According to internal sources, Disney plans to remove any FastPass reservations created with a then-canceled resort reservation starting on February 4th, 2019.
This fixes a loophole in the FastPass system where a guest could book a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel reservation to take advantage of the 60-day advance FastPass booking window and subsequently cancel the reservation. These guests would then have kept the harder-to-obtain FastPass reservations they had booked with their fraudulent extended booking window.
It’s worth noting that this was already done in most cases where guests canceled before the 30-day window entered validity. Guests who then cancelled their resort reservation after this point never had any FastPass reservations deleted. This will change on Monday.
The benefits here are two-fold, as it allows resorts to keep these rooms in their inventory and sell them to someone who might actually want or need them, while at the same time helping improve the availability of FastPass reservations at the 30-day booking window that Annual Passholders and regular ticket holders utilize.
Disney has yet to formally announce the policy change to Authorized Disney Vacation Planners or anyone else, but should on Monday when it goes into effect. Unsurprisingly, this new policy goes into effect just months before the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which will contain two of what will likely be the most sought after FastPass attractions of all-time.