When the parks re-opened following the COVID-19 closure, Fastpass+ did not return. The Park Pass reservation system utilized a portion of the Fastpass+ infrastructure and it is unknown if Fastpass or Fastpass+ will ever return.
Prior to the COVID-19 closure, changes to the existing Fastpass+ system were rumored. These rumors included some form of a pay for use system on a wider scale.
July 6, 2021: A Pay for use Fastpass system will be introduced at Disneyland Paris beginning this summer. The system will allow guests the ability to purchase a one time use Fastpass per attraction with a price range of $9.50 – $18 depending on the attraction and the day. Gizmodo.com posted details of the update.
May 30, 2021: The Mickey Views YouTube Channel is reporting a rumor that a pay for play replacement to the Fastpass system is being considered. He reported the tentative name for this system would be called the Lightning Pass, rebranded with the Genie from Aladdin and the price point would be between $100-300 per person per day.
July 4, 2020: Shanghai Disneyland eliminated complimentary Fastpass and shifted to a new paid program called Disney Premier Access. WDWNT.com shared details on the change.
May 28, 2020: Disney is cancelling all existing Fastpass+, Dining Reservations, Experiences and the Disney Dining Plan from May 28, 2020 through September 26, 2021 in anticipation of a new reservation system.
Additional details were outlined on the Disney Parks Blog including the following:
- Fastpass+ will be suspended upon re-opening
- Extra Magic Hours will be suspended upon re-opening
- Temporarily suspending the purchase of new tickets
Guests with existing tickets and Annual Passholders will have the first opportunity to reserve dates at the theme parks when they re-open. All guests will be required to reserve the day or days they plan on going to the parks.
The full statement from Disney is as follows:
Beginning May 28, 2020, all dining reservations, experience bookings, Disney dining plan and FastPass+ selections will be cancelled. Guests with existing Resort reservations will have priority access to the new park reservation system when it becomes available. Additionally, when reservations for dining and other experiences resume, Guests who had existing reservations will receive priority access to rebook. Keep in mind, for dining locations within our parks, Guests will need a park reservation and valid admission before they can rebook dining and experiences.
Guests who purchase a Disney dining plan and tickets for dates between May 28, 2000 and September 26, 2021 will receive an automatic cancellation and refund of their Disney dining plan.
Guests who booked Resort hotel reservations with a Free Dining package for dates between May 28, 2020 and September 26, 2021 will receive an automatic cancellation of their Disney dining plan and are invited to rebook their vacation for later date with a 35% room discount.
Plans to support required physical distancing as well as enhanced cleaning measures, along with a number of other safety and cleanliness protocols, will be implemented as part of the planned phased reopening.
January 25, 2020: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that Fastpass+ may not be around forever and may not have a direct replacement.
January 23, 2020: The Disney Parks Blog announced that Fastpass+ will be added to Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run for all visits on or after February 19th. The addition of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will also result in a restructuring of the Fastpass+ tiers at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The park will now operate similar to how Disney’s Animal Kingdom operates with guests only allowed to chose one of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Slinky Dog Dash. In the event that both attractions are fully booked for the day, guests can make 3 Fastpass+ selections for any of the other Fastpass+ attractions in the park.
December 23, 2019: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that changes to the Fastpass system are slowly moving forward.
August 25, 2019: During the Parks and Resorts presentation at the 2019 D23 Expo, Bob Chapek announced the Disney Genie will debut in 2020. The new interactive planning tool set promises to make planning “easier and more fun by providing guests customized itineraries.”
August 19, 2019: DVCNews.com is reporting that guests staying in three bedroom Grand Villas are currently eligible to purchase additional Fastpass+ reservations beyond the initial 3.
June 3, 2019: WDWMagic.com user HoustonHorn was the first to report a change in tiers at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. All rides will be moved to Tier 1 (Choose 1) and all shows will be moved to Tier 2 (Choose 2). The exceptions to this are Star Tours and Fantasmic! whose tiers were not available.
March 12, 2019: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 gave details on possible scenarios for the anticipate changes:
- Free Fastpass will still be available, but it may not be limited to “Tier 1” attractions.
- Marquee attractions may show us unavailable for free, but may become available for an upcharge.
- There may be at least 3 different packages for paid Fastpass
- This may happen later this year and may debut on a smaller scale with new attractions.
March 10, 2019: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that Disney will introduce some sort of pay for play Fastpass service for guests later this year.
January 9, 2018: Chip Skambis has reported on Twitter that Disney will introduce it’s pay for use Fastpass+ on Friday January 12th.
January 9, 2018: Chip Skambis, (Twitter @chickenlilchip) The Assignment Desk editor for WFTV (Orlando’s ABC affiliate) is reporting Disney is looking at a pay for use Fastpass+ option for Club level resort guests.
According to the post on Twitter, the three additional fastpasses will cost $50 a day and can be used at any park. The service will require a 3 day minimum and will only be available to club-level resort guests, sources say. Disney officials did not immediately return a request for comment.