Friday, February 25, 2011

Disney FastPass news

I may be a tad late on some of this news, but I thought I'd share anyway since I blogged about FastPasses fairly recently!

First, this spring, park guests will be able to get a FastPass to meet Mickey Mouse at the Town Square Theatre at the Magic Kingdom in WDW! This will be the first time guests can FastPass a character. The Town Square Theatre will be transformed into a meet and greet area since Toontown has closed. There will be an interactive queue for guests to enjoy while they are waiting. You can read more at the Disney Blog.

Second, Tom Staggs, Chariman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, reported the following information on February 17, 2011 that could have an impact on how you plan your trip to WDW in the future! (You can read the full report at Chip and Co.)

"As a result, we are currently developing an innovative system that will, in essence, create a version of FASTPASS for their entire Disney vacations. Now we define the guest experience as beginning from the time a potential guest sits down at a computer or picks up a phone to make a reservation. Our new tools will help them better understand all that we have to offer and better plan their time with us. They’ll be able to create a personalized itinerary that gives them the exact Disney vacation they want.

Guests will be able to reserve times for their favorite attractions and character interactions… secure seats at our shows and spectaculars… make dining reservations… and pre-book many other favorite guest experiences – all before even leaving their house. We also plan to simplify the check-in process so that guests will arrive at the resort with room key in hand. They will be able to go straight to their room or a theme park – again, allowing them to get to the fun faster. "

Right now, I don't think that I care too much for this idea. I'm all for making a plan, staying organized and getting things accomplished, but this seems to take away from some of the fun that is Disney. There have been numerous times during our trips we had a "plan" to ride certain rides, see certain shows or eat at certain restaurants, but things came up. Maybe we decided to stay a little longer in a gift shop, stop and watch a street performer, talk to a cast member, ride a different ride because there was NO line, sit on the curb to eat a Mickey bar and people watch or ride the monorail to get out of the rain. I like using the extra magic hours to plan which park I'll be visiting and I'm fine with making my dining reservations 180 days out, but to plan my entire vacation- meals, rides, shows, parades and character meets- is a little too OCD, even for me!

Third, Chip and Co. has some breaking news regarding the new "FP 2 FP" idea at Walt Disney World. Check out what they have to say about FastPassing the FastPass machines! :)

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