Guests Not Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Will Have Access to Fastpass+ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – No Paper FASTPASS Tickets During Test
As part of the test-and-adjust process for MyMagic+, a test of Disney FastPass+ service is taking place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as of December 18. This test will allow all Guests (including those not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel) visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom the ability to make up to three FastPass+ selections for the current day at that theme park using FastPass+ kiosks. Disney’s FASTPASS Service (using paper FASTPASS tickets) will not be available throughout the duration of this test at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Guests who are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel will continue to engage in MyMagic+ as they have been and have the ability to make three FastPass+ selections in advance or day-of for one park per day, and will continue to have the ability to select, modify or cancel their FastPass+ selections using My Disney Experience on their mobile devices, at FastPass+ kiosks or at service centers.
The big difference here is that guests who are not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel will not be able to make advanced Fastpass+ reservations. They will have to visit a kiosk on the day of their visit to make these reservations. They will not use a Magicband either. These Fastpass+ reservations will be stored on and accessed with their plastic, RFID-enabled park ticket.
This is the first sign of paper FASTPASS tickets being phased out at Walt Disney World. Contrary to earlier rumors, Disney is clearing making the service available to guests staying at other resorts and to day guests. At least, that is the case during this test.
What do you think about paper FASTPASS going away? Are you happy that you won’t have to manage multiple little slips of paper anymore? Are you concerned about the new system? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment.