By Nick the Disney Devo
A while back, my wife Barbie and I took a short vacation to the lovely state of New Hampshire to visit her equally lovely Aunt and Uncle.
In the back of my mind, somewhere, I knew that my window for FastPass+ selections for our October trip to Walt Disney World was coming up.
Our plans were:
October 11th, go to Epcot for a few hours to hit some Food and Wine booths for lunch and ride a couple rides. Relax at the pool. Go back to Epcot for dinner.
October 12-16, 4 night Cruise on the Disney Dream
October 16th, back to WDW, spend the evening at Epcot, visiting more Food and Wine booths, Illuminations
October 17th, Magic Kingdom, fly home
I had already gotten an email notification on August 11th telling me that my FastPass+ window was now open for October 11th.
Using the My Disney Experience app or by going to the Disney Website, guests staying at a Disney Resort Hotel can make FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days before their trips. Anyone else with park admission can book FastPass+ reservations up to 30 days in advance.
I made my 3 selections for Epcot at that time, and made a mental note to be prepared on August 17th to make 3 selections for the Magic Kingdom.
What I should have done is set a notification on my phone reminding me the window for the second portion of our stay was coming up. Maybe put a note in my wallet. Asked my wife to remind me. Something.
The morning of the August 17th came, and I was preoccupied with a wonderful farewell breakfast made by the in-laws, packing and getting mentally prepared for the 7-8 hour drive home, and since I had not set a reminder of any kind, well, I didn’t check my emails until we arrived home later that evening.
My 3 choices were to be the newest and most popular attractions : Meeting Anna and Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall, special Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade viewing, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
Yep. By the time I went to make my selections, all 3 attractions/experiences I wanted to choose were gone, with this message appearing “FastPass+ Distribution Has Ended for Selected Day.”