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Old 07-15-2018, 01:53 AM   #1
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How has Fastpass+ changed how you tour?

In the light of lovewdw2's wonderful question about which attraction you ride first in each park, I couldn't help but think, how has Fastpass+ changed how you tour?

Once upon a time, we had our set attractions that we'd head to, but now, unless it's Extra Magic Hour and those attractions are open, it often depends on what our Fastpass+ is for that day...
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Needing an FP for the most popular attractions feels too restrictive to me. We get them for those we enjoy, but I wish it weren’t necessary to prevent lengthy waits.

I wish it was still possible to book a room and nothing else. But, you do what you must to be able to get into restaurants and attractions without an hour or longer wait.
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Needing an FP for the most popular attractions feels too restrictive to me. We get them for those we enjoy, but I wish it weren’t necessary to prevent lengthy waits.

I wish it was still possible to book a room and nothing else. But, you do what you must to be able to get into restaurants and attractions without an hour or longer wait.
So true.. or to get in at all in some cases....
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Old 07-15-2018, 06:31 AM   #4
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FP+ has definitely changed our visits. To get our best result, we are constantly checking those phones to see “what’s available “ next. We don’t always get the chance to soak in the little things, any more, because the day is about so much strategy...right place, right time...not traipsing in a zigzag pattern all day, either. So often, we’re in Fantasyland, and there’s a FP in Frontierland. Then, it’s Tomorrowland. I can’t stand that zigzagging, so we’re looking for something near us, too. It’s sort of sad, really, but between FP+ and ADRs, it just is what it is. We do our best, but it gets tiresome.

When we visited Disneyland a few years back, I just loved, loved that there was always something we could find to do that didn’t require an hour wait. No FP+ was a major +. The days were soooo relaxing, except for getting to Radiator Springs Racers. Almost everything else was just walk up and get in line. We rode Soarin’ three times in our 5 days and never waited more than 20 minutes.
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Our strategy is to get there early and ride what we can, making our fast passes for a little later in the day. I really don’t like the fact that we have to use fast passes I much prefer the old days, everyone in one line and you all move forward together.
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The answer depends on which park, which season, and park hours.

For example, in the summer, we like to relax at a pool or take in a water park knowing that we have FP's for Soarin' before dinner at EPCOT. Love that I don't have to race to the park and the FP kiosk to get something for the evening!

Or, if Magic Kingdom has AM extra magic hours, we head to Tomorrowland for Buzz and other attractions before our FP's go live in Fantasyland and Frontierland. But, if we arrive at park opening with everyone else, we turn left and walk on Jungle Cruise and Pirates before the crowd catches up with us and our Frontierland/Liberty Square FP's times. Especially in Magic Kingdom, I'm on my phone as soon as we scan our 3rd FP and typically make one for something in Tomorrowland--Buzz and/or Laugh Floor.

As for Animal Kingdom, Flight of Passage requires a FP for us, sometime later in the day, as we want to say good morning to the animals on safari.

I'm still thinking about Studios. This is another park that we grab additional FP's after our 3 and we love the shows. Toy Story Land is going to provide us with new strategy.

A question I ponder is "What rides/attractions have we ONLY used FP for?" I laugh that we have never seen the stand-by queue for Splash Mountain, FROZEN, or Peter Pan, although during a special morning event, we walked through the Peter Pan queue and took video--it was lovely!


Bottom line, while planning can feel burdensome, so would making plans/decisions on the spot. I appreciate the flexibility that FP provides us. I don't feel "locked in," I feel relieved of the weight of decision making as some of them have already been made.
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FP+ has definitely changed our visits. To get our best result, we are constantly checking those phones to see “what’s available “ next. We don’t always get the chance to soak in the little things, any more, because the day is about so much strategy...right place, right time...not traipsing in a zigzag pattern all day, either. So often, we’re in Fantasyland, and there’s a FP in Frontierland. Then, it’s Tomorrowland. I can’t stand that zigzagging, so we’re looking for something near us, too. It’s sort of sad, really, but between FP+ and ADRs, it just is what it is. We do our best, but it gets tiresome.
You're so right. I hadn't thought of that, because really until our most recent couple of vacations, we didn't have a cell phone with Internet service, so we didn't use the app. We only started to do it a bit more this trip and I can see how it could take over your vacation.

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When we visited Disneyland a few years back, I just loved, loved that there was always something we could find to do that didn’t require an hour wait. No FP+ was a major +. The days were soooo relaxing, except for getting to Radiator Springs Racers. Almost everything else was just walk up and get in line. We rode Soarin’ three times in our 5 days and never waited more than 20 minutes.
So true! I have a horrible feeling though that mat have changed there, now you can get the MaxPASS feature. I don't know, as we haven't been since 2015, but we'll find out next spring....
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A question I ponder is "What rides/attractions have we ONLY used FP for?" I laugh that we have never seen the stand-by queue for Splash Mountain, FROZEN, or Peter Pan, although during a special morning event, we walked through the Peter Pan queue and took video--it was lovely!
Ok, that is such a good question that I'm going to pinch it, as I'd love to know people's answers!
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It hasn't changed it a lot other than let us plan ahead. We know the times of FP before we get to the park instead of going to ride/attraction and finding out the time the day we are there.
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I LOVE your question, Cheryl!

Making Fast passes 60 days out is good especially the rides that are popular. I like to walk around the parks and see what has a short wait, otherwise I usually say no. I too do not like to walk back & forth because eventually I will get tired (and certainly not to make my kids go from one end of the park to the other).

I miss the old days too. My sister is from the old days and every so often she will ask me a question and I have to explain it isn't like that anymore. You can't just walk up to a ride and expect to wait 10 or 15 minutes, same as a restaurant....that part she really doesn't get!!

When I was in DisneyLand August 2016, it was Super crowded. Of course their fast passes are quite different and not every popular ride has a fast pass. We waited for Toy Story Mania for about 28 minutes (no Fast pass for this)- I was surprised how slow the line moved. But almost every other ride had major lines. There were rides I wanted to go on in DisneyLand that we could not stand & wait maybe an hour. I think it really depends on what month you go in and I think that still applies to Disney World as well.

Having Fastpass has helped me in some of the rides that are popular, but I take it or leave it if they are longer waits without one.
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I like that we don't have to be up and at the park by rope drop to get a FP for rides like Toy Story. So we can start our day later and still get in the headliners for each park. But I also feel pressure to make wise choices two months in advance. Touring is definitely different now.
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On our full day at a park it hasn't really changed much for us other than we know exactly which rides we'll be riding using FP. We still do rope drop and ride things s/b for the first few hours and have FPs scheduled beginning at about 10:30. We continue to ride s/b in between our FPs times. When we leave the park for a break in the afternoon, we make sure to schedule a FP for when we plan to return. We followed the same basic pattern with legacy FP except we had to go grab the FP in between standby rides.

FP+ has made our short days at a park much easier. We now know we will get on 3 rides even if we only plan to be at the park for a few hours. For example, on our arrival day we always go to Epcot that evening. With legacy FP we had no idea if we could get *any* FP and would possibly be stuck riding just one or two things standby. Now we know we're going to ride Soarin', Spaceship Earth, and get some photos at Character Spot. Same thing goes for our sleep-in/down day. We'll make FPs at a park for late afternoon. We are able to go to AK at 2:00 in the afternoon and know we can ride FOP, Safari, and Festival of the Lion King.

I was very nervous about FP+ when it first started but as soon as we started using it, I loved it and saw it would really benefit us based on the way we tour the parks.
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I like the fact that we don't feel pressure to get up at the crack of dawn to get in major attractions without a long line. We used to get up for rope drop, take a nap mid day, and go back in the evening to avoid the most crowded part of the day because it meant standing in line for even minor attractions. Now we can show up at 11 am and still know we are at least going to get on three things. I do miss the excitement of rope drop a little but I don't miss the crowded buses and security lines at park opening.

Later in the day we find ourselves being open to attractions we wouldn't normally think to do because there is a fastpass available. It's kind of fun!
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Different for me too with FP+ too as my attractions are more planned now instead of heading to the park and hoping to get a FastPass. It is less pressure with the most popular attractions as you don't have to get there early for the most popular ones. Can do other things until your window opens up.
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