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60 Days: FastPass+

FastPass

The Magic Band – the start of your FastPass+ Journey!

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day60 of our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  With the changes to how you can schedule your FastPasses now, day 60 has much more importance than it did before!  As a result, today we are taking a look at the FastPass+ system!

If you are taking a Disney vacation, the new system that replaced the FastPass system is called FastPass+.  This system allows you to schedule which FastPass attractions, shows, fireworks viewing locations, or even parade viewing locations you want to schedule ahead of time.  If you are staying on Disney property, you will be able to schedule your FastPass+ reservations starting at 60 days out from your vacation start.  It has also been reported that if you are staying at the Dolphin or the Swan hotel located at the Disney Boardwalk region that you can make your FastPass+ reservations at 60 days out also, although you won’t get a Magic Band unless you pay for one.  If you are staying off property you will be able to schedule FastPass+ reservations, but only at 30 days out.

The way things currently stand, you can reserve up to 3 FastPass+ reservations prior to arrival per day.  All of them have to be made at one park.  However, if you finish your 3 FastPass+ reservations, you can then go to the kiosks and make additional reservations.  Also, if you have a smartphone or tablet device, you can make changes to your FastPass+ reservations on the fly by accessing the My Disney Experience app.  Remember, Disney has rolled out Wifi throughout the parks to make it easier to access the app.

Reviews are mixed from what I’ve seen about it.  Some people don’t like it, and some people do.  Generally speaking, though, the reports I’m seeing from people that have experienced it have been favorable.  Most report few issues with the system, and quick response and resolution of problems when they did have a problem.

For us, it will be really interesting to see how it works for all of us.  Our reservation is a complex one — Cindy, Sophie and I have annual passes, Leigh Ann and Riley will have regular park tickets, and Sheila, Randy and Miss J will have Disney Premier Passports.  All of this really makes for some interesting FastPass+ selections.  I’ll be keeping track of how well it is working and will let you know in a followup post how it worked for us!

In the meantime, tell me what you think about the FastPass+ system.  Like it? Hate it? Wish it was like it used to be?  Let me know in the comments please, and thanks for stopping by!

46 Days til Disneyland – Starcade!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

Starcade is an arcade located in Tomorrowland over by Space Mountain.  This arcade is very similar to the arcade at Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom, known as the Tomorrowland Arcade.  Starcade is a great way to kill some time (and some money, unfortunately, as the games require coins to operate) while you wait for your Space Mountain FastPass.  Starcade is our choice for Day 46 in our Countdown to Disneyland series!

Unfortunately, Starcade is closed for refurbishment right now, but it should be opening back up in a few months — whether it is open when we are there or not is up for debate, but I’m not sure if this is something we would stop at anyway, so I don’t know that I’m missing anything if I don’t get to see it.

Do you stop and visit at the Starcade?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

FastPass 101

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FastPass wb (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello everyone, this post is for those people who are checking us out as part of their research for a first Disney World trip or inexperienced travelers. I apologize to those that are familiar with the FastPass system but wanted to share some knowledge.

1. What is FastPass? Disney’s FastPass system is basically like a ride reservation system. The way it works is that at select attractions (list below), you approach the FastPass  machine, insert your park ticket and receive a FastPass with a return time stamped on it. When that time arrives, you enter a separate line for a much shorter wait time.

2. Is there a charge for using FastPass? Unlike the ride reservation systems at some amusement parks, currently there is no charge for using FastPass (I don’t expect this to change in the future but you never know.)

3. What attractions offer FastPass access? The list for Disney World by park is as follows:

Magic Kingdom® Park:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Jungle Cruise
Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Peter Pan’s Flight
Space Mountain
Splash Mountain
Stitch’s Great Escape!
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Epcot®:
Maelstrom
Mission: SPACE
Soarin’
Test Track
Captain EO

Disney’s Hollywood Studios™:
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Star Tours
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Toy Story Mania!
Voyage of The Little Mermaid Show

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park:
Dinosaur
Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
It’s Tough to be a Bug!
Kali River Rapids
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Primeval Whirl

4. What else should someone know about FastPass? The number of FastPasses is limited and may go quickly. If there is a particular attraction you are interested in obtaining, I suggest you make it your first stop in the park. For instance, in Hollywood Studios, I made the mistake of riding Tower of Terror and Rock N Rollercoaster before heading over to Toy Story Mania. By the time we made it over to the FastPass kiosk, there were no more passes available. Also, each person boarding in your party will need their own FastPass but one person can obtain all the passes (but will need each person’s park ticket to do so).

I find FastPass to be very user friendly and easy to insert into my touring plans. I suggest you plan on using FastPass if any of your must sees are included in the program. If you have any questions that I didn’t answer, please feel free to add it to the comments section and I will do my best to answer the question.