Itineraries Now All Updated to FastPass+
By Dave Shute
I completed last week a process that began in November 2013: updating the Disney World itineraries on this site for FastPass+.
There’s three parts to the itineraries on this site (links are to examples):
- A summary that indicates which park to be in which day, and includes dining
- To-Do Lists that among other steps indicate how many ticket days and hotel nights to buy, and how and which dining and FastPass+ to reserve for when
- Daily agendas that give step by step approaches to each day’s activities
Because dining is reservable 180 days ahead, the first itineraries intended for use launched this week–which meant I had to have summaries done 180 days ahead (hence the November start), FastPass+ done 60 days ahead, and daily agendas done–well, before the end of May, hence the flurry the last few weeks (sorry about those RSS feeds…).
In the meantime, I’ve been running two sets of itineraries–at peak, 24 of them–so that people who had booked dining for January through May could use the old ones, while those aimed at June and later could use the new ones.
That’s done now, as everything (well, everything I could find) now redirects to the new itineraries. (All the new itineraries have “FastPass+” in the name.)
There’s still three core itineraries and nine variants (all shorter but one):
- The Basic Itinerary, which covers my three top-ranked December weeks
- The High-Crowd Itinerary, which covers the busier times of the year and replaces the old “Summer” itinerary
- The Lower-Crowd Itinerary, which covers the rest of the year, and replaces the old “Autumn-Winter-Spring” itinerary
Which weeks they work–and any necessary changes in them those weeks–is covered here.
All the shorter variants are here.
I’ll be posting a little later on the design principles behind these, but the key is that they are designed from the blank page on to take advantage of using FastPass+ to match how most families wish to visit–that is, they include a lot of sleeping in.
Of necessity there’s less “sleeping in” in the high crowd variant than the other two, and less in the shorter variants than in the longer ones–but in all cases there’s more than in the old itineraries!