Disney Changes FastPass+ Tiers at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot

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Disney is still constantly tweaking FastPass+ selections that are available for guests, and a brand new tweak is currently on the horizon. Beginning Monday, June 16, Disney will change up the tiers of attractions available for guests at both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here is a look at what will be affected.

At Epcot, originally, Living With the Land was a Tier 2 attraction, while the Epcot Character Spot and Maelstrom were Tier 1 options.

Beginning June 16, Epcot’s tier system will be as follows:

Tier 1 (Choose One)

Tier 2 (Choose Two)

My Disney Experience indicates this change as well:

 

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Epcot6-16-2

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the only attraction that has seen a tier change is The Great Movie Ride. Originally, the attraction was a Tier 2 attraction, but it will soon move up to Tier 1.

Beginning June 16, Disney’s Hollywood Studios tier system will be look like this:

Tier 1 (Choose One)

Tier 2 (Choose Two)

Here’s how My Disney Experience appears beginning June 16 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

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If you currently have your FastPass+ reservations made, they will not be affected, unless you change them. Also, nothing has changed at either Disney’s Animal Kingdom or Magic Kingdom; these parks do not include tiering.

For further details about how the whole FastPass+ system works, make sure to read our FastPass+ information page.

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Posted on June 10, 2014

32 Responses to “Disney Changes FastPass+ Tiers at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot”

  • There are a lot of things that suck about FP+, but the suckiest is the odious tiering. Switching a couple of attractions back and forth is just nibbling around the edges, putting lipstick on a pig, rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic–pick your metaphor. The real problem is tiering. Disney, stop tiering!

    • I like FPP. It makes it nice not to have to run half way across the park as soon as you get their to grab a FP. Here is a big plus – on our arrival in the afternoon in July we are going to be able to go to MK and ride Splash, Space and 7DMT with FPP+ that evening.

      • Yes, other than only being able to pre-book 3, not being able to pre-book more than 1 for the same attraction, not being able to pre-book more than 1 Tier 1 attraction, not being able to book more than 30 days ahead of time unless I’m staying onsite (and not at all if I don’t pre-purchase ticket media), not being able to book a 4th FP+ until I’ve used 3, not being able to book a 4th FP+ after using the 1st 3 unless I physically go to a kiosk, not being able to book in multiple parks until I use 3 in 1 park, the multiple glitches in the website, app and/or Magic Bands that can result in FP+s disappearing (sometimes forever), FP+ is awesome.

        • Sorry for the double post, this should have gone here.

          Brian said:

          “Other than only being able to pre-book 3″
          I love having lots of availability for FastPass throughout the day.

          “not being able to pre-book more than 1 for the same attraction”
          I greatly disliked when rode the same attraction over and over again, hogging all the FastPasses in a day. Glad that’s no longer an option.

          “not being able to pre-book more than 1 Tier 1 attraction”
          I love not having people hog the headliners.

          “not being able to book more than 30 days ahead of time unless I’m staying onsite (and not at all if I don’t pre-purchase ticket media)”
          I love having a 30-day head start on the people who are staying off property.

          “not being able to book a 4th FP+ until I’ve used 3″
          See my earlier statement about people who hog the FastPasses.

          “not being able to book a 4th FP+ after using the 1st 3 unless I physically go to a kiosk”
          Agreed, that sucks, and I assume it will be changing soon.

          “not being able to book in multiple parks until I use 3 in 1 park”
          This is not worse than the old system. If you went to a second park in a day, the FastPasses were usually gone. But it would be great if you could pre-book more than one park in a day.

          “the multiple glitches in the website, app and/or Magic Bands that can result in FP+s disappearing (sometimes forever)”
          I love not worrying about losing my paper FastPasses!

          “FP+ is awesome.”
          Agreed! Plus:

          I love not having to get there at rope drop to get FastPasses.

          I love not having to mad dashes across the park to get FastPasses.

          I love being able to reserve rides for at night without having to be there in the morning to get the FastPass.

          - Erik

    • Brian,
      FP+ is a tremendous improvement over the old FastPass system. There are a lot of people taking advantage of being able to better schedule their days at Disney, tiering is necessary to make sure that the maximum opportunity is allowed.

  • Anyone try the Fantasmic FastPass+? I chose a restaurant I didn’t want just to get the Fantasmic Dining Package. That, I know, works well. If the FastPass+ works just as well, I’ll chose a restaurant I want more. -Thanks!!

    • Shawna—we did FPP for Fantasmic 2 weeks ago. Useless. Got there at the earliest time stated, and we sat in the 2nd to last section…pain when trying to get out at the end.

    • We used it October of last year. We had a reserved section similar to the dining package. It’s always hard to give advice. What I was happy with, you might not be. But, we thought it was worth it.

    • We used it in January, and it was useless. There isn’t a specific section for Fastpass+. We were also lucky to have a seat. Was ushered to the far left section of ampitheatre.

    • I just used it this last weekend and I thought it was worth it only because it was Star Wars Weekend and we HAD to go to the 9p show so we were worried about not getting a seat. You still need to show up as early as possible but I felt like it was a much shorter wait and we had a guaranteed spot. It won’t necessarily get you better seats, that’s going to depend on how quick you are.

  • I love FastPass+. It allows me to not do commando touring and sleep in, forgoing rope drop for relaxation, a trade off I’m more than happy to take. But I agree, tiers aren’t working. MK has no tiers and that’s where it seems to be the most needed, and yet MK is working just fine with FP+. Get rid of tiers and let the lines fall where they may.

  • I book my FP+ tonight. After months of tweaking my personalized touring plans, I think I see more tweaking in my future.

  • Can’t they improve the dang thing yet? Only two things needed a FastPass with the tradition system–Soarin and test Track. Adding tiers, we could only do one, and can still only do one. Well, without going commando. We rarely ever did rope drop and now we HAVE to do rope drop or endure mega waits. Before it was easy to arrive a couple of hours (2-3) after opening and just FastPass everything–one exception Hollywood Studios. Which is the one park that improved our visit. We now do DHS on arrival day, grabbing FastPasses for the small handful of rides, see Fantasmic (with a dining package to have a better view) and are done. Before we had to rope drop for Toy Syory Mania and hang out to closing for Fantasmic.

  • The movement of Living with the Land puzzles me.

    • my guess would be to give people option for tier 1 with small kids or family who don’t want to ride soar’n or test track.

    • by Brandi Elam on June 10, 2014, at 9:00 pm EDT

      That was also puzzling to me. I’ve never seen a wait for it, ever, and we always travel during peak seasons.

  • One nice byproduct of the Epcot changes is if you had an existing Living with the Land FP+ (That was booked when it was tier 2), you can now change it to another tier 1 and keep your existing tier 1. I changed my Living with the Land FP+ to Soarin’, so I now have Soarin’ and Test Track on the same day! I guess you could do something similar with Great Movie Ride at DHS. You can also change a lesser tier 2 for Maelstrom now.

  • It makes perfect sense that Living with the Land is now Tier 1. After all, there are usually 2-3 people in line for it most of the year .

    –Lee

  • Now… I hate to complain but this complicates my selections of FastPass+ for my three years old girl… She is the only one in a group of six that does not reach the high. So for group 1, Test Track and Soarin are out.. I was planning to get the Character Spot for her (and me). Now I’m stuck… Illuminations FP for just two of us does not make any sense so that leaves us with… Living with the Land?

  • by Dean Finderhe turstiles, on June 10, 2014, at 9:24 pm EDT

    Can’t we just simplify things, and just give EPCOT and DHS each one mega-queue? From the turstiles, you follow the switchbacks to the first attraction, then from the post-show, follow the switchbacks to the second attraction, to the end of the day. Think of the efficiency!

  • seriously??!
    1) tiers are only needed b/c these two parks have such a difference between tier 1/2 rides. besides tower and stars tours in DHS and mealstrom, spaceship earth and crush in epcot the rest of tier 2 doesn’t really need a FP
    2) maybe they added living with the land because it gets alot of foot traffic from soarin. great movie ride should not have been added- no need
    3) this system would be better without tiers and if you could make your 4th reservation from your phone.

  • I’m so pleased to read that existing fast pass ressies will not be affected, as this would totally mess up my plans. I really wish they would get rid of the tiering though, like lelah says, it means we will have to do rope drop for Epcot as its the only way to ride Soarin and test Track in the same day.

  • I understand their view of why they need tiers. The don’t want to “overbook” the most popular attractions. Problem is — outside of MK, there’s only 1 or 2 top attractions at each park — they are going to get overbooked anyway! LOL.

  • Hopefully by the time we go again they will have done away with the tiering. Soarin’ and Test Track are the only two we usually get FP for in Epcot and not being able to get both really stinks.

  • Who on earth would use a HS tier 1 on Beauty and the Beast?

  • I understand the need for tiering. It’s the only way for Disney to ensure that a majority of guests get to do at least 1 top attraction without a wait. Disney is not catering to the superplanners who have TP and are online at the 60 day mark.

    What I don’t understand is the groupings. In HS just TSMM and RnRC should be tier one, and in Epcot just Soar’n and TT. Then you could either pick one Tier 1 and two Tier 2 or pick three Tier 2. Or you should be able to pick just one or just two FPP and pick up others in the park day-of for whatever is left (just like old FP). Some things would run out early, but that use to happen in the old system as well.

    I realize you can cancel FPP and it accomplishes the same thing, but you can only do it on the website and it’s an extra step. Having to go to a kiosk for your 4th FPP is also annoying.

  • Brian said:

    “Other than only being able to pre-book 3″
    I love having lots of availability for FastPass throughout the day.

    “not being able to pre-book more than 1 for the same attraction”
    I greatly disliked when rode the same attraction over and over again, hogging all the FastPasses in a day. Glad that’s no longer an option.

    “not being able to pre-book more than 1 Tier 1 attraction”
    I love not having people hog the headliners.

    “not being able to book more than 30 days ahead of time unless I’m staying onsite (and not at all if I don’t pre-purchase ticket media)”
    I love having a 30-day head start on the people who are staying off property.

    “not being able to book a 4th FP+ until I’ve used 3″
    See my earlier statement about people who hog the FastPasses.

    “not being able to book a 4th FP+ after using the 1st 3 unless I physically go to a kiosk”
    Agreed, that sucks, and I assume it will be changing soon.

    “not being able to book in multiple parks until I use 3 in 1 park”
    This is not worse than the old system. If you went to a second park in a day, the FastPasses were usually gone. But it would be great if you could pre-book more than one park in a day.

    “the multiple glitches in the website, app and/or Magic Bands that can result in FP+s disappearing (sometimes forever)”
    I love not worrying about losing my paper FastPasses!

    “FP+ is awesome.”
    Agreed! Plus:

    I love not having to get there at rope drop to get FastPasses.

    I love not having to mad dashes across the park to get FastPasses.

    I love being able to reserve rides for at night without having to be there in the morning to get the FastPass.

    - Erik