Saturday, November 19, 2011

Making the Most of Your Time - Tip #1

 If “a penny saved is a penny earned,” then what of time?  Shouldn’t it follow that saving time is also merit-worthy? Certainly using time purposefully is important, given that a guest has invested both money and time in a vacation. What is “purposeful” varies from person to person, however. Some guests at Epcot once shared that they were so enamored with the gardens that they hadn’t done any attractions – but they weren’t complaining; rather, they were complimenting … and beaming.  Here are some ways to “make time,” save time, add time and use time during a Disney park visit…

Disney’s FASTPASS System allows guests to avoid waiting at designated popular attractions in all four Walt Disney World theme parks.  Here’s how it works:
  • At the entrance to experiences offering FASTPASS, two times are posted – (1) approximate wait time using the normal queue and (2) return time for FASTPASS tickets currently being issued.
  • If the wait in the normal queue is long, guests can choose to obtain a FASTPASS ticket (at no charge) with an assigned return time (an hour-long window) and then use the time until then to enjoy other experiences in the park.
  • Upon returning to use their FASTPASS, the guest can experience the attraction with little or no waiting.
  • Currently you can obtain a second attraction FASTPASS once the first FASTPASS time starts allowing you to hold two FASTPASSES at a time. Disney is enhancing the system almost daily so this tidbit could be outdated at anytime! 
We do our FASTPASSES in teams. Once we gain entry into the park one person (usually one with some speed behind their step) goes to get the entire groups FASTPASS for the first attraction while the rest of the group gets in line for another attraction. Typically we do FASTPASS for Winnie the Pooh or Peter Pan and get in line for Dumbo. This may sound too regimented but we can have all of the Fantasyland rides plus the Haunted Mansion and possibly Buzz Lightyear by 10:00 am! Then we snack and rest and take our time!

Disney is an amazing place with a lot to see and do. It's best to have a plan so you know what you want to try to get done during your trip. Realizing that you may not get to everything BUT there is always next trip!

NOW Let's go PLAN!! 

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