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CaptSmee
08-20-2013, 10:51 AM
So after logging on last night & playing around with the system I do have to say that I love the idea if it works as good as it seems.
For those of you that didn't know, after picking your 3 attractions it randomly gives you 4 scenarios that you have to choose from however afterwards you can go back in to each individual fast pass+ reservation & change them to practically whenever you like for return times.
For example the computer generated times might not have known we were park hopping so we wanted later or earlier return times & we were able to go back in & change them.
I think its interesting that they have included rides that in the past have never required a fast pass in the network.
Being part of the test group I'm excited to try it & hopefully give my feedback afterwards :mickey:

PopPhan
08-20-2013, 11:46 AM
I think its interesting that they have included rides that in the past have never required a fast pass in the network.

I think this is what I DON'T like about the new system....If the ride/attraction never needed a FastPass before, then why now? "Let's make 'fake' back-ups at all rides and attractions"....:mad:

Why don't they just come out and say that if you don't have a FastPass/FastPass+ you can't ride or watch....:ack:

etibbetts
08-20-2013, 01:03 PM
When is your trip? Just curious if you got the notice to participate around the 17 days out I've heard of.

My trip is coming up in about a month so I'm hoping to get to participate!

fanofdisney
08-20-2013, 04:14 PM
That is exciting. I can't wait to hear how it works out for you. I hope I get a chance to test it. :fingers:

CaptSmee
08-21-2013, 01:49 AM
When is your trip? Just curious if you got the notice to participate around the 17 days out I've heard of.

My trip is coming up in about a month so I'm hoping to get to participate!

It was just about 17 days exactly prior to our trip. We are staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge. They give you a date that you need to react to the invite to get the bands in time.

VWL Mom
08-21-2013, 08:33 AM
For anyone interested, the test resorts for Sept so far appear to be BC/YC/BCV, AKL, POR, Poly and AoA. There's also chatter that POP and CR will extend the August testing through September.

Disneyfirsttimer
08-21-2013, 02:22 PM
We are visiting 9/3 to 9/8 and staying at POFQ. Is the FP+ invite only? If we don't get an invite, can we still use the regular FP?

We visited these exact timeframe in Sept 2010 and barely needed to use FP except for maybe Soarin or TSM. Hoping for the same this time.

jokat
08-21-2013, 03:16 PM
Hi, all! I don't recall receiving an "invite", per se. It is possible my DH read/deleted an e-mail that I didn't see. However, at about 20 or so days before trip I went into mobile app for MDE and was surprised to see I could add FP+ to our plans. So I added one trifecta with success. Does this mean we are part of the test, too?

VWL Mom
08-21-2013, 04:03 PM
Hi, all! I don't recall receiving an "invite", per se. It is possible my DH read/deleted an e-mail that I didn't see. However, at about 20 or so days before trip I went into mobile app for MDE and was surprised to see I could add FP+ to our plans. So I added one trifecta with success. Does this mean we are part of the test, too?

You should be since you're at POR. Go to Manage Magic Bands and you should be able to pick your colors and so forth.

VWL Mom
08-21-2013, 04:07 PM
We are visiting 9/3 to 9/8 and staying at POFQ. Is the FP+ invite only? If we don't get an invite, can we still use the regular FP?



Right now POFQ is not part of the testing. You can keep checking MDE online in case they add it. You will still be using regular FP with no problem.

Sully1
08-21-2013, 05:18 PM
We are staying at POR and arrive 9/10. I never received an e-mail invite but I too logged on to My Disney Experience today and was able to customize our bands and make Fast Pass+ reservations for multiple days. I even received a confirmation number for the shipping of the bands. My travel agent called Disney directly to confirm that we were in the test period and the CM said that the system should not be working for me if I didn't have an e-mail invite (I was making FP+ reservations as she was on the phone with CM). I guess I'll wait and see if the bands actually do arrive within 10 days. Overall, it was pretty easy to set everything up once I got "the hang" of it.

bburky502
08-21-2013, 09:57 PM
I will be staying at POR the second week of November...will they still be part of the testing or are they beta testing in September for that resort and then change it to a different resort?

VWL Mom
08-21-2013, 10:01 PM
I will be staying at POR the second week of November...will they still be part of the testing or are they beta testing in September for that resort and then change it to a different resort?

At this point it's hard to say. They've only released info through Sept 28. The fact that they're extending the August resorts and adding new one for September leads me to believe they're close to going live so there is a possibility that it will be resort wide by November.

CaptSmee
08-22-2013, 01:46 AM
Got our bands 3 days later...the packaging is way cool :cool:

jenperich
08-22-2013, 04:49 AM
How often do they add new resorts? We are staying at BLT in October and would love to try it. Thanks.

VWL Mom
08-22-2013, 07:59 AM
How often do they add new resorts? We are staying at BLT in October and would love to try it. Thanks.

Probably should start to hear something in the beginning of September. We're staying there next week and I was a little disappointed to hear they ended the testing at BLT in July and didn't extend it.

dmallan
08-22-2013, 09:48 AM
We never got an official invite either. Just logged into MDE and when I went to FP+ it allowed me to make reservations. A few days later, when I went to the Magic Bands tab, it asked me to customize our bands. And three days later we received them!
This was about 24 days out, so perhaps if I'd not noticed on my own that I could select FPs, I may have gotten the email at 17 days out.

AvonleaCF
08-22-2013, 09:49 AM
I feel like I'm the only one who didn't get invited! Checking into the Beach Club on 8/31 and no bands, no FP+, nada.

CaptSmee
08-22-2013, 11:12 AM
M not so sure we will even need fast pass+ going right after labor day but it was still exciting to be part of the test group

doodleboy
08-22-2013, 11:18 AM
I just recieved my invite via UPS rather than an email yesterday, which is strange in itself. I have a MyDisneyExperience profile setup and am a DVC member to boot. WDW has my email address in many databases I'm sure.

I am not happy about a few things here and maybe someone can correct me.

Only 3 FP+ per day in one park per day. Not great for a family that park hops or has been able to pull more than 3 per day in the past.

Am I correct in my statement and is anyone else not happy about this revelation?

WDWdriver
08-22-2013, 11:26 AM
Only 3 FP+ per day in one park per day. Not great for a family that park hops or has been able to pull more than 3 per day in the past.


True, only 3 per day in just one park. Although a fourth "bonus" FP is offered at MK. The 3 FP+ limit applies through this testing period. Will it continue after the full roll out? Disney hasn't said yet, although I did hear a member of the implementation team say they recognize that park hopping guests will not be happy with the 3 FP+ limit.

doodleboy
08-22-2013, 11:33 AM
Sorry to post two in a row, but I am on the phone with a cast member at the moment, and she is stating that the limit of 3 FP per day in one park is the the direction they are moving in even if you do not use the FP+ option and use an unlinked AP or Lenght of Stay or even purchase a pass at the gate. Has anyone heard this and has it been implemented yet?

VWL Mom
08-22-2013, 02:58 PM
Has anyone heard this and has it been implemented yet?

I thought they were going to do away with FP altogether? As of now I believe the FP system is the same as always. I'll be checking in on Sunday so it will be interesting to see.

WeLoveStitch
08-22-2013, 05:41 PM
Hi,

We just got our invitation for the FP+ testing but I'm having a hard time deciding on if we will participate or not.

Will the system let you pick the rides you want and timeframes or are times not really available for the more popular attractions?

For example, for DHS we would want to do FP's for ToT, RockinRollarC, and Toy Story Mania and then we would need to arrange that arround our dinner plans. We are park hoppers so we would only be there in the afternoon/evening.

Is that even possible with the new FP+ system?

Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Anne

WDWdriver
08-22-2013, 06:55 PM
Sorry to post two in a row, but I am on the phone with a cast member at the moment, and she is stating that the limit of 3 FP per day in one park is the the direction they are moving in even if you do not use the FP+ option and use an unlinked AP or Lenght of Stay or even purchase a pass at the gate. Has anyone heard this and has it been implemented yet?

The CM isn't telling you anything new or different.

A] The limit of 3 Fast Passes per day per park is what Disney is moving toward as they test FP+.

B] The FP+ option in the future will mean you have established a MDE account and are making your FP reservations up to 60 days in advance.

C] Those who do not have a MDE account and simply show up at a park (i.e. day trippers, AP holders, etc) will still be limited to three FPs, which they can sign up for at kiosks throughout the park.

D] The "old" FP system is still in place and will remain until MyMagic+ is through the testing phase and is officially rolled out.

WDWdriver
08-22-2013, 07:02 PM
Hi,

We just got our invitation for the FP+ testing but I'm having a hard time deciding on if we will participate or not.

Will the system let you pick the rides you want and timeframes or are times not really available for the more popular attractions?

Anne

First of all, Welcome to Intercot, Anne. :party:

If you are already invited to participate in the testing, you should be able to quickly determine if the available FP times during your visit are acceptable to you. Just go to the FP+ area of your MDE account and see what FP choices are available for the attractions you want to experience. Lock them in, or modify them as you choose.

CaptSmee
08-23-2013, 11:26 AM
First of all, Welcome to Intercot, Anne. :party:

If you are already invited to participate in the testing, you should be able to quickly determine if the available FP times during your visit are acceptable to you. Just go to the FP+ area of your MDE account and see what FP choices are available for the attractions you want to experience. Lock them in, or modify them as you choose.

I think then little known fact is that after choosing your scenario that you can go back in & modify the times but you have to do it for each FP selected

WeLoveStitch
08-24-2013, 08:42 AM
Thanks CaptnSmee and Ron!

I've been a long time lurker on the boards but with all the changes this year, I felt the need to ask some of my own questions.

I guess I'm afraid we won't be able to get fast passes for the rides we really want them for, so I'm trying to determine if people that have used it already, felt like there was plenty fp's available for what they wanted to do.

After paying all the money for the trip and waiting all year to go, I don't want to be stuck with fp's to It's a small world the whole week...;)

Thanks,

Anne

Lindsey310
08-24-2013, 10:21 AM
Just randomly checked this am and it said to customize our magic bands! No email, notification etc prior to this morning.

Only prob is I can't select my fast pass plus....it says the selected date must be within the window....maybe I'm too far out?? I ordered and customized my magic bands but can't make the FP selection? :confused:

56 days and counting :yay:

Scott C
08-24-2013, 12:57 PM
Hi,

We just got our invitation for the FP+ testing but I'm having a hard time deciding on if we will participate or not.

Will the system let you pick the rides you want and timeframes or are times not really available for the more popular attractions?

For example, for DHS we would want to do FP's for ToT, RockinRollarC, and Toy Story Mania and then we would need to arrange that arround our dinner plans. We are park hoppers so we would only be there in the afternoon/evening.

Is that even possible with the new FP+ system?

Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Anne

Should not be a problem, as long as you make your arrangements far enough in advance.

Magic Bands in hand 12 days and counting down.......
Scott C

WDWdriver
08-24-2013, 03:32 PM
I guess I'm afraid we won't be able to get fast passes for the rides we really want them for, so I'm trying to determine if people that have used it already, felt like there was plenty fp's available for what they wanted to do.
Anne

Anne, no offense intended, but I get the feeling that you are not understanding part of the process here. If you have a MyDisneyMagic online account and you have been invited to test the wristbands, then you can lock in your Fast Pass+ selections now. Today! Just go to your MDE account and make your FP selections. If you wait until you arrive at the parks then, yes, your FP options will be limited. Sorry if I am not understanding your concerns. :blush:

Mitzie
08-24-2013, 09:14 PM
Just randomly checked this am and it said to customize our magic bands! No email, notification etc prior to this morning.

Only prob is I can't select my fast pass plus....it says the selected date must be within the window....maybe I'm too far out?? I ordered and customized my magic bands but can't make the FP selection? :confused:

56 days and counting :yay:

We are in the same boat. Checked this morning..no invite of any kind...and we were able to select the bands on MDE..we just checked because of what everyone here was saying. We are staying at AKL in 61 days. We too can not select our FP+ attractions. It won't let us move past these immediate dates in August. Any suggestions or observations out there?

Lindsey310
08-25-2013, 09:22 AM
We are in the same boat. Checked this morning..no invite of any kind...and we were able to select the bands on MDE..we just checked because of what everyone here was saying. We are staying at AKL in 61 days. We too can not select our FP+ attractions. It won't let us move past these immediate dates in August. Any suggestions or observations out there?


Yes same exact thing happened to me. It won't even let me choose our dates in October! I called customer service and she said its because we are both too far out. Someone else on another thread said the same thing until the 50 day mark and then was able to make the selections.
However, my friend is leaving the day before us and she was able to make FPP selections for the first full day she's there (the day I arrive) and none after. I guess we will have to keep checking...especially at the 50 day mark :mickey:

55 days until I'm back in my happy place :joy:

dmallan
08-25-2013, 03:32 PM
I was able to make FP+ selections first, about 25 days out, then a few days later it allowed me to customize the MB. I received them in the mail a few days later. THEN at 17 days out I got an invitation via email saying I was selected to test the new FP+ system. So, if I had not been checking each day on MDE, I would have eventually found out we were selected when I got the email invite.

Mitzie
08-28-2013, 10:41 AM
Ok here is the latest and greatest. DH and I just kept checking back into MDE and low and behold...we could select FP+ times for our trip in 58 days. It was very easy and there was a learning curve. I know from all the different post out there that FP+ isn't for everyone but I love the idea! I am a planner..we aren't power park people..we spend time at our resorts and doing sit down meals and planning for those even 180 days out is part of our fun. I am ok and prefer to know which park I will be in which day..to put it lightly I am not a fly by the seat of my pants kind of gal. So this floats my boat. This trip we are taking my parents along..my father has had both hips replaced and mobility at a high speed can be a problem..We picked the 9-10 am slot for Soarin and now we can plan our day..no rushing to get FP's or worrying about a long line. We gave ourselves and hour inbetween to pick up Test Track..So there you have it. We will see how it all executes come October.

TikiLounger
09-01-2013, 01:21 PM
It was just about 17 days exactly prior to our trip. We are staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge. They give you a date that you need to react to the invite to get the bands in time.

We're heading down on Oct. 1. Coincidentally, I signed onto My Disney Experience...yesterday...just to check things out. I noticed that we had 2 Wristbands on order and that yesterday, Aug. 31, was the last day to "customize" our wristbands (which I found out meant choosing our own colors). What? I had no idea we were part of the test! I did the customization and then called to inquire. The very helpful girl on the phone told me that yes, indeed, The Beach Club is participating in the test and we should pick our Fast Pass + times! It was really easy and worked like a charm.

I just want to add that we were 30 days out. We got to customize, just in time. This was for our color choice only. They would have sent gray wristbands as a default color, if we hadn't. But...I learned that we can pick fast pass times and reschedule at any time. I wouldn't have known we were part of the test, if I hadn't randomly checked online. No notification whatsoever. But? we're really excited.