Disneyland now has Digital FastPass system! This new is breaking TODAY…you are among the first to know what is going on. And Mousekemoms will do their best to keep you updated and new information is released.
Even as I type this now, I am waiting for more breaking news and confirmations of what we already known.
This is what we already know about the Digital FastPass system at Disneyland:
- Fast Passes will now be tied to your park tickets! The Fast Passes are digital and recorded on your entrance ticket.
- You get the Digital Fast Pass when you take your park entrance ticket and insert it into the kiosk near the attraction you want a pass to, just like the old system, except the FastPass ticket is now recorded and attached to your regular ticket.
- A paper will still print that appears to be the old FastPass ticket, but it is like a “receipt” instead, giving you a reminder of when your FastPass time occurs.
- It will operate the same as the old system. The only change is that it is recorded digitally on your regular entrance ticket.
Review of how Digital FastPass works:
- Each ticket holder will be able to claim a FastPass time for certain rides every two-hours or until the start time of your next closest FastPass.
- You want to select the rides carefully, don’t tie up your FastPass cue with rides that are not as important to you. Get them in the order of importance because they only give out a certain number of FastPasses per ride. So if you get a FastPass to a ride that you happen to be walking past because you want to ride it sometime, but you REALLY want to ride another ride, you will have wait two-hours or until the start time for the first ticket has begun. This means in that two-hour time frame, Disneyland could run out of FastPasses for the ride you wanted. So think smart!
Again, note that this is pretty much EXACTLY the same as the old system, it’s just that when you got to the ride at the specified window of time (up to 5-minutes before your time starts and up to 15-minutes after the time expires – so a 1 hr. 20 min. window) you will hand them your ticket for them to scan instead of handing them the paper FastPass.
On one hand, this could speed up both the standby line and the FastPass line because people may not be able to “abuse” the system as easily if you have to be the ticket holder and rider. It limits you to one ride.
On the other hand, it could move slower because they have to scan the tickets and “verify” the rider.
Time will tell how successful this will be. In theory, it seems to be a good idea.
Here’s what we don’t know yet and concerns I have:
- Is the FastPass for World of Color the same? Not sure. Since this was a surprise announcement the day it happened, there are a couple of questions unanswered. Since the World of Color show FastPass tickets are separate from the rest (meaning you can get a World of Color FastPass, even if you have outstanding ride FastPasses), then this may be it’s own ticket still as that would be very time consuming to scan tickets for everyone in the FastPass viewing area.
- When they scan your ticket, are they checking that the ticket holder is the rider? What I mean by this is that with the old system, if my family of 8 went to Disneyland, we could get 8 FastPasses to rides. But very often, only 4 would want to ride. So that meant that the 4 in our family that love that ride, they can ride twice with the 8 FastPasses. Now, I don’t know if this is possible. You can still get 1 FastPass per ticket each two-hourish timeframe, but they may now be checking to see if the ticket holder is the rider as the ticket scanners have pictures of the ticket holder. I would imagine that this is the case and that this was the main impetus for making this change, preventing people riding multiple times with FastPass tickets from others in the party or giving away your FastPass tickets to others. It is disappointing, but I understand the need to make this change as well. Basically, if there is a ride you love, you limit the chances you can ride. Our family enjoyed this aspect. For example, our kids love Goofy’s Sky School. My husband and I hate it. We think it is one of the scariest rides. But we could get the 8 FastPasses, then my husband and I chill with our two kids that are two small to ride and let the other 4 ride twice. I don’t think we will be able to do this anymore.
- I am MAJORLY concerned about tickets getting lost. When we go to Disneyland, one adult holds everyone’s tickets at all times. we let our older kids go off on their own to ride rides while we are with the little kids. We have just been able to give them the paper FastPass tickets, but we still keep their regular tickets. If you lose your ticket, you can get it replaced, but it takes time – like an hour or two out of your day. That is a lot of money lost in the sense of losing an hour or two in the park when you lose a ticket. I imagine this is going to be a bit of a problem for the park in the future and long “lost ticket” lines. I am not comfortable giving my kids their tickets to ride rides when I am not there. So I am not happy about this risk. If they lose a FastPass – oh well! They learn. If they lose their ticket, now it’s a big annoyance and not the loss of an hour or two, but also losing out on getting more FastPasses during that “lost ticket time” and potentially missing out on rides. It will be interesting to see how this goes.
- It would be better to be given a FastPass card that can be scanned all day and still attached to the ticket, but not actually on the ticket itself to minimize lost ticket issues.
Why did they go to a digital system for FastPass?
This is my theory. I think the moved to a digital FastPass system to prepare for the MaxPass. This will be an extra fee (likely around $10) and will allow ticket holders to schedule their ride times all day when they enter the park. This would probably only work best if others were not able to claim all of the FastPass tickets they could and hand them out to their party or others. If you are paying for the MAXpass, you likely want it to be fair and the non-payers get more ride times because of passing the tickets around.
I get that and I think this is the reason why. I can’t confirm this, but that’s my thoughts.
We will talk more about the MAXpass later, but it is likely coming this summer! It is not the Magic Band that Disney World has. It will be different…but more on this later.
What are your thoughts on this digital FastPass system?