[QUOTE=PrincessJill;1919094286]Sorry to bring up a thread from a few weeks ago, but we took a trip recently and I had a thought… Everyone can schedule FPs 60 days out now, but what if their plans change? What if they’re locals/Cast Members who decide not to go to the park that day - or what if people are on vacation but someone gets sick or everyone’s tired and they decide not to go the parks - or what if people decide to go to a different park - and all of these people don’t cancel/change their FPs? I’m asking this because I’m wondering how many FPs go unused everyday, which prevents people who ARE there in the parks that day from getting a FP that would actually have been used. We used to park hop and get FPs all day long - some of course were for later in the day, but we were still able to mostly get what we wanted. With this new system, we’ve been able to get the 3 we booked ahead of time and THAT’S IT. By the time we get those 3 done, there’s no FPs left for anything else that we want to do. We were at Epcot in the morning, hopped to MK, and the only thing left that we were mildly interested in was Aladdin’s Magic Carpets, which was a walk-on anyway.
Also, since you HAVE to get 3 from one park before you can get any more or get any at a different park, we found ourselves picking FPs we knew we wouldn’t use, just so we could get the 3 out of the way. So now we took that FP away from someone who may have really wanted to do that ride.
Maybe I’m missing something, but I just don’t understand how they’re saying this new system is an improvement - I understand that some people would like booking FPs ahead of time, but I’ve had many CMs tell me that it allows more people to use the FP system. I don’t see how that’s the case - we’re getting less FPs than we did before, and for rides that we don’t really care about. We took a trip with friends from around the country - they bought their tickets at the gates, so they obviously couldn’t book their FPs 60 days out - and when we walked up to the FP kiosk at parking opening, all the FPs were gone for both Soarin’ and Test Track. This would not have been the case under the old system - we may have had to wait for return times later in the day, but we would have been able to get FPs for one or the other. Under the new system, we got nothing and we wasted most of our morning in line.
Why couldn’t they have used the Magic Bands with the old FP system - walk up to the kiosk at the ride, check the return time, make your decision right there whether you want a FP or not, and then use your band. This way you know they’re being used by people who are actually in the parks and who actually want a FP for that ride at that moment.[/QUOTE]
I hear what you are saying…but I don’t think it’s ever going to go back to the way it was before…We hardly ever got Fps and never waited–always walked on rides…but the way things are, you have to get the Fps for the new or really busy rides. This is because of just what you say.
I will say though, that last summer, we were able to walk up to a kiosk and get a FP right after we got off the 3rd FP ride. We did this a couple of days while in the parks. I guess we were just lucky…
I do think that it makes you have to go more days now—just to fit it all in…since you can’t do Fast Track and Soarin at the same time, we found we had to go back to Epcot for half a day—then switch over to another park… Complicated but—what can you do? We either go—or we don’t.