Today, Disneyland Paris announced that they would retire their complimentary FastPass service and introduce “Disney Premier Access,” a paid program that would grant a guest access to an expedited wait time for rides and attractions. The cost of the program fluctuates between €8 to €15 per guest, per attraction.
Because of this announcement, many may be wondering if a similar paid system is on the way to Disney World. If that were the case, would you pay?
FastPass+ has been a free service for all guests at Disney World since its paper FastPass system first debuted in 1999.
Since then, FastPass has grown into a cornerstone of Disney World planning for countless guests. Whether it’s your first trip or your one hundredth trip, you’ve likely relied on FastPass for making sure you can experience all of your favorite rides and attractions on Disney’s busiest days.
Since Disney World’s closures in 2020, FastPass+ has been suspended with no word on if or when it will return. In fact, the biggest development regarding the future of FastPass+ may have arrived earlier today with the announcement from Disneyland Paris and the introduction of Disney Premier Access. While we still do not know if or when FastPass+ will return to Disney World, this might be a major clue for how Disney may want to approach their expedited wait time program here in the states.
The cost of a Disney World vacation continues to rise each and every year, with certain complimentary perks for resort guests like extending evening park hours now reserved for those staying at Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort hotels. Disney has faced a difficult year financially due to the pandemic, but tacking on fees for a popular service that used to be included in your admission could be a new pain point for many guests.
Disneyland adopted a paid system called MaxPass in 2017 as a paid option in addition to its complimentary FastPass service. MaxPass allowed guests to make FastPass reservations on their phone without the need to walk to a physical kiosk by the ride’s entrance, providing more convenience for a daily fee per guest. Disneyland has also yet to bring back either FastPass or MaxPass since the parks reopened in April of this year.
FastPass isn’t the only complimentary “perk” facing price hikes. Earlier this year, Disney World suspended sending free MagicBands to their resort guests, instead offering discounts on new MagicBand purchases ahead of their vacation. Guests may also opt to reuse old MagicBands or switch to Disney World’s new MagicMobile system.
While we wait to see what Disney ultimately decides to do with FastPass+ in Florida, it is becoming more and more clear that these “add on” fees could become a more normal part of the guest experience. We’ll be on the lookout for the latest news and we will let you know as soon as we learn more!
Would YOU pay for FastPass+ if it returned with a fee? Let us know in the comments!
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