As a father of a toddler I find FP's invaluable. For example an hour wait for Buzz Lightyear or Autopia would push my son's attention span to it's very limit and virtually end our day. Similarly it gives me a chance to ride Space Mountain while my wife and son wait a tolerable 10-15 mins instead of 1 hour plus. What I don't like is having to traverse to opposite ends of the park to ride I am just getting a FP for and wil be riding later. Again, having a toddler in tow makes this exponentially more difficlut.
Here's an idea I have yet to see anyone mention (yourself included). Why not have a central location where FP's are distributed, with all FP ride wait times and return times listed at that location. Allow only one FP at a time of course. You choose which ride you will hold an FP for based on wait times and FP return times. This would eliminate the endless, pointless trips across the park, and the associated foot traffic. The FP's would be linked because they would all come from the same central FP distribution point.
Just a thought. It seems like that would solve the complaints I have agout the FP system and maybe some of yours too. Love the site, keep up the good work!
One more thought:
I really don't mind that the system is inequtable because some people can't figure it out. It's really not that hard. What I can't stand is the "pay for cuts" systems like the Q-bot or Fastlane @ the SF parks. You've already paid admission, you shouldn't have to pay again for a tolerable wait in line. As long as it's available to everyone I don't see a problem.