Changes to FastPass+ means more attractions, more flexibility

Credit: justinhammer (Instagram) View photo on Instagram

Credit: justinhammer (Instagram) View photo on Instagram

This week, Disney announced changes to FastPass+ that will give guests more opportunities to enjoy attractions and more flexibility during their vacation.

“Starting Monday, after guests have used their first three FastPass+ selections, they will be able to select another one at one of the kiosks located in each of our WDW parks,” Tom Staggs wrote on the Disney Parks Blog. “When they’ve used that one, they’ll be able to select another, and so on, ultimately providing guests with even more ways to customize their Walt Disney World Vacation.”

Guests will also be able to select additional FastPass+ entitlements when they hop to a different park.

The changes were first discussed in early April.

Look for Disney to make changes and minor tweaks to the FastPass+ system as they listen to feedback from guests over the coming months.

Magic Kingdom to begin testing charging lockers on April 25

Disney will begin testing “charging lockers” at the Magic Kingdom on April 25.

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Charging lockers at Disneyland were added in 2012. (Credit: TouringPlans)

Gary Buchanan, who works in PR and social media for Disney Parks, first reported the news on Sunday.

According to Buchanan, the charging lockers will be located in Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and the Tomorrowland Light and Power Company.

To activate the charging locker, the guest will swipe their credit card, which acts as an ID for the locker. The door opens and several charger cables are located inside the locker.

Once charging is completed, the door glows green. To open the chamber, the guest will swipe their credit card.

Disneyland has had charging lockers for two years. Those lockers cost $2 per hour and $2 for each additional hour.

The service will be provided by BrightBox. Here’s a video showing the BrightBox charging stations being used in New York:

Report: MyMagic+, FastPass+ and MagicBands to be made available to offsite guests starting March 31

Untitled-9MyMagic+, FastPass+ and MagicBands will be made available to offsite guests beginning March 31, according to a report from WDWMAGIC.

Beginning March 31, offsite guests using single day or multi-day tickets will be able to make FastPass+ reservations up to 30 days before their visit. Walt Disney World Resort guests can make their FastPass+ reservations 60 days in advance of their vacation.

Offsite guests will also have access to the My Disney Experience apps.

MagicBands will also be available for purchase, according to the report.

Annual passholders should now have their MagicBands and the ability to reserve attractions up to 30 days before their park visit.

@DCAToday Twitter and Facebook accounts to merge with @DisneylandToday

e0f5432f74b503aa9251d0febf1a4aa7The DCAToday Twitter and Facebook accounts will merge with @DisneylandToday effective March 10.

“As of 3/10 follow us @DisneylandToday as we join forces & answer your Disneyland, DCA & now Downtown Disney & Hotel questions!” @DCAToday tweeted on Monday.

@DCAToday launched back in June 2012 and coincided with the opening of Cars Land.

Previously, the @DCAToday and @DisneylandToday accounts have been run independently, with each park tweeting park-specific photos and status updates.

@DCAToday also said the DCA Today and Disneyland Today Facebook pages will also merge.

As of 3/3, @DCAToday has 62,857 followers, @DisneylandToday has 101,629 followers, DCA Today Facebook has 37,288 likes and Disneyland Today Facebook has 55,901 likes.

My Take:

It’s a smart move by Disney to consolidate all of the tweets and photos into one voice/account. Most people think of “Disneyland” and not “Disneyland Park” and “Disney’s California Adventure Park.”

Walt Disney World testing new FastPass+ restrictions at Epcot

8f9639323e7311e3847022000aaa0974_8Walt Disney World is now testing new FastPass+ restrictions at Epcot, according to a report from kennythepirate.com.

According to the report, guests will still be able to reserve three FastPass+ options. However, guests will now have to choose one attraction from a list of headliners and two attractions from secondary options.

Some of the headliners include IllumiNations, Maelstrom, Epcot Character Spot, Soarin’ and Test Track. The secondary attractions include Captain EO, Journey Into Imagination with Figment, Living with the Land, Mission Space, Spaceship Earth, The Seas with Nemo and Friends and other attractions.

Source: kennythepirate.com