Monday, January 13, 2014

Reserving Fastpass+

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Fastpass+ is the new system currently (as of 1-13-14) being rolled out in Walt Disney World parks!  This system gets rid of the old paper Fastpass system and replaces it with information stored on your Magic Band prior to your trip.  This requires prior reservation, and the process is new and uncharted for everyone, even Disney veterans.  I figured that, since it's officially in place and the process solidified, at least for the time being, some people might want a run down of how the process works.

Let's take a look!

Step One: Select a Park

This is where an itinerary comes in handy.  I previously made an excel spreadsheet with where I would be each day and when my dining reservations were (because you'll hopefully have dining reservations at this point).  Because of this, it was super simple to select the park for the day.  Unfortunately, with Fastpass+, you can only select attractions in one park per day (As of 4-6-14, this is reported to be changing in the coming months).  This means that you should keep in mind if you plan to park hop during your vacation, and when.

Step Two: Select Your Fastpass+ Experiences

This is part of what this screen will look like for Magic Kingdom.  For Magic Kingdom, you select 3 attractions, and this can be any 3.  I will list all of the attractions below.

However, for Epcot (and Hollywood Studios) they only allow 1 "headliner" per day.  So in these cases, you select one from the headliners group, and one from the others.  Again, I will list these attractions below.

Step Three: Prioritizing Preferences

This is the pop-up screen that allows you to prioritize the attractions you've selected, and helps the computer to generate times for each selection.

Step Four: Selecting Fastpass+ Times

At this point, 4 options of times to go to the attractions will be presented.  It will also let you know if it overlaps with any dining reservations, as long as they are linked to your account.  You can see this under the second option I have selected, Enchanted Tales with Belle.  It is important to note that you can change times afterward.  These options are typically pretty varied and work into your schedule well, so it's totally fine to not edit afterward.  However, for the extreme planners, you can look at when you'll be in what area of each park and change the times appropriately later.

After these 4 steps, you will encounter a page for you to accept these options, followed by a confirmation that they have been recorded.

But what if you want to edit later?

You can easily go to the Fastpass+ option in your My Disney Experience page, choose which day of your vacation you want to edit, and will be brought to this page:

At this point, you can choose "select or replace," which allows you to completely redo your original selections.  You'll be taken through steps 1-4 again!

Or, you can choose to Change the attraction itself or the time.
After choosing Change, you will be brought to this page:

This allows you to select the attraction that you want to edit.  It will then bring you to the next page, in which you will choose if you want to Change the Experience, or Change the Time of the current attraction.

If you decide to Change the Experience, you will be brought to this page:

Which follows the same format of the original selection process.

To change the time, you will be brought here:

At this point, time slots will be shown based on availability.

The process is pretty simple and easy to follow, but it's nice to know what to expect when you begin.

Things You Should Know:

  • The process opens at midnight 60 days before your vacation.  That being said, for me has been pretty simple up to this point, so don't feel like you need to stay up specifically to book your Fastpass+.  My next vacation is during a really high traffic time at the parks, and I had no trouble getting what I wanted.
  • You can edit Fastpass+ at the park.  This could be important if lines are short and you don't want to waste a Fastpass+ on a short wait, or if you change days you are in a park while you're there.  You can also add Fastpass+ options if they are still available after you use your original three.  However, the same 1 Park rule will apply, so you can't park hop and use the leftover Fastpass+ for the park you were just in for the park you moved to. Update 06-25-14: Once the original three Fastpass+ options are used, if there are still options open in the park you've park hopped to, you can select and use them.  Editing can be done on smartphones or at kiosks within the parks for those without.
  • This might not be the most fun of a task for the impulsive. You may not want to go through all this trouble.  For you, there is a small "Fast Picks" option (see Step 1), that will make the "best possible selection" for you.  I haven't tried it, but it's worth a shot.
  • The attractions available are as follows (updated June 25, 2014):

Magic Kingdom:

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Space Mountain
Splash Mountain
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
It's a Small World
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Haunted Mansion
Jungle Cruise
Mad Tea Party
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Peter Pan's Flight
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Barnstormer
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Tomorrowland Speedway
Under the Sea - The Journey of the Little Mermaid
Meet Ariel at her Grotto
Meet Mickey in Town Square Theater
Meet Tinkerbell in Town Square Theater
Meet Cinderella (and another princess; typically Rapunzel) at Princess Fairytale Hall
Meet Anna and Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall
Festival of Fantasy Parade
Main Street Electrical Parade
Wishes Nighttime Spectacular


"Pick one" headliners group:
Illuminations fireworks viewing
Test Track
Living with the Land
Other Attractions:
Captain EO
Journey into Imagination with Figment
Mission: SPACE
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Turtle Talk with Crush
Epcot Character Spot
Spaceship Earth

Hollywood Studios:

"Pick one" headliners group:
Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage
Fantasmic! seating
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
Toy Story Midway Mania
Great Movie Ride
Other Attractions:
Disney Junior - Live on Stage (haha...okay 20-somethings...)
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Lights, Motor, Action Extreme Stunt Show
Muppet*Vision 3D
Star Tours
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Animal Kingdom:

Expedition Everest
Finding Nemo - The Musical
It's Tough to be a Bug
Kali River Rapids
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Primeval Whirl
Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
Festival of the Lion King

So there is likely a lot more to say about Fastpass+, but I think I've overloaded you with information enough for one day.

That being said, my next series of posts will have to do with what Fastpass+ options to pick, and a review of each one.  I can't imagine being a first time visitor and having to pick what to ride without ever having experienced the parks!

So keep an eye out for those! I'll do my best now that I'm back at college to keep up with YAD! :)

Any questions? Suggestions? Corrections?  Please comment and let me know!
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