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Disney's FastPass entering digital era -- OrlandoSentinel.com

There are 64 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Sep 6, 2007, titled Disney's FastPass entering digital era -- OrlandoSentinel.com. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Walt Disney World visitors could someday order line-skipping, "FastPass" ride tickets from their cell phones or home computers, and could receive preferential treatment based on the price of their Disney ...

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get a clue

Wilmington, DE

#1 Sep 6, 2007
Perhaps before you get all bent out of shape you might just wait and see what happens, or invest the time to write a letter to Disney before you start screaming about discrimination and unfair and all the rest of your boo hooing. Seriously, aren't there more important issues--say, world hunger and war--to worry about before you get upset over what Disney 'might possibly' do to FastPasses?
Interested Observer

Boston, MA

#2 Sep 6, 2007
If you can afford a ticket to Disney, you can afford a cell phone. Gee, you can get a disposable one with a couple hours usage in Walmart's for ten bucks or so.
Jeff sampson

Goldsboro, NC

#3 Sep 6, 2007
"Could someday"? This isn't news. This technology isn't entering the digital era, it's already there. Does the writer of this article think that fast passes are created with rubber stamps?

This is an improvement on an existing technology, not a ground breaking new one.

The story here is that Disney filed a patent to improve a technology, something that happens quite frequently.
Art

Orlando, FL

#4 Sep 6, 2007
Privacy issues? If you give your cell phone number to someone (via text messaging, calling them, etc), you are not losing your privacy. You're giving it away. You can't fault Disney for collecting information that people freely give them.

Since: Jul 07

Orlando

#5 Sep 6, 2007
Disney is out to make a profit? GASP! Those evil evil people.
karen

Salem, NH

#6 Sep 6, 2007
That's discrimination against people who aren't as financially fortunate."
Nuff Said!!
I'll go down there twice a year and stay in their value resorts. Does that mean if I go there only once every year and stay in their deluxe resorts I've spent more money? Talk about being penalized
Shaw

Atlanta, GA

#7 Sep 6, 2007
If everyone is paying the same price to get into the park then no one should get special treatment to skip ahead.

If Disney allows people to skip ahead because of their hotel status then I will just find another park that will accept my dollars regardless of status.
Billy Bob

Tallahassee, FL

#10 Sep 6, 2007
Man...I love that Mr Toads Wild Ride!
Hot Momma

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#11 Sep 6, 2007
Billy Bob wrote:
Man...I love that Mr Toads Wild Ride!
Sadly, it was replaced by Winnie the Pooh.
Chicken Little

Miami, FL

#12 Sep 6, 2007
FED UP wrote:
It just perpetuates the current trend of "you make more money and you're better than anyone else!" Sure, just pay your way to the top!! Don't let a good thing like, oh I dunno, Courtesy, timeliness, and ethics get in the way! You're better than ANYONE out there so go ahead, pay the money and just skip everything you were taught as a kid.
Stupid f'in moronic selfish and GREEDY PEOPLE.
The have-nots use words like "discrimination" and "equality" to take from the haves. The true meaning of these words has been long forgotten. I suppose you are "entitled" to eat at a 5-star gourmet restaurant for the price of your big mac at mcdonalds too? You can buy preferential treatment too, but you are too lazy to get out there and earn the money to do so. Instead you will play "victim" and talk about how you are "entitled" to the same treatment as everybody else.
Davie FL

United States

#13 Sep 6, 2007
I go to Disney frequently. And, I stay at the value resorts. I have always thought that ANY person staying at ANY of the resorts should automatically get a fast pass for all the rides. Just because I prefer to stay the value resorts (they're more fun and kid friendly) doesn't mean I don't spend as much money as someone staying in the more expensive resorts.
Seann Stewart

Winter Garden, FL

#14 Sep 6, 2007
My wife and I came to WDW several times on vacation before moving to FL. Universal Studios has fast passes that you can buy and we never did because we think it is wrong that you can buy your way to the front. Disney always treated all guest the same no matter how much you spent or were you stayed, and that made us fell good since we never had alot of money to spend but came to WDW anyway. Now, with the new shows seating and this fastpass, Disney is showing us money does matter and Walt's ideas and what he wanted do not. Thank you disney for not making my dreams come true.
antonio

AOL

#15 Sep 6, 2007
Just another anti disney article from the most anti disney paper in the world. This system id rolled out will benifit ALL. When you file for some protection you need to cover all, so you write the grand vision. Don'y you think someone can track your e-mails.
mike

Texarkana, AR

#16 Sep 6, 2007
The fastpass is good and bad. If you don't get one for the popular rides when you first get in the park...you are locked out of the ride all together. That happen to us at Epcot for sorin. We had a park hopper and when we got to Epcot in the afternoon FastPass was all 'out of times' and the regular wait was 2 hours. No thanks.
Seann Stewart

Winter Garden, FL

#17 Sep 6, 2007
Chicken Little wrote:
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The have-nots use words like "discrimination" and "equality" to take from the haves. The true meaning of these words has been long forgotten. I suppose you are "entitled" to eat at a 5-star gourmet restaurant for the price of your big mac at mcdonalds too? You can buy preferential treatment too, but you are too lazy to get out there and earn the money to do so. Instead you will play "victim" and talk about how you are "entitled" to the same treatment as everybody else.
The people that take care of all your needs are the people you just called lazy. If we all had jobs were we could eat at 5-star restaurant and stay in the best resorts, there would be no one to park my car, transport us, take my order, make my bed, all the things you think you should have because of your money, would not! There would be no mickey mouse.
Piggy

Winter Garden, FL

#19 Sep 6, 2007
Bad Idea---

Would create a Class System.
Wayne

Pompano Beach, FL

#20 Sep 6, 2007
Perhaps Disney should take a look down the street at what Universal does. Two lines at each ride, fast pass and regular. There are no times associated with a fast pass to complicate things. If you bought a fast pass, you go on the ride quickly. If you didn't you wait on the regular line. If you stay on site, your room key is a fast pass. Could it be any simpler? Sometimes Disney tries to be TOO fancy, and that's when things get messy. Keep it simple.
qzone

Mclean, VA

#21 Sep 6, 2007
pay all that money to stay in line for hours. You see why America called you "Floriduh!"

Oh, dont forget the hot, humid heat. No thanks. I'll stay where I am at. and BTW, didnt Disney make 100 Trillion dollars profit this month...
DVC Member

South River, NJ

#22 Sep 6, 2007
Chicken Little wrote:
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The have-nots use words like "discrimination" and "equality" to take from the haves. The true meaning of these words has been long forgotten. I suppose you are "entitled" to eat at a 5-star gourmet restaurant for the price of your big mac at mcdonalds too? You can buy preferential treatment too, but you are too lazy to get out there and earn the money to do so. Instead you will play "victim" and talk about how you are "entitled" to the same treatment as everybody else.
I see this as an extension of 'value-added' service that deluxe resorts offer. Deluxe and DVC nightly rates are $200-$600 per night for non-suite rooms. Everyone assumes that only financially successful people stay at top shelf resorts and that the rabble are relegated to value resorts. What about the vast majority of middle class people who scrimp and save so that they can stay at a Deluxe resort? There are thousands of Deluxe rooms at WDW and they are booked year 'round. Those rooms are filled with people just like you and me- regular folks who enjoy a few extra amenities. Please, stop with the 'class envy'. This is about offering something extra to families who spend $2000-$3000 on their room over those that spend $500-$600 for a week in WDW. To follow the logic of those that oppose the concept, should room-service be banned as well? Or how about closing the health clubs and spas? It is not about 'haves' and 'have nots'. It is about each families' individual expectations and what they are willing to do to meet them. If WDW wants to make Deluxe Resort more attractive by addind more amenities, then good.
Mr V

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#23 Sep 6, 2007
Seems to me that they are just making it easier for people who want to be efficient with their time there. I went earlier this year and I didn't find it fun to wait in the lines, and we did use fast pass, but because you can only be in one fastpass queue at a time, I found it to be of limited value but it still was better than nothing. I'd rather just pay an upcharge for each ride I want to get into quicker. And lastly, all Disney is doing is applying for a patent. That doesn't mean they will implement anything of what's been mentioned in the article and what they do implement, it may be awhile before we see it.

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