According to touringplans.com guests will now be restricted as to how many Fastpass+ reservations they will be able to make at WDW.
Column A (Choose one only)
- Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Toy Story Mania!
Column B (Choose two only)
- Disney Junior – Live on Stage
- The Great Movie Ride
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
- Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
- Muppet*Vision 3D
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
The change now restricts a guest to book one A attraction and two B attractions per day inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
This appears to be a move by Disney that people immediately hate, before they even try it.
In reality though, the new rule probably favors the experienced Disney fan that loves attractions like Toy Story Midway Mania, but rarely get chance to grab a paper fastpass because it is past 11am.
Now, it seems, guests can assure themselves of a Fastpass+ by going online, months in advance, provided that they are booked on Disney property or are Annual Pass Holders.
Overall, once the newness has faded, I think people will either love or hate the new Fastpass+ restrictions. Sure, you may get to ride some stuff at guaranteed times, but the spontaneity that the old ‘fastpass’ system offers will probably fizzle out as the online bookings snap up the regular fastpass slots quicker than ever.
During peak holidays and weekends, brace yourself for those paper passes to be gone just after park opening as fastpass+ users steal every spare gap in the lines.
As Disney experiment with Fastpass+, I begin to wonder what’s around the corner for the park’s priority line wait system. Fastpass ++ that allows a few more picks from each category for an additional fee?
Would Disney offer an unlimited Fastpass to guests willing to pay $100 per person, or free of charge if they are staying in any of the Deluxe Resorts?
If they have spent the $1.5bn that is rumored on MyMagic+, you can be sure that they have some hefty upgrade packages in mind for that rubbery wristband on your arm next vacation!