This is really the bottom line from where I stand with FP. Yes, there is a bit of a loophole, and it's there for several good reasons. A lot of this kind of discussion flies around the realm of the vague theoretical. I prefer to live in the real world, and in the real world, the effect of the loophole is so trivial that it's not even really worth discussing beyond its mere existence.Originally Posted by simba
Yes, it happens. Yes, some do abuse it. But no, it's not currently a problem beyond its existence. I can see a potential for the loophole to become a problem, but it's not a problem today, nor do I ever see it actually becoming one given how few people will ever actually know about this loophole without serendipitiously becoming aware of it. This loophole will probably never be a problem, but there would be several HUGE problems should it ever go away. If you look at the issue from the park's perspective, the park will choose the least problematic option every time.
That's the zero-sum myth that's been debunked so many times that it's really not worth repeating after it's been repeated eleventy-billion times. Holding a FP ticket isn't at someone else's expense any more than holding a restaurant reservation is at someone else's expense. Are restaurant reservations evil? No. FastPass is a ride reservation system. All guests can easily be aware of its existence, and how it works simply by reading their park map.Originally Posted by TrevorD
For about 99.5% of the concept, there's no inside baseball about it, unless you consider actually reading the park map & reading the FP ticket "inside baseball". Instead of waiting in line, grab a ticket & come back after the first time printed on the ticket. That's one less person in line then, and one happier person whose in-queue wait time is drastically shorter when the printed time comes. When the ticket is obtained, someone in the stand-by line waits less because there's one less person in line then. When the FP ticket is redeemed, the FP holder waits less in the queue because they've already waited far longer than anyone in the queue, but not in the queue. There's no zero-sum about the concept at all. It all balances out during the course of the day.