Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is testing the use of its FASTPASS queue-jumping system on the Main Street Electrical Parade and the Wishes firework show.
Cast Members at the Magic Kingdom are handing out FASTPASSes to guests between 3-5pm on specific test dates. These allow priority entry to areas from which guests can gain a great view of either the parade or the fireworks. As with the existing FASTPASS system, the number of passes will be strictly limited.
The move is part of a number of initiatives by Walt Disney World to pave the way for the new "XPass" system, which will allow guests at some Disney resorts to pre-book ride slots for their visit. The resort has already moved to enforce a stricter FASTPASS regime, preventing guests from returning to an attraction after their FASTPASS return window has closed.
XPass will be a new, premium system that will work alongside FASTPASS, and will enable guests to pre-book time slots during which they can skip the normal "standby" queue for rides at the resort's four theme parks. It is believed that the system will initially only be offered to guests at Disney's Deluxe Resorts. The number of FASTPASSes available for each attraction will be reduced in order to enable the new system to be implemented.
Last year, Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, revealed that the company was working on a "version of FASTPASS for (visitors') entire Disney vacations". The XPass system will enable them to book FASTPASS-style windows well in advance of their trip, creating a personalized itinerary. This would cover character meet-and-greets, shows and meals as well as rides.
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