Tales From The College Program: Fast Pass Scam
When I arrived in Florida to start my College Program with Disney I was dumb enough to think that i'd be given some kind of pass that would let me skip the lines (well hoping for one at least). I soon found out that Cast Members had to wait in line with every one else. My new mission was to find a way around that. The solution was acquiring Fast Passes. This was back in 2003 when Cast Member's did not pay attention to the tiny date printed on the bottom of the pass. Here are the ways I collected:
1. Ripping off the Fast Pass Machine: If you know how to do this, good for you (if not...sorry). This was somewhat complicated because you needed 2 to 3 people to pull it off. One look out, one guy to do the deed and one guy to catch all the passes that were going to shoot out.
2. Asking a fellow CP for a rider switch pass: Instead of just asking for multiple Fast Passes the best thing to do was ask a Cast Member for a rider switch which would get you and 3 friends on. This was also complicated because most CM's do not go to the parks on there days off and will look at you like an idiot for wasting your day off. You also have to ask a fellow CP (College Program). This is because most full time Cast Members hate CP's and will tell you no. The third problem is that after weeks of asking the same CP's for Rider Switch's they'll get tired of hooking you up.
3. The Locker Room: Have you ever noticed what CM's do with Fast Passes after you turn them in? They either throw them in a bin or shove a stack in their pockets. They'll eventually forget about the giant stack in their pockets until it's quitting time. As they change into their street clothes they will remember about the Fast Passes they had been shoving in their pockets all day and instead of throwing them away they will simply drop them on the bench in the locker room. So, on my trips to the Magic Kingdom I would enter the utilidor and go straight to the Men's Locker Room where I would collect all of the discarded Fast Passes.
I ended up with Fast Passes from all the parks and had multiple passes for every ride on property. Aside from all the Peter Pan's in the above photo this is all I have left.
It was a good little system I had going.....