Saturday, May 31, 2014

Using FastPass+: Everything you Need To Know

If you haven't made a pilgrimage to the Most Magical Place on Earth recently, you may be surprised by some big changes.

The old FASTPASS system, introduced in 1999 to lessen wait times at popular attractions, was relatively straightforward. With no advance reservation system, determined park-goers would race to FASTPASS ticket machines as soon as the parks opened to secure a spot on their favorite rides.
The new FastPass+ system, which is a bit more complicated, allows for advance planning and opens up many more rides to the legacy system. We break it down for you below.
How do I get FastPass+?
By buying a ticket. FastPass+ is included in the price of admission for every day a ticket is purchased.

How does FastPass+ work?
FastPass+ reservations can now be made way in advance... no more rope-drop runs to Space Mountain necessary. Disney Resort hotel guests can reserve FastPass+ tickets up to 60 days in advance, while all other ticket holders can do so 30 days in advance.
FastPass+ reservations can be made using the My Disney Experience planning page or mobile app. After creating an account and linking their reservation, users can secure FastPass+ tickets for their favorite attractions.
If you don't buy park tickets until you arrive at Disney World, or need to change your FastPass+ reservations, you can do so in two ways. Each park has a number of FastPass+ kiosks where you can make or change your reservations. Beware, the lines for these kiosks can be long. If you can, download the mobile app, which makes it possible to make and change reservations on the go, eliminating yet another line.
FastPass+ experiences work the same way as the legacy system. Each FastPass+ comes with a window of time you will be allowed to enter the ride. Arrive at the ride during that timeframe, get on the FastPass+ queue and enjoy.
fastpass kiosk
Do I need to have a MagicBand?
You can use FastPass+ without purchasing a MagicBand. The old paper park tickets have been replaced with RFID plastic, credit-card type tickets that are scanned at FastPass+ kiosks and at ride queues. MagicBands can be more convenient -- no need to fish your ticket out of a wallet or pocket -- but are not required. All Disney Resort hotel guests and Walt Disney World passholders are provided MagicBands.
test track
So, how many FastPass+ experiences do I get?
You can reserve up to three FastPass+ experiences at one theme park. That means if you plan on park-hopping, all your FastPass+ reservations can only be in one park. After using all three initial FastPass+ tickets, you can select another FastPass+ experience for the same day, based on availability. After using that one, you can select another, and so on. These additional selections must be made at a FastPass+ kiosk.
What attractions can I get a FastPass+ for?
So many! FastPass+ is now available for more attractions than ever, ensuring that guests of all ages get to experience the attractions they love. Guests can also reserve FastPass+ for parades, fireworks, character greetings and Fantasmic!, ensuring a prime spot without camping out way in advance.
How does the tier system work?
Currently, Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios offer a tier system, to ensure FastPass+ tickets for extremely popular attractions are distributed evenly among park guests. For example, at Epcot, guests can choose one "Tier One" attraction and two "Tier Two" attractions. Tier One, for example, includes both Soarin' and Test Track, so guests must choose between the two.
What about Annual Passholders?
Annual Passholders are allowed to plan seven days of FastPass+ selections within any 30-day period, applicable to one park per day. If staying at a Disney Resort hotel, Annual Passholders can make FastPass+ reservations 60 days in advance.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Disney Craftiness: Stroller Sign

The countdown is on my friends...117 days until my personal Disney trip. To say I am excited is a bit of an understatement.

It's time to start getting crafty. I wanted to make a sign for Sally's stroller. If you have ever been to Disney, you have probably seen the sea of strollers outside each ride and restaurant. It's quite possible that there will be someone else with the exact stroller that you have so its a good idea to do something to make your stroller stand out.

Here is what you need:
scrapbook paper
chipbord shape
modge podge
foam brush

Since you want this sign to last for several days, you need something thick. You could use a wooden shape, but I chose to use a page from a chipboard album. The whole album was $1 at Michaels. I only needed one page so I can save the others for another project. 

I created a word document with "Waltograph" font and printed it out onto scrapbook paper. I used the chipboard page and traced it onto the scrapbook paper...cut it out and modge podge it onto the chipboard shape. If you have a machine that does vinyl letters, you could easily use that too. I then found free Mickey head shapes and resized them I cut one out and also modge podged it on.

I punched two hole in it and used ribbon to tie it onto the stroller. I love the way it turned out!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Al About FastPass+

There are some new changes for Fast Pass Plus. Here they are:

Up to 60 days before arriving guests may choose 3 rides for FastPass+. You can do this either online or through the My Disney Experience app. You may also choose the time you want to have the FastPass+ for. 

This is what the online screen looks like:

Your FastPass+ selections wil be loaded onto your Magic Band. Here is what they look like:

MagicBands are RFID-enabled waterproof bracelets that each guest will wear. They come in a variety of colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, grey and pink) and will be shipped to your home before your trip, unless you book your trip within 10 days of leaving and then your MagicBands will be shipped to your resort.

Guests will now be able to choose another FastPass+ selection at one of the park's kiosks after they have used their first three FastPass+ selections. Once guests have used that FastPass+ selection, they can choose another, and so on.

So here are the changes:
*The first three fast passes can be reserved online or through the My Disney Experience app. However, the additional passes can only be booked through the kiosks at the park.
*Guests will also be able to use their additional FastPass+ selections when hopping from park to park.

Other important things to know about FastPass+:

*There is no additional cost to use this. It is included with your ticket price.

*Some attractions (such as the Frozen characters meet and greet and the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train) are in high demand. If you want a FastPass+ for these, you MUST book 60 days in advance. 

*All 3 initial FastPass+ must be used in the same park. If you are park hopping, you make book an additional FastPass+ after you use al three at the first park.

Here are the attractions currently using FastPass+

Magic Kingdom
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade*
Enchanted Tales with Belle*
Haunted Mansion*
It’s a Small World*
Jungle Cruise
Main Street Electrical Parade*
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Monsters Inc Laugh Floor*
Town Square Theater Mickey Mouse
Town Square Theater Princesses
Magic Carpets of Aladdin*
Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Peter Pan’s Flight
Pirates of the Caribbean*
Space Mountain
Splash Mountain
Tomorrowland Speedway*
Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
Wishes seating*
Character Spot*
Captain EO*
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth*
Journey Into Imagination with Figment*
Living with the Land
Mission: SPACE
Spaceship Earth*
The Seas with Nemo and Friends*
Test Track
Animal Kingdom
Adventurers Outpost meet and greet*
Expedition Everest
Festival of the Lion King*
Finding Nemo – The Musical*
It’s Tough to be a Bug*
Kali River Rapids
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Primeval Whirl
Hollywood Studios
The American Idol Experience*
Disney Junior Live on Stage*
The Great Movie Ride*
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular*
Lights, Motors, Action ! Extreme Stunt Show*
Muppet Vision 3D*
Rock n Roller Coaster
Star Tours
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Toy Story Mania
Voyage of the Little Mermaid*