Though it is true that the FastPass+ system isn't perfect, for better or worse this system has become an integral part of the Walt Disney World vacation experience, and as such, Disney is constantly looking for ways to improve and optimize this tool. However, not all of these changes are always accompanied by big announcements, and over the past few weeks, a number of interesting, quiet changes have been made to this system that could impact your next visit! No matter whether you love or hate FastPass+, here are all the small tweaks and adjustments that are being made to FastPass+ that you need to know about!
1. 60 day FastPass+ finally comes to Shades of Green
While the extended window for FastPass+ reservations has previously been reserved for guests staying at Disney owned hotels (with the notable exception being the Swan and Dolphin), several days ago Disney extended this perk to the Shades of Green resort, which is owned by the US Department of Defense and is exclusively for use by US Military families. Now, just like guests at Disney-owned resorts, Shades of Green guests can link their reservation confirmation numbers to My Disney Experience before their vacation starts and gain access to the extended windows for both dining and FastPass+ reservations, just like guests at other hotels on property.
Unfortunately, even though military families staying at this location can now enjoy this upgrade, it looks like Disney will still not be providing free MagicBands to guests staying at this location, which means military families will still need to purchase and link their own MagicBands if they wish to use them during their vacation.
2. Extended FastPass+ window also coming to Disney Springs hotels soon
And speaking of expanding the extended FastPass+ reservation benefits, it looks like some other hotels may be getting this perk in the near future as well, including those on Hotel Plaza Boulevard and the surrounding Good Neighbor hotels close to Disney Springs. These hotels are not Disney-owned or (technically) on Disney property, they have enjoyed some perks in the past, including Extra Magic Hours and special character experiences. Though these perks have since been reduced and/or discontinued in many cases, it looks like guests staying at these hotels will once again be able to enjoy at least one additional perk of staying close to Walt Disney World.
No official date has been given as to when this new perk may take effect, but rumor has it that Disney could be testing it out in the coming weeks, with a full rollout happening sometime around the new year.