With paper FastPasses now a thing of the past, it’s time to start using FastPass+ whether you like it or not. I won’t rehash the differences between the old FP system and the new FP+ system (though Touring Plans does a great job of that here). I just want to share my recent FP+ experience with you.
1. Making FP+ reservations pre-trip: Using My Disney Experience, I was able to do this 60 days before my vacation. This time frame may change as the system is tweaked. For now, only guests staying at a Disney World on-site resort can make their FP+ reservations ahead of time. Everyone else can make them when they arrive at the park, using FP+ kiosks. I was able to make 3 FP+ reservations per day for only one park per day. For some parks (as of this writing, Epcot and Hollywood Studios), there was a “tier” system where I could only choose one “headliner” ride per day.
2. Changing FP+ reservations pre-trip: This was relatively easy, though it did involve some redundant steps. (A more thorough post on this to follow.) It seems like this process could be streamlined. On the upside, I had no trouble getting the ride reservation times that worked best for us.
3. Using FP+ ride reservations: Just touch your MagicBand to the Mickey icon at the FastPass return entrance of the ride, tap it to another Mickey icon once you’re closer to boarding the ride, and you’re good to go. “Tap and go, people, tap and go!” is the new Cast Member mantra. Not the warm fuzziness we expect from CMs, but it did keep the FastPass return line moving swiftly. We only experienced one glitch where the MagicBand reader didn’t recognize our ride reservation. Fortunately, I had printed our FP+ itinerary and kept it in my purse. I simply showed it to the CM, and she let us proceed.
4. Changing FP+ reservations “on the fly”: This is how Disney touts the flexibility of the new system. The one time I tried to change a FP+ reservation on the fly (from the monorail), I was unable to use the My Disney Experience app on my smartphone because the signal kept dropping. So I guess this part of the system needs a little work.
Overall, we liked the new system. It would be nice if you could use more than 3 FP+ reservations per day, use them in more than one park per day, and book more than one headliner ride per day. I won’t miss the days of running around the park collecting paper FastPasses for the family, or of arriving at a park after all of the paper FastPasses for the “good” rides are gone. I really do think that, with some tweaks, this new system will work for us.
What are your thoughts on the new FP+ system?