The Disneyland Resort is set to begin stricter enforcement of the time windows employed by its FASTPASS queue-jumping system, following in the footsteps of Walt Disney World.
The move has inevitably sparked rumors that the FASTPASS+ system that is on its way to the Florida resort will also be brought to California, although Disney has not yet announced any intention to do so. FASTPASS+ will enable guests to pre-book timeslots during which they can ride their favourite attractions, before they even arrive at the resort.
Currently, guests at the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure can pick up a FASTPASS for an attraction from booths close to its entrance, allowing them to return during a specified time window and skip the regular line. Previously, Cast Members have not enforced the end time of that window, enabling guests to skip the line even if their FASTPASS has effectively "expired". This had led to increasingly long FASTPASS queues as guests learn to "play the system". From next week, guests will have to return before the end of the window, or risk being turned away.
In order to implement FASTPASS+, Walt Disney World has had to reduce the number of FASTPASS tickets distributed to regular guests at its theme parks. The move to stricter enforcement of time windows was the first step in this process. However, it remains to be seen whether the Disneyland Resort will move in the same direction.