a new ticket option for that rare visitor who decides to make a last-minute, spur-of-the-moment decision to visit a Disney World theme park.Walt Disney World has added
The new ticket is a one-day, one-park ticket, available only for the next day and that includes three pre-assigned Fastpass+ return times. Currently, anyone can buy a one-day, one-park ticket for some day in the future and choose his or her own Fastpass+ reservations through Disney World's official app, up to 30 days in advance of the trip.
But with some Disney guests able to reserve Fastpass+ times up to 90 days in advance now, the pickings can be slim for people trying to book ride and show times for a visit that's only a few days away. That seems to be the motivation behind the new ticket, though the pre-assigned selections pretty much look like the ones that would be available for next-day selection anyway. You're not going to find Flight of Passage or Toy Story Mania reservations available with the new next-day ticket.
The prices are the same for a one-day, one-park ticket without FP+ reservations attached. Here are the current FP+ options:
Futuristic and Frightful Fun
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Sensational Stage Shows
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Prehistoric and Whitewater
Pirates of the Caribbean as a "pint-size adventure"? Uh, that ain't Jake and the Never Land Pirates there. And blowing a Fastpass+ slot on The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, or MuppetVision 3D isn't exactly making the best use of the system. Of all these options, I'd find the Futuristic and Frightful Fun option the most tempting if I was in Orlando tomorrow without an AP and needing a Disney fix. Mansion and Buzz are two solid Magic Kingdom FP+ picks.
Disney does not seem to be promoting this new option aggressively. While the page is available on Disney's website, the option is not yet linked from the main Disney World tickets page. So why is Disney doing this? As with most new options at a park, I suspect there's an element of experimentation in play here, as Disney contemplates a future where tickets are based not just on when you will visit, and for how long, and for which parks you will be visiting... but on what you will do in those parks when you visit them, as well.
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