Well, here I go. If I get killed in the ensuing riot, please tell my family I love them. Without further adue, a defense of FP+:
Let me start out by saying, I am not a local. I live a sufficient distance from Florida that I only get to go to WDW once a year (if I’m lucky). This means that when I start pining for my happy place, I can’t just go to WDW. I cannot stop by after work, or even go for a weekend. So how do I feed my Disney obsession? Well, like many I have met…..I start planning my next trip (if I can). Believe it or not, there is a great deal of excitement in just calling up WDW for reservations, it means I’m really going….this is it!
Now, once I’ve decided where I’m going to stay…..it’s time for ADRs. I don’t have a choice not to do ADRs. I have small children and a limited amount of time; I simply can’t do a 45 min+ wait for a walk up. What does this mean? It means that before I even get my welcome pack, I know which park I’m going to be in on what day.
Now, let’s say months later I actually arrive at EPCOT for rope drop. It is my one day in EPCOT for an entire year, so yeah….I will be wanting to ride both Soarn’ and Test Track. As it stands right now, it will take some serious work to do this without spending 2 hours of my day…..standing in the enthralling Soarn’ line. As soon as the rope drops, I have to run like the dickens to either TT or Soarn’. As soon as I finish riding one of these, I run like the dickens to the other side of future world to grab a fast pass for the other one. I then have to say a little prayer that the time that pops out of the Fast Pass machine is not smack dab in the middle of my ADR….or a show I was hoping to see, or Illuminations! So the idea that I could grab a Fast Pass for these two when I set up my ADR, is well…….kinda nice for me. It Means that for the first time ever, I might be able to arrive at a park take a deep breath and go “ahhhh, what do I feel like doing?” That’s right, as backward as this may sound; being able to reserve a few rides in advance will actually give me more freedom and spontaneity in some ways.
I realize that there is a lot that is unknown as of yet. There is a possibility that I will never be able to get a FP+ to the big e-tickets and I will end up frustrated and annoyed that I’m forced to use it on Imagination or what have you. There is a possibility that the system screws things up so much that the FP+ is almost as long as the stand-by line. We simply don’t know these things. What I do know, however, is that I could definitely see how a system like this could work out very well for a lot of people.
This is not to say that I don’t see the other side of the argument. For someone who is a local, this system is not very useful, and eliminates a system that was much friendlier to them. If I was running down to WDW for the weekend, I would have no desire to try and grab FF+’s for a quick trip. There are definitely negatives to this system……but I also think there is a large percentage of people who are actually going to find this system very useful. I think you will find that it is not going to be as universally hated as the Disney community thinks it will be.
OK, let me put on my flame proof pants………
I’m, ready……..I think, queue the angry mob.