We’ve known for some time that Disney was planning on rolling out a Disneyland version of FastPass+ in the future. However, after some in-park testing and a few stops and stalls it looks like Disney is finally going to debut its own version of FastPass+ at Disneyland Resort very soon, and now we finally know a little bit more about how this system will work. And if you are thinking it’s going to work a lot like the system in place at Walt Disney World, you’d be very wrong, as this new system will be specifically tailored to Disneyland Resort in some interesting and unique ways.
1. No advance reservations required (or allowed)
One of the most divisive components of the FastPass+ system in use at Walt Disney World is the advance reservation window for specific guests. While some enjoy being able to make FastPass+ reservations weeks and months in advance, others complain that this "feature" ruins the spontaneity of a Disney parks visit and gives an unfair advantage to on-property guests, annual passholders, and others who enjoy a long advance FastPass+ reservation window.
However, it looks like this issue won’t be a problem at Disneyland Resort, as this new FastPass+ system will reportedly only allow guests to make same-day FastPass+ reservations, with no option for advance selection at all for passholders, on-property guests, or anyone else. And that's not the only big difference between this new system and the one in place at Walt Disney World...
2. One at a time, please
Interestingly, this new system will also only allow guests to make one FastPass+ reservation at a time with guests needing to wait until they have redeemed their FastPass+ reservation in order to make a new selection. In the case of nighttime spectacular FastPass+ reservations (like World of Color or Fantasmic), guests will need to wait a specific amount of time before they can book another "rolling" FastPass+ reservation. In this way, this system very closely resembles the current paper FastPass system in use at Disneyland Resort, which is a good thing as the new system should feel immediately familiar for most guests, which will hopefully lead to a smooth rollout.
3. MagicBands to stay a Walt Disney World exclusive
Debates continue to rage as to whether MagicBands will be used at Walt Disney World for much longer, and while we think that this technology will stick around in Orlando for some time, it looks like the west coast will not be getting its own version of MagicBands when its version of FastPass+ is ready to launch.
Instead, FastPass+ reservations at Disneyland will be both made and redeemed via the official Disneyland smartphone app that was released last year. Once a FastPass+ reservation is made, guests will then be able to proceed to their attraction of choice, flash a special barcode at a special tap station and then gain access to the FastPass+ queue.