Walt Disney World adds more FastPass+ reservations, park hopping to MyMagic+ offerings

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Beginning Monday April 28, 2014, Walt Disney World is expanding its FastPass+ offerings based on guest feedback.

Disney Parks & Resorts chairman Tom Staggs revealed today that next week will begin the previously-announced plans to add more flexibility to MyMagic+.

Advance FastPass+ reservations via MyDisneyExperience.com will still be limited to 3 attractions in one park per day. But once those 3 are used, guests will be able to visit any FastPass+ kiosk in any Walt Disney theme park to obtain a fourth reservation. Once that one is used, guests can return for a fifth, and so on.

Though there are still limitations involved in these changes, it does greatly enhance the usage of the new system, making it similar to the traditional FastPass system once the three pre-booked reservations are used up. A simple visit to a kiosk will allow guests to book additional times to see rides and shows.

The obvious downside is that booking an end-of-day fireworks viewing area in advance no longer makes sense, as guests wouldn’t be able to obtain more reservations until that time has passed. But fireworks viewing areas aren’t exactly necessary anyway.

Another downside is that guests cannot use the My Disney Experience app or mobile site to add the fourth (and so on) passes. They must visit an in-park kiosk to do so. But park hopping is allowed after the third FastPass+ reservation has been used, so it frees up the ability to grab whatever slots are remaining throughout the Walt Disney World resort.

These changes will begin just two days before media from around the world arrive for a 3-day press event officially unveiling MyMagic+ and FastPass+.

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