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Tom Staggs on Disney’s NextGen Project



By Dave Shute

THE LATEST ON WALT DISNEY WORLD’S NEXTGEN PROJECT

In Disney’s February 2011 investor conference, Parks and Resorts head Tom Staggs gave a little more detail about the initiatives that have become known as Disney’s NextGen Project.

(See this for prior thoughts on NextGen.)

He described what he called “a version of FASTPASS for the entire vacation.”

It would include being able to handle from home before even leaving for Walt Disney World reserving times to see attractions, setting times for character interactions, and reserving seats and times for theater-style shows.

Moreover, hotel keys would be in your hands before you left as well.

The upshot of all this would be less time spent waiting in line, less uncertainty about whether or not you’ll be able to see an attraction, less fuss checking in to hotels, and an overall better and more personalized experience.

Staggs noted that it will be some time before these features become available, and did not hint as to when that time would be…

Stagg’s presentation was largely consistent with this site’s previous speculation about Disney’s NextGen Project, without confirming any specific thoughts other than those noted above.

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10 comments

1 Al { 08.10.12 at 5:07 pm }

Geez …… hope you don’t lay too many people off with these improvements.

2 Mel { 09.15.12 at 3:08 pm }

Is there any more details on what this is going to be? I have a friend that is going down Ina week. Nehru fami,y was randomly selected to take part in the testing of the ultimate fast pass they will be offering. She pre-picked all the rides and times for one day. She also was told there will be pre- assigned seating areas for the electic parade and wishes…..:(. I understand it would be nice to be able to schedule stuff in advance, but it sounds like this would create longer fast pass lines and even longer wait times. Sounds like Disney is really gearing towards people who plan months and years in advance and people who plan last minute trips are out of luck.

3 Mel { 09.15.12 at 3:11 pm }

Typo… Sorry. Was suppose to say her family was selected

4 Dave { 09.16.12 at 10:05 am }

Hi Mel–dates are just speculation, but it could be soon. Disney World has been netter for those who plan ahead for a long time, and this will make it more so…but it won’t be as bad for those who can’t as many are assuming–I’ll post more about this soon…

5 Eduardo { 10.26.12 at 9:03 am }

Hi,

I will be in Orlando in the first 2 weeks of march? Any ideia on how croud it will be? SPecially the first week? Is it better to use the first week to do something else (what) and leave Disney Parks for the second week?
How can I take advantadge of this NextGen project or anything similar to help me avoid the lines I will probably get in the first week of march?
Many Thanks,
Eduardo (from Brazil)

6 Dave { 10.26.12 at 10:04 am }

Hi Eduardo! NextGen has not launched yet. The first week will be MUCH less crowded than the second week–see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2012/08/21/march-2013-walt-disney-world/

7 Eduardo { 10.26.12 at 11:07 am }

Owo!1 That completely change my program. I guess this is because of SPring Break and Easter. Are all spring breaks confirmed? Or this can change radically? I need to put reservation for dinning, parks, etc.

Best Regards,
Eduardo
PS: What a great site!!! Congratulations !!!

8 Dave { 10.26.12 at 1:03 pm }
9 Eduardo { 10.29.12 at 7:33 am }

Thanks again. This weekend I tried to book my flights from Brazil to Orlando and only got arrving in march 30th, and lreturning home in april 12. SO, insted of the first 2 weeks of march I will be in Orlando for the first 2 weeks of April. It seems realy bad, right? For april, I guess the second week will be less crowded at WDW parks, right? What about other parks like Busch Garden, water parks? Are they also as crowded as WDW? any suggestion of what to do during the first week of APril with 2 young daughters (6 and 4 y/o)? Many thanks. Eduardo

10 Dave { 10.29.12 at 2:03 pm }

Hi Eduardo, the second week will be fine, but you are right, the first week will be quite crowded–and it will be crowded everywhere in Florida, not just Disney.

You can either focus your planning on the second week, or visit parks both weeks. In the first week, the key will be arriving before the parks open and not expecting to have much fun in the afternoons–in fact, I’d take the afternoons off.

Most of my stuff is for kids 8 or older, but see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/03/09/the-comprehensive-guide-to-walt-disney-world-rides-and-attractions/

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