Walt Disney World reportedly closes a Fastpass+ loophole
We're hearing multiple reports from readers on social media that the Walt Disney World Resort is closing a mind-boggling loophole that some fans reportedly have used to claim extra Fastpass+ ride reservations at the parks.
Apparently, Disney's Fastpass+ system wasn't programmed to check if a ticket or MagicBand that was trying to claim a FP+ reservation was used to get into the park that day. Since Disney allows guests to reserve FP+ times up to 60 days in advance — and Disney does not assign specific days of use to its multi-day theme park tickets — the company has been allowing people to reserve times on faith that they would use their tickets to enter the parks on those days. (You must have a ticket associated with your My Disney Experience account online in order to claim a Fastpass+ time via Disney's website or smartphone app.)
However, for guests using kiosks inside the park to make day-of Fastpass+ reservations, the system also supposedly wasn't checking to see if the tickets or MagicBands being used to make those reservations had been used to enter the park that day. That meant that people could use expired tickets/MagicBands or tickets that had yet to be activated in order to make additional FP+ reservations. That, in turn, reduced the supply of Fastpass+ reservations for guests who were playing by the rules.
I get why Disney can't guarantee that a ticket with unused dates will be used to get into the park on a future date for which its owner wants to reserve a Fastpass+ time. But why Disney World hasn't been checking that tickets/MagicBands used inside the park for FP+ requests are valid that day is beyond me.
Under this crackdown, Disney is locking out tickets and MagicBands from the FP+ system if someone tries to use them to claim a reservation without using them at the gate first. And we've also heard reports that Disney is locking out the MDE account to which those tickets are MagicBands are associated. Affected visitors will have to go to Guest Services to plead their case to get their ability to make Fastpass+ reservations restored.
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Hate the fact that this bug existed, but love the fact that they cracked down HARD on the perpetrators.
Could a person buy 3 park tickets, have 3 magic bands, and triple their FP+ reservations for the day? Perhaps they need to exit and re-enter twice, and obviously it would be a VERY expensive day at the park. But in practice, could a person do this if money was no object, and they simply wanted a ton of fast passes?
Wow... I wonder how many people figured this out. Someone must have posted it on a forum. Those Disneyphiles are a crafty bunch. Remember the disabled tour guide fiasco?
It'll be interesting to see if anybody complains about this, publicly. I'm guessing they won't.
I wish they would close the entire hole and go back to the old system.
A big culprit of this was private tour guides, they would show up early in the morning with old ticket media and snag FP at the kiosks for the same day.
This still holds up a Fastpass for the frauds. It's amazing they haven't closed the loophole earlier. Maybe they were preoccupied with H1B hires.
I would have never figured that out.
My curiosity got the best of me, and I started to read about the seedy underworld of Fastpass abusers and all the ways you could cheat the system. Booking "throw away rooms" for on-site perks, hiring people with old tickets to snag extra FPs (as GeneP stated earlier).
Just please go back to the old Fastpasses or make it so you can only reserve the day of in the park like Disneyland. WDW is so much more frustrating and less magical because the dependency on MDE.
This is one those times that we're happy Disney reads the same forums these folks post their cheats in! :)
Your information is slightly off. In order to book a fastpass u must have a VALID ticket that has just as many days on it as you are looking to book for. Expired or used tickets won't work. However, people were using unused tickets and booking fastpasses and so long as the ticket remained unused for entry they could continue booking more fastpasses with it.
none of this matters, if you waited until that day to get a fastpass , all thats left is Its a small world (still a good ride), yeah... like your going to get a fastpass for frozen on the same day ... ha!
"they should simply offer a front of the line purchase"
I wonder if this will have any noticeable effect on FastPass wait times/availability.
They still haven't closed a loop hole I know ;)
So THAT'S why I could never get a fast past for Peter Pan...
Just get rid of fast pass entirely. Make people wait in line. Problem solved.
I'm totally bummed they are closing this. I've exploited the heck out this hack for a couple of years. It makes it possible to do everything you'd like in less time which helps with a family of 6. But, it is cheating so I do understand the frustration of some and guess that my queue time just got a whole lot longer.
You should not be able to get a fastpass or reserve a time on a ride unless you are inside the park.
My family of 4 all have season passes. My son doesn't love the rides and I will often use his fastpass as extra for my daughter or my wife.
@18.104.22.168 - That's the conundrum. FP+ was rolled out as a way for guests to plan their vacation ahead of time without having to scramble around the park collecting slips of paper. It also is a way for Disney to incentivize guests to stay on-site since confirmed resort guests get a head start on making reservations over non-resort guests. If guests cannot reserve FP+s before walking through the gate, resort guests have no advantage, and it reverts back to what the old Fastpass system was. The old system wasn't necessarily broken, but it had its drawbacks including having crowds not spread evenly around the parks and creating confrontational situations at FP stations.
Thank goodness we closed the door so Russians can't hack the fastpas system.
Of course if they close the loopholes, that will make it easier for the rest of us to get 4th and 5th FP+ that are actually useful. The abusers of the system were taking their extra goodies away from all of us!
Right on, Court E. The hell with FastPass. I enjoyed the parks more when you just queued up and rode the attraction you wanted, when you wanted, regardless of how long the line looked, and without FastPass holders making the StandBy line 200 minutes long. FULL DISCLOSURE: Does riding Big Thunder half a dozen times during the parade count as exploiting a loophole? If so, I was the Wildest Outlaw In The Wilderness at age 12.
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