When Walt Disney World reopened last year, they announced that they would be suspending all FastPass+ reservations and it has not returned since.
With the increase in Disney park capacity and growing crowd levels, it’s left a lot of us wondering — when will we be able to skip the line again? And, we get it, getting on Flight of Passage was a lot nicer when it didn’t involve an extended wait. But, could Disney really bring FastPasses back anytime soon?
Why Bringing Back FastPass+ Wouldn’t Solve Disney World’s Problems
Disney reopened the theme parks with strict health and safety guidelines including social distancing requirements of at least 6 feet between parties. To ensure that guests could remain distanced in lines for rides, Disney put down distancing stickers and put up plexiglass.
Ride queues are designed to pack as many people into an area as possible so Disney had to make some major adjustments to lines when they reopened, including extending some into lanes previously reserved for FastPass+ guests.
Even with the added space, when you think of how many people can fit within 6 feet, it’s no wonder that these distancing guidelines have caused some major line back-up in the park.
Just the other day we spotted the Na’vi River Journey line at 65 minutes which meant that the line started in Pandora went out towards Harambe Village, and then looped back into the existing ride queue.
We’ve also seen the Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster line back up to Sunset Boulevard with a 60+ minute wait.
These wait times are already on the lower end for some of the most popular rides in each Disney park and adding FastPass+ back into the mix would likely only extend both lines further outside of the queue area and cause more issues for social distancing.
And that brings us to the next dilemma Disney would have when bringing FastPass+ back right now — park hopping. Right now, guests must make a Disney Park Pass Reservation for the park that they plan to go to for each day of their visit, enabling Disney to control capacity without long lines at the entrances.
If Disney were to bring back FastPass+, they would likely have to limit guests to only making FastPass+ reservations at the park that they have reserved for the day since there is no guarantee that guests will be able to park hop as they desire. This would make the return of skipping the line a lot less beneficial to guests who are visiting multiple parks in one day.
All in all, FastPass+ was a long-time park benefit that may not be much of a perk if it were to make its return to Walt Disney World under the current health and safety conditions. If anything, we’re sure that Disney is a couple of steps ahead of us in thinking all this through! We’ll keep you updated as Disney announces more updates to their park policies!
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