BREAKING: Disneyland Resort Will Launch Digital FastPass Service in November

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Disneyland Resort has been testing a new FastPass system for their theme parks in a very limited capacity over the last year or so. While the tests were never very widespread and it seems that the actual rollout of the new system has been continually delayed, it appears that Disney is finally ready to unleash a digital version of FastPass on the West Coast.

Barcodes in the Disneyland app and on tickets will be the key to a new Disneyland Resort FastPass service
Barcodes in the Disneyland app and on tickets will be the key to a new Disneyland Resort FastPass service

While it may not be a full rollout, we can confirm that Disneyland Resort is looking to launch their new digital FastPass service at Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney California Adventure park starting on November 20th, 2016. Some recent queue modifications were made at the attraction in preparation for this. New FastPass signage and such will be installed by Walt Disney Imagineering at the attraction in Mid-November. Toy Story Midway Mania did not open with or add any FastPass service despite being quite popular at California Adventure, but there is a queue that was constructed that can be used for it.

Toy Story Midway Mania will be the first attraction in California to test a digital FastPass service
Toy Story Midway Mania will be the first attraction in California to test a digital FastPass service

It is unknown how exactly the FastPass bookings will work through the app, but it is assumed that this is a permanent installation of the system in the park. There are reports that other attractions around the park are already installing the infrastructure to join the digital FastPass system in the following weeks and months.

As previously reported, the new system will use the official Disneyland app to allow guests to book FastPass reservations digitally. The new system will utilize a barcode within the app or on a guest’s Disneyland Resort park ticket to redeem the FastPass. The app will be the only way to book the FastPass reservations during the early stages. In-park kiosks for booking may eventually be introduced.

The Disneyland Resort has continued to use the old paper FastPass system, even though Walt Disney World’s FastPass+ system using digital FastPass booking and RFID ticket media has been in place for almost 4 years now.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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Bicky
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Bicky

any news on wifi in the parks?

kylejohnmorgan
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kylejohnmorgan

I went to Florida twice last year; both trips were kind of last minute and had complicated group reservations. The system in Florida really prevented us from doing as much as we would have liked in the parks. I am sad about this, simply because I have yet to have a positive experience with this system. I know that there are people that like it but I’m one of them. We stayed at the Floridian, Art of Animation, and the Yacht Club. We had such a bad experience that we aren’t really looking to plan anymore WDW vacations for now.… Read more »

kylejohnmorgan
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kylejohnmorgan

*I’m not one of them. EDIT.

Dang, I thought that I proofread that.

Not trying to be a hater, just sharing my experience. I would love to hear or read someone defending fast pass plus because I want to like it.

Michael Pratschner
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Michael Pratschner

I knew what you meant : ) I’m just curious how it all works, how do you get a fast pass in the first place – still stand in line? Thanks

Chip
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Chip

Well since you planned them last second, you can’t really expect it to be a perfect system for you. There are people that plan a whole year in advance. They get up early 6 months before their trip and make ADRs, and they do the same thing 60 days out for Fastpass+ reservations. I’m curious as to what your problems were though. We had made our fp+ reseravations well in advance of our trip, but 2 days before our trip, our friends’ family decided to Tagalog. So we had to do a bunch of last minute fp changes for 2… Read more »

kylejohnmorgan
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kylejohnmorgan

The only things that were available were attractions for which a fastpass would have been pretty useless like Philharmagic. We had problems changing reservations when we tried to add people. For the most part the cast members were pretty understanding. This system also makes it clear that Disney doesn’t seem to want people to parkhop anymore, which was something that we usually do almost every day of our trips. The app was extremely difficult to navigate and if you made a mistake between your two parties you simply miss out. Grandma makes a reservation for something that she thinks looks… Read more »

Shirley
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Shirley

If you don’t fess up that you own a cell phone, how are they going to force you to use the digital pass?

Jon
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Jon

We used FastPass plus and found it no worse than the old paper FP. There was only two of us, I imagine if you had large complicated groups and were trying to find FPs last minute then you won’t find as many options. But for two of us, I booked about half our days at 60 days and then only made plans for other days two days out and still got a few FPs. I used to get really frustrated with paper FP that if you turned up in the park at 11am as you needed a lie-in then Toy… Read more »

Alex Brancheau
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Alex Brancheau

I don’t think this will replace the current system. If anything it will be in addition to it. Another way to help spread the crowds. Imagine when Star Wars opens if every single person sprints to the back of the park. Only to get a fast pass. It already happens with radiator springs and space mountain. This new way will allow those of us living in the current century (seriously who affords Disneyland that doesn’t have a smartphone) can get our passes ahead of time. Whether paper or mobile they all have barcodes

Teresa
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Teresa

I also much prefer Disneyland’s paper fastpass over Disney World’s digital system. This is sad news. My husband and I frequent Disneyland and it’s always unplanned. We pick up fast passes here and there but we’re always able to do everything we want. In Florida we weren’t familiar with the system and the fast passes were already unavailable because people can book them through the website days in advance (also how do you know what time to book them all at?). I dislike the amount of preplanning the digital passes require. It really was a lousy experience to show up… Read more »

rebeccamck
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rebeccamck

For people staying on site at WDW the time to reserve Fastpasses is no earlier than 60 days prior to your check-in day. 7 am EST. I got up yesterday morning just before 5 am (Colorado/mtn time) to do this since that was the 60 day mark. Right at 5 am is when my dates opened up and I was able to book what I wanted (not always with a preferable time but that’s okay – sometimes things can be changed later, working around dining reservations and break times, etc.). What’s a shame is you can only reserve up to… Read more »

rebeccamck
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rebeccamck

I forgot to add that for people NOT staying on site at WDW (in one of their resorts/hotels), they can book FPs 30 days ahead of time. I can’t remember if annual passholders get to do 30 days ahead or 60 days ahead. On days with less crowds it is possible to find Fastpasses available the day of, while in the park….but often not for any big headliner attraction.

Chip
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Chip

We went the first week they had the current fastpass systems and we were able to get all our fastpasses to be for 9,10, and 11. After that we literally just kept refreshing the app to check for last minute fp cancelations. We did that all day and rode every popular ride. It’s definitely not a perfect system, but when you get used to it, I think it’s wonderful

rebeccamck
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rebeccamck

I really like it too….I just wish they allowed more than 3 when first booking them (more like 5 would be great). For those of us who plan ahead and try for our favorite rides when booking FPs, it’s a great system. Helps the rest of the day go more smoothly. And refreshing the app after scanning the 3rd FP in the return line often does give good options for our 4th passes.

Jon
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Jon

You mention getting more and more paper FPs at Disneyland, you can still do the same at WDW, once you touch in at the third attraction, get on the app and reserve the fourth. Same when you touch at the fourth, open the app and reserve the fifth, yes there might not be many options, but we got five FPs at day. With paper FP, you still can’t hold too many at once as you can’t pick up your next one until you use the first FP, or two hours has passed. I found then that if I got a… Read more »

kylejohnmorgan
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kylejohnmorgan

I had the same experience. Not to mention the fact that because of the new system spaceship earth is always packed and you can’t have two of the best tier rides reserved. So at Epcot you can’t even get test track and soarin’. Guess you’re waiting 3 hours for something or skipping it.

Perlster Pix
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Perlster Pix

I believe you.

Molly S
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Molly S

I’m not excited about this at all if this will be like Disney World’s FP system, because I live close to Disneyland and like to just go when I feel like it. If Disney does this just in the parks day of then it’s fine.

Joe P.
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Joe P.

Hopefully for Disneyland the Digital Fast Pass will only be able to be made a day or two ahead of time since most trips are a day or two.

David Michael
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David Michael

Let’s see, not everyone has a SmartPhone, and not all smartphones use the “Phone 4G or similar network”, And unlike WDW, there is no WiFi offered inside of Disneyland and DCA to guests

So some folks, including many foreign visitors will not be able to use the service, doesn’t seem like an improvement to me.

Jon
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Jon

I would be very surprised if they don’t roll out WiFi to go with the new FPs. It might not be immediate, but I would expect WiFi at Disneyland in 2017.

Joann
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Joann

As an annual pass holder who goes for say, 4 hours to have lunch and ride 3 or 4 rides and go home, I will be very unhappy if I am not able to get fast passes on the day I decide to go. I do not want to have to book in advance like dining reservations. My husband is handicapped and we can only go on the days he feels strong enough. He cannot stand in line for an hour but refuses to ride in a wheel chair. Fast pass is our only answer to getting on popular rides.

kylejohnmorgan
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kylejohnmorgan

If they change it, maybe you could apply for a special pass of some kind. I know they’ve come down on those recently but I know that they still work for some people.

Marc Raymond Jenks
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Marc Raymond Jenks

Hi Joann. You need to get him a DAS Card (good for 60 days). You don’t need fastpass service and he he doesn’t need a wheelchair to have the service. Arrive at an attraction and receive a scheduled return time to the front of the line.

Abigail
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Abigail

I would be all for this if tickets aren’t available in advance or outside the resort. (And especially we get wifi as part of the deal!) However I am worried about the speed of scanning a barcode versus taking tickets or scanning RFID. I’m envisioning crowd build-up at fast pass entrances… In addition, the lack of kiosks is worrying. It seems biased against those who don’t have smartphones or don’t have the room or battery to use the app during the day. Also, The learning curve of realizing you need to use the app seems higher than just replacing the… Read more »

Laura
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Laura

Very sad that Disneyland will be introducing fastpass similar to Walt Disney World. We have visited the Florida resort multiple times and need to plan so far in advance and need to plan where we are going to be months in advance. That is now even harder to do since schedules are not released until a few weeks in advance. Once in the parks, you must have a plan and reservations to go about your day. We visited Disneyland over this past summer, in July, and had the best time! We were able to get fastpasses to what we wanted… Read more »

Alex Brancheau
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Alex Brancheau

It’s not even remotely close. The system will be the exact same. Just I can get a pass on my phone instead of paper. It in advance. Literally exactly
As before. But it will spread crowds and prevent dangerous rushes to big rides

Linda
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Linda

I’ve read somewhere that these digital fast passes will only be available when you are actually onsite-hopefully only if your ticket has been scanned. That would be a lot more reasonable than booking in advance.

Ray
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Ray

This is great news. After using the Magic Bands at WDW, using paper FP’s seemed so archaic. Hey Tom….would it have been too much to expect when you put this article together to actually use an attraction that had FP’s?

ABBY
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ABBY

No!!! My family travels to WDW every year and we have scheduled our first visit to Disneyland this December. The thing we were looking forward to most, you ask? Paper fast passes. My husband and I were ecstatic when we realized Disneyland uses the old fast pass system and we didn’t have to mess around with magic bands, picking our fast passes WAY in advance, and having the excitement of “which one should we get next??”. I’m bummed Disneyland is getting rid of the old system. Hopefully it will still be mostly intact when we are there!

Ashley
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Ashley

Disneyland is a different culture from Disney World. People who vacation in Disneyland do not plan out meals and rides in advance, the most avid park goers plan their attack the morning of, and it works for the style of park Disneyland is. I have heard that this new fast pass + will not be like WDW and it will be still booked day of. Guests from WDW might be in shock, but when people used a fast pass, they were regulated and it actually made the lines shorter. Also, you can get into pretty much any restaurant without a… Read more »

Jeff
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Jeff

While there are differences between WDW & DLR, I don’t want people to think restaurant reservations aren’t important at DLR.
They are.

Make Disney Great Again
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Make Disney Great Again

God you Disneyland locals are such whiny losers. You’re probably just jealous you don’t have Hall of Presidents so you won’t have the HONOR of having a President Trump AA Figure. Don’t worry, since it’s going to be wonderful and huge, I’m sure they’ll add him to Disneyland. I think he’d be a great replacement for that tired old Lincoln figure. I don’t know about you, but I prefer Presidents that weren’t shot by actors. Great Moments with Mr. Trump will be the biggest most beautiful attraction in theme park history.

Pam
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Pam

What the heck does Trump have to do with it? That is the most ignorant statement ever.

Make Disney Great Again
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Make Disney Great Again

Trump has to do with everything you nasty woman. You’re the ignorant one for not realizing how different the parks will be once Mr. Trump has his very own attraction.

Cheryl D.
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Cheryl D.

Pam, he/she is a troll. Ignore them, and they will die soon enough. Just like all the homophobic, xenophobic red necks on the east coast.

West coast red neck
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West coast red neck

I am insulted that you would insiduwait that all us red nexks is on the east coast. It is peeples like you that are the intolerant ones.

West coast Red Neck
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West coast Red Neck

I would also just like to point out that you seem very complacent with the fact that there are homophobic and xenophobic people. This can lead me to assume that you are a Caucasian, which shows that you are perfectly fine with white privilege since you see it as a problem that will be eventually fixed in the future when they all die off rather than a serious issue that needs to be addressed immediately. Homophobic and xenophobic people indoctrinate their children to hate certain people that are different in the same way they were in indoctrinated by their parents.… Read more »

Tony
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Tony

If you can only reserve through the app will it let you do multiple people? Like for my children that don’t have phones there for no app.

Jon
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Jon

At WDW you can manage people on their behalf, so you choose who is in your party and can book for all of them.

kylejohnmorgan
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kylejohnmorgan

Just so long as they don’t accidentally decide to look at the app on their own later because they forgot how it worked and accidentally delete all the fastpasses or remove themselves from something.

Danny
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Danny

This is a horrible idea. Disneyland is a locals park, that some tourists attend. My wife and wake up on Saturday morning and decide if we want to go that day on some weekends. Just like thousands of other local pass holders. We don’t like being forced into this planning garbage they have at Disney World. Disneyland is for locals, not people who plan months or weeks in advance.

Alex Brancheau
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Alex Brancheau

It’s literally no different than today other than you dont have to go to a kiosk. I’m pretty sure you can only get a fast pass when location knows you’re in the park

Mad Skilz
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Mad Skilz

Hi Danny. Your claim is open to discussion since there are over 22,500 hotel rooms within 2 miles of Disneyland. They can accommodate about 60,000 guests. You may be one of a very few who share this opinion. I would add my opinion that locals should be able to take more advantage with this than tourists because of experience.

Anna
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Anna

Hmm, almost all the comments here have taken me by surprise. I have no special Disney connection. But the few ‘official’ notices I’ve seen related to digital fastpasses at Disneyland have been pretty clear that it would be digital (meaning on your cell phone or ticket) – not advance fastpassses like WDW or use a magic band. I thought Disney had the locals well in mind with the change. But since everyone seems to be thinking different – I guess I’ve missed something.

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