Disney has used FastPassm, its virtual queuing system, for quite some time now.
It helps cut down on your wait time by allowing guests to schedule a return time and bypass the standby line. While there’s some really complicated math behind how Disney calculates when to schedule return times, what’s important is that it is a free option and it can save you a ton of time.
Now For Water Parks Too?
For the first time in almost two decades, Disney is testing a virtual queuing system at their water parks.
These tests have not involved anything technological yet, so your MagicBand isn’t going to work here. Also, they aren’t calling it FastPass, but the system works similarly to the old-school FastPass. Guests are given a card printed with a ride time attached to a rubber band to wear it around your wrist.
The test, which will run into early April 2017, is being tested at select rides in Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon where Miss Adventure Falls recently opened up.
The test is probably in anticipation of Universal Orlando’s opening of Volcano Bay, a water park connected to the theme park nearby. Guests visiting the Univeral water park will have access to wearable technology that will alert visitors when its time to ride. This is different from Disney’s MagicBands, which don’t the ability to provide feedback to the wearer.
Only time will tell if these tests lead to something more. While the theme parks are always busy, even the biggest attractions at the water parks could have little to no wait except in the summertime. Perhaps Disney could introduce FP+ in their water parks on an as-needed basis so it can be available during busy times and not available during off-peak times.