It’s Kimberly with Get Away Today, here to talk about my favorite place… Disneyland! I work for Get Away Today and am lucky that I get to visit my favorite place often. On my last trip to Disneyland, I just happened to be there the very first day that the new Digital FASTPASS System went live on June 21st. It was total luck, but I was so glad I got to try it out so I could share it with you.
I’ve tried to put together everything you need to know about it and what Disneyland’s New Digital FASTPASS system means for you. First of all, the new digital FASTPASS system works very much the same way the previous one did. However, the main difference is that instead of an actual FASTPASS ticket, you’re given a FASTPASS REMINDER ticket. Your actual FASTPASS is encoded into your theme park ticket.
The new digital FASTPASS system should not be confused with the soon-to-be coming MaxPass. The MaxPass which will allow you to make your FASTPASS reservations from your smart phone for a fee. It also should not be confused with the MyMagic+ system that Walt Disney World uses in Florida.
To make it as simple as possible, I’ve broken things down into what’s the same and what’s different about the new digital FASTPASS system.
What’s the same
You still must go to the FASTPASS machine at each attraction to activate the FASTPASS onto your theme park ticket.
The FASTPASS return time frame will be printed on your reminder ticket. You still have a one hour return time with a 15 minute grace period that begins after the latest posted return time.
Return times are posted digitally before you retrieve your FASTPASS.
Your ticket will list the time you can get your next FASTPASS at the bottom. This is either the first return time or two hours after you picked up the FASTPASS, whichever is earlier. You generally will have only one FASTPASS at a time, though it is possible to have two if you have a FASTPASS for a very popular ride and your return time is much later in the day.
You are still able to find all attractions that offer FASTPASS queues and current FASTPASS return times and availability on the official Disneyland app.
You’ll now scan your park ticket at a machine located right outside each FASTPASS attraction in order to get in the FASTPASS line.
Each rider must have their own ticket with them to get back on the ride when using their FASTPASS. Some FASTPASS attractions, like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, require you to scan your ticket twice. You’ll scan when you enter, then again where the FASTPASS and Stand-by lines merge.
You can keep your FASTPASS reminder tickets as fun and free souvenirs, or you can recycle them at the parks.
The new digital FASTPASS system means that you can’t give your FASTPASS away if you’re not going to use them. This will hopefully result in shorter FASTPASS lines. If you liked to surprise people with extra FASTPASSes, you’ll have to think of other ways to brighten someone’s day. You can trade tickets with members within your party, but only if you really trust them.
New Digital FASTPASS System Wrap-Up
Those are the main similarities and differences between the two FASTPASS systems. I noticed the new system offered much sooner FASTPASS return times than I ever noticed with the previous paper system. On two separate occasions, FASTPASS return times were only four minutes out, while the stand-by line was 30+ minutes. That means if you had an available FASTPASS, you could redeem it immediately! You’ll want to check all FASTPASS return times before waiting in any line.
Another thing to keep in mind is that each person in your party will likely want to have their own lanyard to easily access their tickets. The tickets are able to be scanned through lanyards at the FASTPASS returns. Our Disneyland packages at Get Away Today include lanyards with each adult (ages 10+) ticket purchased. It may be a good idea to keep small children’s tickets with a responsible adult who will be riding with them.
It will be interesting to see the long term effects of the new digital Disneyland FASTPASS system. For now I think it’s a step in the right direction. I’m of course excited to see the new MaxPass system. And even more so, much of the new technology is to prepare Disneyland for Star Wars Land, slated to open in 2019.
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