Last time we went to DisneyWorld, we were FastPass experts. We got FastPasses whenever we could, and because they didn’t check the expiration time, we were able to ride just about every ride we wanted to whenever we wanted to. It made the entire experience even better, and while you don’t lose the whole “waiting-in-line” experience, you don’t feel like you’ve wasted time and not gotten your money’s worth out of your ticket. Now comes this news, that Disney is planning to start enforcing the expiration time on the Fastpass.
The Inside the Magic blog reports that Walt Disney World is now enforcing both the beginning and end times, allowing guests holding a FastPass to only return during the one-hour window stated on the slip.
“Walt Disney World is now enforcing both the beginning and end times, allowing guests holding a FastPass to only return during the one-hour window stated on the slip. And though it will affect regulars who know how to use the leniency to their advantage, most Walt Disney World guests already do return during the designated time window and likely won’t notice much of a difference,” writes Ricky Brigante of Inside the Magic.
There’s also talk of a new system called XPass:
Some say this is the first step in making way for Disney World’s yet-to-be-revealed ride reservation system called XPass, where resort guests can reserve their ride times weeks and months in advance. And it is expected to allow for bookings for character meet and greets and key viewing spots for parades and fireworks.
To be honest, when FastPasses first came on the scene, we weren’t crazy about them, and it took a few visits to get the hang of how best to use them. I guess I could adapt to a new system, especially since we generally stay at a Disney Resort. And then there’s always the Unofficial Guide to help us figure it out. But somehow prescheduling my rides seems like it will take a little more of the charm out of a trip to DisneyWorld.