Early reports detailing Walt Disney World’s NextGen Fastpass system – xPass – are starting to make their way into the Disney fanatic community. Opinions, and battle lines, are being drawn.
From what I can tell, there are basically three camps at this point: Haters, optimists and the wait-and-sees.
To be honest, I have no idea what to think – though I am leaning toward apprehension. Yeah, I know that’s rather wishy-washy, but I’ve learned to hold off on taking a hard stance on changes at WDW before I get a chance to actually experience it. (See: My stupid opinion after the announcement of “The Magic, the Memories and You.”) So I’d like to think it’s been thought through and will be a nice addition to vacationing at Walt Disney World.
I’m just not so sure though.
Evidently, xPass will allow guests to schedule times for attractions, meet-and-greets, shows and even parades before they even arrive. At face value, I loathe this. I don’t want to schedule every last second of my vacation. My Grumpy Old Man side yearns for the days when we could make trouble-free dinner arrangements before leaving the resort that morning. Obviously, we now live in a (Disney) world where ADRs are a must for most table service restaurants at exactly 180-days out. So the thought of having to schedule a time when I need to be at Small World is less than appealing.
I’ve learned to live with making ADRs six months early, but I’m not sure about scheduling every moment of every day. Although that’s probably a broad generalization. I can’t see every guest adhering to a hard-and-fast schedule, or Disney expecting people to spend their days like that.
Additionally, if we find it’s analogous to Fastpass, then it won’t really change how I tour the theme parks. Sometimes I use Fastpass, sometimes I don’t. It’s not a vital part of my touring plans.
What do you think? Do you like what you’re hearing?