Just returned from our most recent trip to Disney/Epcot/Animal Kingdom. Used the new fast passes two years ago on previous trip and were unhappy but gave it one more shot.
At Animal Kingdom Standby said 40 minutes for Exp Everest so my wife went to the Nemo Show as she does not ride coasters. 75 min later still not on the ride but fast pass people were pouring in. While we all watched. She loaded 10 min fast pass then two groups from Standby then back to fast pass.
We were told ride had been down so lots of extra passes were given out. We then missed that Nemo show as we had fast passes at Epcot that had to be used and could not stay for the next Nemo show. Got to Epcot and used first pass then had about two hours until next pass. Frozen showed 55 minutes so we hit the line.
Exact same thing, we waited close to 90 minutes and missed our next fastpass and had to call to change our dinner reservation. Fast passes work great if you have one, which means for three rides a day you are good. The rest of your day is now up in the air due to Disney having no control over when passes are used during the hour. If you happen to get in the standby line when a rush of fastpass users come in you are screwed.
It was just to much work trying to ride stuff. As a dad I stood in line and calculated what I was spending for each ride my kids took. You are looking at about 15 to 20 dollars per ride if you can get 12 in . Two trips in a row now after 35 years of enjoying Disney that were not any fun and the cost is now astronomical.
Take your family to Europe or go on five cruises but I can no longer recommend the Magic Kingdom as a place you want to go to more than once. Several people in the Frozen line had to leave after waiting over an hour due to dinner reservations, I cant repeat what they thought. As we left the Magic Kingdom all we heard were complaints from the crowd around us. Take your kids once if you can afford it but prepare yourself for the fight because it is no longer magical.
We used to go to an area get a fast pass wait in standby for another ride then use the fastpass then start all over again. I now find myself running all over the park trying to make this new system work. Jessica an employee at one of the restaurants in Animal Kingdom heard us talking about the problem on Exp Everest and she gave us passes for two rides at Epcot to make up for it and Ice Cream for my daughter as it was her birthday. Thank you Jessica as this did help soften what had become a pretty stressful day and the kids do love Soarin.
You should leave Animal Kingdom talking about how good the Lion King Show is not how mad you are about the fast pass situation. Even with passes already purchased for the parks our family will be taking a five or ten year hiatus from the Magic.
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