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Though we first heard whispers that some big changes were coming to Walt Disney World’s FastPass+ system a few weeks ago, it looks like a big update for this system is finally ready to roll out. On April 10th, a number of new features will be available for the My Disney Experience app, as well as a refreshed new look that will hopefully make everything a little bit easier for guests to use (and less menu-focused!). Here’s everything that is expected to change next week.

1. Book the amount of FastPass+ reservations you want 

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Under the current FastPass+ system, guests are required to make 3 FastPass+ reservations, with no exceptions. Even if you just want to experience one attraction after your dinner reservation at Be Our Guest, you have to make two other additional reservations in order just to get the one. However, under the new system, guests can book between one and three FastPass+ passes at first, with no restrictions. And while you might wonder if this is a good idea for guests who might want to change their plans on the fly, we've got even more good news... 

2. Get another FastPass+ instantly

 

Though guests might not be instantly excited at the prospect of getting fewer FastPass+ reservations, users are now able to make all of their additional FastPass+ selections directly through the MyDisneyExperience app… no kiosk required! No matter whether you made one, two or all three initial FastPass+ reservations, as soon as you've claimed whatever you had, you can boot up the app and make another reservation with no waiting. 

3. Guests can now search by time as well as attraction

 

One of the biggest criticisms of the FastPass+ system when it first came on the scene was its inflexibility when it came to time. Though you might be excited when booking your initial FastPass+ reservations when Peter Pan’s Flight shows up as available, that initial excitement can wear off when you realize that the only FastPass+ return time for said ride is at 9:55PM or another inconvenient time.

However, with the new, updated, FastPass+ system, guests will now be able to search by both attraction and time window simultaneously. So, if for instance you want to see if you can get on Splash Mountain between 1:00PM and 4:00PM, you can search for FastPass+ availability with these specific parameters in mind. In addition to making it easier for guests to keep to their own schedules (no more rushing to get on Pirates of the Caribbean after a lunch reservation!) this improvement will also help guests trying to stack their FastPass+ experiences in such a way that they can see as many attractions back-to-back as possible. FastPass+ pros will now be able to see what's available around the park at a glance for a given time, which should defnitely help them maximize every visit to the parks. 

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#4 isn't rolled out (yet). I got real excited when I saw this article today and tried. Got the warning that my guests had already made reservations at another park. Cannot make another fast pass at a second park.

Also very poor user design, it only pointed at one person, when all three have identical fast passes. I noticed this when I first made the FPs a few weeks ago. It shows you times that overlap with existing fast passes, and will throw an error. But only for one person at a time.

Some of the changes are good, but I just booked our fast passes and now, you have to have a complete hour/60 min between each fast pass. It will not even let you book them 5 min over another one. VERY ANNOYING. Not everyone has a family of 6 with toddlers that can't quickly move around the park. A fast pass does not take me an hour to wait in line and get on the ride. This is a HUGE drawback. Also, selecting fast passes is now much slower and aggravating. You can't just go back (yes there is a back button, does not work correctly). you have to keep restarting and going in again. Finally, when it blocks you because you did not wait the full hour after your other fast pass selection time, it will not list what is the block, just that you goofed up and have to fix "something". Very displeased. It should not be this difficult to get a fast pass.

Finally, don't have to go thru group of 3 fast pick and just make your FPs for exact time you want to begin with! And no walking to find kiosks to make 4th FP and waiting on line. If you can get on wifi! Hope they'll improve wifi.

I want Disney to make it easier for passholders with park hopper option. We should be able to make FP+ choices for at least two parks in one day, WITH our smartphone, without having to be in that 2nd park when making the reservation! We paid extra to park hop--we should have that option.

YAAAAS!! It is about time! These are exactly the recommendations I (and everyone else) have had since the beginning of the "new" Fastpass system. I would say this FINALLY makes it as good as the legacy fastpass system.

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