Disney’s Fastpass attraction return time tickets have always had a time window for guests to come back to ride the attraction. While cast members have always kept guests from entering the attractions before their Fastpass return time, it was a great tip for those in the know that they could return to the attraction anytime they wanted the rest of the day after their return time began. Starting March 7, that leeway will no longer be allowed.
For example, if a guest received a Fastpass that told them they could return to the attraction between 4:25 and 5:05 to have little or no wait to get in, the guest wouldn’t be allowed to return before 4:25, but they could ignore the 5:05 time because cast members didn’t enforce the end of the return window. Guests could return as late as the park was open that day and be let into the Fastpass line.
In a message to cast members, Disney stated “to provide the best experience possible” the Fastpass return window will be enforced starting March 7, 2012. Disney went on to remind cast members that this is not a change, but a reminder of the existing policy. Disney says most guests already return within their Fastpass time window.
Cast members will be allowed to make exceptions for things such as personal emergencies, a delay in meal service or when an attraction stops running during the return window.