FastPass+ is different from the existing FASTPASS Program in that it will involve the use of RFID on your ticket (or Magic Band – see below) giving guests the chance to plan their itineraries ahead of time including access to their favorite attractions. This can be done in advance online or, should you need to make adjustments – in the park by using either a kiosk or the MyDisneyExperience App on your smart phone. You pick your arrival window (an hour long period) in which you intend to arrive at a particular attraction. This is instead of physically running to the attraction to pull the FASTPASS paper ticket and later return.
Attractions that historically have had a FASTPASS will be part of this program and Disney has been adding other attractions to this list such as the Haunted Mansion, It’s a Small World, and Spaceship Earth to name a few. In addition, the FastPass+ will also provide reserved seating for parades, shows, fireworks, and character meet and greets.
FastPass+ Terms and Conditions
Let’s take a look at some of the key points in the terms and conditions as of 12/29/12.
Availability of a FastPass+ experience, the number of experiences you may select and arrival windows are limited and vary based on factors such as the theme park you are visiting, the attraction or entertainment experience, the time of year and the day of the week, and prior demand. In addition, the number of days for which you can hold FastPass+ selections at any given time is limited.
While its clear this is limited (in testing guests were given 4 attractions in a single park for a day) I am OK with this since personally, at the most I pick only 1-2 FASTPASSES per park anyhow. Also, I think many of us have faced the empty FASTPASS machine so this is a known limitation to the program that would need to continue. My only concern here is what if I want to “pull a FASTPASS” on EVERY day of my trip. Also, will Annual Pass holders or those staying at Deluxe Resorts get more days than those at an Economy Resort? With this program will there be more FASTPASSES available than there were with the paper tickets?
You may make FastPass+ selections for one park per day. You may only select and redeem a FastPass+ selection for a particular attraction, entertainment or restaurant experience once per day.
The part that concerns me is that it’s limited to one park per day. I’m a huge fan of the Park Hopper option and like the flexibility of choosing multiple parks (and therefore food options) in a day. When I think about it though, I might go to EPCOT everyday but that doesn’t mean I need a FastPass+ to enjoy every attraction. In practice, this might be a non-issue.
You may make FastPass+ selections for yourself, your Managed Friends, and your Connected Friends.
This is nice for planning the family trip and certainly beats the “QUICK GIVE ME ALL YOUR TICKETS SO I CAN RUN TO THE FASTPASS MACHINE AND GET THE PASSES!”
Your Connected Friends may also make FastPass+ selections for you or modify the selections you’ve made without notification to you. You can view the selections and modifications made by Connected Friends for you when you log in to your account and view your itinerary.
Note to my Dad – Make sure your Daughter-In-Law isn’t one of your connections or you WILL be scheduled for It’s a Small World. Lucky for you, the terms limit that you can’t repeat attractions. For example, if you have 4 FastPass+ options, you cannot repeat the same attraction at any time.
Magic Your Way ticket holders may make FastPass+ selections beginning 60 days prior to day of use. The selection window may vary for other admission tickets or passholders.
Make no mistake, my dining reservations for my next trip in April are already made but the thought of scheduling when I will ride Thunder Mountain doesn’t sit well with me. Personally, if my trip is planned to that level of detail, some of the magic is gone. Then again, I could see this being perfect for a family with younger people that only get to the park once every five years who want to make sure they see their key attractions.
Half of my Disney experience is the anticipation of going and the idea of planning like this certainly can add to the excitement. But does this mean that FASTPASSES will be all gone when we get closer to our trip? Will there be some reserved for the day of?
You will go online or use a kiosk to make your selections as seen here:
Then you will get a confirmation via email and will also be able to refer to it in your “My Plans” section of the MyDisneyExperience app.
Of course, the FastPass+ is only one component of the NextGen project and use of RFID. The NextGen project will also support park entry, resort purchases, and room keys. Will this all happen on a park ticket? That’s no fun! Instead, we will use Magic Bands!
These are wristbands that will hold all the information needed to do park entry, resort purchases, FastPass+ etc.
The device is battery powered by a non-replaceable coin cell. The device also contains passive UHF and HF RFID tags in a wrist worn arm band that transmits a 2.4 GHz signal to an indoor wireless infrastructure.
Just think of all of the colors, personalization, characters etc. that Disney will be able to put on these. They will be keepsakes!
Of course this means new readers will be required at cash registers and that old turnstiles will need to be replaced (as much fun as having that turnstile smack you in the bottom is!).
Ultimately, I’m very much looking forward to how this will impact my eating. Quick Service restaurants are already using RFID technology. Will reservations at restaurants all be tied to RFID accounts? In other words, how difficult will it be for someone without a theme park ticket to book a meal?
It’s Kind of a Cute Story – a book about famed Imagineer Rolly Crump (works include Enchanted Tiki Room and the Haunted Mansion) is now available! I ordered my limited edition from Bamboo Forest Publishing but you can also get yours from Amazon (paperback or Kindle).
Ever wonder why in a downpour you can stand under Spaceship Earth and there is not waterfall of water?
Because hidden behind the 11,324 silver triangular-shaped tiles lies a unique drainage system–two gutters that surround the geosphere, one at the sphere’s equator and another below that. The outer sphere façade is held about 2-feet away from the inner core by aluminum hubs. The surface tiles are spaced an inch apart, permitting rainwater to flow through and into the submerged gutters. Both gutters collect the rainwater and channel it through Spaceship Earth’s support legs down below Future World, where it flows out and replenishes World Showcase Lagoon. – Chicago Tribune and Mouse Planet.
100,000 Stars is an interactive visualization of the stellar neighborhood created for the Google Chrome web browser. It shows the location of 119,617 nearby stars derived from multiple sources, including the 1989 Hipparcos mission. Zooming in reveals 87 individually identified stars and our solar system. The galaxy view is an artist’s rendition based on NGC 1232, a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way.
The name of a hypothesized protoplanet that hit the Earth to create the moon is derived from the mythical Greek titan Theia, who gave birth to the Moon goddess, Selene. Is Selene in any relation to Hina? I’m going to go ahead and doubt that but I would love to hang out with them both and have a cocktail.
The Harvard Gazette reports – “As part of their dynamic model, Ćuk and Stewart found that a resonance between Earth’s orbit around the sun and the moon’s orbit around Earth can pass angular momentum to the sun. Furthermore, Ćuk and Stewart showed that if the Earth was fast-spinning before the impact, then a giant collision could eject enough Earth material into orbit to make the moon.”
In the animation, Earth and the smaller planet that hit Earth, named Theia, are represented by many particles with a fixed mass, shown as small balls. The color of the ball indicates the material: iron cores and rocky mantles. Before the impact, Earth’s shape is an oblate spheroid because the day is only 2.3 hours long. Video by Sarah T. Stewart
Last weekend we had a mid century modern adventure! Our adventures took us to New Canaan, CT, Mount Tremper, NY, and Mountainville, NY. Here are the highlights.
The Philip Johnson Glass House
The Glass House in New Canaan sits on 47 acres, some of it former farm land. The Glass House itself is just one house on the property. New Canaan was also home to the Harvard Five, a group of architects from Harvard – John M. Johansen, Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, Philip Johnson and Eliot Noyes and so approximately 100 modern homes were built in the town. I want one.
I have to say, the coolest part was Johnson’s “Painting Gallery” – a bunker that contains large paintings that remind me of a 30 disc cd changer. This extremely private space must have been one of the best cocktail bars in the 60’s.
Kate’s Lazy Meadow
This motel run by Kate Pierson of the B52’s has “nine atomically designed, mid-century modern suites [that] sit directly on the Esopus Creek” in Mount Tremper, NY. We stayed in Cabin Suite #1 and it was a blast. Kinda like hanging out at your trendy friend’s apartment but not feeling like you are putting them out by crashing in their guest room.
The third part of our adventure takes place in Mountainville, NY and involves one of my favorite artists, Alexander Calder – but will have to wait till next time because the pics aren’t ready!