Walt Disney World has been making a lot of changes to its MyMagic+ system in recent weeks. From StoryMaker enhancements on nearly a dozen rides across the resort to the implementation of same-day park-hopping reservations, FastPass+ has been getting some really exciting upgrades in recent weeks, and it looks like the changes aren’t done quite yet.
This week Disney has made some HUGE announcements for FastPass+ users, including when FastPass+ reservations will be available for its newest attractions, which new attractions (surprisingly!) won't offer FastPass+, and a sweeping change that will affect every single guest who wants to plan their FastPass+ reservations as far in advance as possible. But first, let's kick things off with some very important news:
1. FastPass+ availability schedule released for new summer attractions
If you want to experience everything new that Walt Disney World has to offer this summer, you're probably going to want to make some FastPass+ reservations. And while it has been a long time coming, Disney has finally announced not only when some of their newest attractions will open, but also when guests will be able to make those initial FastPass+ reservations.
First up is the the temporary Jungle Book: Alive With Magic show, which has been confirmed to be starting on May 28th, one day after Disney's Animal Kingdom kicks off evening operations. And even though that is only a few days away, Disney has confirmed that FastPass+ will be offered for this new show, beginning Saturday, May 21st at 7:00AM. While FastPass+ reservations for the first few performances of this new show will likely be snapped up quickly, those with on-property reservations for June and July should have no problem finding availability for this show, as it will be performed daily throughout the summer.
Next up is Frozen Ever After at Epcot's Norway pavilion, which will welcome its first guests on June 21st. Like Jungle Book: Alive With Magic, FastPass+ will be available for this new ride beginning on May 21st at 7:00AM, but because there is still a full 30 days before this attraction opens, annual passholders and other guests will only get first crack at opening dayn FastPass+ reservations, while resort guests will be able to select FastPass+ reservations for this attraction for the rest of June and the first half of July.
Finally, though FastPass+ reservations have been available to resort guests for the new Soarin' Around the World attraction for a few weeks now, Disney made a surprise announcement that they were bringing back the original Soarin' Over California for a limited engagement from May 27th through June 16th before the brand new Soarin' Around the World debuts on June 17th. And of course, there will be FastPass+ reservations available for this vintage experience. And if you guessed these reservations would be available Saturday, May 21st at 7:00AM, you're a winner! And since the temporary return of this attraction will only last for a few weeks, guests can make FastPass+ reservations for the entire run when they come online tomorrow, which will hopefully ensure that everyone who jumps online to make a reservation this weekend will get their shot during this limited engagement.
Though we're excited about all the new attractions that will be available for FastPass+ reservations in the very near future, what was equally surprising was what new attractions have been confirmed to not be offering FastPass+ reservations (at least yet...)