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Disneyland Trip Planning
Topic: Fast Pass return times reinforced?

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WDWdreamin
Wed 1/2/2013 8:00p
I was happy that DL did not enforce the times last Saturday. We only used two FPs outside the windows though. 10s within the windows.
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fkurucz
Sat 1/5/2013 5:48p
I think its kind of a wash. If fast passes are saved for the evening, then the standby lines will move quicker earlier in the day.
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mawnck
Sat 1/5/2013 6:28p
>>I think its kind of a wash.<<

It's not, though. The objective is not to make the standby lines move quicker, the objective is to keep the line lengths as consistent as possible throughout the day.

That's the WHOLE POINT of having a fastpass system ... more efficient use of the attraction AND the line facilities outside it.

By not enforcing the return times, the whole concept is subverted. Apparently the operations folks saw Fastpass purely as a marketing gimmick, and didn't give a toot whether it did what it was designed to do or not.
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berol
Sun 1/6/2013 10:19a
It's about managing guest experience. They'll release the amount of fastpasses that keeps complaints about them to an acceptable level. WDW may need to enforce times cuz a larger share of people can't just skip a ride until next month like lots of DL locals do. It's either brave the fastpass-slowed standby line or wait 10 years if they ever return.
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elene
Mon 1/7/2013 5:45p
What do they do if during your fastpass time, the ride breaks down? Do you have to wait in line, do they allow you to come back later or ????
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elene
Mon 1/7/2013 5:47p
I should say that when we were at WDW this year, we didn't have any trouble using fast passes. The nice thing is that they seemed to be more available and the return time was usually within an hour or 2 of the time when we got them. That was nice because we could go on another ride or 2 in the area, then go back for the fp and it was pretty convenient. We were even able to get a Toy Story Mania fp one day and we weren't even there when the park opened!
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tashajilek
Mon 1/7/2013 7:02p
"What do they do if during your fastpass time, the ride breaks down? Do you have to wait in line, do they allow you to come back later or ????"

You can use it at any time after if the ride breaks down, but if it's down for the night you are out of luck.


At Disneyland we went on Indy and as soon as we handed over our FP's the ride was down for about 20mins. We waited anyways and the FP at that point wasnt even helpful lol.

"I should say that when we were at WDW this year, we didn't have any trouble using fast passes. The nice thing is that they seemed to be more available and the return time was usually within an hour or 2 of the time when we got them"

Thats good that it worked out well for you. WDW and FP annoys me because every ride has FP. At the studios the best 3 rides all have FP and after those rides there is nothing at all to do. I dont think Buzz or COP need a FP either which to me would just be a waste of a FP.
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dlandgirls
Sun 1/13/2013 10:29a
I never return during the return time window and it sures makes it easier and a more relaxed trip rather than having to be on a schedule. In the 15 years we have been going to Disneyland, I've never had to wait longer than 20 minutes in the summer months in a fast pass return line so I think it works fine the way it is. We come from out of town and this is our vacation so it would really put a damper on it if we have to be on a set schedule for return times.
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RoadTrip
Sun 1/13/2013 10:55a
Maybe the current system works at Disneyland. It DOESN'T work at WDW.
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Goofyernmost
Sun 1/13/2013 2:28p
Disneyland, at this point, is not part of the enforced Fastpass system. However, don't be surprised if it shows up real soon. Of course for that to happen they have to make it work (NextGen) so that could be forever.

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