Completely wrong. I can go to Splash at any time beyond the front end of the window on the fast pass. I get over there when I get over there.But it changes visiting the parks into a logistics exercize. If its 3:35 PM, then I must be at Splash Mountain.
But the problem with your scenario is if someone isn't waiting an hour for Soarin such that they got a fast pass, they aren't likely going to then go wait an hour for Test Track right afterwards either. Those of us that work the system as you put it know that would be an incredibly stupid move. Most likely, they're doing something that has a very short line or is not operating at capacity (ie walk on) even mid day in which case they haven't caused a second more of wait in another line.1) If you get a FP for Soarin' and then go wait in the Test Track Standby line, you have make the TT Standby line longer
Fast pass took you out of the soarin line. You're no longer in it and you aren't back in it until the fast pass comes good. . So the fast pass shortened the line until such time as the fast pass comes good. At that time, it lengthens the line. But since the majority of fast passes are distrubited when the lines get longer, the majority of those who obtain them are transferred to times with shorter lines or possibly no lines at all.Now because you are "reserving" spot in the Soarin' line, you have also made that line longer at the same time you are making the Test Track line longer
This is based upon an errant assumption that people get into line always at a rate at or beyond capacity. This isn't the case. Many fast pass rides thin considerably once the afternoon peak period has passed. Some take a bit longer. A couple never thin but that is because they are relatively new and still drawing extra crowds because of it. Fast pass in the net transfers people from the fatter line times to the thinner line times. It isn't universal. But it is the net effect. .2) Or lets look at it this way. Disregarding breakdowns ets TT and Soarin and process a total of X number of people per hour. FP does not change that. IF somebodys average wait time (the FP holder) has gone down, then somone elses has gone up.
The only factual part is that Disney has applied for a patent. The rest of the story consists of CONCLUSIONS BASED UPON SPECULATION. Those conclusions may come true. Or this may just be a defensive patent application and Disney is going to table it. We got a similar story over a year ago in response to a patent application. No actual changes resulted from that one. I wouldn't panic until I hear Disney announce it.Also, this story was in the front page of the Orlando Sentinel today so for those of you who wished that it wasnt true...well...sorry
The blowback they would get from that would be large.I think it's plenty OK for them to give perks to ALL their resort guests, but I think it would be dangerous to set up a class system within the Disney World Resort.