Earlier this week Disney announced that a surprise change is coming to the Magic Kingdom’s FastPass+ lineup, which might have some interesting implications down the line. Beginning in mid-April, FastPass+ reservations for Wishes, the Festival of Fantasy Parade and the Main Street Electrical Parade will no longer available for guests to make via My Disney Experience. Though this could possibly be another one of Walt Disney World’s tests, it is most likely a permanent change going forward.
While there has been some debate among fans about how useful the parade and fireworks FastPass+ reservations actually are, the effect of this decision could be felt around the park in some interesting ways, long-term. But first, let's dispel an immediate concern that some guests may have regarding this change...
1. If you like your FastPass+, you can keep your FastPass+
Though guests can no longer make FastPass+ reservations for Wishes, the Festival of Fantasy Parade or the Main Street Electrical Parade beyond the mid-April cut off date, there’s no need for current FastPass+ holders to panic. If you have a FastPass+ reservation right now for one of these entertainment offerings on a date in the near future, you should still be able to claim it as you were originally going to, as Disney is continuing to honor all currently-held FastPass+ reservations.
2. Wider usage of the fourth (and fifth, and sixth...) FastPass+ reservation
Beyond the short-term implications, the removal of these options could have some interesting long-term effects. One big problem that guests who made a FastPass+ reservation for either Wishes or the Main Street Electrical Parade faced was the inability to make additional FastPass+ reservations beyond their other two reservations (not including the parade/fireworks). While the paper FastPass system in place at Disneyland Resort allows guests to secure spots for nighttime spectaculars like Fastasmic or World of Color without having to give up the ability to grab FastPasses for other attractions, one of the flaws of the FastPass+ system in use at Walt Disney World is that guests who made a reservation for a nighttime event couldn't make additional reservations until after the event time (which sometimes matches up with park closing in the case of Wishes)
Now with both of these evening FastPass+ reservations gone, more guests will be able to actually use additional FastPass+ reservations, which is certainly a convenient thing, especially if Disney begins allowing guests to make additional FastPass+ reservations from their phone, instead of requiring kiosk usage. However, even though this might seem like a win initially, there could be some unintended consequences that could arise from this change in guest behavior.