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Disney Fastpass Service, FastPass+, and MaxPass are virtual queuing systems created by the Walt Disney Company. First introduced in late 1999 (though the idea of a ride reservation system was first introduced in world's fairs),[1] Fastpass, FastPass+, and MaxPass allow guests to avoid long lines at the attractions on which the system is installed, freeing them to partake of other attractions during their wait. Disney's Fastpass and FastPass+ services are available at no additional charge to all park guests, while MaxPass costs US$15 a day.

Disney Fastpass
Disney Fastpass logo
Legacy Fastpass logo (not Fastpass+)
TypeVirtual queuing system
Inception1999; 20 years ago (1999)
AvailableYes

Changes in implementationEdit

On August 30, 2007, the Walt Disney Company filed a patent for using SMS as a way to get and use Fastpasses in the park. The patent indicated that guests staying at Disney hotels would be allowed to make early reservations for attractions using their in-room television.[2]

Disney FastPass+Edit

 
Logo for Fastpass+

FastPass+ allows guests to reserve and plan a visit to a Disney Park in advance for select FastPass+ attractions, Character Greetings, entertainment, and viewing areas for parades and fireworks. The new system allows guests to make reservations up to 60 days in advance, and change at any time. FastPass+ is a reservation and scheduling system, unlike the old paper Fastpass system, which was a virtual queuing concept. Additionally, guests are encouraged to reserve FastPass+ sections with their group and are allowed to change the group's FastPass+ reservation.[3] Currently guests staying at an onsite Disney resort can make reservations up to 60 days in advance while all other guests can schedule reservations up to 30 days in advance, assuming tickets are linked to their account. Annual Passholders can hold Fastpass+ reservations for up to 7 different days in the 30-day window. If a Passholder is staying at a Disney resort onsite, they have 60 days to make reservations for the entire length of the stay.[4]

Guests can make three reservations in advance for each day, and all three must be at the same theme park. Disney's Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios separate the attractions available for reservation into two tiers. Guests are restricted in the combination of attractions they are able to reserve in these parks to ensure better reservation availability for others at the parks' most popular attractions. Guests may make a further reservation via an in-park kiosk or the My Disney Experience app after they have used their initial three selections subject to availability. They may continue to make further reservations after using each reservation, until all reservation slots have been allocated for the day.[5]

Pay FastpassEdit

Originally, all the Fastpass tickets are free as long as the guests purchased their park tickets. However, on January 11, 2017, Disney announced Disney's MaxPass for the Disneyland Resort. The new system works in conjunction with the original Fastpass system. It is the first virtual queue system from Disney that is not free, costing US$10/day or $75/year upon launch in 2017. On January 6, 2018, Disney increased the price to US$15/day, and US$100/year.[6] It is included with select Disneyland Annual Passports. The system allows users to receive a Fastpass return time on their smartphone through the Disneyland mobile app when they are inside the parks. Guests who buy the MaxPass system are also able to download their PhotoPass pictures for free.[7][8][9][10]

Also, in March 2017, Shanghai Disneyland introduced Disney Premier Access, a similar system to Disney's MaxPass.[11]

Fastpass promotionsEdit

Throughout the summer of 2011–2012, dubbed Disney Soundsational Summer, guests staying at any of the three hotels of the Disneyland Resort received two complimentary Fastpasses per person. These passes allowed guests to enter the Fastpass line of any Fastpass attraction (plus The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure, which does not otherwise offer Fastpass) at any time they chose, similar to the Dream Fastpass.[12]

Guests who stay in the Disneyland Hotel or in club-level accommodations at Disneyland Resort Paris hotels receive an untimed single-use Fastpass voucher for each day of their stays, usable any time except between 13:00 and 16:00. Guests in Castle Club accommodations at the Disneyland Hotel or suites in any hotel instead receive a VIP Fastpass, which can be used repeatedly for the full length of stay with no time restrictions. In each case, the Fastpass is usable only on rides with Fastpass facilities.[13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Themed Attraction; Fastpass".
  2. ^ "Disney Files Patent for Wireless FastPasses". "Netcot.com". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved September 5, 2007.
  3. ^ "Making FastPass+ Selections". Walt Disney World. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  4. ^ "Annual Passes – Frequently Asked Questions". disneyworld.com. Walt Disney World-Disney Parks. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "What is FastPass+ and How to Use it – FAQ". Walt Disney World Resort. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  6. ^ "Disneyland Resort increases prices for tickets, parking and more". Attractions Magazine. January 7, 2019. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  7. ^ Glover, Erin. "Additional Disney FASTPASS Locations and New Disney MaxPass Coming to Disneyland Resort". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  8. ^ Munarriz, Rick (January 18, 2017). "Will Disney World Start Charging for FastPass? – The Motley Fool". The Motley Fool. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  9. ^ Sciretta, Peter (January 11, 2017). "MaxPass Is Disneyland's Premium Paid FastPass Service". Slashfilm. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  10. ^ Martin, Hugo. "Disneyland to add $14 digital surchage for Fastpass option". Stuff. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  11. ^ "Disney Premier Access Now Available at Shanghai Disneyland". TDR Explorer. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "Disneyland Discount Information". "WDW Info".
  13. ^ "Disney's FASTPASS". DLP Guide – Disneyland Paris at the click of a mouse!.

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