Ever since the creation of paper FastPass nearly two decades ago at Walt Disney World, one of the hallmarks of this system has been the fact that it was a "perk" included with admission that didn’t require guests to pay extra. This fact put this system in stark contrast to other “line-skipping” systems like Universal’s Express Pass and SeaWorld’s Quick Queue, which are both offered as upcharges for guests.
However, last year Disney rolled out a new type of FastPass for the Disneyland resort that was billed as an “add-on” experience for guests that didn’t want to deal with paper FastPass. Named MaxPass, this digital FastPass reservation system uses the resort's official app and costs $10 per person, per day, to use.
And while this west coast upcharge has been met with mixed results, it looks like a version of paid FastPass+ is now coming to Walt Disney World. But interestingly, this new feature will only be available for the highest-paying guests, and will cost a LOT more...
A new, paid FastPass option is coming to Disney’s highest-paying resort guests
According to WFTV reporter Chip Skambis, Walt Disney World is planning to offer club-level resort guests the ability to purchase three additional FastPasses to use on a given day as part of a new upcharge offering. These three additional FastPasses will cost $50 per day, per person and can be used at any park. The service will only be offered to club-level guests who have a 3-day minimum stay, but interestingly, they come with some additional perks that could make them a lot more attractive than just regular "extra" FastPasses:
An extended FastPass+ reservation window and reserved seats for nighttime spectaculars
Perhaps in an effort to add additional value to these paid FastPasses, it has been revealed that Disney will be extending the FastPass reservation window for these special premium FastPasses, as guests who purchase this add-on can book their reservations an unheard-of 90 days in advance, giving these guests first crack at getting reservations for popular attractions like Avatar – Flight of Passage, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Frozen Ever After, which all often "sell out" early as guests snap up FastPass+ reservations in advance.
In addition to this extended reservation window, club-level resort guests who purchase these extra FastPasses will also receive a special pass for premium, reserved seating for any of the nighttime spectaculars offered at any of the four parks, according to the report.
Interestingly, though this new offering has yet to be confirmed by Disney, according to the report by WFTV, Disney is getting ready to begin offering this new upcharge option as soon as this Friday, which is quite the turnaround time for this new option. So why is Disney rushing the rollout of this new upcharge option? We have a few theories...