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  1. Mandy

    Taking away fast passes is a horrible idea! With small children waiting in lines for over an hour is not an option.
    This is the one thing that keeps my family from wanting to return to the parks right now. I dislike wearing a mask all day, but I dislike not having fast passes a whole lot more.

    We are the family that likes to use our 3 fast passes first thing in the morning on hard to get on rides, squeezing in some rides that are easier to get on in between, then heading back to the resort for the afternoon swim/break, then back into the parks in the evening to try and get an additional fast pass or 2, eat dinner, shop, ride a couple less popular or low wait rides and call it a night.

    None of this is possible and everything is frustrating without the fast passes.

    1. Tom

      We won’t be going this year due to the fact we can not plan fast passes, utilize the meal plan, or even make reservations. We liked paying extra to stay at resorts for the extras. Without them ,it is not worth it to us.

    2. Paulette Hamilton

      The hours aren’t what the used to be back before pandemic making it difficult to get a full day considering the pricey admission.. Then they are reintroducing the “After 2PM” park hopper option depending on availability..Disney taking the 3 Fast passes would be a HORRIBLE THING to do.. Why would WDW do this?? Is it way for to people to have to come back and pay goe a 2nd day??? Doesn’t make any sense to me, but if this is going to be the “New Way” then regretfully after 25 years, I will not renew my annual pass.. it saddens me to see how an entity can do anything in their power to benefit themselves rather than their long time customers who are looking to get things back to how they used to be.. I agree that it is HARD ENOUGH to wear masks especially in the Florida heat, so if the masks aren’t lifted by this time next year, then I will not renew my passes. SORRY but that’s just the way it is.. if enough people did this, Disney would have a tough time recovering from financial losses.

    3. Jenny Barker

      We all survived our childhood waiting in Disney lines, I’m sure today’s children will too, they might actually benefit from it!

    4. Jordan E Weninger

      I don’t know why people are complaining especially if they haven’t been recently. We went in February and it was the best experience I have had at the parks in regards to being able to ride all the rides we wanted and not waiting longer than 40 min (but only one ride). We actually kept mentioning we hope they don’t bring Fast Pass back. We were able to ride several in the AM, go to the hotel and let our son nap, and then back in the evening. Also, do you all realize that they fill the 70-80% of the rides capacity is allowed for FP?!? That’s insane. Again, we rode several “big” rides over and over all because FP was gone.

  2. Eileen Marie

    Ridiculous decision. It seems WDW is doing everything possible to push away their base of guests who repeatedly visit. I was there one year ago today having a great time that last weekend before it closed. Every time I read of another change it pushes thoughts of returning further from my mind. It’s very sad. I don’t think current management understands and/or cares how much the parks meant to many of us.

    1. Jean

      Been 3 times with no fast passes and love it. Lines move so much faster. Hope they don’t come back

      1. Susan Flaker

        I agree. My 5 year old and I get on rides so much faster without fastpass+. Getting on Peter Pan in 30 minutes is great. I’ve waited in standby before and had to watch while they wait for fastpass people to come up before they would let us on to meet a ratio.

      2. Emma

        But surely that will only be the case while capacity is vastly reduced? Wait times will be much longer when more are allowed in the parks.

  3. I don’t get it. With the pandemic everything should be done by fast passes. Why would you want people to queue together in times like these? It’s simple, 15 minute windows for every attraction based on the capacity. Let people carry 3 at a time throughout the day and if you miss your time just add another on. Waiting in standby turns vacation into another job. I get we need to be patient, but let’s do it walking around the park rather than standing in a queue for hours for a 5 minute ride.

  4. Robert

    I haven’t been back to the parks yet, but I imagine a constantly moving line on the omnimover rides would be a welcome change. And pre-pandemic, I hated having to jump through the hoops necessary to secure a fastpass — and then STILL having to wait in a slow-moving line for 30-45 minutes. Sorta defeats the purpose of having to plan your day around it! … Disney should now have enough data regarding both with and without. So here’s hoping they come up with something better than fastpass in the coming months.

    1. MD Wright

      We went in Jan 2021 and it was a TERRIBLE experience. The lines were looooong, the virtual que for Rise of the Resistance did not work for us, and the Disney mask nazis were rude.We will not go back PERIOD. Universal was a much more enjoyable experience and will get our money in the future. My 40 years of Disney support is over.

    2. Jordan E Weninger

      Yes, the lines moved so fast. We rode every ride we wanted (Feb ’21) and never waited longer than 40 min (but that was one ride amongst all 4 parks).

  5. Tom

    We won’t be going this year due to the fact we can not plan fast passes, utilize the meal plan, or even make reservations. We liked paying extra to stay at resorts for the extras. Without them ,it is not worth it to us.

  6. Jeremy

    Having visited recently, eliminating the Fast Pass was a terrible idea. Lines were very long and if you wanted to park hop to a less crowded park, they wouldn’t let you in until 2 pm. None of it made any sense. Universal was a far more pleasurable experience and they sell an all-ride fast pass ticket. Also, the virtual queue system does not work. Rise of the Resistance was impossible to book — and strongly recommend avoiding the disappointing “Star Wars” world altogether.

  7. Michelle Offutt

    Do not bring back fast pass unless there is going to be a virtual queue as well. No one should have to stand in line with children for 2 hours or more! And honestly, with a virtual queue, you would not need fast pass.

    1. Johnny V

      I think you maybe on to something. At least with the most popular rides. They will all be virtual que like ROTR.

  8. Indy

    It’s amazing to me that people don’t understand that Fastpass makes you wait longer in line UNLESS YOU ONLY RIDE FASTPASS RIDES and never go standby. Maybe annual pass holders can do that, but when you go once a year you simply can’t get FP for all the big ticket attractions so have to use standby. It takes only one standby line to eat up all the time you save by using 2 to 3 Fastpasses. It’s easy math to show. Those 2 hours standby waits people say they wouldn’t do with no Fastpass WONT EXIST IF THERE WERE NO FASTPASS. Standby wait times are inflated 2 to 3 times AS A RESULT OF FASTPASS.

    1. Mike

      Wrong . The line will be just as long…

    2. Jordan E Weninger

      Exactly. 70-80% of the capacity of a ride is reserved for fast pass. Therefore if you aren’t able to get a fast pass you are waiting way longer in line than with our fast pass.

  9. Roxanne

    Standby lines may be slightly inflated due to FP but those in the FP line would also move into the standby lines—of FP is removed. So, FP is needed. The issue I’ve noticed is that FP doesn’t always move fast. Too many are given out. Then we pay for after dark tickets instead which, though great, is an added expense. I’m happy park hopper has returned, but I’ve yet to go to try it out. Waiting for “no masks.”

  10. Paulette Hamilton

    The hours aren’t what the used to be back before pandemic making it difficult to get a full day considering the pricey admission.. Then they are reintroducing the “After 2PM” park hopper option depending on availability..Disney taking the 3 Fast passes would be a HORRIBLE THING to do.. Why would WDW do this?? Is it way for people to have to come back and pay for a 2nd day??? Doesn’t make any sense to me, but if this is going to be the “New Way” then regretfully after 25 years, I will not renew my annual pass.. it saddens me to see how an entity can do anything in their power to benefit themselves rather than their long time customers who are looking to get things back to how they used to be.. I agree that it is HARD ENOUGH to wear masks especially in the Florida heat, so if the masks aren’t lifted by this time next year, then I will not renew my passes. SORRY but that’s just the way it is.. if enough people did this, Disney would have a tough time recovering from financial losses.

    1. PATRICIA ROZNOWSKI

      I go all the time and lice out of state. Never used fast pass and never liked them. The lines are not run equal. Wish they would do away with

      1. Kate

        Why wouldn’t you use fast passes? Of course you dislike them, they are much more appreciated when utilized. 🤷🏼‍♀️

  11. Mike

    It seems to me Disney is more worried about the bottom line and no longer the overall “Guest Experience”! Customer service was always first and foremost with the Company. Between having to make reservations, no Fastpass and the new Magicband system our family will not be heading to WDW anytime soon to get our fix of MAGIC! The “MAGIC” is gone from our family for now and we miss it!

  12. Maria S Alley

    I am very excited either way this is our first time and I’m a very excited it’ll be a great experience even though the past past isn’t there that we’ve heard about it’ll help us enjoy the experience a little bit more knowing that it’s not so crowded and it’s safe and that we will be wearing face masks I think too many people complain for insignificant things and should be happy that things are starting to get back to normal it takes time for things to get back to normal we are grateful for it even to be open for us to enjoy our first experience thank you

    1. Mike

      Fastpass is such a nice bonus to your day… The fact that u can get three or four rides in the fast lane is such a great feeling as u enter the park! Please Disney bring it back and don’t change it!

  13. Smith

    If you have small children, can’t they use disability line?

    1. Molly F

      NO that line is for ACTUAL disabled people.
      Listen if peeps are that crazy to bring their young children (who have no patience) into WDW and wait for a ride for 2 hours—then those parents need to have their heads examined. We have never waited longer than 45-60 min TOPS for ANY ride at WDW or Universal.

    2. Jenny Barker

      OMG!

  14. Bank

    Fun fact, there was nothing wrong with the system before FP. Good riddance.

    1. Emma

      Fun fact. That’s completely subjective and I don’t agree at all.

  15. Larry

    Been to the parks many times since no FP.
    Love it. Lines move briskly (15-60) minutes.
    Can enjoy parks much better. All at your own pace. No running to FP line. Makes your day so much more enjoyable. Totally better. Crazy to think you need to decide what time you want to go on a ride 3 months into the future. You might be disappointed when they bring it back and charge you for it like most other parks. When visiting Disneyland a few years ago their FP system worked out much better than WDW. You could not book FP till you entered park. Enjoy your vacation/relaxing time. Don’t worry about micro-managing every second of your relaxing time.

    1. Alex

      It feels like we’re entering one of the dark eras for the theme parks, as mentioned on the Imagineering Story.

      No FP. No free airport transfer. Higher prices. Fewer entertainment staff.

      It’s going to be a test for any WDW lover… I want to go back, but I feel like they don’t want me to have a magical time.

  16. David

    Great news! Fast pass users may have enjoyed their day constantly cutting line, but for everybody else it sucks. Fast pass users

    1. Kate

      Why wouldn’t you use fast passes?

    2. Emma

      You could’ve used them too. You make it sound like people were given something you weren’t.

  17. Patty Fitz

    We are so disappointed that the fast passes, meal plan, and parades are suspended. Those were the main draws for us to visit more often. We loved being able to do three fast passes in a row either after a character breakfast or before a character lunch, then watch a parade and then back to the hotel for naps or a swim. Then back to the park in the evening for a few more rides and fireworks. The worry of waiting in lines for hours is enough for us not to go back. We don’t want to spend an expensive vacation waiting in lines, it’s as simple as that. We’ll go to an island instead.

  18. John

    I think Disney needs to be more transparent in their plans. Disney trips are things a lot of people plan a year in advance. Return of meal plans, plans for the future of fast passes, thoughts on when mask mandates will be relaxed, when attractions will be open, restaurant reopening, hotel reopening. Disney has a plan for all this given the country changing covid restrictions and vaccine roll out. I for one am trying to plan a trip down, if I knew Disney wasn’t going back to “normal” for a year I may plan a smaller trip for now and a big trip for later. Or I may plan 2 big trips back to back years. I was at Disney world a few weeks after it opened in 1970 I have been planning to be there for the 50th I just need to know when and how I’m doing it. This no info from them is killing the public relations.

  19. Michael Salmeron

    We are yearly guests at Disney.. Booked our trip for July. If fastpass isn’t restored by then we will be canceling in June to to avoid penalties. My kid even understands that without fastpass Disney would impossible to enjoy.

  20. Pass holder

    Just go to guest services and say your kid is autistic and they’ll give you fast passes to skip the lines. Even now that FP+ isn’t being used this works.

    1. Autistic Dad

      I am DVC member and have an autistic child. If you do this there is a special place for you.

      1. BronxJoe

        Was there in February, lines moved quicker than the listed times although some were still packed. No way I’m waiting 110 minutes for the Navi River Journey. A previous commenter mentioned how the fast pass+ system slowed the stand by lines down. Definitely appreciated not having to wait 50 minutes for Buzz Light-year.
        They need to revamp the entire system. If they can create virtual queues for Galaxy’s edge(zero wait when called), then this system can be expanded for the entire park. Download the app, build your ride visits similar to fast pass and everyone is happy.

  21. BronxJoe

    Was there in February, lines moved quicker than the listed times although some were still packed. No way I’m waiting 110 minutes for the Navi River Journey. A previous commenter mentioned how the fast pass+ system slowed the stand by lines down. Definitely appreciated not having to wait 50 minutes for Buzz Light-year.
    They need to revamp the entire system. If they can create virtual queues for Galaxy’s edge(zero wait when called), then this system can be expanded for the entire park. Download the app, build your ride visits similar to fast pass and everyone is happy.

  22. Brynn m

    Fast pass is easy to get on the ride without fast pass is very upsetting give the fast plus sign back after Covid is over please

  23. Micki

    This is the best decision Disney has ever made! Fast pass lines clog up the normal wait times of rides and cause unnecessary waiting around. I went to the parks many times before fast passes were a thing and was able to make every show, ride, and meet and great available. Fast passes made this impossible and ruined the magic of the que.

  24. Lilly

    Hey Everyone!

    So I had a question. Why do some people get fast passes when the park says they are not. Like some people get to cut the lines and they are not waiting for a family member.

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