Since the suspension of the much-loved Disney Fastpass service in May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney fans and park-goers have been left wondering: when will Disney Fastpass return? In this in-depth article, we’ll explore the current status of the Fastpass system, the reasons behind its suspension, and what guests can expect moving forward.
Disney has not officially announced any plans for the return of the Fastpass system that was suspended in May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they have introduced a new system called Disney Genie+ service, which allows guests to access priority lines at select attractions for a fee. Therefore, it seems unlikely that the original, free Fastpass system will return in the near future.
The Current Status of Disney Fastpass
Disney Fastpass, the free service that allowed guests to skip the line at select attractions, has been officially replaced by the Disney Genie+ service. Launched on October 19, 2021, at Walt Disney World, the new system is now available to guests at both Disney World and Disneyland. Unlike the previous Fastpass system, the Disney Genie+ service comes at a cost, starting at $15+tax per person per day. The Genie+ service allows guests to access Lightning Lanes, which are priority access lines for a variety of rides and attractions.
Why Was Fastpass Suspended?
The primary reason behind the suspension of the Fastpass service was to manage capacity and maintain physical distancing in the parks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Disney parks utilized the additional queue space to ensure the safety of their guests. However, with the parks reopening and safety measures easing, the Fastpass system was not reinstated. Instead, Disney introduced the Genie+ service and Lightning Lanes.
Official Statements from Disney
Disney has not officially announced any plans for the return of the Fastpass system. Instead, they have fully transitioned to the Genie+ and Lightning Lane options. Both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida have adopted the Genie+ system. This new system allows guests to choose return times for select attractions and entertainment options through the My Disney Experience app.
The Impact on Disney Park Experience
The absence of the Fastpass system has led to increased wait times at attractions at Disney parks. For example, Disneyland Resort has seen wait times increase by an average of 5 minutes per ride between 2019 and 2022, while Walt Disney World has seen wait times increase by an average of 10 minutes per ride in the same time frame.
In addition to increased wait times, some guests have expressed dissatisfaction with the new paid Genie+ system. The removal of the free Fastpass system has been viewed by some as a move to increase revenue, rather than improve the guest experience.
Looking to the Future: Disney Genie+
While the return of the original Fastpass system seems unlikely, the Disney Genie+ service offers a new way for guests to experience the magic of Disney parks. This paid system requires careful planning and may have an impact on crowd distribution and wait times. However, it also offers guests the opportunity to experience more attractions with shorter wait times.
In conclusion, while the Fastpass system has been retired, Disney has introduced new systems to enhance the guest experience. As these systems continue to evolve, guests can look forward to new ways to enjoy their favorite attractions at Disney parks.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the price for the Disney Genie+ service?
The Disney Genie+ service costs $15+tax per person per day at Walt Disney World and $20+tax per person per day at Disneyland.
How can I access the Disney Genie+ service?
The Disney Genie+ service can be accessed through the My Disney Experience app, where you can select return times for attractions and entertainment options.
Will the Fastpass system ever return?
Disney has not officially announced any plans for the return of the Fastpass system. As of now, they have fully transitioned to the Genie+ and Lightning Lane options.
Does the Disney Genie+ service cover all rides and attractions?
No, the Disney Genie+ service does not cover all rides and attractions. Some high-demand attractions are not included in the service and require separate Lightning Lane purchases.
Can I use the Disney Genie+ service to book attractions in advance?
No, the Disney Genie+ service does not allow for advance booking. You can only book attractions on the same day of your visit, starting at 7 a.m. for Disney Resort hotel guests and at park opening for non-resort guests.