Apparently for a few years now guests have been abusing the Walt Disney World FastPass system. According to WDW News Today guests have been taking advantage of a loophole in the system to book more than the first 3 FastPasses allotted per day.
Guests are doing this by booking FastPasses, at the in-park kiosks, with expired tickets or a second ticket linked to their My Disney Experience Account, that was not used to enter the park. In response to this abuse of the system, Disney will be implementing “In-Park Validation” meaning validation of park admission for the day before allowing FastPass usage.
This abuse of the FastPass system has led to many guests, abiding by the rules, unable to find FastPasses available for their desired attraction while in the parks. One group that has majorly effected this, are unofficial tour guides. The guides show up at park opening with loads of expired tickets and use them to book at FastPass kiosks in the park. Not only are they cheating the system, but they are profiting off it by charging their clients and promising FastPasses to the most popular attractions.
The “In-Park Validation” will allow Cast Members working the FastPass lines to see whether the guest used an active ticket for park entrance that day, if not, they will be denied entrance to the FastPass line and will need to head to the Stand-By line. Hopefully Disney’s decision to crack down on the cheaters of the system, will allow more guests just visiting the parks for a day, the chance to find FastPass availability for some of the more popular attractions.
The validation system would also close a loophole for guests using Annual Passes to book extra FastPasses. Currently, guests traveling to Walt Disney World could borrow Annual Passes of family or friends who may not be visiting the parks, and use them to book extra FastPasses for the day. The guest could then use the Annual Pass to get through the FastPass line. Disney does not require fingerprinting at the FastPass entrances, but the new validation system would show that the Annual Passholder never scanned their MagicBand at the park entrance that day, and they would be denied access to the FastPass line.
Continuous attempts to enter the FastPass line, through the multiple ways you can currently cheat the system, will result in the guest being locked out of their My Disney Experience app and the FastPass system. Should a guest feel this is an error, they can visit Guest Relations to remove the lockout. Disney has not officially reported on this new system, but being a stickler for the rules, I see this as a good thing. What do you think? Share your opinion in the comments section.
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Source Credit: WDW News Today
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