When MyMagic+ and FastPass+ were introduced earlier this year, the goal was to eliminate long lines for guests. However, it looks like there have been a few hiccups with that plan when it comes to some of Walt Disney World's most popular attractions.
Soarin’ at EPCOT and the Anna and Elsa meet and greet at Magic Kingdom have both seen ballooning standby queue times this summer, and unfortunately FastPass+ hasn’t done much to alleviate these lines, as reservation times are scooped up months in advance, and guests frequently are left without any other option but to wait in lines that can reach three and four hours by 11am. However, Disney has put a new scheme in place to try and help guests who can’t get a FastPass+ experience these attractions faster, and it involves paper tickets with printed return times.
1. Is this the return of paper FastPass?
Now when guests show up to a long queue at either the Anna and Elsa meet and greet or Soarin’ without a FastPass+, they will be given a paper with a return time. If this sounds like legacy FastPass to you, you’re not alone. Essentially Disney will be using this new return time system to manage the amount of people in the standby line at any given time while still providing priority access for those with FastPass+ reservations. Think of it as a secondary FastPass system.
2. Just a test?
This new system debuted quietly a few days ago, and Cast Members are telling guests that it is currently just a test. However, even though the official line is that this system is experimental, the fact is that if this new scheme can successfully keep wait times down, it seems likely that this secondary FastPass system will roll out to other high wait-time attractions like Toy Story Midway Mania and Peter Pan’s Flight.