A couple of months ago, I wrote an article on trying to figure out if Fastpass+ is a good idea or over-planning. When I wrote the article, I had yet to go through the experience of planning out my Fastpass+ reservations for a full vacation. My wife and I had planned out some FP+ reservations for a short trip in August. That trip was just for two people and only for a couple of days. It was a much more relaxed trip than our usual family vacations. Earlier this week, our Fastpass+ reservation window opened up for our family vacation in November. After the night of making reservations, I was ready to go play in traffic. I don’t know how my wife must have felt since she was on the My Disney Experience system and making the reservations. I was just lobbed question after question about attractions, times, etc.
Today’s topic is Fastpass Plus. It’s a new feature that Disney has rolled out in the past year. I’m going to give an overview of what Fastpass Plus is for our newer readers and then go into a debate of whether Fastpass Plus is great idea or has caused guests to “overplan” their vacation.
A little history on the Fastpass system at Walt Disney World. Fastpass came to Walt Disney World in 1999 as a concept for guests to create a “ride reservation.” Guests would slide their Key to World Card into a Fastpass machine which would then print out a ticket with an hour time window for guests to return to go on the ride. When guests returned for their “ride reservation,” they went into a special Fastpass queue and bypassed the standby queue. Fastpasses were limited and once the daily allotment of Fastpasses were gone, guests could only go on the ride via the standby queue.