There have been rumors swirling around for awhile about the possibility that Walt Disney World would begin charging for their FastPass privileges. According to the Orlando Weekly, that rumor may become reality soon.
We have already seen some changes.
In 2018 Disney allowed Club Level guests to purchase three extra FastPasses for $50 per guest per day and they got 30 days extra to book their FastPasses too.
Insider Jim Hill from Jim Hill Media has made some musings that there was chatter that those 3 extra passes could even increase to 6 extra passes per guest/per day, for the right price.
How would FastPass+ change?
Then in March, 2019, Disney insider “Martin” on the WDWMagic Forums (which we highly recommend following) indicated he was hearing talk about FastPass “packages.”
“The paid FastPasses may also show availability for attractions or times that non-paid FastPass show as unavailable. Martin also explained that some popular attractions might become available for paid FastPasses, ahead of being offered for complimentary FastPasses.”
Then last week “Martin” mentioned that the timeline for the upcharged packages were pushed back but was still coming to Walt Disney World. The talk is these new upcharge, FastPass packages, would be rolled into the new Genie app Disney has coming out.
The Disney Genie App:
The Genie app is coming soon and is meant to make planning your trip easier “by providing customized itineraries geared to your interests, right at your fingertips – from a royal, princess-themed day at Magic Kingdom Park to a trip around the world at Epcot for foodies and even a perfect day for thrill seekers. Certain features of Disney Genie will also be available through your preferred travel professional.”
Because that’s what consumers want more of planning. It’s already gotten to the point people are making spread sheets to get through their vacation. You have to pre-plan every aspect, from FastPasses to food. Now it’s going to be more controlled, I mean “customized itineraries” to “assist” you. But Disney says they’re “flexible.” Sure it’s “flexible”, within the parameters and suggestions they make. It’s about controlling the flow and guests as much as possible. It really is taking some of the fun and spontaneity out of vacations.
Many argue that the FastPass system actually creates longer lines. If guests can purchase more Fastpasses, and it has block outs on attractions specifically for them, it means fewer passes for the high demand attractions and likely longer lines for everyone else. But good news, Disney can bleed out more money from people.
Of course the FastPass+ packages are still all rumor at this point. We do know the Disney Genie app is coming for sure will roll out later this year. But according to reliable sources, FastPass packages will likely roll out later this year as well, before the 50th Anniversary in 2021.
Because we have to get every last penny we can out of guests. This is after Disney keeps increasing ticket prices, merchandise prices, hotel prices and food prices. Eventually the middle class will get priced out completely. When it comes to paying for a trip to Disney or paying the mortgage for a few months, people are going to go have their fun and take their business elsewhere.
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Source: Orlando Weekly
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