FastPass Plus remains a common topic in the online Disney fan community despite being in place for quite a while. It plays a major role in how guests tour the parks, especially those who want to maximize their visits. I was initially skeptical about the move away from the paper service but have found ways to make it work. My nostalgic side wonders how Disney World might function without FastPass at all, but I know it’s a pipe dream. The best approach is to maximize the system and find the approach that works for each type of vacation.
This episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast is all about FastPass Plus and its impact on Disney World vacations. I discuss my overall feelings about the service and how they’ve evolved over the years. I also list three pros and three cons of FastPass Plus, which has improved in the past year. It’s easy to criticize the impact of FastPass on the second-tier attractions, particularly fast loaders that rarely had waits in the past. Those concerns are valid, but Disney isn’t going to move backwards with this service. They’ve committed too much resources and time to switch now.
The podcast’s final segment looks at the specific decisions that I made for our upcoming Disney World trip. I recently chose my FastPass Plus selections at the 60-day mark. This process forces you to consider touring strategies at each park. When you combine these choices with ADRs and other plans, the trip falls into place quite early. For planners like me, it’s a fun way to get excited for an upcoming trip. That isn’t the case with everyone, though.
I was truly sorry to hear about the passing of Alan Mize, co-host of the Enchanted Tiki Talk podcast and a passionate Disney fan. Visit this GoFundMe page to support his baby daughter Grace’s college education.
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