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+?