(Photo Credit: Ride Max)
It has officially happened. Fastpasses are now only valid for the one hour window that is printed on the ticket. All Fastpass tickets now include the fine print “not able to accomodate late arrivals” (and that is Disney’s spelling error, not mine lol).
The new system started today. From what I am hearing on the Disboards, there is a 15 minute grace period after your window closes (you can see GP 11:40 printed in the lower right corner of the above Fastpass which we believe stands for a grace period up to 11:40 am).
I’m very interested in seeing how this changes the Fastpass lines at Disney. I am not sure how many people were aware that you could use Fastpasses at any time during the day after the return window opens (so if it said 10:25 to 11:25, you could redeem it anytime after 10:25 up until the park closed), so I can’t wait to hear about people’s experiences as we enter the busy Spring Break season at Disney.
As for our personal touring strategy, it just completely shook it up. We always used Fastpasses after the return window. We liked the ability to play our schedule around our meals and kids and not around when we were allowed to ride which ride. But we will learn to adapt to this change and hopefully it’ll be for the better.
What are your thoughts?
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