly. We continued walking towards Future World and noticed similar lines at each kiosk.

    I know we're not through the entire roll-out, but I must say - I was less than impressed and there aren't many (read: any) rides that I would wait in this line to secure a fastpass for.

    On the other hand...Jon pointed out that perhaps waiting in this ONE line at the front of the park to book all three passes for the day was preferable to rushing around the entire park and waiting in three lines to book one pass at a time. We shall see.
     
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    Wow, those lines are long :( I wouldn't wait that's for sure.

    Hopefully the lines should ease, as from the 31st March, Guests visiting for the day can now make FastPass+ reservations up to 30 days in advance.

    It makes you think, that Disney have seen these lines and realised that a lot of their Guests are actually day visitors, not Guests staying at Resorts or Annual Passholders. Which is something that a lot us us have been saying all along.

    I wonder if this is why they are allowing FastPasses to be reserved by everyone now :unsure:
     
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    I wondered the same, Wendy. Hopefully they will continue to make improvements to the system!
     
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    I think they will have to, as much as it pains me to say it, Universal is just a short drive away and the new Harry Potter area will draw the crowds.
     
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    Wow! Thats a long line
     
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    It was. We lingered for a moment at the one down along the promenade, and not only was the line considerable, there seemed to be a lot of confusion and issues.

    Again, certainly something I think they will address in the "big picture/long run" but I'd certainly hate for this year to be my "once in a lifetime" trip.
     
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    I was wondering how the whole FP+ thing was working...apparently not so well. Hopefully it will be sorted out for our as of yet unscheduled trip next year.
     
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    How does this fastpass+ works? can we do this from UK?
     
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    Wow. There is no way on earth I'd wait on that line! Disney does need to do a better job of rolling out new things, don't they? :sigh:

    Jeff, I don't know. That is a great question. Perhaps, someone here does know. I can't imagine it being too "fair" if the new system does not encompass international visitors.
     
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    Jeff it will all depend if the 7, 14 or 21 day tickets are RFID. If they are then you will be able to make FastPass+ up to 30 days before you go.

    I've emailed a couple of the ticket websites to ask if they have RFID tickets, as soon as I hear anything I will let people know.
     
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    Ah we booked ours via Florida Masters so would need to ask them?
     
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    I'm trying not to be too critical...I really am...but they aren't really knocking my socks off...
     
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    Ouch. I guess the trick is not to queue in the first distribution point, travel further into the park and find another with a (hopefully) shorter queue.
     
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    We thought that, too, but even those further into the park had long lines. I would say that, in part, the lines could have been attributed to it being first thing upon opening.
     
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    In nov/dec all of the actual Fastpass queues were longer than the standby queues. It was really weird
     
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    And another thing I'm going to have to learn. FastPass+ yeah me.
    Normally I'm the one running to the fast pass kiosks with everyones ticket and that normally works pretty well, but being a little older and a little slower, who knows.
     
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