So this morning my group was disappointed in our quest for a SDD fastpass. We were looking to go on day 61 or 62. There is nothing available on day 60 or 61, and day 62 only has slots in the late afternoon or evening for a party of 1. This doesn’t help our party of 15 much! I assume this is directly related to some people having their window open early. We have TSMM and AS2 instead, and I know to keep checking to modify, and I know about same day drops, and rope drop and standy by line right before park close. None of that really changes the disappointment of hearing others make their FPP and our not being able to even though we are paying that same extra money to stay onsite.
I also had a problem with my parents’ tickets not opening at 7am with the rest of ours, so I had to get their FP an hour later when theirs finally opened. This meant I couldn’t get their 9am FPP right at 9, instead it’s at 9:35, which means they can’t join us on our 10:30 FPP (it’s for a show, so I may go to guest services when we arrive at the park or beg the CM at the FPP show entrance). Anyway, what was interesting about this was those that I had no problem with had old tickets from UT-my family of 6 plus my in-laws, while my parents’ were date-specific. My cousin, who also had date-specific tickets, could make her own just fine but I couldn’t add her to my party in the same way I couldn’t add my parents. My parents are currently on the west coast so I couldn’t just call them up to see if they could make their own at 7am (4am their time, they would not have been pleased!) I’m not sure if I’m being clear about this, but I thought it was interesting. The new vs old tickets seems to have whacked out the FP system a bit.
All that aside, we got FOP easily (9 of us at 7pm on day 63), my cousin got 7DMT just fine at noon for 5 people on day 62, we got PP, WtP, Splash, Space, BTMRR, AS2, TSMM, FEA. Not sure if anyone else with a large group would benefit from any other specifics, if so let me know!