Changes to the Fastpass System In Development

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    2020-2021

    RUMOR STATUS

    In Development

    Changes to the existing Fastpass+ system are rumored. These changes may include some form of a pay for use system.

    A pay for play Fastpass service was introduced to guests staying at club level, but a larger scale pay for play Fastpass option is expected to debut as early as late 2019.

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    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.

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