In reply to by Donna Miller (not verified)

I completely agree! I like the idea of using the magic bands. A family of 6 was hard to keep up with the paper tickets but other than that there was nothing wrong with the old system!

I hate the fastpass+. The old system had no limitations and so the seasons where the parks weren't terribly busy we were able to fastpass all the rides we wanted. The new fastpass+ system has taken all spontaneity out of a vacation. It's one thing to make dinner reservations. You eat three times a day generally around the same times, but I don't want to have to spend any extra time planning where in the park I will be each day and not miss parades or a character that I just happen to walk by because of the Fastpass+ system. How do I explain to my son "no baby you can't meet Captain Hook because we will miss our Splash Mountain ride. I stress enough about where I have to be at certain times on a daily basis with work school ect. Vacation should be a relief of that stress. I loved being spontaneous. My family and I used to race to the rides we wanted to fastpass each morning. It was part of the fun. Now that part of our Disney experience has disappeared and we are all very disappointed. I like the idea of updating the old system to the magic bands instead of keeping up with paper tickets but we should've left the system the way it was. We could've got magic bands and kept the fastpass system. The fastpass+ is making me postpone my next trip until they get it together. I'm not spending thousands of dollars on a vacation that the entire time I will have a giant headache!

We have non-expiration, park-hopper tickets that we are using for our upcoming trip. It frustrates me because we shelled out this money to not even be able to use it! I have teenagers, who want to focus on the "top-tier" rides! Ugh! BUT we will make the best of our time there regardless. I am sure that Disney knows visitors will do that anyways.

I was there with a student group a couple wks ago. I felt bad for my students who had ti stand in the fastpass line for at least an hour - to get a fastpass for a ride for a different hour. I was in Disney with family last summer and the process seemed much easier. I also preferred having the ticke with times in my hand as opposed to having to look at my smartphone for the times- which in the Florida sun was generally hard to read.

I was just there and used fast pass + with wrist bands! The bands worked well and FAST!! Adding non resort quests as we had a non resort guest with us and adding her fast passes each AM was a huge hassle and not all cast members knew how to do it! Also being able to add more through out the day is a huge bonus! My complaints were both those issues so you won me back! I bring family frequently and was ready to think of other places to go!! Also heard resort guests at more expensive resorts may get more FP+ to use is BAD PR! Don't do that! I love Disney!!

I was just there and used fast pass + with wrist bands! The bands worked well and FAST!! Adding non resort quests as we had a non resort guest with us and adding her fast passes each AM was a huge hassle and not all cast members knew how to do it! Also being able to add more through out the day is a huge bonus! My complaints were both those issues so you won me back! I bring family frequently and was ready to think of other places to go!! Also heard resort guests at more expensive resorts may get more FP+ to use is BAD PR! Don't do that! I love Disney!!

We just went last weekend to Disney. I didn't set up the fastpass+ until we were in the park and decided we wanted to do certain rides. I had no problem setting them up that day and once we got to the ride we were in line and on the ride within a minute. It worked very well and even on short notice!

We just went last weekend to Disney. I didn't set up the fastpass+ until we were in the park and decided we wanted to do certain rides. I had no problem setting them up that day and once we got to the ride we were in line and on the ride within a minute. It worked very well and even on short notice!

I am an annual passholder and live in Orlando and have been able to use the new fastpass+ system for a while now. I know there are a lot of negative comments about the new system but think it's awesome. I have been able to go on rides like Peter Pan's Flight and Toy Story Mania with this new system where as the old system I was never able to get fastpasses because they would be gone within 30 minutes of the park opening.

Once they open this up to be able to get fastpasses for multiple parks in the same day, I think this new system will be much better.

I do think that they should not require you to use an in park kiosk for the extra fast pass since those lines can be very long at times especially if only getting 1 extra fast pass. You should be able to do this from your app as well.

Here's a hint for those of you scheduling a fastpass+, if when scheduling none of the times it gives you seems convenient, its ok. Go ahead and schedule them. You can then go into that fast pass and select"change time" and it will give a drop down menu of many other times you can choose from. This lets you better schedule them for times that will work for you.

In reply to by Andy (not verified)

I would agree with you. As a pass holder it totally negates the benefits of being able to spontaneously decide to go to the parks. While the system is convenient, it is my opinion that fast passes should be available to guests currently in the park (not anywhere on Disney property). As passholders we have shelled out quite a bit of money as well, and for those of that live in Orlando what sense does it make for us to stay at a resort? I do find the system slightly unfair.

Our family is from Indiana and we only get to WDW once a year. The new fastpass + system had me greatly concerned. We had the old system down to a science and rarely had to wait more than 20 minutes for rides. However, luckily for us the it was open to offsite guests April 1 and I was able to make our reservations 2 days beforehand. We parkhop so we went to the first park at opening had minimal waiting, then made my reservations online for the evening parks. I loved it! No running all over to secure fastpasses, we walked into MK around 6:30 and had fastpasses for the 3 longest waits in the park. I would.hope to be able to get 3 per park eventually, but I was pleasantly surprised how well things went for us.

My biggest issue is the required use of a smart phone or any other type of phone to keep track of the times you get the FP+ for each ride. Or the use of a smart phone/app to get it in the first place.

I'm at Disney to be with my family, to be in REAL life and enjoy the rides, sights and such - not be tethered to my phone! I often leave it off or at the room.

Magic bands are fine but put the FP back into real tangible life and accessible AT the rides themselves. It worked fine before.

I have visited WDW quite a few times over the years and I was there last November / December just before the new FP system came into use so I cannot comment on how good it actually is. However I have to say that I have never had problems with the old FP system and I don't know of any of my friends who visit WDW having any either. To be honest though, I really do not like the idea of being restricted in the way I can use FP from now on and also the fact that it pretty much puts paid to park hopping and using FP if you are limited to just 3 FP's a day. I think this new system is a big step backwards rather than an improvement on the old one. If it ain't broke don't fix it!!

As a side note, there are all intentions of creating the ability to park hop with fastpass+ but from what I understand, this is a very complex system and during testing, the different parks programs are unfortunately unable to "talk" to each other. This will most likely be implemented once the appropriate algorithms are developed for each ride at each park. This is what takes the longest to develop and can only be done through live testing with guests which is why access to fastpass+ and my Disney experience prebooking have been implemented in phases. To allow for proper data configuration based on each type of guest (resort, annual, day, park hopper, etc) the test had to be implemented in phases individually for each type of guest at the parks.

Just sharing a little insider info on fastpass+:

NOTE: numbers used are not actual and are only for representation of programming.

The way the system works is that for each hour slot there are let's say 600 fastpasses available.

60 days prior to date of use 100 will be available for prebooking (resort guests are the only ones that can book this early, here's your on site benefit)

30 days prior 100 plus whatever was left over from the first release are then available

1 week prior another 100 become available

Day of use, all remaining fastpasses (300+) will be available

This enables a guarantee that when the park opens, there will be fastpasses available for day guests, just like the legacy fastpass, if you don't get them early the day of, you may miss out. HOWEVER, unlike the legacy fastpass, if someone changes their reserved time or changes a fastpass to a different experience, their previous reservation will become available again. This means that even if an attraction is "sold out" it is possible that it may become available later which was impossible to achieve with the printed fastpasses.

I hope this sheds some light. :)

To whoever said that resort guests should have a perk for paying Disney prices, resort guests have first dibs on booking fastpasses. Resort guests can book 60 days out while annual pass holders and day guests book 30 days out.

I don't like this system. I live in Orlando, and I have had an annual pass for the past 7 years and I liked the spontaneity of going to the parks for just a few hours here or there. Now you basically have to decide a month in advance if you want to go in order to take advantage of the fastpass system. It appears that Disney is actively driving away local guests in favor of out of town guests who may stay at the resort.

Sounds like people have to make their plans early....no spontaneous Disney vacations if you want to see a lot of the big attractions. Don't like to have to be forced to plan my day at the parks this way before I even get time to think past airline and accommodations.

I have used the old fp system many many times and never had a single problem with it. Just used the new bracelets while staying on property in Dec. 2013. It was horrible! I'm glad to see they are listening and trying to make it better but they should have left well enough alone and saved a lot of money. Now when you are done with your 3 fast pass selections it sounds like you will be stuck in line to make one more, and then one more and so on. They should just make it be 5 selections at home to start with and then have to use the kiosk. Also this tier crap so you can't fp two of the most favorite rides is ridiculous. Between changing the fp system and the system for handicapped people I'm uncertain if I will even bother to stay on property anymore.

But my story is the new fast pass system/magic band. It is a great new system there is a lot of perks and pluses. It makes life very convenient with the use of the band. My Florida and I are Florida Seasonal Pass Holder ( for 4 years) and my complaint is that the fast pass selections creates two things of inconvenience it creates us to plan our day when I'm in Disney I don't want to be by a clock, why we can't we still make our choices like we did with the machines? Then if we go to one park and fast pass some of our rides when I park hop we are not allowed to fast pass in that park. (I do understand that people do abuse the system) But glad to see that they are fixing it!

I wish we had a better idea of time frame because these changes make a huge difference. We will be visiting at the end of May - start of June and have already booked fast passes for parks. Using a little strategy, we used our fast passes for evening times when waits are longest. But if we need to use one before we get another one, we will want to reschedule our current evening fast passes to earlier time slots so that we could use more!!

We went down in March and I loved the new system. We (4 people) made our plans from here. We set the passes far enough apart to have a little time in between. One good part is we didn’t have to spend that time in between waiting in line for the next ride. I’m sure there will be hic-cups along the way, but at least Disney seems to want to adjust to make it right.

Improvements will help, but still see no advantage to staying in Tier 1 resort or to buy more DVC points ... everyone continues to be treated the same ... still think their should be some tier of initial FP allocations ... if you are paying top dollar for Tier 1 or DVC resorts then you should get some sort of FP benefit ... may not matter though as family is beginning to transition to Universal which has a terrific system for Tier 1 guests; practically no wait time with their front of the line access

I'm sorry but I think advance reservation of fast passes should be limited to on property guests. There ought to be some perk for paying Disney resort prices! And I think you should be able to reserve more than 3 ahead of time if you are on property.

I'm glad to hear that they are listening to people's concerns and making adjustments.

The only thing I can't stand about this new system is that if someone doesn't know until the last minute that they can go to Disney, then they are absolutely screwed when it comes to fast passes because people will be getting them prior to even getting down there, which I do not think is fair.

My family and I have gone to Disney World the past 10 years. The New Fast pass system hindered people who don"t stay on property. Also something has to change to accomadate families with young children and older folks. They can"T sprint to get a fastpass at park opening, so in many cases they would have to wait 60 to 90 minutes for certain rides.They can"T stand in line that long!!

I like the old system that does not have the restrictions or limitations. Once they make these changes, I think it will be a great concept. Most of the time we know which park we will be in due to dining reservations. It will be nice to be able to reserve 3 rides in advance. Only drawback is your will have to ride those first before you can get the other passes. Some people like to ride certain rides at night. i.e. Tower of Terror, Mt. Everst, etc. Anyway, not that big of an inconvenience...just glad they are allowing more FP's.

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