Love it or hate it, FastPass+ has been a part of the Walt Disney World experience for the better part of the last decade. Though this system has gone through many changes over the years, its core advance reservation function has stayed the same. However, a number of recent developments surrounding FastPass+ reservation ability for new attractions has us wondering if Disney may be looking to fundamentally change how this service works or even phase it out completely in the next few years.
FastPass+ and new attractions
Earlier this year, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run opened with Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge as a standby-only attraction, with no FastPass+ offered at all for this new ride. This wasn't exactly a strange decision, as many guessed that this attraction would be in high demand along with the opening of the new land. And then again, when Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opened last week, again FastPass+ was not offered for this attraction, with Disney instead offering a virtual same-day queue that works similarly to the old-school paper FastPass system, and continuing to offer Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run without FastPass+ reservations, even though it has been open since August.
And though these two cases might seem like isolated incidents, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway is now less than 90 days away from opening (also at Disney's Hollywood Studios), which means extended window FastPass+ resort guests should be able to make reservations for this new attraction. However, it is currently unavailable, suggesting that FastPass+ will not be available for this new attraction either when it opens on March 4, 2020.
If all of these attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios continue to operate without FastPass+ in the new year, Disney's Hollywood Studios would be running three out of its nine rides without FastPass+, which could make this park an interesting pilot test for a partial phase out of FastPass+. And while this is certainly an interesting development by itself, it's not the only thing we've noticed in regards to FastPass+