Beginning this Spring, possibly as early as April, Disney World guests will be able to experience expanded usage of the Fastpass+ system. Continue reading Disney World to expand Fastpass+ in park experiences
NOTE: EVERY person that plans to enter the line must have a pre-reserved Fastpass+, even if they don’t plan to take part in the photo opportunity.
Kelly wrote me to ask why she couldn’t find Fastpass+ (FP+) reservations for her group of 5 for a certain Fastpass in May even though she is within her 60 day window for guests staying at a Disney resort. I recommended using a strategy that I used yesterday afternoon at Hollywood Studios to get Rock n Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror and Star Tours in the afternoon when Rock n Roller Coaster didn’t have group availability. Continue reading How to get difficult Fastpass+ reservations from My Disney Experience
The resort rollout that disallows paper Fastpass usage for onsite guests is continuing this week with the All Star Resorts. Disney’s Pop Century was the first not to allow resort guests to use the Key to the World to retrieve paper Fastpasses from the machines within the parks. It is now being followed by ALL THREE All Star Resorts. If you check in on the dates below or after, you will receive a MagicBand only. If you request a Key to the World, it will have the magnetic stripe on the back deactivated, so you will be unable to use it in any paper Fastpass machine.
- All Star Sports – December 2 onward
- All Star Music – December 4 onward
- All Star Movies – December 6 onward
- Guests will continue to engage in MyMagic+ testing in the same way that all other resort Guests do.
- Upon check in, Guests will receive their MagicBands if they did not receive them at home after customizing them in advance using My Disney Experience.
- Front Desk Cast Members can provide an RF-enabled Key to the World card if a Guest requests it instead of a MagicBand. The RF-enabled Key to the World card functions the same way a MagicBand does at touch points. Guests with RF-enabled Key to the World cards will touch to enter their resort room and theme parks and water parks (with valid theme park admission), touch to pay (optional) and touch to redeem FastPass+ selections
Reactive Guest FAQs:
Why am I only getting a MagicBand and not a Key to the World card?
As part of our test-and-adjust process with MyMagic+, we are conducting a test where Guests staying at Disney’s Pop Century Resort will be issued only a MagicBand for use throughout their stay.
If I am issued a Key to the World card can I still get FASTPASS tickets when I’m in the park in addition to the FastPass+ selections I make on My Disney Experience?
No. Because the mag stripes are not active on Key to the World cards issued to Guests participating in this test., they will not work in FASTPASS machines. By staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you have the benefit of reserving
access to some of your favorite attractions ahead of time with Disney FastPass+ service.
Can I make FastPass+ selections for more than one park on the same day?
You can make FastPass+ selections for only one park per day for each day of valid theme park admission.
UPDATE: December 13, 2013 I’ve been told by a number of people that Disney has patched this issue, bu the patch just created a new issue where the app is MUCH less responsive and often locks up when someone is trying to make a change to their choices.
UPDATE: December 9, 2013 Two different iPhone users are reporting that Disney has finally fixed this issue on iPhone. I’ll report soon on the status of Android phones.
I’ve debated for several weeks whether or not I should post this information. I’ve successfully used these tips on many days in the park to test it out and make sure it works every time. It doesn’t really benefit me personally because I’m local and can ride these attractions any time I want.
A little background first. My brother and I have designed a few apps over the last couple of years. They started out pretty rudimentary and have gotten better as we’ve gone along. I won’t use this post to advertise them with links, so I’m not seen as a barker. My role has always been to design the app and create and maintain the data while my brother does all the nerdy, techie stuff that makes it work. After we get it completed we take the apps through Alpha and Beta testing. I’m usually the Alpha tester. It’s my job to see if I can break the app and make sure it functions like we designed it to do. I usually find hundreds of issues early on before sending it to willing Beta testers to see what they find.
Disney has poured a LOT of money into it’s new MyMagic+ and Fastpass+ systems (I can’t wait until the stupid + is done. It requires too many Shift key entries). It’s been estimated that they have spent a BILLION dollars on all kinds of improvements whether internal or on the user end. They have been Beta testing FP+ for months in different phases and bringing different resorts online slowly, then tweaking the options available such as the tiered system now in use at Epcot and FP+ only stays at Disney World hotels. Their Beta testers are often off duty Cast Members.
I joined the FP+ system long after others in bloggerdom and wanted to see what it was really capable of, not just use it as it’s prescribed. Disney wants it to only allow 3 Fastpass+ per day per person and they are even restricting that further with silly “Tiers” that guests have to choose ONE really good ride and TWO not so good ones. So, I designated myself as Disney’s unofficial and unpaid Gamma tester (Alpha, Beta, Gamma..). After learning how to join the system with a room only stay (not Pop Century at the time of the article) and learning to use the FP+ that was available, I wanted to begin testing to see what it COULD do. I wanted to see if I could crack it, break it, spill chili dog on it etc… So that leads me to this post.
I visited Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and was able to use the FP+ for 6 or more attractions in one day each time and decided it was time to test the biggest beast. No, not Be Our Guest Dinner Reservations, I decided to take on the Magic Kingdom and its 20 or more Fastpass+ options and see how many times I could use ONE Magic Band, ONE account and ONE phone to use FP+ much more than the 3 prescribed times in ONE DAY. Who needs Paper Fastpasses when one person can do everything in ONE DAY with Fastpass+?
Beginning today, November 17, MagicBands will be used to provide proof that a guest is staying at a Walt Disney World Hotel and has morning Extra Magic Hours eligibility for that day, if choosing to attend a morning Extra Magic Hour session at a given park. Walt Disney World Cast Members will scan the Magic Band (or rfid enabled Key to the World) before allowing guests to the Mickey Touch Points.
If you are stating at the Hilton Downtown Disney, Shades of Green or the Swan and Dolphin, you will be allowed access with a valid hotel room key.
What do you think about this change?