Disney FastPass Plus

There have been many rumors over the last few years about a replacement for the FastPass system, originally introduced by Disney in 1999. While the FastPass system has been wildly successful, changes are on the horizon. In early 2012, Walt Disney World did a very limited test on a new FastPass Plus system (entitled FastPass +), allowing certain guests to “reserve” FastPasses for rides at certain times. Basically a reservation to ride a ride.

This week, Walt Disney World is rolling out a much larger test, mailing out passes to guests arriving in September, though it appears not all guests will be receiving a letter, only a select few. At this point, only the Magic Kingdom is included in the test, and you must have all of your reservations on one day, they cannot be spread throughout your trip.

Guests must receive a letter directly from Disney, which will include instructions for making your reservations as well as physical cards that you will take with you which will allow you access to the rides at your set time.

When you receive your letter, you will go to https://fastpassplus.disney.go.com, and log in with your Disney account information.You will then need to put in your Disney confirmation number along with your name and birthdate. Once logged in, you will see a welcome screen. Initially, you will only be able to select the “Select or Replace” option, but once your process is completed, you will be able to come back here to make changes to existing reservations.

When you select the “Select or Replace” option, you are directed to a screen that allows you to choose which day you want to participate in the test. You are only allowed to select one day, not multiple.

Select your day in the Magic Kingdom, and you are given acess to a page that allows you to choose up to four rides where you will receive reserved Fastpass times. The rides are divided into two groups, you can only choose two from each group.

Group One Experiences

  • The Barnstormer
  • Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Jungle Cruise
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Town Square Theater:  Meet Mickey & Minni

Group Two Experiences

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Main Street Electrical Parade
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Town Square Theater: Meet the Disney Princesses
  • Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

Select your four experiences from the options. Once selected, you will go to the next page, where you can choose the times. Unfortunately, you are unable to choose exact times, but are given four options, where each experience has a set time.

Once you select your time option, you are done. You can then head back to the main page, and change times of individual rides to better fit your needs. For the rides and dates selected, I had no problems changing to any other times during the day. You can also change experiences if you want, as long as there is availability.

You will receive a confirmation email, print it out and take it with you along with the cards received in the mail. It appears as though the times are pretty strict, and the cards will be required for you to gain access to the rides.

What will be interesting as time goes on is how this system will work. Will it be made available to all park guests, or only Disney resort guests? Will it be free, or will there be a charge? Will this completely replace the current Fastpass system, or just be an enhancement?

Do you like the ability to schedule your entire day, now including rides and restaurants?

 

Comments

  1. Megan R says

    I can only think of a few rides that I would like to use this option for- Toy Story Mania at HS, and Space Mountain at MK maybe. I like the fastpass system as it is now, for the most part, and don’t think I would like to schedule ride times in advance. It’s hard enough making it to ADRs on time- I can’t imagine running around trying to make scheduled ride times as well!

  2. Robyn F says

    I’m on board as long as they don’t monetize it like the craven Flash Pass at Six Flags. I hope it is an available option to all who have saved and sacrificed to take their family to The Happiest Place on Earth. I see an alarming trend in people having to pay extra for decent service and treatment (airlines taking out even more coach seats to make way for more fir$t class seats, for example).

  3. Becca says

    I like this ONLY if it is an enhancement to the current FastPass system, and ONLY if it is free, or is a free perk for people staying in a WDW resort. I would not be a fan if this replaced the current FastPass system and prevented people from getting a FastPass at the park on the day of.

  4. Keith says

    Though we have no idea what will become of this, our guess is that this will remain as an addition to the current FastPass system, and will be a perk for Disney Resorts guests. You currently need a Disney reservation number to login.

    Disney is making some major changes, and this is just the first step. Hopefully some news will come out here shortly about future plans.

  5. Keith says

    Donna – Outside of your planned times, yes, no problems. At this point, we do not know if the two systems are linked. My guess is at this point, probably not, since the FastPass system works off of your park pass, this test requires a separate card.

  6. Jenn says

    I JUST got my FastPass+ cards in the mail today…Priority mail…and we hop on the plane to Disney tomorrow morning. We selected our 4 rides and times, and should be able to still hold 2 fast passes each in addition to these 4. I’ll let you all know how it works out. Scheduling is the major issue, but thankfully we have Andriod devices and can change the fastpass+ time reservation even from within the park, up until it’s used. So if we have overlapping fast pass times, we should be able to switch things around…I hope. Happy to be a test family!

      • Keith says

        Laura – The current fast pass system is free to all park guests. Once the Fast Pass plus system is launched to everyone (it is just in random tests right now), it should be free as well, though nothing has officially been announced.

  7. Crystal says

    We were in one of the first beta groups, and we picked our 4 rides, along with being able to use the regular Fastpass system. For us, it worked perfectly; the times were spaced out really well, so nothing felt rushed. Combined with early morning extra magic hours, we didn’t spend much time in line for anything that day, but I definitely would not have wanted to pay extra for it.

  8. Keith says

    Crystal – Thanks for the update, glad it worked out well for you. We are hoping this is just another perk for staying on property too, rather than something for sale.

  9. Kev says

    I think it’s going to be a bumpy ride for Fastpass+ but they will get it right in the end and we’ve all got to admit that standard FP is way too restrictive at times.
    My concern is that non FP users get truly abused at times and their line waits can really escalate if the FP line is heavy.

    I’d like to see Disney invest more in line wait Apps to be honest or, more simply, better visual displays at multiple points in the parks. They might cause some problems with flow, but good info = great service.

  10. Troy says

    My wife and I coming in November. It will be my wifes 63rd trip…only my 7th. She is a Disney Superfan. Living in Minnesota, 63 times is impressive. Hoping this program is still running November 7-11 and we are selected. Would love to give it a run. Keep up the dreams Disney.

  11. Keith says

    Troy – No idea. From what I have seen, the test was run only for a few weeks during late September, we have not seen any new invites for some time. Completely possible they may run a new test sometime later this Fall, I don’t think the system will be implemented as a feature to guests for some time to come.

  12. Jon cummins says

    I am going in November as well. If they do continue testing the fast pass + software I know my wife and I would be more than happy to test it out. I just can’t wait for our trip. I’m so excited.

  13. Shandra Brookins says

    My family tested out this program and we loved it. There are 4 of us, I like the personal touches it added to our visit it’s the small things that make a difference. For example getting on to thunder mountain the young man working greeted us by name as we scanned our cards. I also like that if we needed to change our time as our day progressed we could do that from any of the fast kiosks…. I think that this is going to be a great thing when it comes out. Way to go DISNEY!!!!!

  14. Tricia says

    My husband and I will be staying on site in October 2013 for our anniversary (we’ve celebrated 10 of our 22 anniversaries in DISNEYWORLD.) How can I register to get a card and letter to utilize the FastPass Plus system?

    • Keith says

      Tricia – At this point, Fastpass plus does not exist. They have been testing it on and off, and it is expected to be launched to everyone at some point this year (hopefully). Until that point, there isn’t anything you can do but hope that it is out by October.

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