[QUOTE=Goodegirl2007;1139486]Last week we were able to get regular fast passes with no problems for most attractions (Splash, Big Thunder, Space Mountain, Buzz, The Little Mermaid, Expidition Everest, Dinosaur, Tower of Terror and Rockin Rollercoaster). The return times were within 1 - 2 hours each time…I thought it seemed better than in the past.
Soarin, Test Track and Toy Story Mania are a different story. By 11:00 a.m., all Fastpasses were distributed for the day. At 9:10 a.m., we were able to secure 2:50 p.m. Toy Story Mania, and on another day by 9:30 a.m. we were able to secure 8:20 FP for Soarin and 8:05 for Test Track.
We had a split stay (3 days at Saratoga- no bands) and 5 days at Boardwalk with bands, so we got to see both sides of it. We didn’t wait in any lines the entire trip. We mostly used Fastpass, or went for shorter line rides. The longest we waited was 60 minutes for Test Track, and it was by choice. The standby line said 120 minutes, but we wanted to see the new que, so we decided to wait. We were pleasantly surprised that it only took 60 minutes total (including the ride).
I LOVED the magic bands and FastPass +. It was amazing, and I can’t wait until everyone gets the chance to use it. The only ride I had a hard time getting FP+ for was ToyStory Mania. I was able to secure it a few days before, but not able to do so same-day. Everything else we were able to choose day of. Please be aware that you can only choose 3 FP+ per day (all have to be in the same park). It was an awesome feeling holding the band up to the little mickey head, and it turning green for me. If you listen closely, you can even hear a little magical sound…I REALLY Loved it. It was also nice having our Annual Passes and room keys attached to it…no fumbiling around for the room key. My son (9 years old) loved paying with the band. It was his job to enter the pin each time.[/QUOTE]
That was also my experience in both September and the first week of October. I think the recent reports had more to do with the parks being PACKED.