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Disneyland Article
Disneyland Changing Its Fastpass To Electronic System To Skip The Long Lines

Source:Orange County Register
Author:Mark Eades
Dateline:June 23, 2017
Posted:July 2, 2017
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Fastpasses are changing fast at the Disneyland Resort.

The resort started testing its new Fastpass system this week. No longer will visitors receive a printed Fastpass that they then give to cast members at an attraction. Instead, the new system requires visitors to have their admission ticket or annual pass scanned at the attraction at their appointed Fastpass time.

The paper Fastpass tickets visitors received for the various attractions are being phased out and replaced.

Fastpass machine for attractions, such as the Matterhorn Bobsleds or Radiator Springs Racers, will still spit out a small piece of paper, but it will serve as a reminder of the appointed Fastpass time. But that piece of paper is not valid to scan to get on the ride by skipping the "Stand-by" line.

The current paper can be scanned because they are testing. But the plan still is to eliminate that portion once testing is complete.

This is a step towards Disney launching its new Maxpass program announced earlier in 2017. That system, for an announced price of $10 per day, will allow a visitor to obtain a Fastpass via their smart phone - with no need to visit a Fastpass kiosk at the attraction.

Since the Maxpass program uses smart phones, Disney has been upgrading its wifi access across the resort, which in the past has been spotty in many areas. Also, when Maxpass is launched, the Fastpass system will remain in place at no charge.

Disney made another change to its Fastpass system this year, too. It tied the systems at both parks together so that regular visitors could no longer obtain a Fastpass in one park, and immediately go to the other park and obtain another one.

Before these changes, many people were obtaining Fastpasses and offering to swap them with someone else, or give them away to others. There have also been unsubstantiated reports that some people were selling them.

One company, Kunani Gaming, released a mobile app in 2016 that made it easier for those wishing to trade Fastpasses to find someone to swap with on their smart phone.

Because Fastpasses will now be tied to an admission ticket, that will no longer be an option, as admission tickets are tied to the person using it, usually via a photo taken of them at the front gate when they enter the park.

At Walt Disney World in Florida, paper Fastpasses are not used. Instead, the system there is called "Fastpass+." That system allows visitors to make ride reservations up to 60 days ahead of time, if they have a reservation at a Disney hotel, or 30 days ahead of time if an admission ticket is purchased online. There are also kiosks for day of use, but the times are tied to the admission tickets, too.

Disney has not said when the testing would end, and the new system made permanent.

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