Breaking News! Disney World Guests can Purchase additional Fastpasses.

Beginning on January 12th Guests select Walt Disney World Hotels will be able to upgrade their ticket to include 3 additonal fastpasses for their stay!!!  On top of that, they will be able to make those fastpasses 90 days prior to their arrival so that is 30 days before anyone else!
Since Disney states that this is available for guests with ‘signature services’ I can only assume that this will be offered to guests staying in club level rooms.
This is a LIMITED TIME trial by Disney.  If you are one of my guests traveling to Disney World in 2018 and would like to add this option to your package, please let me know and I will be watching to see if we can apply this to your vacation package.

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Beginning Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, Guests staying in rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels that are eligible for Disney Signature Services and who have purchased a 3-day or longer theme park ticket or an annual pass are able to purchase a theme park extra for $50 plus tax per Guest per day as part of a new, limited pilot program to receive the following:

    • Three additional FastPass+ selections per day. FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences, the number of selections you can make and available arrival windows are limited.
    • The opportunity to reserve these three additional FastPass+ selections in more than one theme park when a valid Park Hopper option is also purchased with the ticket.
    • A booking window of up to 90 days in advance for these three additional FastPass+ selections and the ability to book them at multiple top-tier attractions. Guests may not repeat the same FastPass+ attraction during a single day.
    • Preferred viewing location for nighttime spectaculars, one per day, including Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom®Park, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot®, Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Advanced reservation is required and availability of each nighttime spectacular preferred viewing location is limited.

All theme park Guests with valid theme park admission continue to receive up to three FastPass+ selections at a single park per day at no extra charge, as well as additional day-of in-park selections that may be reserved and redeemed one-at-a-time after those initial three selections are redeemed.

The theme park extra is available for purchase for Guests staying in the following room types:
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Cabins
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Club Level
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn – Club Level
Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Club Level
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Club Level
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Club Level
Disney’s Polynesian Village Villas & Bungalows – Bungalows
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Club Level
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – Club Level
Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Club Level
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels – select suites and premium rooms

Thank you for reading!
My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic.  I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney parks with my family. I always keep up with all of the new offers from Disney in order to help my guests plan the best vacation possible and it all comes at NO additional cost to them.  If you would like complimentary planning assistance for your next Disney vacation, it all starts with a free quote.  Visit my website or contact me today!
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Disney World Be Our Guest Lunch Fastpasses coming to an end on February 24th, 2015

It looks like the testing period for the Be Our Guest Lunch Fastpasses will soon be coming to an end.  Currently, Disney Resort Guests can log on to https://beourguestlunch.disney.go.com/ and make fastpass lunch reservations up to 28 days prior to their arrival date.  If there is availability for fastpasses, guests are able to select a time window, in which to show up & be seated and food can be ordered ahead online for faster service or selected when you arrive.    This does not currently take away from the allotment of 3 attraction fastpasses for the day.  Be Our Guest no longer has any walk up seating available; you currently are required to have either the fastpass for lunch or a dining reservation for dinner.

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Recently there has been a message, on Be Our Guest’s lunch fastpass site, telling people that beginning on February 25th you will need to log on to your My Disney Experience account for more information on lunch fastpasses for Be Our Guest.  What they have in store a person can only guess.  Will Be Our Guest lunch become part of the regular dining reservations or will it become part of your fastpass allotment?   Which would you prefer?

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Current message on the Be Our Guest lunch fastpass site.

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Beautiful chandelier in the main dining room of the Be Our Guest Restaurant.
Beautiful chandelier in the main dining room of the Be Our Guest Restaurant.

My name is Melissa, I am a travel agent with Main Street Adventures Travel Agency. Be Our Geust Restaurant is one of the many popular dining locations in Walt Disney World; in order to get a reservation you need to plan early (180 days in advance) and I can help.  It all starts with a free quote:  Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com
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New Fastpass Fantasmic Viewing Options in Disneyland Park

Beginning. Dec. 12, 2014, a Fantasmic! FASTPASS tickets will be required to gain access to the show’s reserved viewing section.  This will be similar to the way the the World of Color Show works in California Adventure Park.

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Disneyland Fantasmic Show

When Disneyland Park opens each day, Fantasmic! FASTPASS ticket distribution will take place along Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until one hour before showtime, or while supplies last. Each FASTPASS ticket will indicate the assigned showtime, suggested return time and the assigned viewing section. A non-ticketed stand-by viewing area will also be available for the show each night on a first come, first served basis.

FASTPASS tickets for Fantasmic! will also be included with the purchase of Fantasmic! dining packages. Reservations for theFantasmic! dining package with FASTPASS tickets will be available beginning Nov. 12, 2014. Participating locations include Blue Bayou Restaurant, special table-service seating at River Belle Terrace, Hungry Bear Restaurant dessert party, Aladdin’s Oasis on-the-go options and more.

Here is some sample pricing for the dining packages:
Blue Bayou Restaurant package pricing for dinner is $61 per adult; $23 per child (ages 3-9).
River Belle Terrace package pricing for dinner is $41.99 per adult; 21.99 per child. Tax and gratuity are not included for these dinner packages.
The pricing for the Hungry Bear Restaurant dessert party package is $29.99 per Guest (tax included).
The pricing for the Aladdin’s Oasis On-the-Go package is $19.99 per adult; $13.99 per child. Tax is not included.

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Disney moves forward with Fastpass+ in 2014

All Paper Fastpasses to be gone by January 23rd 2014.  Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom have already discontinued all of the paper fastpasses.  Hollywood Studios will stop using them on January 21st and Epcot will move completely to Fastpass+ on January 23rd.

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As well as the new Fastpass+ system being put into place in all 4 Walt Disney World Theme Parks they are now allotting Fastpasses by groups.  Below is what is currently being allowed:

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Experience Group 1 (select one experience from this group)

Toy Story Midway Mania! Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Fantasmic! Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage

Experience Group 2 (select two experiences from this group)

Voyage of the Little Mermaid The American Idol Experience The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Star Tours – The Adventures Continue The Great Movie Ride Muppet*Vision 3D Disney Junior – Live on Stage Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

Epcot

Experience Group 1 (select one experience from this group)

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth Maelstrom Character Spot Soarin’ Test Track

Experience Group 2 (select two experiences from this group)

Captain EO Journey into Imagination with Figment Land Mission: SPACE Spaceship Earth The Seas with Nemo & Friends Turtle Talk with Crush

You currently can’t have a Fastpass to Toy Story Mania & Rockin’ Rollar Coaster at the same time.  How do you feel about this?

Melissa Mathies – http://www.PixieDustAdventures.com
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Disney MagicBands – My Disney Experience: Fastpass+ Selections

After signing up for your MagicBands, through the My Disney Experience website, you will want to be able to take full advantage of everything that they offer.  One of the things that the new MagicBand system offers is the ability to sign up for FastPasses in advance of your arrival, eliminating the need to be at the park gates for rope drop to rush in and get your fastPass to a popular attraction before they are all distributed.

FastPass Review:  The original fastpass is a printed priority ticket to select, popular Disney attractions that normally have very long waits.  To get said fastPass you would need to go to the FastPass ticket booth, at your desired attraction, and insert your park ticket or room key and the FastPass ticket booth will print a FastPass ticket that displays a return time range for you to get in the fastPass line for the attraction.  The fastPass lines are normally short since this is Disney’s way of scheduling an appointment for a limited number of park guests to ride the attraction in a certain time frame.  The printed fastPass tickets allow you to only hold one FastPass ticket at any given time.  In order to get a second fastpass ticket you will need to wait until the earliest return time printed on the ticket at which time you can print a second fastPass ticket.  The other downfall is that FastPass tickets to certain attractions, like Toy Story Mania in Hollywood Studios, will sell out within hours of park opening.  Even if you arrive early you may be issued a fastPass with a late return time and if you arrive much after park opening, on a busy day, all of the FastPass tickets for the day may be already distributed.

FastPass+ Review:  (currently in testing; things may change as time goes on)  The new Fastpass+ allows you to schedule FastPasses to 3 attractions in a single park per day.  You can schedule these FastPasses up to 60 days prior to your arrival in Disney World on Disney’s My Disney Experience website using your computer or the My Disney Experience app.  I personally feel that the app is currently a little on the slow side and I prefer to use my computer for the initial reservations.  The downfall is that you can only reserve 3 Fastpasses per day but the benefit is that if you don’t arrive right at park opening you can be assured that your Fastpass+ reservations are already made for you.  In addition you no longer have to worry about a FastPass times overlapping any of your dining reservations because you have more control over the exact ride time.

Now I am going to take you through the process of making Fastpass+ reservations using the My Disney Experience website on my computer.

You will first need to set up your account by going to: www.startyourdisneyexpereince.com if you have not already registered.  Log in & then click the My Disney Experience logo in the top right hand corner to get to the home page.  From here you can Link existing reservations & tickets if you have not already done this.  Once everything is linked you can click on “Make FastPass+ Selections” on the right hand side of the page.

you home page of My Disney Experience.  You can see some of my FastPass+ reservations that I have previously made.
you home page of My Disney Experience. You can see some of my FastPass+ reservations that I have previously made.

STEP ONE: Select A Day

The first step is to select the date that you would like to make FastPass+ selections for.  Then you can check “select” below the park that you are going to be in.  Below you can see all of the parks that are scheduled on my dates because I have previously entered using My Disney Experience prior to beginning my FastPass+ selections.  After your date and park are selected click “next” at the bottom.

Step One: Select a Day
Step One: Select a Day

STEP TWO: Select Party Members

Now you will need to select the individual party members that you would like to make FastPass+ reservations for.  If some of your party members are not showing up on this page, it is because the reservations have not been properly linked.  After selecting your party members, by clicking on the check mark left of their name, you will click the “next” button.

Step Two: Select Your Party Members
Step Two: Select Your Party Members

STEP THREE: Select A Park

Now select the theme park where you would like to make your Fastpass+ reservations for the date displayed at the top of the screen then click “next”.  I have selected Animal Kingdom.

Step Three: Select a Park
Step Three: Select a Park

STEP FOUR: Select Your FastPass+ Experiences

Now you are given a choice of FastPass enabled attractions & experiences that you can make reservations for.  You may chose any 3 attractions on the list by checking the check marks.  You will see brief descriptions of each attraction and their location on the park map on the right.  After making your 3 selections click “next”

Step 4: Select Your FastPass+ Experiences
Step 4: Select Your FastPass+ Experiences

Your selected experiences are displayed as shown below.  If you haven’t noticed yet, you will see a blue “Fastpicks” button at the bottom of the page; you can use this button to allow Disney to make FastPass+ attraction selections and times for you if you prefer.

FastPass+ Your Selected Attractions
FastPass+ Your Selected Attractions

Prioritize your FastPass+ Selections: If you have a preference, you can rearrange the order in which you ride your chosen attractions; you can do this in the top right hand corner of the page as shown in the picture below.  Simply click on the up & down arrows on the left side of the attraction name to re-order them.  You can also click on the little minus symbol on the right of the attraction name to remove it from your selections.  I have made my selections based on the fast that I wanted to start out day in the park with a more mild attraction than Expedition Everest.

FastPass+ Prioritize your Selections
FastPass+ Prioritize your Selections

STEP FIVE: Select a FastPass+ Option

At this point you can select between 4 different options of times to ride the attractions.  Above the attractions listed you will see the different options that you can chose from.  Click on each tab to see the different time selections.  I chose option B for our family; we will be arriving at Disney World in the morning this day so I didn’t want to start our FastPass times too early.  Not only did I want to begin with a more mild ride for our first ride I also wanted to be sure to ride Expedition Everest prior to having a large lunch.  So below is the option that I chose.  You are not in any way stuck with these exact times.  You can later edit the times of specific attractions.

Step Five: Select a FastPass+ Option
Step Five: Select a FastPass+ Option

STEP SIX: FastPass+ Selections Confirmed

After making your selections you will be directed to the screen that confirms and displays your selections.  If you are happy with your selections and times, you can then click “done” or “plan another day” at the bottom of the screen.  If you would like to make changes to an individual attraction, you simply click the “make change” button below the attraction name and go through a similar process as you did to make your original selections.

Step Six: Fastpass+ Selections Confirmed
Step Six: Fastpass+ Selections Confirmed

Now that you have all of your Fastpass+ attractions scheduled for your day in a Disney park, all you need to do is strap on your MagicBand and line up in the line dedicated for FastPass+ holders during your scheduled time.  You will need to scan your MagicBand prior to entering the FastPass+ line to confirm your reservation and possibly one additional time before getting on an attraction.  Remember that planning is part of the fun.  For me the planning just adds additional excitement prior to the actual start of my vacation.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post on making Fastpass+ Selections for your Disney World vacation using the new My Disney Experience website.  I hope that I have been able to ease any trepidation about using the new system to make your FastPass+ reservations in advance.  Feel free to post a comment below or contact your Disney Travel Agent if you have any questions or concerns.

Consider using me to assist you in booking your next Disney vacation.  My booking and planning services are always FREE and I do my very best to help you save money on all of your Disney trips.
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures

Contact us today for assistance with booking and planning your next Disney vacation.
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by Melissa Mathies