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Disney FastPass+

We mentioned recently on our Facebook page that Disney was starting up trials of the FastPass+ system again.  One of our clients has been selected to test the system so we wanted to share with you what she has received.  Hopefully, she will give us feedback when she returns from her trip.

This is different than the last test as participants are receiving their passes before leaving home and can select the experiences before getting to Disney.

The test is still just at Magic Kingdom Park and guests can select up to 4 experiences.  Choices can be modified at any time.  They will choose two experiences from these groups:

  • The Barnstormer, Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey’s PhilharMagic or Town Square Theater:  Meet Mickey & Minnie
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Main Street Electrical Parade, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Town Square Theater: Meet the Disney Princesses, Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

Have you been selected for this program and used it yet with this trial?  We’d love to hear your opinion.

Testing Out the xPass System

Between May 1 – 15, 2012, select guests visiting Disney World are taking part in a test of the next generation of FastPasses at Magic Kingdom, currently called the xPass.  Clients of ours were selected when they arrived at the Magical Express Welcome Center at the Orlando airport last week.  They told us all about the experience plus offered us to use their second set of passes.

While they were at the Welcome Center, they were pulled aside by a castmember with a tablet to ask them some questions.  They selected dates for the trial and then were offered four fastpasses for each day.  There were two groups of four rides each.  They had to choose two from each group.  Then they needed to say if they wanted to tour in the morning, afternoon, evening or all day.  This allowed the system to select the appropriate times for the ride.  They supplied an email address and were sent a confirmation of the times for their rides.  They were given plastic FastPass cards that they would use for the trial.

Your email will spell out the times that you have xPass times for.  The nice part was how the rides were organized.  Instead of criss-crossing around the park, you started on one side and then moved your way across the park, saving time between rides.  If you forget the times when you get to the park, you can take your xPass card to certain machines at the FastPass attractions to see your times. Continue reading

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