Personally I would rather go thru the Standby line. I love talking to the other people ahead and behind me. Only occasionally do I use a FastPass and can only recall once or twice using it after the fact. And the only reason I found out was because a CM handed us some "complimentary" Fps as we were leaving a ride and I noticed (and then questioned) the return time. However, we ended up passing them along to a family who was disappointed about the 90 minute wait for Soarin' (and thus made somebody's day). But I digress. I am glad they are going to be enforcing the rules now. The grace period at the beginning is maybe not needed as much. Really, five minutes is not that long to wait. The grace period at the end, I can understand running late from across the park. Of course thenext problem is that since everyone knows about the grace periods, all "us" SGs will demand a grace period for the grace period. You are letting us in five minutes early to begin with, what's another five minutes? Anyway, that's my two cents (not that it matters or affects me in the grand scheme of things).
I am guessing this is trying to stop people from rushing to an attraction at park opening and taking all the fastpasses for the day. Toy Story Mania is a perfect example. Even on the slowest day its not uncommon for FP to all be distributed by 10am.
I have actually run into many guest who assume you need a FP in order to ride.
So I just read this on another board
"Going back to previous rumors suggesting that Disney is on the verge of launching the “XPass”, a higher tier version of FastPass reserved in advance for premium for guests who purchase premium Disney Resort packages. The first step in order to make room for the introduction of the rumored XPass was to start enforcing the closing window time on all FastPasses.. which will now begin in March. Once they work out the bugs there, I think we can perhaps expect to see a test of the XPass sometime over the next three months. Either way, it is starting to appear as if Epcot could very well be the testing ground for many new “NextGen” features Disney has been planning. For example, back in mid-November Epcot was testing a new RFID chip based ticket system, combined with a special turnstyle free entrance portal with ticket scanners. "
This is the first I heard of Xpass. I worked at the Seas and can't imagine those rides needing any kind of a express lane. It sounds crazy
Here's some information on the new XPass
Besides, how much credence can you give a supposed Disney expert that either doesn't know or can't count well enough to know that Walt Disney passed away 45 years ago, not 35.
I'm not against the Xpass but I cannot really be for it until the details are worked out and all the questions are answered and everyone gets the opportunity to play. If that doesn't happen, I don't give it the chance of a snowball in hell.
The Xpass would be a selling point to get people to stay on-site. Like the immediate fastpass that Disneyland offered to resort guests. You'd go up to the FP machine, and it'd spit out a FP for the current return time. Pretty nice actually
"People can drink coke and pepsi, but they can't pee in the street."
Do yourself and the world a favor, save a warthog costume!
They need something to add to the cachet of the resorts. We've stopped staying at the resorts when we're there. Won't pay for the high end resorts and I can do better than the moderates for less money. Then we could talk about transportation issues.
Anyway, they need another draw for the resorts. Used to be the early open for resort guests or the "e-ticket" nights worked well. Then it became de rigueur with the early/late magic offerings. Its fine when the number of people using it is limited but now "everybody" does it. So on to the next perk.