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Old 05-14-2013, 01:49 PM   #91
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As long as there will always be a free option, I'll be ok with the new system. It's just that I remembered reading a long time ago that the FP+ referred to the pay-extra option to pre-schedule your FPs, which is something I am not interested in at all. I thought the limit of 3 referred to the pay option, not the free FPs. But mostly I'm hoping that they won't be phasing out the free FPs.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:51 PM   #92
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As long as there will always be a free option, I'll be ok with the new system. It's just that I remembered reading a long time ago that the FP+ referred to the pay-extra option to pre-schedule your FPs, which is something I am not interested in at all. I thought the limit of 3 referred to the pay option, not the free FPs. But mostly I'm hoping that they won't be phasing out the free FPs.
No plans AFAIK to make FP or FP+ pay-only. You might be thinking of Universal, where you can get something similar to FP, but you have to pay extra for it.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:55 PM   #93
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How does this new system work? I'm going June 30, can I call now and ask about it? Or do I have to wait until I get there to see if I am one of the lucky ones?
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:56 PM   #94
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No plans AFAIK to make FP or FP+ pay-only. You might be thinking of Universal, where you can get something similar to FP, but you have to pay extra for it.
Nope, not thinking of Universal. I read it in regards to Disney's FP+. Good to know they are not moving towards pay only. I would not be pleased.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:58 PM   #95
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Is this not stressing anyone else out? I am not fond of the idea of fp+ at all and don't want to have to so intensely plan my trips! Can someone offer some of the positives of this system for people other than over planners?
Yes, it is really stressful for me. NOT HAPPY at all!
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I'm sorry if this has been covered elsewhere, but is there any consideration for fp runners with the bands? I don't think DH will want to wear 6 bands, and I can't imagine dragging the kids to btmrr if we're in tomorrowland just to get a fp. I hope there is some way to link them!
There wouldn't be any runnning and pulling a fastpass with the bands. From what I understand, You would book them in advance or in the parks from certralized kiosks. There will be no more going to that attraction to get FP. I ma guessing the in order to use traditional FP and FP+ during the testing guests must be given a magic band AND a ticket on KTTW or paper. I don't see any other way of using both.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:00 PM   #96
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There wouldn't be any runnning and pulling a fastpass with the bands. From what I understand, You would book them in advance or in the parks from certralized kiosks. There will be no more going to that attraction to get FP. I ma guessing the in order to use traditional FP and FP+ during the testing guests must be given a magic band AND a ticket on KTTW or paper. I don't see any other way of using both.
Not necessarily true. One theory is that you will get 3 attractions per day that you can FP+ in advance, and in addition to those 3 you will be able to "pull" (virtually) FPs the day of from the attractions just like before. No one knows if this is true or not, just speculation.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:03 PM   #97
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Not necessarily true. One theory is that you will get 3 attractions per day that you can FP+ in advance, and in addition to those 3 you will be able to "pull" (virtually) FPs the day of from the attractions just like before. No one knows if this is true or not, just speculation.
This is the scenario I'm hoping is true. I do like the idea of a central location instead of having to zig-zag around the park. I guess we'll have to wait and see!
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Can someone offer some of the positives of this system for people other than over planners?
Anyone??
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Can anyone tell us how this is working? Are they giving out bands at check-in and allowing those selected to make advance FP+ reservations then? Or are people being selected prior to arriving? We'll be there in a few weeks and curious as to how this is going to affect wait times with FP+, regular FP and stand-by options.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:09 PM   #100
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You may book FP in advance, or day of from a computer/smartphone/kiosk.
Will there still be walk-ups? For example, if we are riding BTMRR and notice that the FP return time for Splash works well for our schedule can we go the a kiosk and get FP on the spot? If it works the way it does now with the main difference being an electronic 'ticket' instead of a paper one, that's a pretty manageable change. Or would that be something we do via smartphone if we're already in the park that day?

Also, how far in advance people can book will be key. In theory you can book table service dining the day of, but good luck getting a seat at CRT if you're not 180 days out. I think the concern on many peoples' part is that - like popular dining spots - popular attractions will have to be booked way in advance or FP will not be available.

Would like to see them strike a good balance between day-of and advance reservations. My hope is that they hold a significant number of reservations for walk-up type distribution like they have now with the paper system.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:10 PM   #101
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Don't get too excited yet folks. 100 spread throughout the parks is a tiny sample. It's just a test. But it's a sign this is things are ready to move forward again soon. For now though..... just pretend it's not there.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:11 PM   #102
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I think its making people nervous bc we are all used to the current system and know how to do the workarounds so we can make the most out of it. No one knows the entire story or how it works out in real life and there is that "fear" of the unknown...
For example, what impact will it have on the availability of FastPass for people that don't want to pre-plan their vacation to include ride times? (how would you even use old FP if you don't have a ticket. You can't) I like making my ADR's ahead but how do I know which park and ride I will feel like doing on a specific date 180 days away? Will we be forced into doing that? We just don't know yet.

I do like the idea of the band, 3 fastpasses per day kind of stinks, especially if the rumor about only being able to use them in one park whether you hop or not is true.

Just my two cents...
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Can anyone tell us how this is working? Are they giving out bands at check-in and allowing those selected to make advance FP+ reservations then? Or are people being selected prior to arriving? We'll be there in a few weeks and curious as to how this is going to affect wait times with FP+, regular FP and stand-by options.
Anything you see in the test may or may not apply when it goes live for the masses.
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Can anyone tell us how this is working? Are they giving out bands at check-in and allowing those selected to make advance FP+ reservations then? Or are people being selected prior to arriving? We'll be there in a few weeks and curious as to how this is going to affect wait times with FP+, regular FP and stand-by options.
Actually, no, no one can tell because it's not working yet.
There are lots of guesses
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I am putting out my guess in that they'll maintain something for those who are last minute guests. I have no idea what or no inside knowledge other than an assumption they won't want to piss off the last minute people. Every guest is not a planner and they have to know that.
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