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Fastpass+

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As a travel agent, I try to make sure  that I experience the things that my clients experience.  Recently, Disney World has introduced Fastpass+ as a new way to enhance the guest experience while at Disney World.  At this time, it is  still a work in progress.

We were there in January for an early phase of testing which was very limited.  It allowed you to make 3 selections upon arrival at the park for your entire day.  No more were allowed.    Our passes were used by 11:00  and that was the end of the FastPasses for the day.

They have expanded the program to all 4 Disney World parks and have increased the limits on the rides.  You can make your selections 60 day in advance if you are staying at a WDW Resort and up to 30 days in advance for other guests.  They allow you to select three experiences to begin your day.  You may select additional experiences one at a time after you have used your first three FastPasses.

You may select from parade and fireworks viewing areas, character  meet and greets, rides and shows and even some dining reservations.  It allows you to plan your day a little bit better.  

The system is a work in progress.  Anytime you make major changes at one of the largest tourist attractions in the world there are bound to be problems.  This is still the case.  While it is indeed an inconvenience to have problems with your passes, it is not the end of the world.

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When you use the My Disney Experience online application to make your selections, take a screenshot of your reservations.  While Disney cannot  guarantee the ability to replace potentially lost reservations, it is one way that you can attempt to prove that you had the reservation originally.  

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It is a computer system.  Things happen.   Don’t take it out on the Cast Member.  Go to Guest Services.  They are the people who can help you out.  On a recent trip of ours, we made 5 different  trips to Guest Services during our first 3 days.  Was it inconvenient, yes.  Did we let it ruin our trip, no.  We eventually got to ride everything that we were supposed to ride and learned a lot about FastPass+.

A family that we shared an Illuminations cruise with had 10 days of Fastpasses wiped out and were only able to have 2 days of their reservations restored.  It changed their trip, but they were still in Disney and having fun.  Don’t let it ruin your  vacation.

In short, I see potential for the new system to allow more people to prepare for and enjoy their vacations.  The system still has glitches, but it is light years better than when it was rolled out for testing.  If you are looking forward to making reservations for your own vacation, email me atLarry@MagicalVacationsByMe.com.  

Magical Journeys,

Larry Opiela ~ Travel Specialist

Concierge Planning-We Make Travel Dreams Come True

Cell: 815-341-1714
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New Fastpass+ Information

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Today we are excited to share that starting onMonday, April 28, 2014, all Walt Disney World®Resort Guests will be able to make additionalFastPass+ selections at in-park kiosks after they have redeemed their original (up to three) selections.

Guests will be able to make one additional selection at a time, based on availability. After they redeem that additional selection, they can go to a FastPass+kiosk to make another selection, and so on. (The additional FastPass+ selections must be made at a kiosk only.)Guests will be able to make their additional selection(s) for an experience at which they already redeemed a FastPass+ selection earlier that day.Guests with valid park-hopping privileges will be able to make their additional selection(s) at another park. Those selections must be made at a kiosk in the park where the desired experience is located.

Magic Bands and Early FastPass+ Check in for Off Site Guests

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As part of the test-and-adjust process for MyMagic+, Day Guests (those Guests who are not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel) are now able to make FastPass+selections 30 days in advance of their trip and can purchaseMagicBands to link to their plans in My Disney Experience.

Day Guests may make FastPass+ selections for each day they have admission linked in My Disney Experience starting 30 days in advance of their visit.

While day Guests are not issued MagicBands, they may use their RF-enabled theme park admission to enter the theme parks and redeemFastPass+ selections, or they may purchase a MagicBand and link their theme park admission to the MagicBand.

MagicBands will be available to purchase for $12.96 plus tax at Walt Disney World Resort Park merchandise locations and at Downtown Disney®. They will be available in all seven colors – pink, blue, red, green, orange, gray and yellow.

After a MagicBand is purchased, Cast Members will link the Guest’s admission media (or other RF media such as an existing MagicBand orMemory Maker card) to the retail MagicBand. If the Guest’s ticket is already linked to his/her My Disney Experience account, all of the plans, such as tickets, dining reservations and FastPass+ selections, will be seamlessly linked to their new MagicBand. 

Touch to pay is not available for day Guests. Only Guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels who establish charging privileges upon check-in are able to touch to pay using MagicBands or RF-enabled theme park tickets.

As a reminder, MagicBands are available to all Guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Anna and Elsa are on the move.

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Anna and Elsa, from Disney’s Academy Award-winning film “Frozen,” will soon move from Epcot to Magic Kingdom Park! Starting April 20, they’ll join some of their fellow Disney Royals at Princess Fairytale Hall, where Disney FastPass+ service will be available for this character greeting experience.

FastPass+ – Love It or Hate It?

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Disney World has recently gone to the new FastPass+ system for their rides and attractions.  It allows resort guests to pre select and reserve some of their attractions and times to enjoy those attractions.  If you are not a resort guest, you may still reserve your favorite attractions, but you cannot receive your reservations until you are inside the parks.

The reception to the new system much like any other change is receiving mixed reviews.  What do you think of the new system?

 

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