Disney just announced that they will launch a new FastPass+ pilot program on Friday, January 12th!
The FP+ program has gone through several iterations throughout the years from a paper version where guests had to visit each individual attraction and pick up a return ticket to the new digital FP+ attached to your MagicBand, which is currently only used at Disney World. The current program allows for guests of the Disney resort hotels to make FP+ selections 60 days in advance and off-property guests to do the same at 30 days. You can choose three attractions to get in the virtual queue and cut down your wait time during your vacation.
The add-on option costs $50 plus tax per guest per day in addition to your regular park admission, which has to include at least a three-day pass. Therefore, the add-on would cost a minimum of $150 plus the cost of your park ticket.
So what do you get for $150? First and most importantly, you get to make your FP+ reservations 90 days in advance, which is a full 30 days before anyone else! This is a huge perk. Since this pilot will be offered to a relatively small population, and since you will get first dibs, you will likely be able to get any FastPass+ you want.
You also get three more FP+ choices per day for a total of six attractions every day. Presumably, you can still make additional reservations at the kiosks once these six FastPasses are used up.
This add-on might seem expensive, but $50 a day might be worth it to you to save a significant amount of time waiting in lines and not having to stake out a fireworks viewing spot hours in advance. This program is in response to guests asking for more ways to personalize their vacations.
A Good Idea?
Personally, I’m a little surprised it has taken Disney this long to launch a way to earn more money from their $1 billion investment in FastPass+. At least for now, they will add a little extra cash with very little impact on the FastPass+ experience for other guests. Most other theme park operators charge everyone for programs like FastPass.
Will this eventually mean most guests will pay more money? Or that there will be fewer FastPass+ reservation options?