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Hey all! I'm really new so direct me to another thread please if there is already one like this Smile

My family has been to Disney World many, many times and felt like we had a fast pass plan that worked well for us. On the legacy system, we mainly did the whole "get the fast pass for space mountain and then book it to splash mountain" deal and never really had any complaints. In the past couple of trips, we have stopped pushing ourselves to get there at rope drop, preferring instead to capitalize on post-fireworks extra magic hours to ride big rides. My parents want to plan another trip as a family, however, the whole Fastpass+ thing has us a bit confused. I've been reading how it all works so I get that, but what they are most concerned about is having the whole trip planned out now and feeling like its a forced march. I know many of you are fine with planning an order for things, but my dad at least likes to feel like he has choices. In order to convince them to go again, I'm wondering what your experiences have been.

For those that like to free hand their trip a bit more than the average forum user, did using Fastpass+ feel like too much planning in advance and like you are continuously on a schedule? For all, how did it seem to impact wait times for other in demand rides AND the typical 20 minute-ers? I'll take any feedback that you've got. Thanks!

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I don't know where I feel like eating in 180 days and I don't know what park I want to go in in 60 days, let alone what ride I want to go on. But it's not about us. It's about how much money Disney can harvest from us. And that is what FP+ and magic handcuffs are all about.

It's the new system and they've got billions invested in it so it's not going away. So I'm just working with it. Luckily I've been there many times and I can pick and choose what ADRs and FPs I want to tie myself up with. But honestly, I don't know how first time visitors can figure anything out. I was on the phone with Disney for hours the other day trying to straighten out my FPs and people on my account and tickets and whatever. I'm petrified I'll get to Orlando and my whole account will be screwed up.

But anyway, my approach was to get FPs for the rides I need them for and I'll free-style the rest.

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Well now that the Colonel has formally introduced himself, I would like to say welcome to WDW For Grownups britannia! Always happy to have another Disney fanatic on the forum.

Well we have been to the world several times since the FP+ system has started and to tell you the truth, t has not bothered us one bit. We have been there in May, January, Oct &, July and the system work very well. We chose our fastpass at the 60 day mark, but that never stopped us from changing them on the go during our trips and if we didn't use them, we didn't use them. no big deal. Wait times on some rides were affected but others we walked on with no problem so don't sweat it.

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Oh right. Shame on me. Where's my manners? Hi, I'm the Colonel. welcome

There, that's better.

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Hi and welcome We haven't been there yet since the FP+ change over (but we will be in 34 days! clapping ) so I can't speak from personal experience, but my suggestion would be to make an educated guess on what parks you'll want to be at on which days according to crowd calendars, events, ADRs, etc. and then make preliminary FP+ reservations. You can always make changes on the go either on your smartphone or at the FP+ kiosks for most rides (though Anna & Elsa, TSMM, and other similar rides might be full day of so you'll have to stick with your reservation if you want a FP for them). There are tons of local Floridians that show up to the park and make reservations day of with no prior planning so it is definitely still doable to be more relaxed.

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Welcome, Britannia!!

We've done three trips on FP+ and we love it! DH's account had a technical glitch and it took a long time for Disney to figure it out and make it completely right (I'm talking like 10 phone calls over the course of about 4 months and during our one trip, only one band from a previous trip would work and they were not able to synch any other bands to his account). The band issue was a mess, but there was a simple work around for the problem until they figured out what to do.

As far as the FP+ selections themselves, we haven't traveled during extremely busy times, but until Anna & Elsa came along, there was no issue with getting the FP that we wanted for somewhere close to the time we wanted. Some of the times haven't worked out and we have very easily changed them on the fly. Having to change them day-of and having limited availability at that time is no worse than the old system where FP's for popular attractions may be gone within a few hours after rope drop.

The only thing I haven't liked so far is this test of doing FP+ and legacy FP and completely eliminating the standby line at some very popular attractions. They're already testing it for Anna & Elsa and I've heard that it could be extended to Soarin' and TSM. I really hope that we don't see traditional standby go away because I think that really hurts the first-time visitors who may be unfamiliar with the system.

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Hi, Brittania!

I confess that for the most part I preferred the old FastPass system. Sure, it meant I had to arrive at Hollywood Studios at rope drop to guarantee I could ride Toy Story Mania without a long wait. Now I don't have to rush, but I also am probably not going to get to ride it more than once in any given day, which was quite doable under the old system. But it is what it is. We work with it. We tinker with the times up to and on the day of each FP+ selection. We change them last-minute if we discover there's little or no wait on an attraction for which we have FP+. And if we decide we want to do something completely different, we do it.

If you have a smartphone or bring a laptop along, you can change FP+ quite easily, so flexibility and spontaneity aren't completely impossible.

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Disney put this extra person on my account. Even they don't know how to get rid of it. If they can't work the system, what chance do we have?

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On our first adult trip alone, we didn't know what we were booking for ADRs. We just read up on the ones we thought looked good and the ratings were good and went for it. Now that we have three adult trips under our belt, we know what rides we want FP+ locked for and we don't have to run back to get a FP when the last one is used. We have the place we love booked and now I can just go with the flow. In fact DH likes the spread out FP so we have time to wander and know the important ones are locked in.

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The best thing I've read about FP+ is to pretend it's legacy fp without the running back and forth to grab the physical copies. So you can still "grab" passes for Space Mountain, you can just do it while you're standing in front of Splash Mountain instead of having to run over there.

My first trip with it is in September, and I'm actually pretty excited. The only other time I've been to WDW was last February, so I wasn't super attached to legacy fp. And I never got to ride Toy Story that trip because the one day we went to Hollywood Studios, a very large group of Argentinian fifteen year old girls celebrating their Quinceanera and they had already taken all of the TSMM fp's that day. So with FP+ I've already guaranteed that I'll be riding it on Tuesday, September 9th! yay Hopefully I'll like FP+ as much as I think I will. awesome

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Thank you everyone! This was very helpful Smile And thank you for the welcomes muchlove

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I got to Magic Kingdom around 10 am. I was able to get Splash Mountain 10:15 am-11:45 am, Under the Sea 11:50 am-12:50 pm and Space Mountain 12:50 pm-1:50 pm. I ended up changing Under the Sea to Festival of Fantasy parade then I ended up changing it back to Under the Sea for 1:50-2:50. When I went to use my Under the Sea it was broken down. I got my spot for the parade then stopped by a kiosk to see what they had done with Under the Sea. I ended up getting a recovery fastpass that allowed me to use the fastpass anytime during park hours for a small selection of rides. I was able to set up my additional fastpass because my other fastpasses were used. I believe I set it up for Winnie the Pooh. Once I finished that one I set up a fastpass for Under the Sea because that ride doesn't get booked easily then used my recovery fastpass for Peter Pan's Flight. I ended up using 7-8 fastpasses over the course of the day.

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Great job Mandy! clapping

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Magic Mirror wrote:
Great job Mandy! clapping

Thank you I try. I was really hoping to get the recovery fastapass for Mermaid.