My daughter and I have been looking forward to today for weeks. It’s the day we get to make our fastpass+ selections for our upcoming trip to Walt Disney World. 🙂 What are fastpass+ selections? Well, the attractions that are the most popular have an option to get a fastpass. This is a time that is given to the rider to return to the ride and be able to pass up the regular line. Near the ride is a fastpass distribution area where you use your park ticket, put it in the fastpass ticket dispenser and out comes a slip with a time on it for you to return to the ride and enter the separate fastpass line. This allows the guest to enjoy other areas of the park while they wait for their time to return. This is one my daughter had left over from her trip to Disneyland this summer. Disney has updated their system and started the MyDisneyExperience website where you manage all your reservations, fastpass+ times, etc.
So this morning we were like two little kids deciding which parks we would go to on what days and which rides we wanted for our fastpass+ selections. They limit you to three selections per day. For Epcot they divide the selections into two groups where you are able to pick one from the first group and two from the second. There is even an app for your phone which will (supposedly) allow you to change the time of your fastpass+ selection if your plans change. Disney has a video on youtube to demonstrate this:http://youtu.be/KHgJLAM4CNo One feature of the system we do not like is that it limits you to selections in one park only. We usually park hop so we are not fans of being limited to one park for fastpass+, but hopefully we will be able to obtain a fastpass at the second park on the day we are there. To use your selections you are issued a MagicBand wristband to wear that is your park ticket, room key, fastpass+ and link to other plans and reservations.
This trip is just for my daughter (22 yrs) and I to enjoy some time together. We have scheduled a visit to the spa at the Grand Floridian and also an afternoon tea. Some of the restaurants we have reservations at are the Be Our Guest Restaurant located in the Magic Kingdom, Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian and the California Grill on top the Contemporary Hotel to watch the fireworks while we eat.
We will also be able to enjoy the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival which takes place from March 5 to May 18. We have been to this event before but that was in May, right near the end of the festival and after a couple of months the topiaries and displays are not quite as lush as they were in March. There will be plenty of photo opportunities!
Our plans are set and we are so excited, we have selections made for every day we are there! Whew! Now………..we wait………