I know. You get to the park, you think,"I have a limited amount of time today and I REALLY don't want to wait in line for Space Mountain--it's an hour! Forget that!" So you go for the Fastpass. Understandable, hundreds of people a day get Fastpasses for rides across the resort for lines they see as too long to wait in. I have found myself guilty of it in the past, what with my adolescent impatience and my generation's need for things RIGHT NOW. But, what I neglected to realize is that the lines I am trying so hard to avoid I am merely causing by getting a Fastpass for any E-ticket on the map.
I didn't really think about this until a CM friend of mine pointed it out. For conversation's sake, let's continue to use Space Mountain as our example here. The line itself moves in the early morning, since the cars are loaded and unloaded within the set amount of time. Yes, there's a bit of a wait, but nothing you can't handle--that is, until the Fastpass holders come out of hiding. At that point in time, they have to stop the standby line and let in a varying amount of FP holders so they are convenienced. This holds up the standby line and doesn't solve anything. It causes a backup and the standby line becomes longer than it would be without Fastpass being used at all. Not only that, but there are a limited number of fastpasses avaliable per ride per day before they run out, and if everyone uses them all at once the FP line backs up. The system works only to a certain extent before it backfires completely.
Every ride using this system falls victim to this, and there's nothing we as guests can do other than NOT use FP's unless you have one day to squeeze in every ride you can because your'e never going to come to the park again. Even so, it's Disneyland--the lines are part of the experience. If the standby is under 45 minutes, go for it. An hour is worth it for a must-see like Indy, but that's pushing it, IMO. My thoughts on the matter are that FP's are to be used infrequently if at all if you know you'll be there again soon. Think of your fellow guests--you're basically cutting in front of them with a pass to.