Planning Your Disney Vacation with FASTPASS +: Testing the New FASTPASS+
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About the Author: Tamera Maresh-Carver lives with her Family and Golden retriever in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was ten years old. She is looking forward to their next trip in 2014.
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We were also chosen to try the fastpass +. It was great . I like the idea that everything is planned in advance, no race to get the fastpass as soon as we get into the park.
I was also celebrating my retirement on this trip and it was nice to be congratulated on every ride or event.
The only problem we had was before we left for our group trip , it becaming difficult to choose the same hours for the same event because the choice of hours were totally different for each room. But we returned to the site every day and after a week we coordinated everyone.
I can see it being a plus for families with small children, no running around and less wait.
Also no collection of small papers ( regular fastpass) everything on one card is definitely a plus.
How do you get to use the new Fastpass+? Is it something that Disney will email to you or can you just use it at the park? I don't have a smart phone and therefore no access to the internet at the parks. If they did email it to you, how far in advance did they do that?
Thanks for your help!
FASTPASS+ is currently still in the testing phase. If you are chosen, information will be included with your documents from Disney that you receive prior to your trip.
Thank you Belle* ! I appreciate your help! I am going with my parents very soon and they hav ethe trip documents...I will have to check them out ASAP!
Really excited to be testing Fastpass+ at The Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios soon. Of course, I have been doing a lot of web searches since receiving our Fastpass+ cards a couple of days ago.
I am somewhat dismayed at hints that this may become a "perk" for guests at Deluxe Resorts and Villas. When Universal Studios implemented this "caste-like" system it really made me lose interest in visiting their park. I have not been back since. While I have stayed in Deluxe Resorts in the past, I just can't justify the cost for a room we basically shower and sleep in. Value resorts serve that purpose just fine. While you get nicer amenities at those resorts, I think that the differences should remain at the resort and not carry on into the parks (the closest bus stops are quite enough).
I know there are all kinds of speculation since testing began but I hope this concept is just a rumor.
just received our fastpass+ two days ago. we are staying at pop so they are giving them to value resorts. they came seperate from our documents and 1 week before our trip. can't wait to try them, now deciding on which rides to use for at mk and hollywood?
We were chosen to use FastPass+ in September. It was great for meet-and-greets and rides, but we couldn't even get near the fireworks area. We were using a FP for Splash Mt, and then we ran into the Electrical Parade. It was dark, poorly lit, and we couldn't get past the crowds. We tried going a different direction, and got stuck in an even more massive crowd. We gave up and searched for food. The fireworks weren't worth all that mess. Others claimed to have no trouble getting to fireworks area, but I think it depends on where you are in park prior to walking over to the designated standing location. We started out with what should have been plenty of time, but the crowds were crazy that night.
We were picked too! MK and HS (had to go with Toy Story there!).
This was a nice little bit of extra magic!
My husband and I are visiting WDW next month and are participating in the FastPass+ trial. We are able to choose 3 attractions, in one park, per day. For those of you who have been to WDW and participated in the trial; were you able to also use the regular FastPasses? I chatted with a cast member this morning and was told that you can, but they would rather you not, do to the fact that you are participating in a test group. I'm not so sure I like the fact that I am limited to only 3 passes per day, even if I am able to reserve the slot over a month in advance:confused:.
Can you get the Fastpass+ if you are not staying on property ?
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Updated 10-11-2012 - Article #860
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