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Paid FastPass+ Reservations Coming to Walt Disney World

Testing the waters for a "premium" FastPass+ option

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Paid FastPass+ at Walt DIsney World has been a rumored development for years and though no one quite knew how Disney would monetize this famously complimentary service, Disney could be using this exclusive offering for club-level guests as a way to test the waters for a larger rollout later. By testing these "premium" FastPass+ options among its most affluent guests first (who might potentially be the most willing to pay for such an upcharge) before rolling the option out to a larger group, Disney can collect important data that could potentially be used down the line as this option is tweaked and modified. 

And of course the timing is not an accident here, as Disney now has less than two years to get ready for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, which will have two attractions that everyone visiting the resort is going to want to experience. By testing the waters with a FastPass that can give guests a 30-day booking head start, Disney can give guests a way to pay to ensure that they experience these high-interest attractions on their visit. Of course, this is bad news for guests who still use regular FastPass, as availability for these high-interest attractions will be greatly diminished for guests not able to pay the upcharge cost for the extended window. 

Image: Disney

While there is a chance that this upcharge could be a failure and Disney could discontinue this additional paid FastPass+ option, we'd imagine that even if this option doesn't catch the interest of club-level guests, we'll see more monetization of FastPass+ in various forms over the next few months in the run up to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in 2019. 

There's no doubt that there will always be a "free" version of FastPass+ at Walt Disney World. But it looks like Disney is finally doing what had been rumored for several years and is looking in to adding a top-tier paid-for option that includes additional features for guests who are willing to pay for it. How do you feel about this development? Do you feel like FastPass+ should always be free, or is a premium iteration a natural evolution of this service? Let us know your thoughts below! 

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