Epcot Testing Restrictions on Fastpass+

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According to Kenny the Pirate Disney is doing more testing that will restrict Fastpass+ usage in Epcot for November and December.  This test matches up with what Disney originally announced for FP+.  They are testing during a time where the Disney resorts are at some of the highest prices per night. This change will definitely make your day at Epcot a little less magical.

Those guests using Fastpass+ will be allowed to book only 1 headliner attraction and 2 other attractions per day.

Level one: Headliners are:

Level two:

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10 thoughts on “Epcot Testing Restrictions on Fastpass+

  1. Whoa…you are a better Disney Fan than I am! 🙂 I definitely do understand your view. I hope that Disney can find a way to ensure a Magical Time for on-site and off-site guests alike. While I still think it is a wonderful perk to receive Fastpass preference as a Disney guest, I hope that visitors of the park will have the opportunity to utilize Fastpass as well. So, to one Disney Fan to the other: “Keep Calm, Think Happy Thoughts, & Here’s to the Next Disney Trip!”

  2. I am sorry if I confused you….I live in Chicago year round. We were traveling to Disney so many times a year for 15 years that we decided to invest in real estate instead of staying on property all the time. We were just there 2 weeks ago and could not get any fast passes for the popular rides because of the fast pass+. They were gone before the parks were open. I guess we all have the same in common….we love Disney and I don’t see why my ticket or your ticket should be better than each others. Just my opinion.

  3. Like Mickeymotto, I can understand the AP Holder’s position. However, folks who are lucky to live near the Disney Magic have the opportunity to make the most out of their passes all year round; and, they are able to visit more often at a leisurely pace.

    Also, I agree that most on-site guests are visiting once a year at best (maybe every two years). So, just hypothetically speaking: a family of 4 from NY, will need to pay about $1600+ in airfare for 6 nights hotel accommodations and four, 4-day park hopper theme park tickets for about $1700. Let’s tack on food/drinks each day, maybe a car rental, and souvenir money. So, when it all adds up, the on-site guest is paying just as much as the annual pass holder, if not more. And, this expense is just for a week’s worth of vacation time. So, as Laura above mentioned, there’s nothing wrong with offering an on-site guest a perk….who doesn’t have the luxury of visiting Disney’s popular attractions all year long.

  4. Universal studios has a similar type of pass for resort guests but it’s even better. They get a fast pass that lets them bypass the regular line for every attraction. I think there should be perks for resort guests. I think annual pass holders should have those same perks. You pay more to stay on property so I don’t see anything wrong with resort guests getting some extras for that.

  5. No offense to those staying on property, but as an Annual Pass holder for a family of 5, that is $3500.00 a year. Plus, we tend to go a lot more than the non pass holders, hence spending more in the park each year. So, I don’t see how it is possibly fair to us who own a home 5 minutes from Disney when we spend just as much, if not more!

  6. Well, we had planned 2 days in Epcot many, many weeks ago. The first chance to secure FP+, I did so. We basically scheduled around those days. Woke up this morning and found out they cancelled one entire day of our FP+’s this week!!! When attempting to go back and reschedule, I was denied with a comment that “we had reached our limit” for the week! OK, I get making changes as time goes on, but you should not change others plans that had made them prior to this new policy. Now we have to pick another day, not the 2 we had originally scheduled. At this point, it sorta of worked out for us because of the weather and wanting an extra pool day, but it will cost Disney because we cancelled our 1 extra day at Epcot because Disney cancelled our FP+!

    I can understand and sympathize with the AP holders, but for those staying on property should be given first consideration. Most on site guests are visiting maybe once a year, or possibly less, resulting in fewer opportunities to experience these attractions.

  7. Anyone who picks EPCOT fp+ attractions starting after Nov 1 are only able to pick one headliner and 2 others. If you set your FP+ picks before Nov 1 you should be able to keep them as is. If you go to change them you will be held to the new rules.

  8. No offense to those off-property guests or annual pass holders, but I think it is a wonderful perk, for those who choose to stay on Disney property, to have the opportunity to select attractions via the Fast Pass Plus system. Perhaps, Disney will offer some other pass access option similar to that of Universal Studios or Great Adventure for park guests?

    Still, I am looking forward to trying out this new system; but, it’s going to be tough to choose between Soarin’ and Test Track, the two most popular — and fantastic — rides in EPCOT. I hope the restrictions are reconsidered. But, I am sure that this is a way of controlling Fast Pass availability on the “Must-Do” attractions.

  9. Perhaps this is in response to Annual Pass Holders, and off property
    guests that are experiencing problems getting paper fast passes because
    the Disney Resort Guests get all the passes for a particular attraction
    for the entire day, before the park is even open. The Fast Pass+ system
    is only available to Disney Resort Guests, which gives them an unfair
    advantage. We got to Epcot right at opening, one of the first one’s in
    the park, went directly to Soar’in and all the fast passes for the
    entire day were already distributed to Disney Resorts Guests in advance.
    I know Disney is rolling out the new Fast Pass+ system to Resort Guests
    as a tester, and planned for all later… but right now, it’s not fair
    to everyone else that is not staying at a Disney Resort. Most change
    overs have issues, but this has been unusually unfair to Non Disney
    Resort Guests. We pay the same price to get into the parks, and for
    Disney Resort Guests to be able to have exclusive access, in advance, to
    get most or all of the allotted fast passes to any attraction is just
    not right. So perhaps this is in response to the issues. Even still… they currently still have an unfair advantage.

  10. Is part of your article missing? I didn’t understand what you were saying. Who only gets to pick one headliner and 2 other attractions? I had the option to book 3 headliners for my stay in December.

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