On Thursday, January 23, 2014, Walt Disney World will permanently shutter the last of its paper ticket FASTPASS machines. Going forward, all 4 parks will only support the FastPass+ product which features precise online scheduling of attraction return times while (presently) allowing only 3 FastPass entitlements per guest, per day.
While the daily cap--and tiering of attractions at 2 theme parks--is restrictive, the new system does eliminate all guesswork involved in predicting attraction return times and the effort involved in both collecting and later redeeming the paper tickets.
Topic: How do you feel about the new FastPass+ system? (Excited? Angry? Ambivalent? Confused? Optimistic? Disappointed?)
Most of all, I love it that you can get FP+ at short notice, even minutes before. Sure the primo attractions at a park might be gone but wasn't that the case with the legacy FP system? And who knows maybe someone will cancel their FP+s and then we'll pick up TSMM on the spur of the moment. Yes it does happen and it made our day.
No such luck during our visit. System was slow to unresponsive most of the time. Even when visiting a kiosk and asking for help from a Cast Member. At no time during our entire 7 day stay was I able to reschedule any of my fastpass same day or even day before.
One thing this does kill for me is the Safari re-ride. During our normal stay when we arrived early, we could grab a FP on the way into the safari, then by the time my ride was over the FP time had arrived and I could get another FP that was valid almost as soon as I completed my second ride. I was fabulous riding pretty much 3x back to back and watching the safari come to life.
Even if I coudl get away with booking 2 FP back to back , with a limit of 3 for the day I am not sure how we will handle it.
I guess for me the hardest part is the planning. As it is I am not a fan of trying to book ADRs 6 month out let alone what FPs I want.
So short answer, cool idea just not sure it works for my style of vacationing at WDW
On the other hand, I'm only able to ride attractions such as TSM once a day now, unless I want to wait on the standby line (I don't). Used to be I could be at DHS at rope drop, grab a fast pass for TSM, ride once on the standby line and then ride again with the FP. On days that were not crowded I would then be able to get another FP (after using the first one) to ride TSM a third time.
Admittedly that was a lot of work though, and does not apply to many attractions other than TSM. So if I add up the pluses and minuses I would have to go with preferring FP+. Denise/Denlo outlined most of the reasons in her post above, and I have to agree with her. It's uber cool to pick a park in advance and have all the FPs locked in place without rushing around from attraction to attraction, often criss-crossing the park. I also totally agree that it's really great to often be able to get a FP to a "hot" attraction at virtually the last minute. The new way is more relaxing imho.
I do hope they change the tiered system and I also hope they eventually allow booking more than 3 FPs per day or at least allow us to book FPs in more than one park per day.
I never enjoyed having to pick up paper fastpasses, and then work my schedule around return times. In fact I hated it.
Now I'll just schedule my 3 attractions before my trip and show up during that time window.
I'll probably never make same day changes, unless an attraction goes down for some reason.
I'd love to see this same change at DLR, but I'm not holding my breath.