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BREAKING: Fastpass-Like Virtual Queue System Being Tested at WDW Water Parks

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A “virtual queue system” is being tested at Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon beginning today, March 28, through April 7,  2017.  According to Disney, “Virtual queuing systems are designed to enable users to reserve a place in line for an attraction without physically waiting in the queue, providing an enhanced Guest experience and more time for additional experiences.” Sounds a lot like Fastpass…

The virtual queue test will include Downhill Double Dipper, Slush Gusher, and Summit Plummet at Blizzard Beach, and Miss Adventure Falls at Typhoon Lagoon.

We’ll post more information on this test of the new system as we receive it.  If you happen to experience this system in the water parks today, let us know in the comments!

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Jason Diffendal

Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.

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  • So people with actual brains and creativity are all at Universal and Disney decided to reverse roles and be the one that copies. How sad.

    I hope those budget cuts were worth it.

    • Universal didn’t create the virtual queue no line system. Another company did. Universal is just buying it from them.

      • Regardless, Disney has a ton of money invested in the magic band system and it had to wait until Universal introduced the virtual queue to copy it. It just shows that any creativity inside the company has either been let go or is severely stifled on purpose. Sad.

  • Well is fastpass the only option? That’s what would make it more akin to the 🌋 Bay virtual queue. If you can still wait in line, then yes it’s exactly fastpass. If there’s no “line” then it’s copying Universal.

  • Can you say Dumbo at MK? That was the first virtual queue, before Universal. Universal’s version is just an extension and improvement of that technology and idea.

  • what is the difference between a Fastpass and a “Virtual Queue”…seems to be the exact same thing with just a different name!

    • Ask Disney why they decided to change the name to what Universal calls theirs. In the case of Universal, you do it the same day inside the park, no pre-scheduling. Maybe it’s the same way at Disney