Beginning next week, it looks like Disney will begin distributing FastPass+ for Frozen Ever After at Epcot beginning with the 9am-10am timeslot. Since opening, the first Frozen Ever FastPass+ of the day was for 11am-12pm, which meant the first two hours of the day were devoted to standby. This helped move about 2,000 standby riders through the attraction between 9am-11am and actually made getting in line around 10:15am an intelligent choice. Assuming Disney distributes FastPass+ for Frozen at the usual ratio of 80/20, that means only about 400 standby riders will ride between 9am and 11am and wait times around 10am will be as long or longer as other parts of the day. This means standby waits will rise much faster in the morning as less capacity is given to standby.
It is potentially good news for those that were unable to get Frozen FastPass+ as there is now availability for dates beginning December 6th. Note that there is no availability again beginning December 17th, so it’s possible that this is a “test.” Disney has also opened up FP+ experiences for times after 9pm beginning on December 24th and continuing for that holiday week.
We’ll see how much of an impact this changes makes to wait times next week.