Comments for Walt Disney World tests the Fastpass of the future, offering RFID enabled ride access and advance reservations



  1. Jeff Lynch

    I don’t understand any of this.

    For me, I just can’t imagine sitting here in May and locking down when I’m going to want to ride whatever rides at some point in the future. It seems weird.

    I kind of wander the parks and do things in whatever order the mood inspires me…and I think it’s kind of exciting to look for whatever rides have a short wait and then jump on.

    I don’t think I’d ever want to plan out a vacation down to the minute like this. It’s just not my style.

    1. Brian

      People who want this can use it and people who don’t can bypass it.

    2. The Bird Family

      Coming from the UK time is precious so managing queue times is critical for us. But I understand the go with flow mojo too…

  2. I can’t wait to see how this affects the locals experiences at the Disney Parks!

  3. frostysnowman

    My family and I are crazy planners and this would totally suit our style.

  4. Alex Johnston

    I’m ok with planning my dining out months in advance but I am not sure how I feel about this ride planning, there is something to being spontaneous in the parks and doing what you want when you want. I realize that this isn’t a take it or leave it system, and that you can choose if you want to even ride during that window, but something about this system still turns my stomach. It is only a skip and a jump away from a program where you pay extra on your vacation for premium times to ride and the rest of us poor people have to wait until all the people who have shelled out the bucks have ridden first before we can get in and ride.

  5. Patrick

    I guess we’ll have to see how it plays out when implemented. I hope Disney will do it right and not like at Universal where you need to shell out a lot more money.

    The other thing is that depending of rain or shine, I will have different activities like going to Downtown Disney or go to Epcot instead of AK, DHS or MK as they are not as “rain friendly”. So creating a schedule in advance could be a huge problem.

    I come every year to DWorld and spend a lot of money there of my hard earned cash. I stay on site and never leave (except for an evening at the outlet). So I would like this system to be flexible. Otherwise, if I go to an alternate park that day, or if I decide last minute to do a sit-down dining, but that I have to go to another park because there is noting at MK or DHS (it happened to me before!), then what happens? Goodbye reserved day?

    That’s what I am afraid of with this new system.

  6. Mary

    Hopefully the tech is getting improved. My husband and I happened to renew our annual passes at Epcot last November when they were testing the tickets. Both of our passes have since had to be replaced because they were not working with the existing scanners. I also hope that there will be a way for passholders to use the system and not be pushed aside in favor of the resort guests, who should get perks, but the passholders will be here a lot more often! My family is planning a short trip to Ft. Wilderness(cheapest resort option) just so we can finally take advantage of “Magic Hours” and this may be the only way in the future to get on rides. Only time will tell…

  7. Laura

    I think this is a little too much “Big Brother” for my taste. I am the planner in my family; I do all of the meal reservations, and I plan where we are going each day. I love being organized, but I don’t want Disney giving me the times when my family and I can possibly take advantage of a Fast Pass- that’s weird. Even the most organized people can enjoy a little spontaneous action and that’s where the rides come in! I think this system will piegon-hole people too much and definitely has too many potentials for disadvantages. What was wrong with the old system? Nothing. How about if Disney tries to work on areas that REALLY need improvement? For example, the Magic Hours! The system they have at night for “checking” guests is ridiculous! There is little to no consistency, and I’m sorry, a teenager operating The Tower of Terror does not have the stamina to tell Mr. Random (who may not speak English, may I add) and his family of four that he needs to leave the park because he’s not staying on property- I’ve seen it firsthand. “Oh, you can’t find your room key? Oh, your wife has it?? … Come on in…” So, why doesn’t Disney spend more time and energy fixing things that are actually problematic and can ruin people’s vacations rather than worry about things that were working just fine?
    But yes, I go to Disney every single year and though I may not be fully satisfied, I still go… and love every minute of it!

    1. pperrin323

      If the new wrist bands are used right then each person in a party will have a wrist band that must be scanned. This will take the arguing from every cast member.

  8. Arial

    If dashing back and forth around the park you loose a lot if the “Disney Experience.” We love to look for hidden Nucleus. We love just exploring waver go. While I know that can and will still happen, for those families that are stressing out about the next time slot, it makes it hard.

    Also, I would like to see what would happen if they just did away with the end time all together on the fastpass.

    1. Andy

      Up until recently the end time on a fastpass ticket wasn’t enforced. You could go in anytime after the first time until the park closed with the exception of shows. When it came to shows they would enforce the time frame because of the theatre capacity of the shows. For the system at all the parks Disney has done it right, and I don’t like the idea of reserving times ahead of time from home.

  9. Lisbet Crawford

    I can see this as a nightmare for deaf and hard of hearing guests who watch interpreted shows as the schedule for those are not sent out until the week before their visit. No way we could set up rides not knowing the schedule for interpreting

  10. Better Late Than Never

    I don’t like this new proposal at all. Wondering if Passholders, who spend lots more money on resort stays, dining, gifts etc, will receive any ‘perks’?? We spend more than the average once a year visitor whobuys their tickets per visit. Or is there something that I’m just not understanding. The only problem with myself is that over the years with everything that has been taken away–we still keep coming back–this just may be the final straw.

  11. Sherri

    I hope that this will not be just a perk for the guests who stay on WDW property. We go every couple of years but stay off property (sorry, just too expensive for 2 beds and a bathroom). If everyone cannot take advantage of this, that will be a real turn-off for many who love to return to Disney time after time.

  12. Rinny

    I think this is a great idea. We spend a large amount of money to stay at a Disney resort each year. I think we should be given some kind of fastpass perk for this. Universal does this and it’s great.

  13. Natalie

    I’m hoping that this is not going to be offered to Disney resort guests only. My family of four goes to Disney World two weeks every year and definitely spends just as much if not more during this time period. Our park tickets are not included with our hotel stay and also we cannot take advantage of the meal plan. So we are paying top dollar for any special dining experience and tickets they we purchase.
    On the flip side I would find it very difficult to schedule a time to ride a month in advance. We plan our day the night before depending on weather and what we all feel like doing. We have no problem with the current fastpass system and wish it would remain the same.

    1. pperrin323

      Some would say the that the moble app would allow you the change any plans. But, what I do not understand is what about us who have dumb phones? Will we be locked into our plans? Will we have to buy expensive phones and services that would end any hope of a Disney trip. I would like to carry a kindal fire around the parks.

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