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Joined: April 1992
||Posted: Mar. 28, 2012, 7:54 am
Watch out carefully when you stick your Disney theme park ticket into any Fast Pass machine. The times on the display above those machines… the times printed on the Fast Pass about when to return…. Those times are now being strictly enforced, folks! Used to be Disney was laid back about it, as long as you had a Fast Pass at all you could return between X and Y o'clock and if it was several minutes or even hours but still on the same date past Y o'clock the Cast Members would let your board anyway. No more. You now must return between X and Y o'clock, and if you show up past Y o'clock they strictly will not let you in.
Read on, Quoting USA Today March 8, 2012 :
Disney theme parks boost enforcement of FastPass tickets
By Laura Bly, USA TODAY
Updated 3/8/2012 9:11 AM
ntroduced in 1999 as a way to minimize wait times at popular attractions, Disney's free FastPass reservation system has proven to be a savvy park-goer's salvation. Though FastPass tickets for Walt Disney World and Disneyland have always specified a return time within a one-hour window, many visitors realized they could come back any time after that window and still be admitted to the FastPass line with little or no wait.
Visitors head down a hill on Walt Disney World's Spalsh Mountain, one of the attractions that issues FastPass tickets.
By DISNEY, AP
But as of this week, Disney watchers say, that wiggle room is evaporating.
"Walt Disney World is now enforcing both the beginning and end times, allowing guests holding a (FastPass) to only return during the one-hour window stated on the slip. And though it will affect regulars who know how to use the leniency to their advantage, most Walt Disney World guests already do return during the designated time window and likely won't notice much of a difference," writes Ricky Brigante of Inside the Magic.
"There will always be, of course, exceptions to the rule," he added. "But it does mean guests will need to pay closer attention to posted return times when grabbing a (FastPass) in the first place, as to not overlap times with dining reservations, parades, or anything else that might draw attention away from the desired attraction."
In fact, "people who plan their Disney trip will reap rewards from this crackdown," argues Ian Ford, CEO of UndercoverTourist.com. By checking FastPasses during the indicated return time, he says, "the process will run more effectively resulting in overall shorter lines at the rides."
"Given the tremendous popularity of FastPass with our guests, in fairness to all we want to ensure we provide the same opportunity to everyone," said Disney spokesman Rick Sylvain.
But, he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "if a guest experiences extenuating circumstances that affect their ability to return, we will deal with that on a case-by-case basis."
Jim Hill, an entertainment writer who reports on Disney through JimHillMedia.com, told the paper the new policy is a precursor of a $1 billion, next generation queue jumping system he says will let Disney hotel guests reserve ride times before they arrive.
Readers, have you used FastPass tickets to bypass long lines at popular Disney attractions? What do you think of the tighter enforcement?
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