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Rumor: FASTPASS late returns to end in March

by Leah Zanolla
Feb 7, 2012

A rumor is spreading around the internet that Walt Disney World will begin enforcing FASTPASS return times beginning in early March (possibly the 7th). Officially, the FASTPASS system provides park guests with a one-hour return "window" so they can avoid waiting in typically long lines for attractions. However, it has been common, yet unofficial, practice for cast members to only enforce the starting time and not the ending time. For example, if the listed return "window" is from 10:05 am - 11:05 am, cast members would not allow you entrance to the FASTPASS line until 10:05. In the past, the beginning of the "window" is the only time to which attention was paid. Therefore, a guest who returned at 6:00 pm would still be allowed entrance using his or her 10:05 am - 11:05 am FASTPASS. Consequently, many guests would plan their park touring around the leniency of FASTPASS return times. Supposedly, the ending return time (in the above example, 11:05 am) will now be strictly enforced as well, though some are suggesting there may still be a 15 minute "grace period." As for a reason behind this policy change, many are speculating it is due to a new Next Generation FASTPASS system which will allow guests to reserve their FASTPASSES both before they leave home and from their Disney hotel room.

It must be noted that, as of now, these are only rumors. Join the discussion about this topic on this thread at DISboards.com.



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