It has been a long time coming, but it looks like the Disneyland Resort is finally getting rid of paper FastPasses. Beginning this week, Disneyland visitors are no longer able to go to FastPass machines to get a paper ticket, and much now must instead scan their park ticket using the same FastPass machines, and then flash their ticket (as opposed to a paper FastPass) when they arrive at the attraction to be scanned for entry to the FastPass line. Adding to the confusion under this new system, the Fastpass machines still dispense "reminder" paper slips printed with a return time, and while they kind of look like old-school FastPasses, they cannot be used to gain entry to an attraction’s FastPass line as they previously were.

Though this change may seem a little sudden, it is undoubtedly related to Disneyland’s MaxPass system, which is supposed to debut later this year and will allow guests who pay a fee to book and manage their FastPass reservations with the official Disneyland app, similar to the way Walt Disney World guests use My Disney Experience to manage their FastPass+ reservations. Though Disneyland has taken care to say that they are not simply copying the system at Walt Disney World, it looks like they are certainly taking some of the more successful elements of this system and incorporating them at Disneyland. And even though this system has only been in place for a few days, there have already been some serious side effects…

Guests are waiting longer than ever in FastPass lines

Image: Disney 

Change is never easy at a Disney park, and true to form, the switch from showing a paper FastPass to pulling out a ticket to scan has led to a lot of confusion from guests, many of whom are annual passholders and have been using the same tried-and-true FastPass process for over a decade. During the first few days of this changeover, lines have been long at FastPass return queues as well as at the FastPass machines themselves throughout the park, as guests now need to pull out their park tickets, which is an extra step many weren't prepared for.   

More FastPass reservations may go unclaimed

Though guests probably don't go out of their way to grab FastPasses they aren't going to use, plans change, and plenty of FastPasses go unused every day. However, at Disneyland there is an unofficial tradition guests have (particularly annual passholders) of giving away paper FastPasses to other guests as a random act of kindness. However, now that paper FastPasses are now officially going away and the new FastPass procedure links FastPasses digitally to each guest's annual pass, there is no way to transfer or give away unused FastPasses, meaning that if your plans change, your FastPass will be completely wasted. And though this sounds like a bad thing at first, there's at least one silver lining here... 



we do not take our mobile phones to the park!, so?

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