Well, If there ever was a time to switch gears and move to Paid Fastpass it would be after all this. Not everyone is going to like it but it does make sense. I for one would happily pay for a premium like that. Smaller wait times and it would get Disney back to making real revenue. Unfortunately, they will continue to pay Cast Members poorly and not re-invest it in their parks. If they could only make Joe Rhode president of WDI, get some budgets in line, and stop with the IPs would would have a much better Disney World in 5 to 7 years. IMHO.
A 100% virtual queue system that doesn't allow you to be in multiple queues simultaneously with rules similar to the original FP system would make the most sense to me.
There isn't room in the parks for this (MAYBE Epcot, but that's a big maybe). Lines are like sponges for crowds. Going to the extreme example of Kilimanjaro safaris (one of the highest capacity, longest lines). Mister Penguin estimates a PPH of 4,428pph. Assuming there is an hour long line (not unreasonable for this ride), with 50% allocation to Fp, that's 2,214 people in line. Switching to a virtual queue line as you suggest, would move those 2000+ people out into the streets, resturants, shops which are already busy.
This problem then gets multiplied for every attraction in the park. Volcano Bay can do this, because it was built with this in mind. MK, DHS, AK, (and probably EPCOT, but maybe not) would not have any room too move. MK already looks like this some busy days:
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Disney is not designed to have the vast majority of guests just milling about. There's no room for it. The stores, walkways, etc. would all be shoulder to shoulder miserable non-stop. They need people waiting in lines to relieve some of the pressure on other areas.
That can be aided by having live performance shows (and even 'dead' attractions) eating some of that crowd. Even Stitch and CoP eat some people.
Disney seems to be going in the other direction w/r/t those things, though.
All bets are off at the moment. One of several scenarios is no FP. But it’s an inching forward work in progress.Wait... you mean FastPass itself might be going away permanently?!
Or the FP+ advance reservations may be replaced with a same-day and/or paid version?
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