***Updated again on 1/14/2014***
***3rd update on 3/8/14***
Disney World has been working on changing FastPass over to Fastpass+, or FP+. I was skeptical about the changes, then totally on board and now back to skeptical. Here's why:
With the legacy fastpass system we could get as many fastpasses as our time allowed. We were the family waiting 30+ minutes before opening to get into the park, which means we got our choice of first fastpasses. It's a trade-off. We get up early (with our 4 kids) while on vacation so we can make sure to ride all the attractions we want without having to wait in 30+ minute lines (we never stand in a line that's over 30 minutes). You don't want to get up early? That's cool. But expect to wait in longer lines and to potentially not get a fastpass for the major attractions.
With FP+, however, you reserve the rides online (on your desktop, on site kiosk or on a Disney app). Seemed great at first. No more sending a 'runner' from one end of the park to the other in order to get everyone's fastpass. Just sign up on line for what you want. You can sign up 60 days in advance. Or the day of (for you non-planners). BUT... you're only allowed 3 FP+ per day. Furthermore, two of the parks have tiered systems and if your favorite rides are all in one tier, you won't be able to fastpass them all.
As of right now all guests can use the fastpass+; however, only guests who stay on the resort can use the website in advance. Everyone will have to wait until they get into the park to reserve their fastpasses for that day. Which kinda stinks. I don't want to have to wait in line at a kiosk waiting for other people, who probably don't know what they want to ride, to reserve their fastpasses. Furthermore, it's likely that the fastpasses we want to reserve will be sold out already or will only be available for times that don't work for our schedule.
The good news? Disney is currently testing off-site guests for the website reservations. We don't make our next trip until this fall, so there's time to get it all worked out before our trip! At least, I hope there's time!
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
We had a couple of nice days before the cold moved back through, so we had some time to spend outside. That meant that the usual sword/ light saber fight was moved to the out doors. We're supposed to get another day or two of nice weather soon but then it'll get cold again. Ugh. Spring needs to hurry up and get here for good!
Friday, January 17, 2014
She grabbed ahold of my book and wasn't particularly happy when I eventually took it away from her! But it's a library book and I don't want to pay for it if she rips out pages. It's a book about a dragon, by the way. There was also a romance novel sitting next to it, but I guess she prefers action over romance!
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Once again there were too many kids and too much excitement to get good pictures! They were moving around so much and, though we were taking turns opening presents, everyone crowded around the gift opener and then bobbed and weaved to see what was in the box. Crazy kids!
|I love how this picture captures the difference between the two boys- Collin wants to be in the middle of everyone... sharing in all the action. Cory wants to just go do his thing on his own! We had to coax him back into the living room!|
|Jane had to sit on her new ride on toy to open most of her presents. She'd just gotten it the night before from Nana and Pawpaw.|
|Uncle Jacob came over to hang out for most of the day. She was pointing at the TV and repeating after him, "what's that? what's that?". She says that all the time now.|
|We ended the night watching Star Wars. It was a good, good day!|