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    After months of open “blue reservation days” the first half of November fills up almost overnight. I understood October filling up with all the Halloween parties but this quick fillup in November seems unexpected. Thoughts?

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    Originally posted by robwglen View Post
    After months of open “blue reservation days” the first half of November fills up almost overnight. I understood October filling up with all the Halloween parties but this quick fillup in November seems unexpected. Thoughts?
    I was actually thinking about buying an AP until I saw all these reservations taken. I'll be watching to see if they open up more, otherwise it's going to be one less frequent visitor for Disney, I guess. Not that I matter, though.

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    • #3
      We were all set to get it for our trip next weekend, only to see today that it’s all filled up. So frustrating!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Empearl1 View Post
        We were all set to get it for our trip next weekend, only to see today that it’s all filled up. So frustrating!
        To be honest though, it's a very risky pass to have if you're going to plan on going certain time frame and depend on reservations to be open.

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        • #5
          The holiday season stuff starts November 8th.

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          • #6
            Flex seemed like too good a pass to be true. They're just starting and already random days are full. Imagine when lots of Select folks have switched over.
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            • #7
              I am actually surprised it took this long to start filling up I predict that by February this will be a common occurrence. People will begin having to pre-book even on the chance they might be attending and then cancel when they cannot creating a scenario where it looks all booked up but then magically there will be open days at random after they were previously booked. It will be like the Hotels during the first months of SW:GE opening as it seems it was booked up and then magically rooms were available all be it at a falsely inflated price due to false demand.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Starcade View Post
                I am actually surprised it took this long to start filling up I predict that by February
                I knew ,there going be Issue's......
                and more people that have them ......... the worst it going to get ,try to use them.....
                It's a take a chance pass !
                IMO

                Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                • #9
                  Looks like it is working just as anticipated for the bean counters. Frustrated guests will be forced to upgrade their Flex Pass to one in which you do not have to make reservations.
                  Big Thunder Ranch > Galaxys Edge

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sailor310 View Post
                    Flex seemed like too good a pass to be true. They're just starting and already random days are full. Imagine when lots of Select folks have switched over.
                    Well -your right........Flex seemed like too good a pass to be true.
                    That was my thought ,when they came out with it .....
                    Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                    • #11
                      This was so obvious from the beginning. Only the early adopters would get a good deal, and only for a short period of time. Every day that goes by, more people buy this pass. It was only a matter of time until the number of pass holders far outnumbered the limited number of reservations, thus making it impossible to get a reservation.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by robwglen View Post
                        After months of open “blue reservation days” the first half of November fills up almost overnight. I understood October filling up with all the Halloween parties but this quick fillup in November seems unexpected. Thoughts?
                        This doesn’t make sense as you can only book 30 days in advance. So it couldn’t have happened “over night.”
                        "How do you do?"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mickEblu View Post

                          This doesn’t make sense as you can only book 30 days in advance. So it couldn’t have happened “over night.”
                          I don't think OP literally meant overnight but that they filled up very quickly. And of course that could happen. Maybe Disney decided to end reservations for particular days and blocked them out? Maybe there were only very few reservations to begin with and once those were taken they were blocked out. If you only have 100 openings a day for example and 3,000 passholders, those 100 will fill up quickly.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by hbdad View Post

                            I don't think OP literally meant overnight but that they filled up very quickly. And of course that could happen. Maybe Disney decided to end reservations for particular days and blocked them out? Maybe there were only very few reservations to begin with and once those were taken they were blocked out. If you only have 100 openings a day for example and 3,000 passholders, those 100 will fill up quickly.

                            Yes I know he’s doesn’t mean it literally. Just trying to add some perspective in addition to sharing my positive experience with the pass. As of now only the 8th-10th are booked because its the first weekend of Christmas at the parks. At minimum that would have taken 3 days to book and that’s if they all booked the first day they were available.

                            I highly doubt Disney would end reservations for certain days without notice... or even at all. If anything it’s the latter but with way more openings obviously.

                            i bought the Flex in June and it was great having it over the blissful empty summer. I knew it would get harder to book reservations during the holidays but I figured if I really needed a certain day I could book 30 days in advance. So far I haven’t had an issue. One Sunday a few weeks ago I got to the park and realized I had forgotten to reserve the day for my wife and I. Luckily it hadn’t booked up yet. I also bought the Flex just in case they decided to get rid of if it after experimenting and maybe have the chance of being grandfathered in. Whether they get rid of if or just create new Flex tiers. The only way I see myself not renewing the Flex is if trying to book at midnight 30 days in advance doesn’t guarantee a reservation. Even then, as long as I can get a weekend day or two a month I’d probably be fine.
                            Last edited by mickEblu; 10-16-2019, 11:14 PM.
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                            • #15
                              This is why I never had any interest in the pass, having to cross my fingers and hope that the day I want to go is open just seemed like a waste when I can just get a normal pass and, you know, just go.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by NGW View Post
                                This is why I never had any interest in the pass, having to cross my fingers and hope that the day I want to go is open just seemed like a waste when I can just get a normal pass and, you know, just go.
                                If you are flexible (hence the name) it’s a great deal. As an AP who’s been to the park 130+ times I don’t have the need to go on any specific day as long as I have access to a weekend day once or twice a month. So I’ll take the 50% discount off my old Signature pass.
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                                • #17
                                  Just checked this morning and now every day through 11/17 is open and available except 11/9. Last night every blue box was lined out through 11/15.

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                                  • #18
                                    I love the idea of the flex pass but I am also scared by it LOL it makes me nervous of course because Disney can alter availability as they see fit. I am willing to bet availability may change daily so it is best to check it all the time. Meaning if a day you wanted was previously unavailable it could become available. Also the reverse could happen if Disney feels a day may be more crowded than they thought.

                                    I am watching what people think of these as my current AP expires. Usually we carry APs every other year. The Flex pass price point would allow us to carry a AP next year if we choose. Now I need them to actually open ROTR and address the way they are running the parks before i come back. We already cancelled our NYE plans to go there but that is for a different thread LOL
                                    These are some of my favorite TRs I have posted

                                    DL 55th BDAY trip report
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                                    WdW trip report with WWoHP
                                    NYE 2011 trip report
                                    Mice Chat 7th anniversary
                                    Leap year 24 hour report
                                    New DCA trip report
                                    NYE 2012
                                    HKDL trip report

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by hbdad View Post
                                      Just checked this morning and now every day through 11/17 is open and available except 11/9. Last night every blue box was lined out through 11/15.
                                      My guess is Disneyland has to request to pay more CMs to schedule for those days when reservations fill up before they open them up further. But like I said, I was watching to see if they opened them up more once they filled up. It would appear they did.

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                                      • #20
                                        It is interesting that early yesterday they were booked up on weekends from now until mid November and now suddenly only 2 weekends are booked up? Something seems fishy here. Was it due to:

                                        - Needing to get more CM's scheduled?

                                        - DLC manipulation to spike pricing?

                                        - Flex Pass holders booking it up then un booking once their schedules were solidified?

                                        - Days getting booked up and then DSL getting too amny complaints leading to them opening up more spots?

                                        I am very curious about this one.
                                        Last edited by Starcade; 10-18-2019, 12:29 PM.

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