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  • News FastPass Coming to Monsters Inc. and Autopia

    Disney just announced yesterday that Monsters Inc. and Autopia will be getting FastPass. What do you think about this?
    See the Disney Parks Blog here: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/bl...eyland-resort/
    Last edited by campclam; 02-05-2020, 08:57 AM.

  • #2
    Usually I am forever the optimist... Fastpass = longer lines and more crowded walkways. I am for abolishing fastpass altogether!

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    • #3
      My first thought on a Fastpass for Monsters Inc is: why? And my second thought on a Fastpass for Monsters Inc is: why??

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      • #4
        ... when did Autopia stop?
        APs
        Burning Cabin
        Splash Mountain
        Star Wars
        Fantasy Faire
        Smoking
        Pirates
        Souvenir Popcorn Buckets, apparently.

        Happiness is not letting these things consume you. A close second is seeing it consume others.

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        • #5
          I get WHY Disney is doing this. They are trying to increase the value of MaxPass, so that they can sell more, and DCA does run out of FastPasses for all their attractions on busy days. Even so, Monsters Inc averages a 25 minute wait. There is no need to increase the wait of the standby line with a FastPass. Autopia is a little more understandable. It seems like less of an operational nightmare to add FastPass to a Tomorrlowland attraction that can probably handle the FastPass line. I hope adding more FastPasses lines is not a trend. Disneyland does not need to become WDW where Philharmagic, Muppet Vision, and shows have FastPass.

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          • #6
            I don't think I realized that Autopia ever stopped offering Fastpass.

            As campclam noted, the objective here seems to be adding fastpass to more "family friendly" attractions to make maxpass an easier sell to families with children. Since the majority of fastpass attractions have height requirements and are aimed at older kids and beyond, those with small kids are likelier to see little value in maxpass and skip it.

            Don't be surprised if they also [unnecessarily] add fastpass for Mickey & Magical Map, Turtle Talk w/ Crush, Mater's/Luigi's, Little Mermaid, or Princess Fantasy Faire meet & greets to goose the apparent value of maxpass.
            Last edited by GreatAndoski; 02-05-2020, 10:45 AM.

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            • #7
              Monsters Inc seldom has a very long line, which is why it is often our go to time filler when we are in DCA looking for something to do really quick. Little Mermaid and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree are other examples. Radiator Racers, strangely enough, also works but only the single rider line.

              So...if they add Monsters Inc to the Fastpass program, they mess that up for us. The queue is actually one of the best parts of the ride for me, so I'm not happy with this at all.

              Autopia...yeah, I can see why they are doing this, because the wait is a one reason why we never do this ride. But the other reasons are because it is smelly and noisy. If they really wanted to make it more attractive for families, then update the ride vehicles, too.
              Dumbo rats: the other lovable rodents.

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              • #8
                Id be happy if they just got rid of Autopia all together.

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                • #9
                  Eventually everything will have FP, I have come to terms with it even if I think FP's are negative to the park as a whole. What makes me nervous is how long after they make everything FP do they switch to everything requiring a BP so they can control the crowds flows to better monetize them? Some guests say they feel like Cattle/Sheep now, just wait. I am not sure the loss of spontaneity is worth the ability to ride one or two more rides and shave 15 minutes off wait times in the end.
                  Last edited by Starcade; 02-06-2020, 11:39 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by zugzug15 View Post
                    Usually I am forever the optimist... Fastpass = longer lines and more crowded walkways. I am for abolishing fastpass altogether!
                    I see this anti-Fast Pass attitude all the time in this forum. I'm genuinely curious as to why? Are we using Fast Pass synonymous with MaxPass and are bitter that some people can pay to "cut in line"? If not, the free paper Fast Pass system is open to everyone as long as tickets last....I'm not sure I understand the general hostility that allows people to plan ahead, reserve time on Ride1 and instead of standing in line there, go do other rides and events in the park.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CMARSH View Post

                      I see this anti-Fast Pass attitude all the time in this forum. I'm genuinely curious as to why? Are we using Fast Pass synonymous with MaxPass and are bitter that some people can pay to "cut in line"? If not, the free paper Fast Pass system is open to everyone as long as tickets last....I'm not sure I understand the general hostility that allows people to plan ahead, reserve time on Ride1 and instead of standing in line there, go do other rides and events in the park.
                      Because lets say ride 1 historically has a 25 min wait time. Suddenly they add fastpass and have to slow down that 25 min line to allow fast pass holders to cut in front. that same length of line went from 25 min to 45 min instead. Its not about getting on more rides because it doesn't save you any time. its about allowing you to spend more time in the stores and buying food/drinks. It creates more people in walkways instead of in lines and on rides and makes the parks even more crowded feeling than they actually are.

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                      • #12
                        The issue is that it causes waits to be longer. I don’t care about the “cutting in line” aspect just that it makes the park more crowded than it should be.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by zugzug15 View Post

                          Because lets say ride 1 historically has a 25 min wait time. Suddenly they add fastpass and have to slow down that 25 min line to allow fast pass holders to cut in front. that same length of line went from 25 min to 45 min instead. Its not about getting on more rides because it doesn't save you any time. its about allowing you to spend more time in the stores and buying food/drinks. It creates more people in walkways instead of in lines and on rides and makes the parks even more crowded feeling than they actually are.
                          Which is exactly what happens to all rides. It will soon happen to Smuggler's RUn when they add it.
                          "And yes, we implore EVERYBODY to follow the park rules. Having off-ride footage is great, but any still photo's or video's taken ON the coasters at SFMM are strictly against the rules. They are there for your (and everybody's) safety." "Six Flags doesn't allow ANY loose articles on their coasters, and they don't allow video taping on their coasters. " BUT, "​ This is not true. Six Flags does not allow ANY On-Ride video or pictures on the rides. The ONLY way is if you get explicit permission from Park Management." ???

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                          • #14
                            I don't mind the addition to Monsters Inc, even though I know it'll bloat the standby times. I think it's good to have more rides that aren't thrill-rides as options, just in general. If they're trying to increase the perceived value of maxpass, this is a good way to do it. I just recently encouraged my friends NOT to bother with it for their upcoming trip because they'll be there with their 6 year old and there are virtually no rides that have fastpass that she'd be likely to be willing to go on. So it'd be a total waste for them. The Disney marketing folk are trying to close that gap. It's pretty logical from that standpoint.

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                            • #15
                              As was mentioned by Starcade, I think the trend is clear. At some point, the whole park will be FastPass or Boarding Groups. Entering the park, or sometime before, you will need to select a certain number of rides you want to go on and they will be dealt out in some manner. There may be a small number of "rides" not included, such as the Horse Drawn Streetcar or similar, but all rides with lines will generally be included. We'll see. I'm not optimistic. The park experience is changing drastically.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by jschwagl View Post
                                As was mentioned by Starcade, I think the trend is clear. At some point, the whole park will be FastPass or Boarding Groups. Entering the park, or sometime before, you will need to select a certain number of rides you want to go on and they will be dealt out in some manner. There may be a small number of "rides" not included, such as the Horse Drawn Streetcar or similar, but all rides with lines will generally be included. We'll see. I'm not optimistic. The park experience is changing drastically.
                                I not optimistic neither.........park experience is changing drastically
                                and not for the better.
                                IMO
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                                • #17
                                  This all sounds really stupid and unnecessary. I don't know anyone who was clamoring for these changes.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by tarheelalum View Post
                                    This all sounds really stupid and unnecessary. I don't know anyone who was clamoring for these changes.
                                    Disney management leaves no stone unturned in its never-ending quest for new areas to monitize.

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                                    it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
                                    together with every variety of recreation and fun,
                                    designed to appeal to everyone."

                                    - Walt Disney

                                    "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
                                    - Michael Eisner

                                    "It's very symbiotic."
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post

                                      Disney management leaves no stone unturned in its never-ending quest for new areas to monitize.
                                      Yep they trying , in this case
                                      Increase the perceived value of maxpass , and they ( Disney) make more money !
                                      Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                                      • #20
                                        Fun doesn't usually happen on a schedule.

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