One Headliner Per Day on FastPass+ Now Being Tested at Epcot
By Dave Shute
There’s been speculation by all who can do math for years now that FastPass+ might need to be restricted to one “headliner” per day for everyone to get a chance at these most popular Walt Disney World rides.
See, for example, this.
Until lately, this has not been an issue among the Fastpass+ tests.
But while making FastPass+ for my December trip (yes, there’s a December trip coming up too) I noted that at Epcot I could only pick one from among Soarin, Test Track, Maelstrom, and the character greeting there.
See the image above for what I saw on MyDisneyExperience.com
Kenny the Pirate adds Illuminations to this list from which you must pick one, and says this applies to all new Fastpass+ selections at Epcot between now and December 29.
I’ve already given my advice here for how to handle Epcot with just one headliner, but here it is again:
Epcot: Plan to arrive early and see Test Track from the stand-by line. Target for Fastpass+ first Soarin, then Turtle Talk with Crush, and then Spaceship Earth (the last two aren’t that hard to get now, but I predict they’ll become tougher as Fastpass+ takes more of their capacity).
And the other options?
- No one should bother with a Fastpass+ for Maelstrom–just see it first thing after Word Showcase opens, or skip it
- Lines at the Epcot Character Spot will grow because it is the only FastPass+ option especially appropriate for little kids. FastPass+ it only if you plan to see nothing else on this list
- I can’t right now see a Fastpass+ for Illuminations as the highest priority for many, but will have a better sense next weekend, after I’ve seen if from the Fastpass+ location
You would think that this change should have no effect on those who made their Epcot Fastpass+ choices before it went into effect on Friday.
But you know what? I wouldn’t change any prior Epcot Fastpass+ reservations until we hear from the field that people are able to do this and still keep the three headliners available before this new wrinkle to the Epcot test!