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Fastpass+ offering the ability to use more than 3 FP+ in a single day and park hop.

Today, April 28, 2014 Walt Disney World began a new phase in Fastpass+ (FP+) offerings.  Guests are now allowed to choose more than the original limit of 3 Fastpasses per day with some limitations.  Guests can even use Fastpass+ for park hopping to a degree.

1.  Guest must book 3 Fastpass+ selections from the Disney website, My Disney Experience app or in park kiosk.

2.  Once the 3 FP+ have been used OR the time frame expires on your FP+ selections, a guest may go to an in-park kiosk and book ONE additional FP+ from any available at that time.  (High demand attractions like Anna & Elsa, Toy Story Midway Mania, Soarin’ and Test Track could be gone by the time you try this).

3.  Once the 4th FP+ has been used or the time frame expires, you may book another FP+ and continue this process as long as FP+ is available.  (The additional selection can take place in the same park, or a different park)  There will be no limitation on how many additional selections you can make, but they must be made one at a time.

4.  At this time guests can ONLY book the additional FP+ at an in park kiosk.  Walt Disney World plans to allow the flexibility to use their app for the additional FP+, but this feature is not currently available.

5.  Any ride can be chosen as the 4th (or more) selection, including the ability to re-ride the same attraction you chose earlier based on availability.

6.  The guest can choose any attraction as the 4th (or more).  The tiers that are a part of Epcot and Hollywood Studios will not apply to the in-park kiosk selections of number 4 or more.

So, what does all this mean?  Guests will be allowed to pick over any available attractions that remain, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get to re-ride Toy Story Midway Mania and it doesn’t mean you’ll find Anna and Elsa FP+ in the park.  This feature is going to be most effective at the Magic Kingdom which has a wide variety of Fastpass options.  This feature will also mean that wait times at rides like Pirates of the Caribbean, it’s a small world and Haunted Mansion could actually increase later in the day because more people will be using FP+ for these attractions.

If you choose a late FP+ for things like Main Street Electrical Parade, Wishes, Illuminations or Fantasmic as part of your original 3 FP+, you’ll be locked out of being able to make the additional FP+ choices.

I recommend that you continue to use the Touring Plans that I’ve written exactly as they are presented, because they work.  If you’d like to make use of the extra FP+, just book them after using the 3 outlined in the plans.

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Triple dippin, but no dippin dots and a morning in the Magic Kingdom with Fastpass+

Since Fastpass+ was introduced, it’s been possible to “Double Dip” as some call using Fastpass+ for 3 electronic Fastpasses AND using your hotel key to gather paper Fastpasses from the machines old school style or “Triple Dip” as I refer to using Magic Band FP+ for 3 FP, hotel key for paper Fastpass and Annual Pass for additional FP.

A lot of people have speculated on the net about “Double Dipping” coming to an end.  (I’m not linking to specific sites purposely not to attempt an “I’m right and you’re wrong” kind of thing.  I have no intention to disparage other people’s work.)  Some have said that resorts would issue Key to the World cards with no swipe on the back.  Some have said that it would be an RFID only card.  Some speculated that the Key to the World would be eliminated entirely soon.  I spoke to a person who has a solid knowledge of the Fastpass system last week and was told that the swipe on the back of the card will remain just the same for the foreseeable future for all hotel guests.   I was told that there is no test in the works that eliminates the swipe on the Key to the World.  The test that many are discussing is actually a test with Cast Members only.   New Disney World resort guests will continue to receive Magic Bands to access their FP+, door key and charging privileges and the Key to the World will still be issued as a backup.  If a person attempts to use the Magic Band, but the technology is acting up, the Cast Member can use the plastic card to continue the operation that is necessary to assist the guest.  This means that one can still use FP+ for 3 electronic FP and the Key to the World plastic card in the paper FP machines.

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