Vote of the Week: Has Fastpass+ affected your plans to visit the Walt Disney World Resort?
Published: April 4, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Does the opportunity to make advance reservations for the rides, shows, and character meet-and-greets you most want to experience make you more likely to plan a visit to Walt Disney World? Or do reports about this new system lead you to look elsewhere for your vacation plans?
Does the disruption of a new system make you want to delay your new Disney World visit? Or do you want to hurry up and get there now, to be one of the first using Fastpass+ and the whole MyMagic+ trip-management system, with its MagicBand wristbands? Or, finally, does this not matter to you one way or another, whether you were planning to visit Walt Disney World at some point or not?
Theme Park Insider reader Brent showed off his Disney World 'MagicBand' wristbands on the Theme Park Insider Discussion Board.
We'll make this our Vote of the Week. But first, if you'd like to learn more about Fastpass+, and the new "My Disney Experience" planning process for Disney World visits, we've got a great discussion going in the comments on our recent Blog Flume post about upcoming changes to the system. Please take a few moments to check that out, and maybe submit another comment if you've got some experience to add to the discussion.
Disney's making a very expensive bet that its new system ultimately will make a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort easier and more enjoyable for fans. But let me throw this out there for your discussion: Disney World's fans aren't just American families anymore. The resort attracts visitors from all over the world, including a great many tour groups.
Put yourself in the position of a tour group organizer. Wouldn't having the ability to book advance reservations for your entire group, and just give them a wristband to wear that would handle everything for them, make your job as that organizer infinitely easier? No more feeding dozens of tickets through Fastpass machines while someone else manages the group, or worse, the group stands around waiting for you. No more hassles managing tickets, room keys, charge cards, etc. You could use MyMagic+ as a power user to arrange your group's entire day in advance, allowing you to much more efficiently manage your group inside the park.
Non-English speaking visitors could take more time planning their days at home using a website in their own language, instead of trying to navigate Fastpass machines inside the park, where finding translation into your native language might be difficult. At the park, there's no more fumbling around trying to figure out which card is which. Just leave everything back in your room and stick out your wrist when you need something.
Wouldn't the existence of such a system make a Walt Disney World vacation much more enticing to these potential customers?
If building the new Fastpass+ system doesn't seem to be worth the expense and the hassle for English-speaking American families who were making the old Fastpass system perfectly well for them thankyouverymuch, let's remember that those American families aren't Disney's biggest growth market anymore. Isn't that something worth considering? Anyway, let's talk about this in the comments.