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Book those Fastpass+ for Anna and Elsa at the Magic Kingdom now!

As of March 14 at 6:06 guests are beginning to book Fastpass+ reservations to meet Anna and Elsa at the Magic Kingdom.  This image was sent to me by a Facebook reader named Sam for a reservation on May 15th.  Another reader named Dawn said they just booked for May 7th

Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Fairytale Hall, Anna and Elsa, Fastpass+Let the booking begin!

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Pirate in the Parks: Hollywood Studios January 17, 2014 farewell fastpass, toy story midway mania, buzz n woody, rock n roller coaster, tower of terror and sci fi dine in theater

My kids are out of school on January 17th and I’m off work, so let’s go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  You’ve heard me say many times that effective park touring begins with arriving at least 30 minutes before park opening (45 minutes or more during the busy seasons).  Here’s the line as we walked up at 8:32 am.Walt Disney World, Hollywood Studios, rope drop And here’s the line at 8:45 am.  The park opened about 8:45 and the line was already beyond the ticket booths.  Why would that matter?  The new Mickey Touchpoints move people through much faster than previously.  Well, it’s because we want to be among the first to go straight to Toy Story Midway Mania for a short wait. Continue reading Pirate in the Parks: Hollywood Studios January 17, 2014 farewell fastpass, toy story midway mania, buzz n woody, rock n roller coaster, tower of terror and sci fi dine in theater

Tinker Bell to relocate to Magic Kingdom’s Town Square Theater

Tinker Bell will soon be leaving Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook in Adventureland and relocating to Town Square Theater in the Magic Kingdom.  When she makes this move, it’s been said that she will no longer have her pixie friends joining her.  She will meet alone.  It is supposed to become a Fastpass+ meet and greet enabled area.   No firm date has been announced.

The wait times to meet her should drop, but we will no longer have the opportunity to meet Periwinkle, Terance, Rosetta, Vidia, Silvermist  and the rest of the Disney Fairies.

What do you think?  Would you prefer to wait longer and have more pixies or have a shorter wait and Fastpass+ for Tinker Bell?

Hollywood Studios and Epcot to eliminate paper fastpasses

As I reported briefly on my Twitter feed, Hollywood Studios and Epcot will be the last Walt Disney World parks to eliminate Legacy or paper Fastpasses.

Hollywood Studios will move to Fastpass+ only on January 21, 2014 and Epcot will follow suit in becoming Fastpass+ only on January 24, 2014.  My family and I have made a lot of great memories using the old system, including seeing my son grow to become our “Fastpass runner.”  Today, we finished out a great day at Hollywood Studios with a bunch of Fastpasses.  I’ll write about our fun experience later though.

Here’s a synopsis of what Fastpass+ will look like in each park:

Animal Kingdom (Choose any 3)

  • Dinosaur
  • Expedition Everest
  • Finding Nemo
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Meet Mickey and Minnie
  • Primeval Whirl

EPCOT

Tier One – Select 1 preference from this group

  • Illuminations – Reflections of Earth
  • Maelstrom
  • Meet Mickey, Minnie and Goofy at Character Spot
  • Soarin
  • Test Track

Tier Two – Select up to 2 preferences from this group

  • Captain EO
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission:  Space
  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Hollywood Studios

Tier One:  Select 1 preference from this group

  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Fantasmic!
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!

Tier Two – Select up to 2 preferences from this group

  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
  • Muppet Vision 3D
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • The American Idol Experience
  • The Great Movie Ride
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Magic Kingdom (Choose any 3)

  • it’s a small world
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Main Street Electrical Parade
  • Meet Ariel
  • Meet Cinderella and Princess Friend (Aurora)
  • Meet Mickey Mouse
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic
  • Meet Rapunzel and Princess Friend (Snow White)
  • Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • The Barnstormer
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Wishes

I’ll be posting a full guide with touring strategies in the coming week.  Don’t be intimidated by touring with Fastpass+.  Only the Magic Kingdom provides any challenges!

Disney’s All Star Resorts are next to be unable to receive paper Fastpass

The resort rollout that disallows paper Fastpass usage for onsite guests is continuing this week with the All Star Resorts.  Disney’s Pop Century was the first not to allow resort guests to use the Key to the World to retrieve paper Fastpasses from the machines within the parks.  It is now being followed by ALL THREE All Star Resorts.  If you check in on the dates below or after, you will receive a MagicBand only.  If you request a Key to the World, it will have the magnetic stripe on the back deactivated, so you will be unable to use it in any paper Fastpass machine.

  • All Star Sports – December 2 onward
  • All Star Music – December 4 onward
  • All Star Movies – December 6 onward
WDW – MagicBand-Only Rollout Continues at Disney’s All Star Resorts

As part of our test-and-adjust process for MyMagic+, Guests arriving at Disney’s All Star Resorts beginning December 2 will be issued only a MagicBand for use throughout their stay at the Walt Disney World Resort.

  • Guests will continue to engage in MyMagic+ testing in the same way that all other resort Guests do.
  • Upon check in, Guests will receive their MagicBands if they did not receive them at home after customizing them in advance using My Disney Experience.
  • Front Desk Cast Members can provide an RF-enabled Key to the World card if a Guest requests it instead of a MagicBand. The RF-enabled Key to the World card functions the same way a MagicBand does at touch points. Guests with RF-enabled Key to the World cards will touch to enter their resort room and theme parks and water parks (with valid theme park admission), touch to pay (optional) and touch to redeem FastPass+ selections

Reactive Guest FAQs:

Why am I only getting a MagicBand and not a Key to the World card? 
As part of our test-and-adjust process with MyMagic+, we are conducting a test where Guests staying at Disney’s Pop Century Resort will be issued only a MagicBand for use throughout their stay.

If I am issued a Key to the World card can I still get FASTPASS tickets when I’m in the park in addition to the FastPass+ selections I make on My Disney Experience? 
No. Because the mag stripes are not active on Key to the World cards issued to Guests participating in this test., they will not work in FASTPASS machines. By staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you have the benefit of reserving
access to some of your favorite attractions ahead of time with Disney FastPass+ service.

Can I make FastPass+ selections for more than one park on the same day? 
You can make FastPass+ selections for only one park per day for each day of valid theme park admission.

–Anyone want to buy some old room only keys?  LOL

How I got more than 3 Fastpass+ per day and Park Hopped using Fastpass+

UPDATE:  December 13, 2013  I’ve been told by a number of people that Disney has patched this issue, bu the patch just created a new issue where the app is MUCH less responsive and often locks up when someone is trying to make a change to their choices.

UPDATE:  December 9, 2013  Two different iPhone users are reporting that Disney has finally fixed this issue on iPhone.  I’ll report soon on the status of Android phones.

I’ve debated for several weeks whether or not I should post this information.  I’ve successfully used these tips on many days in the park to test it out and make sure it works every time.  It doesn’t really benefit me personally because I’m local and can ride these attractions any time I want.

A little background first.  My brother and I have designed a few apps over the last couple of years.  They started out pretty rudimentary and have gotten better as we’ve gone along.  I won’t use this post to advertise them with links, so I’m not seen as a barker.  My role has always been to design the app and create and maintain the data while my brother does all the nerdy, techie stuff that makes it work.  After we get it completed we take the apps through Alpha and Beta testing.  I’m usually the Alpha tester.  It’s my job to see if I can break the app and make sure it functions like we designed it to do.  I usually find hundreds of issues early on before sending it to willing Beta testers to see what they find.

Disney has poured a LOT of money into it’s new MyMagic+ and Fastpass+ systems (I can’t wait until the stupid + is done.  It requires too many Shift key entries).  It’s been estimated that they have spent a BILLION dollars on all kinds of improvements whether internal or on the user end.  They have been Beta testing FP+ for months in different phases and bringing different resorts online slowly, then tweaking the options available such as the tiered system now in use at Epcot and FP+ only stays at Disney World hotels.  Their Beta testers are often off duty Cast Members.

I joined the FP+ system long after others in bloggerdom and wanted to see what it was really capable of, not just use it as it’s prescribed.  Disney wants it to only allow 3 Fastpass+ per day per person and they are even restricting that further with silly “Tiers” that guests have to choose ONE really good ride and TWO not so good ones.  So, I designated myself as Disney’s unofficial and unpaid Gamma tester (Alpha, Beta, Gamma..).  After learning how to join the system with a room only stay (not Pop Century at the time of the article) and learning to use the FP+ that was available, I wanted to begin testing to see what it COULD do.  I wanted to see if I could crack it, break it, spill chili dog on it etc…  So that leads me to this post.

I visited Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and was able to use the FP+ for 6 or more attractions in one day each time and decided it was time to test the biggest beast.  No, not Be Our Guest Dinner Reservations, I decided to take on the Magic Kingdom and its 20 or more Fastpass+ options and see how many times I could use ONE Magic Band, ONE account and ONE phone to use FP+ much more than the 3 prescribed  times in ONE DAY.  Who needs Paper Fastpasses when one person can do everything in ONE DAY with Fastpass+?

Continue reading How I got more than 3 Fastpass+ per day and Park Hopped using Fastpass+

Walt Disney World to use Magic Bands to provide proof for Extra Magic Hours

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Beginning today, November 17, MagicBands will be used to provide proof that a guest is staying at a Walt Disney World Hotel and has morning Extra Magic Hours eligibility for that day, if choosing to attend a morning Extra Magic Hour session at a given park.  Walt Disney World Cast Members will scan the Magic Band (or rfid enabled Key to the World) before allowing guests to the Mickey Touch Points.

If you are stating at the Hilton Downtown Disney, Shades of Green or the Swan and Dolphin, you will be allowed access with a valid hotel room key.

What do you think about this change?

Walt Disney World to test NO HOTEL KEY stays at Pop Century Resort as a part of Fastpass+ rollout

WDW – MagicBand-Only Testing Begins at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

As part of our test-and-adjust process for MyMagic+, Guests arriving at Disney’s Pop Century Resort beginning November 14 will be issued only a MagicBand for use throughout their stay at the Walt Disney World Resort.

  • Guests will continue to engage in MyMagic+ testing in the same way that all other resort Guests do.
  • Upon check in, Guests will receive their MagicBands if they did not receive them at home after customizing them in advance using My Disney Experience.
  • Front Desk Cast Members can provide an RF-enabled Key to the World card if a Guest requests it instead of a MagicBand. The RF-enabled Key to the World card functions the same way a MagicBand does at touch points. Guests with RF-enabled Key to the World cards will touch to enter their resort room and theme parks and water parks (with valid theme park admission), touch to pay (optional) and touch to redeem FastPass+ selections

Reactive Guest FAQs:

Why am I only getting a MagicBand and not a Key to the World card? 
As part of our test-and-adjust process with MyMagic+, we are conducting a test where Guests staying at Disney’s Pop Century Resort will be issued only a MagicBand for use throughout their stay.

If I am issued a Key to the World card can I still get FASTPASS tickets when I’m in the park in addition to the FastPass+ selections I make on My Disney Experience? 
No. Because the mag stripes are not active on Key to the World cards issued to Guests participating in this test., they will not work in FASTPASS machines. By staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you have the benefit of reserving
access to some of your favorite attractions ahead of time with Disney FastPass+ service.

Can I make FastPass+ selections for more than one park on the same day? 
You can make FastPass+ selections for only one park per day for each day of valid theme park admission.

KtP NOTE – Now the cries of “This stinks!” will begin, but it’s all part of the process of pushing people over to the Fastpass+ system and weaning them off the Paper Fastpass system that will be removed in 2014.
SOURCE:
This information was found on the disboards thread located here.  It appears that it came directly from the internal Cast Member site known as “The Hub.”

How to get 6 Fastpasses at ONCE at Animal Kingdom


Yesterday I traveled over to the Animal Kingdom about noon to do some Fastpass testing.  I recently did a small amount of testing at the Magic Kingdom in my Triple Dippin post.  That post would do a poor job demonstrating how to maximize FP and FP+ though.  I will write a new article soon about how you can use FP at the Magic Kingdom and get 8 Fastpasses and use FP at every possible attraction with as little back-tracking as possible.

So, onto the Animal Kingdom on Halloween.  (Queue ominous music).  I started out my day with 3 Fastpass+ reservations.   I had reserved Expedition Everest, Mickey and Minnie and Kilimanjaro Safari.  As I entered Animal Kingdom I headed straight over to meet Mickey and Minnie using my FP reservation.  The posted wait was 20 minutes.  Using FP+ I waited 8.21 minutes according to the Wait Time feature in our Android version of Character Locator.

Mickey and Minnie Animal Kingdom KennythePirate Continue reading How to get 6 Fastpasses at ONCE at Animal Kingdom

Fastpass+ user exclusive character meet and greets coming to Walt Disney World

It’s been brought to my attention that as a part of the new MyMagic and Fastpass+ experiences, Walt Disney World will offer FP+ EXCLUSIVE meet and greets.  This will mean that those who wish to use their FP+ for headliner attractions will not be able to participate in these meet and greets.  The characters that are currently being chosen ARE, however, available to meet in other parks.  I suppose this is to ensure a shorter meet and greet experience with these characters.

Epcot – Tigger and Winnie the Pooh

In my recent Pirate in the Parks Epcot edition, I mentioned that Winnie the Pooh now has the Fastpass+ scanning posts installed and the queue was moved from inside the store to behind the store.  I wondered why there appeared to only be one entry point.  How will FP+ guests and the unwashed masses merge at this location?  You can clearly see in the image below that there’s only ONE entrance.  The Town Square Mickey, Fantasyland Princesses and Ariel have TWO lines.  One for those who use a version of FP and one for those who wish to wait an hour, if they don’t follow my Rope Drop or FP advice 🙂  In the coming months, only those with FASTPASS+ (no paper FP will be served) will be allowed to take part in this meet and greet location.

Click on any image for a larger view

Pirate in the Parks EPCOT 10-11-2013 (9)Tigger and Pooh at Epcot United Kingdom (7)

One can also use FP+ to meet Mickey, Minnie and Goofy at the Epcot Character Spot, but it really isn’t necessary with wait times varying between 5 and 10 minutes.  I walk right in almost any afternoon.

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