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Walt Disney World to add FastPass+ opportunities, including park hopping

Walt Disney World to make changes to its FastPass+ service, increasing the limit of options to four or more and adding the ability to park hop. These changes go into effect April 28.
Walt Disney World to make changes to its FastPass+ service, increasing the limit of options to four or more and adding the ability to park hop. These changes go into effect April 28.
Olga Lucia Thompson. Photo courtesty of Disney, used with permission.

In response to guest feedback, Walt Disney World Resort recently announced changes to its FastPass+ service, part of MyMagic+ and My Disney Experience. These changes add. These changes go into effect on Monday, the Disney Parks Blog announced on April 24, and offer guests the chance to obtain more FastPass+ choices while in the parks, as well as add park-hopping options.

Under the FastPass+ system, Walt Disney World (WDW) guests may “reserve” up to three selections from the available options in advance. To do so, they use the My Disney Experience planning tool available on their personal computers, mobile devices, at Disney Resort hotel lobby concierge or through using in-park kiosks.

The new changes to FastPass+ increase the number of options possible to obtain, but there are limitations. Beginning on April 28, guests may select a fourth FastPass+ from one of the park kiosks after they have used their three FastPass+ selections. After the fourth one is used, guests will be able to visit another kiosk and obtain a fifth from what’s left, and so on.

The change is also tied to the ability to park hop – that is, to visit more than one WDW theme park in a day (with the appropriate ticket media). Guests will also be able to use the additional FastPass+ selections to park hop, meaning they will be available to guests who are inside the park.

Being able to reserve FastPass+ selection has a number of factors affecting the availability of any particularly attraction. Among them are which WDW attractions and experiences participate, availability of an undisclosed, set number of FastPass+ reservations each day, and when WDW guests select their FastPass+ options. The FastPass+ reservation window opens 60 days in advance for WDW guests staying on property, 30 days in advance for off-property guests with tickets and for Annual Passholders.

Because eligibility for four or more FastPass+ selections requires using the first three, there are some limitations to this new change worth considering as part of a touring plan. In practical terms, these changes suggest that WDW guests looking to maximize their FastPass+ experience may not want to spread their first three selections across a full day or to book them at night, such as for a nighttime parade or fireworks spectacular.

In making the announcement on the Disney Parks Blog, Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, noted that MyMagic+ will contine to “evolve over time with the aim of continuing to improve our guests’ experience with us and in response to feedback from our guests.”