71% Of Our Readers Think Disney Should Bring THIS Back to the Parks Now

Can you believe that Disney World has already been reopened for three months?

Magic Kingdom

During the midst of the parks and resorts opening again to guests, the health and safety procedures put in place have caused many modifications to occur property-wide. Parades have been halted, character dining has seen some big changes, and single rider is unavailable currently.

However, now that Disney World has continued to move forward with its reopening phases, past experiences have slowly made their way back into the parks. Since the crowds and wait times have started to pick up recently, we have seen longer queues at attractions and restaurants. So, we reached out to our AllEars readers to find out their opinions about FastPass+ possibly returning to the parks.

Fastpass Kiosks

When Disney World originally reopened, FastPass+ operations were suspended to put distancing measures in place. Recently, though, Disney accidentally advertised that FastPass+ would be returning in January 2021.

Peter Pan’s Flight FastPass+ Entrance

While officials have stated this was a mistake, there is still a possibility this experience could be returning. And, according to 71% of our AllEars readers, many park guests are ready to have FastPass+ re-introduced at attractions in Disney World.

AllEars Reader Response

Since almost 3/4ths of the readers who voted in our Instagram story poll believed that FastPasses would aid the parks moving forward, we thought we’d break down what the parks have looked like up until now.

Crowds

As the parks originally opened with limited capacity, the reduced amount of guests in Disney World was initially a shock. While we returned back to the modified parks, we still kept an eye out for where crowds tended to be (and gave you tips on how to avoid them).

Toy Story Land Crowds

However, the first holiday in Disney World came on Labor Day, where the attendance spiked in the parks for the first real time since the parks’ re-opening. They remained pretty steady afterwards, even though Disney World didn’t see as many people visiting consistently like Universal Orlando.

Main Street

Recently, though, we’ve noticed a constant flow of guests in the parks as Disney Park Pass reservations have sold out quickly and wait times have continued to grow bigger around the Halloween holidays.

Disney World Crowds

Wait Times

A few weeks after Disney World opened, the peak wait time we saw was around 45 minutes (which had been unheard of in the middle of summer in the parks). As the end of summer neared, we saw differences in wait times at popular attractions due to the cleaning measures taking place every two hours.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

However, when Labor Day Weekend came around, the wait times jumped up to a high of 80 minutes in the parks. Attractions regularly ranged throughout the weekend from 25 minutes to 60 minutes. Although the increased waits occurred during a holiday weekend at the beginning of September, the attraction queues continued to grow towards the end of the month with a peak time hitting 100 minutes.

Slinky Dog Dash Queue on Labor Day Weekend

Just this past week in the parks, we’ve seen wait times remain somewhat steady with high waits sitting around 110 minutes. As we get closer to Halloween with Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays just around the corner, we wouldn’t be surprised if wait times continued to grow and fluctuate as more guests return to the parks.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Returning Entertainment and Experiences

However, despite the reduced entertainment in the parks, Disney World has started to move forward with bringing shows like For the First Time: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration back and putting themed character dining in place.

Grand Finale

At this time, Character Cavalcades have replaced parades as Disney also begins testing fireworks again in the parks. (We miss them SO much.)

Character Boat
One of the Character Cavalcade Boats at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World

While there is no firm confirmation about the possibility of FastPass+ returning in the parks, Florida has moved into Phase 3 at the state’s restaurants and entertainment venues. We have seen neighboring parks make some changes, including Universal re-instating finger scanning and removing some distancing measures at attractions.

Tower of Terror

Although many of our readers are ready to see FastPass+ return in Disney World due to the crowds, wait times, and modified experiences currently, we’ll keep you updated about changes in the parks moving forward!

Here’s what the crowds and wait times have been like in Disney World vs. Universal Orlando!

Would you like to see FastPass+ back in Disney World? Let us know in the comments below!

Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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One Reply to “71% Of Our Readers Think Disney Should Bring THIS Back to the Parks Now”

  1. I’m in Disney World right now, it’s the same and not the same. Many people staring at their phones waiting for mobile food orders . Lines are everywhere. Lines to get in stores! We stood in a line of hundreds trying to get in World of Disney store in Disney Springs. I was determined to get on Mickeys Runaway Railway. It was adorable! I stood 100 minutes in ninety degree heat waiting to get on. In a mask. Sweating profusely! I never sweat. Later I purchased a cooling towel. It helps. It is a challenge to even find an entrance to a place. Exit exit exit everywhere. Bus service is the best I’ve ever seen. Practically waiting for you. Cast members are beyond patient and wonderful. They stand in long pants with masks and shields. Disney is sanitizing everything, great job! You never know what you miss till it’s gone. I miss breezing into a store or restaurant. We are glad to be here. Fast passes would be nice. Crowds are all waiting in lines. Long lines. It’s tiring. Children are troopers! They also stand and wait. Sometimes they melt down, understandably. So yeah, please fast passes, come back! I never imagined waiting in line, spending eighty minutes to ride Splash Mountain! But I did! Hey, you have to do something!