Disney passholders feeling left out with program changes

Posted Monday, August 29, 2016 8:16 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Many Floridians' love affair with Disney has been soured by increasing prices and restrictions. Some have downgraded their passes to cheaper ones. Others are giving them up altogether. Financial results might be reflecting the trend. From April through June, 4 percent fewer visitors passed through the turnstiles of domestic Disney theme parks — while the resort's hotel occupancy rose 3 percent.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Friday, September 2, 2016 10:06 PM
kpjb's avatar

Keep trying. When we were there last week, we planned on a second Epcot day but at the last minute opted for a third at Universal instead. Someone on the app at the right time was lucky enough to score 5 passes for Soarin' in a prime late morning slot.

Things open up throughout the day when people change plans. I saw some random 7DMT passes open up, but they were early and late slots... like 8:15am and 11pm. Depending on your schedule, maybe that would work. Maybe you could get 4 of you on in the morning and the other four at night.


Friday, September 2, 2016 10:16 PM
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slithernoggin said:
I guess that's where I get pulled up short -- at a resort with four amusement parks plus two water parks plus Disney Springs plus Fantasia Gardens plus Winter Summerland plus the monorail plus whatever amenities exist if you're staying on-property at one of the hotels -- the idea that a successful family vacation relies on riding one or two specific rides escapes me. Why not just enjoy being together as a family?

He clearly stated that he's not doing all of that. You seem to be skipping over specific things to make this guy seem like a greedy asshole. He has a one time chance to take what looks like three generations of his family to the Magic Kingdom for one single day. That's it. No on-site hotels. No return visits. No amenities. Whether it's a time restraint or a financial restraint, that's all he can do. Is it really that crazy of an idea that he wants to maximize his time there and see all of the best attractions? If he wanted to stand in a line for two hours with his extended family he could take them to Chipotle at lunch time. There are no rollercoasters, but the food is better.

Last edited by kpjb, Friday, September 2, 2016 10:17 PM


Saturday, September 3, 2016 1:05 PM

We haven't been back to Disney since Fastpass+. The amount of effort and preplanning doesn't fit our vacation preferences. We sold our Vacation Club points a year ago....

That said...we STILL buy DIS stock! :-D

Saturday, September 3, 2016 8:03 PM
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I still think that if you feel you have to plan everything, you're doing it wrong. Some personalities want to plan every minute, others go to the airport and pick a destination. I imagine most people are somewhere in between. WDW is for those people. Spent time with friends today at MK, and they had no plan. Didn't even buy tickets in advance. They were having a pretty good time.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016 1:53 PM

Jeff said:

I still think that if you feel you have to plan everything, you're doing it wrong.

I completely agree. We went this past July and had dining reservations and Fastpass+ reservations scheduled for the day but that's about it. I much prefer Fastpass+ to the old paper system. The app lets you schedule Fastpass+ the day of instead of having to run to an attraction and get a mystery time.

We were able to add multiple Fastpass+ reservations every day we were at the parks. Granted, we were never able to add Seven Dwarves on the day of but almost every other attraction had availability the day of. If we found a Fastpass+ but didn't like the times available we would reload the attraction and the times were updated. Of the approximately 50 Fastpass+ reservations we made there were probably only 4 that were a wasted Fastpass+.


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