We talked about FastPass+ last week, running the gamut of guest feedback from the good to the bad to plain old meh. Now it’s time to make it official and put it to a vote!
FastPass+ is Disney’s free ride reservation system. A guest and her party can select which attractions – rides, character meet-n-greets, parades – they would like to see and then choose from a list of return times, minimizing the amount of time spent in line. When fully implemented, these reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance and can be edited afterwards by using either a smart-phone app or its website equivalent. Although every guest is eligible for utilizing FastPass+, she is limited to three selections at just one park – along with other possible restrictions – and the large lead-in window can mean that all reservations for a particularly popular ride might “sell out” early in the day, or days in advance, during busier times of the year.
Express Passes are Universal’s skip-the-regular-line tickets, which enable a guest to access a shorter “back door” queue that typically has a wait time of less than 15 minutes, regardless of how long the regular standby queue is. Although there are no return times, allowing a guest to make on-the-fly decisions about his touring, only select attractions have Express Pass access (typically rides, and never character meet-n-greets or parades). And in order to control crowd flow, Universal charges money for this privilege – anywhere from $20 to $140 per person, per day – and limits the amount of EPs that are for sale each day, based upon attendance predictions. Finally, it should be noted that there are two different types of Express Passes: “basic” allows one to skip the standby line once per particiapting attraction, while “unlimited” offers an infinite number of rides.
So… which is the better system?
Note: you don’t have to sign into a social network to vote – that is just a feature offered. If you prefer to vote anonymously, click your selection in the poll and, when you see the pop-up, click “Keep vote anonymous.”
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Note: you don’t have to sign into a social network to vote – that is just a feature offered. If you prefer to vote anonymously, click your selection in the poll and, when you see the pop-up, click “Keep vote anonymous.”[/wptouch]
How long will you wait for your first rides at Diagon Alley?
The vast majority of voters – 422 out of 801 (53%) – said they would happily wait one to two hours to ride the Hogwarts Express. Coming in at a distant second was the “waiting under one hour” option, with 268 votes (33%). Interestingly, waiting three to four hours was the least popular choice among participants (46 votes, 6%) – which means more people were willing to wait over four hours for their first trip aboard the train!
The breakdown for Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is very much the same: 287 out of 500 voters (57%) said they’d wait one to two hours; 116 (23%) said they’d wait under an hour; and just 40 (8%) said they’d be willing to wait over four hours. It seems like – surprisingly – the Hogwarts Express is more popular among potential riders than Escape from Gringotts.
Thanks for participating in that last poll – we’re sure it’s given Universal’s operations division much to think about.