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Walt Disney World to Test New Fastpass System

30 April 2012 4 Comments

Walt Disney World will begin testing their new Fastpass system beginning May 1 at the Magic Kingdom. Currently, Disney’s Fastpass system allows guests to obtain free tickets for various attractions with a time printed on each ticket when guests can return to the shorter Fastpass line. With the new system, Disney wants to allow guests to book Fastpass tickets at home and have them ready when they get to the park.

Right now, guests will be pre-selected to test the new system before they arrive at the theme park and will make their ride selections once they get to the Magic Kingdom. At this point, guests will be unable to change their chosen attractions or ride times once selected.

Guests will receive a list of the Fastpass attractions they’ve selected and will be given a special card to wave by scanners designed for the new Fastpass cards in order to “check in” their arrival. These special scanners have been set up at a variety of attractions throughout the Magic Kingdom, but a list of specific attractions that will be part of the Fastpass testing program is not available. However, once the program launches officially, it’s expected that there will be many more attractions available for Fastpass than there have been previously.

The testing phase will last from May 1 to May 15. Please keep in mind that all details are subject to change once the Fastpass system officially launches. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as the weeks progress.

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  • SEAN said:

    Not sure I like this idea. Might be better to say you can fastpass each ride ONCE a day and do it that way. I liked the old system better where you got a fastpass for say 130p – 230p then you couldn’t get another fastpass for any ride during that timeframe. You could get another fastpass if it was 245p – 345p. The fastpass system isn’t working right now. I got to The Studios to get one for Toy Story Mania (for the end of the night) and then had to wait hours before I could get another fastpass.

  • Denise Shively said:

    Thanks for your comment, Sean. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how the system will improve once they’ve completed testing. No details have been finalized yet, so Disney will be using this time to test the new system and see what works and what doesn’t.

  • Diana said:

    I am definitely interested in seeing how this works out. Not sure I’m a fan…..but you’re right, we’ll have to wait and see. Keep us posted! :)

  • Allison Jones said:

    It will be interesting to see how this affects a local guest experience!

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