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Secrets of WDW Discuss The Secret Fast Pass Button in the Trivia and Games Forums forums; My last big trip to FL, I got a "Fast Pass" for seven full days.................Oh wait, that was a Front-Of-The-Line pass at Universal for staying at Portofino. Never mind ....
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    My last big trip to FL, I got a "Fast Pass" for seven full days.................Oh wait, that was a Front-Of-The-Line pass at Universal for staying at Portofino.

    Never mind .

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    The last time I went to Disney,when I went to get a fastpass at Soarin',I looked at the back of the machines and I couldn't really see any buttons to push,so I guess Disney corrected the problem.

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    First off, its impossible to put your park ticket in "the wrong way" as the machines will read in any direction. In fact, putting your ticket in upside down generally works better than right side up.

    Second, you're being watched whether you realize it or not... I would have no problem contacting security myself and having you escorted from the park. Anyone trying to cheat Fastpass, the singles line, or the Guest Assistance Card system isn't getting past us.

    And the passes you are speaking of as being "anytime" Fastpasses are probably Rider-Switch and Re-entry Passes, which expire at the end of the month in which they were handed out.

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    I was able to get an "anytime pass" or whatever it is called when Thunder Mounatin broke down....lots of people were really ticked off which I thought was absurd and laughable because these things happen. I was leaving the line and a CM was handing out the re-entry pass but the cool thing was it was to ANY ride in the parks. It wasn't designated for a specific ride. Also one more cool detail...me, my wife, her cousinf and her husband, and two friends of ours were in line together (6 of us). Like I said everyone was complaining about the ride breaking but we were very nice and thanked the CM for doing a great job. He handed us 3 passes a piece...lol...18 passes in total. How awesome is that. We used them right away and I seriously know why Disney is as popular as it is. They go out of their way to make people feel comfortable. That's why I love Disney World.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CM_Roo
    First off, its impossible to put your park ticket in "the wrong way" as the machines will read in any direction. In fact, putting your ticket in upside down generally works better than right side up.

    Second, you're being watched whether you realize it or not... I would have no problem contacting security myself and having you escorted from the park. Anyone trying to cheat Fastpass, the singles line, or the Guest Assistance Card system isn't getting past us.

    And the passes you are speaking of as being "anytime" Fastpasses are probably Rider-Switch and Re-entry Passes, which expire at the end of the month in which they were handed out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Earforce1
    I don't have any fast passes therefore I cannot give them to you. To me fastpasses are for people who don't want to wait around all day long wasting their time in the parks. I for one could be in the park from the time it opens till the time it closes without leaving, I HATE leaving especially The Magic Kingdom.

    When it's our last full day before we go home as the park closes I stand at the end of Main Street by the Emporium and just stand there and stare at the castle until they basically kick me out!

    Oh i sooo know what you mean! My dad and i stand at the beginning of main street and CRY until my mom and my husband drag us out of the parks. I hate leaving too!!!
    As for the fast passes... they are a good idea and a bad idea. i hate them on the winnie the pooh ride because it seems to make the "normal" ride way too slow. i think they need a better system for the child swap pass too. its hard to have to go through the whole entire line and then switch kids after you get off.
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    Something cool that happened to me, oh, over five years ago:

    My family and I went to Magic Kingdom after my high school graduation. We'd gotten fast passes for one ride already, so we couldn't get more immediately. We walked up to the fast pass machine, and were about to try our tickets, when we remembered that fun fact about fast passes (we weren't incredibly used to them at the time). With a shrug, we began to turn away from the deserted fast pass area (we hadn't tried any tickets, mind you). As I started to walk away, I heard a whirring sound. We turned around and watched a machine spit out fast passes. Four of them, in fact. And there were four of us standing there. We examined the passes, and sure enough, they were accurate and weren't blank or distorted. We looked around, but there was no one in sight.

    What a nice graduation present. :)

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    My roommate tells a tale of how his family was waiting in line for Test Track one time, and were just shy of boarding the ride vehicle when it broke down. Because it was coming up on closing time, and they were at the end of their trip, they were afraid they would not get to ride it at all. According to the story he tells (I still have trouble believing it... sounds too good to be true), they were each issued a one-day park hopper pass to come back to WDW for one more day. They modified their trip so they could stay one day longer, and made good on that gift pass (although they didn't hop at all... just stayed in EPCOT for the day).

    About "Switch" passes... I recieved two of them (one for Big Thunder, one for Splash Mtn.) for finding a paintbrush on Tom Sawyer Island. These I believe are the same ones they issue for child swap. If I remember correclty, they were good anytime all day, but were date-stamped and did expire as of closing on that day.

    My opinion on the Fast Pass system... It's growing on me. When it was first introduced, I hated it. It took two moderately paced lstandby lines, and made one fast and one slow. I liked the concept behind it, but I hate the way it turns what used to be a 20 minute stand-by wait into a 35 minute wait because of everyone in the FP return lane. However, once I saw that this system was growing in popularity, and the standby lines were becoming ever more tedious, I kind of fell into that "if you can't beat them, join them" mindset. After getting used to them, I found that if you use them well, by that I mean not depending on them exclusively, but also not ignoring the fact that they are there for your convenience if you need them, they can actually be a good time saver. And I think I heard (read) someone else say they disliked that you can only retrieve one pass at a time until the first one expires... I have to disagree. I applaud that decision. Otherwise, Fast Pass would be the only option, meaning there would be no more standby lines, meaning they could do away with it alltogether, which would put you right back where you started. You would have two lines moving at about the same rate, just like when there was two standby lines. The only difference would be that now you have to have a reservation (...in a way) to stand in that line! What a joke!

    One FP at a time is enough. Pick up a FP for Space Mtn, go hang with Push, grab a bite to eat at Cosmic Ray's and take in some corny jokes from Sonny while you're there, then take a tour on the Wed-Way... uhh...I mean TTA, go watch a show at the Galaxy Palace Theater, then go back and make good on your FP. Ta-da! You're about half done with Tomorrowland in two hours and ready to pick up another FP for Stitch, Buzz, or mosey on over to one of the six other magical themed lands MK has to offer. If you're real good about using your FPs wisely, you can easily get several throughout the course of a day.
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    One time at Splash Mountain, my cousins and I were waiting to use our fast passes. We had like 5 or 10 minutes until it was our time to use them(they are really strict about using the passes at the right times). Anyway, we talked with the CM for a little bit and then she said she had to leave for a second. She asked us to stand at the gate and not let anyone in. She was gone for maybe 30 seconds and when she got back she gave us a couple of anytime passes and also said each pass was good for up to 3 people. So we got to ride Splash Mountain like 4 times in a row with no line.

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    Disney has since corrected the problem..and is now in the middle of redesigning ALL of the FASTPASS systems. The button wasnt the problem. It was SUPPOSED to be disabled by the CM after he/she was done issuing the fastpasses manually. Unfortunately this has to be done from the inside of the machine. Lazy CMs decided it was just easier NOT to disable it, and low and behold, People got greedy.

    the new Space mountain and Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters as well as Soarin' in EPCOT all have to have fastpasses issues from a centralized location they trigger the machines via a computer terminal instead of a button.

    Fastpasses WOULD work if the rules were followed. Unfortunately their not, and people are allowed to use the fastpass anytime AFTER the first printing on the ticket which can cause one heck of a backup as people tend to eat at similar times and have similar vacation behavior patterns.


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    I always use my fastpass after the certain time it says on it. This is what makes the fast pass work. Often times it impossible to use it during the time it says. Its hard to plan your day that way... and you know how easy it is to get stuck in a line somewhere else or another side of the park. I have asked cast members multiple times if you can come later than the time, and they have all said, sure later is no problem, just not earlier. I dont think it messes up any system, because chances are there are people who are coming later too who were orginally assigned the time you arrived. I dont think its breaking the rules in any shape or form... otherwise they would mention it or enforce it.
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    I never said anything about breaking the rules. I was refering to the fact about enforcing them.


    When you get a fast pass. You should know straight off what time you're getting your fastpass for. Generally speaking. Fastpasses make lines longer. It's a proven fact. The way the fastpass systems are currently implemented are not the way they were meant to be used. Fastpasses were not meant to be used at any time, even after a certain time.

    There are X number of fastpasses given out per given amount of time. If 200 Fastpasses are given out for say a 11:00am-12:00am slot and half of those people are off eating lunch somewhere. That means they've lost their chance to use the fastpass technically. Since they're allowed to use the Fastpass at a later time, it is infringing upon the quota for another time period when they do decide to use them.
    Furthermore, it also makes the people have to wait in the standby line longer than the estimated time said they needed to, you can't adjust the standby wait times because you just don't know how many "stray fastpasses" are going to be used outside of their alotted times.

    You're allowed on after the time stated because 9 times out of 10, it's not a worth it for CMs to sit and argue with someone, because most people would sit and try to argue and take up the CMs time and cause park efficiency to suffer.

    All of the above, combined with phony/counterfeit fastpasses from people that are just ridiculous and obssessive about their attraction experiences all make park efficiency suffer. This combined with the "Super Fastpass" that doesnt stagger your fastpass access, combined with the Fastpass network's sometimes intentional communication issues, really really bring down the efficiency.

    Fact is that Fastpass is going by the wayside because its just not efficient in its current implementation. Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Small World Holiday (Haunted MAnsion Holiday next year) are all removing their fastpass systems. Pirates saw a 15% efficiency increase after its removable Mansion saw something upwards of 23%.



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    Wow thats a lot of words... I guess I will just have to agree to disagree on this whole showing up late thing
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