Jim Hill has a new article... which he uses his typical 'you know this already.. oh wait.. you didn't?' type of snide writing style to break details (obviously he and Al studied the same school of writing)... he covers a lot of stuff he is saying will be part of the new Fastpass system.. dubbed XPass
First, he eludes to that the XPass will be a premium priced add-on to your vacation for several perks including:
NotablyOriginally Posted by JHM
- Reserved seating for parades/shows
He goes on about how this is going to be a big friction point. Honestly, I think anyone who has been going to WDW the last 5+ years is used to this type of reserved seating. EPCOT is full of it for illuminations (taking not just space, but primo space), as well as areas roped off for handicap, etc.Originally Posted by JHM
He also discusses the idea of pre-reserved FP for rides
The RFID wristband mentioned before is discussed again as part of the solution.Originally Posted by JHM
But one aspect that is newer in the detail discussed.. is the idea of the guests with RFID and the rides interacting with them. JHM discusses a concept for IASW with pre-bought dolls...
Obviously not the only way interaction can be done, but this is the first I've read about a specific in-ride experience in detail beyond fan speculation.Originally Posted by JHM
He also mentions a slow rollout starting with limiting it to people who stay in Deluxe properties
He also says that it will start rolling out near spring of next yearOriginally Posted by JHM
Now this I have a bit of a problem with. I would have expected Disney to announce this with quite a bit of advance before its available so the 6+m booking window of guests would be taken into account. But maybe that window will be as small as 2-3m at launch?Originally Posted by JHM
While Jim doesn't specify prices.. the tone of the article makes it sound like this will be a very high premium per guest. Likely something like several hundred dollars at least.
Here's the link to his full article
Why WDW Cast Members aren't expecting to have a very Merry XPass in 2012