This change will not effect me at all, I'm the dummy that didn't know I could have used it past the return time. LOL I have some fast passes that are in my scrapbook for that very reason.
The problem with this is that there is no way their policy would remain a secret. Everyone would soon know that they have a 5 or 10 minute leeway or whatever, and then just want a couple more minutes after that. As someone else said, where do you draw the line?But I would rather Disney have a policy that returning xx minutes after the end time is acceptable is better than having people fight with the CM for a specific exception because otherwise their entire trip will be ruined.
Which is why they currently aren't enforced.The problem with this is that there is no way their policy would remain a secret. Everyone would soon know that they have a 5 or 10 minute leeway or whatever, and then just want a couple more minutes after that. As someone else said, where do you draw the line?
It's too bad that you can't choose your time window. If it was a touch screen with multiple choices for returning, you could pick what time would suit you best. Granted some of the slots would go faster then others, however it would be easier for enforcement. "I'm sorry sir this is the time slot you selected." Of course then it would start to be like dining reservations and we'd all be giving ourselves extra time to get to the ride.
I have no problem agreeing to disagree but I think that there is a huge difference between a naive person who legitimately thought that they had a few more minutes than they did, or that it would take a few less minutes to walk from one end of the park to the other and a user who knows that there is a grace period, pushed that grace period to the limit, and still didn't make it. The first person did nothing wrong other than making an incorrect assumption. The second person knew that they were taking advantage of Disney's generosity and still didn't make it in time. I would probably push a cast member if I was 1 minute late from the printed time and being turned away. I wouldn't bother trying if I was xx minutes + 1 minute late and knew that they had a strict enforcement period.
I don't mean "secret" as though no one knows that it exists or that the time is arbitrary. Rather as it is currently an open secret that the return times are not enforce (except it seems sporadically at the moment at WDW). A CM would not need to determine if someone was basic or advanced. I just think "I'm sorry sir, your fastpass expired one hour ago" is a lot easier to take than "I'm sorry, your fastpass expired one minute ago." They either made it back in time or they didn't, I would just allow a bit more leeway to allow for innocent mistakes.
Do you know, I have been going to WDW for 20 years now and it wasn't until last year that I became aware of the fact that you could use the FP beyond the time it was allocated for. So really, I shall probably continue to use it at the times it states, just in case! Although the free Dining Plan may get slightly in the way here; I shall do my utmost to stick to the timeslots on the FP as that is what I'm used to in any case.
How awful to have hung onto a FP all day, anticipating being able to ride something, only to be told "ooh, no, it is well past your time slot, you can't use it now!"
You know, if you see the return time for the fast pass is close to your dining ressies, then just don't take the fast pass. Be aware of the return time, be there on time or just don't use it. As I stated before I didn't even know I could use it after the window, so I was always there on time, or I didn't use it. Sorry but its not rocket since. Don't worry about what other people may be doing, just do it the right way and you won't have to stress.
Agree with you, Tater. If it conflicts, I bypass the FP.
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I always believed that Disney places great importance in the start time on a Fastpass ticket, and that the end time is merely a suggestion. The tickets can't very well say 'Good from 1PM 'til park Closing'...There has to be some sort of on-paper end time. But as far as Disney is concerned, the start time is all-important. Otherwise, the Fastpass loses all meaning.
In my opinion, I believe that the proposed Fastpass usage window crackdown is an attempt to discourage those early morning runs on Fastpass machines. If people knew for a fact that they had to use the Fastpass within an hour or two, it makes the Fastpass option a little less desirable(or useful) for some guests. The Fatspass tickets might not be completely handed out by 11AM in that case.
I don't think I'd have a problem with tightening up the times; sometimes it's just too hard to get back to where you need to be (particularly when it's only an hour or two away and you wind up in a different area of the park and then have to backtrack in a hurry). That said, one time in DL, we went to use our 'dream fastpass' on Space Mountain at the end of the night and it was a 25 minute wait in BOTH lines as so many people had them and saved them for later at night. We wound up leaving as it was late and we just wanted one last ride but wasn't worth the wait (with our youngest that tired at the time; he would've done walk on but not 1/2 hr wait very well).
And those of us who knew we had no deadline had a definite advantage over those who didn't know (and I don't even recall exactly how we found out, I think it was a young fellow we met while waiting for Fantasmic in DL who told us, years ago) and that's not really fair.
On the flip side, we've been 'done' for the day (early) and handed off still-valid passes to someone just coming in the gates before, too, so someone could take advantage of our standing in line for the FP at the right time (Hollywood Studios in particular comes to mind, for Tower).
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This trip, we've noticed quite a few people getting in the fast pass line and being stopped. The CM was trying to explain to them they needed a Fast Pass. But, they looked puzzled and walked away. I just think a lot of people either do not know the system or just completely disregard the rules and do what they want, hence more rules needed to be enforced.
Now, in our case when RnR Roller Coaster was shut down, we had fast passes, when it re-opened, they honored our FP's no problem even when it was out of our time limit. We asked anyway if it was ok and it was.
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Why do people go on The Amazing Race without bothering to learn how to drive a stick shift?
And if they went to a hard line on return times, they would either need to just allow FPs to work through the rest of the day in the event of a shutdown, or they'd need to trade in those FPs for an all-day return ticket. If Disney is going to do this they need to publicize it and be firm on every attraction. People will get the message quickly.Now, in our case when RnR Roller Coaster was shut down, we had fast passes, when it re-opened, they honored our FP's no problem even when it was out of our time limit.
In this day and age of communication, I dont think it would be hard for CM's working the FP line to tell the person during the next shift that the ride was down at sometime during the day and an exception process put in place.
When I have returned with a FP to certain attractions that were going to be out of order for the rest of the day, I did get a FP ticket that was good for the next 24-48 hrs. One time, it did not have ANY expire date on the ticket. (Used that a year later.)
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Also, playing "telephone" has a huge chance of it going incredibly wrong. I've listened to one CM tell another CM something and then heard the second CM relay that information to a guest - and get at least one major point wrong. And, if you have a guest who comes up and says they were there at X time with their Fastpass and the ride was down, and the CM says no, the ride was down at Y time because that's what other CM passed along, that's going to be a bad disagreement to have when one person claims to have been there (whether or not they're telling the truth) and the other person is only going off relayed information.
To solve the ride is down during your fastpass return time issue couldn't a CM at the fastpass return area just give you some sort of valid for later fastpass if you return at the correct time and the ride is down? Granted a lot of people will see the ride is down and not even attempt it but that's the only way I can see that you could easily work it.
If it was enforced from the beginning, even loosely, it wouldn't be such a hassle to try to go back and start enforcing it now. And I don't think you can do any secret grace period either. Isn't that how it's in the mess it's in now? Most people don't know you can go back after the time on the ticket.
I think if you start putting something like "absolutely not valid after...." clearly on the fast pass then enforce it, word will get out quickly. Oh I'm sure there will be some ugly scenes for the CM's to endure for a while but I don't see any other way to put the genie back in the bottle so to speak.
Why do people go on The Amazing Race without bothering to learn how to drive a stick shift?
So does anyone know if it's being enforced? Would love to hear an update.
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We just returned from WDW and the CM's were not enforcing the time windows, in fact I overheard another guest commenting to another guest that she was a local and the CM's don't even look at the date just the time so she saves FP's and uses them on later dates just during the return time.