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CONFIRMED: Disneyland Paris Retires Free FastPass Service and Introduces Paid “Disney Premier Access” for 8€ A Ride

Disneyland Paris has confirmed our rumor that Disney Premier Access is coming to the resorts two theme parks, replacing free FastPass services with a paid offering. Today’s announcement also includes other new digital services for guests.

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Disneyland Paris is helping guests maximize the fun and minimize the wait with a host of digital enhancements on the Disneyland Paris App, among them a new Food Hub, new Disney Premier Access service and new digital features at resort hotels.

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Starting with Resort Hotels, a new Online Check-in feature will allow guests to start registration from their phones and get a text message when their room is ready, a great way to reduce waiting time and enjoy all that the Resort has to offer. More tech features are available at Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, such as Super Hero Station Mobile Booking which is available exclusively for guests staying at this hotel to reserve an epic moment with Spider-Man.

On the Disneyland Paris App, guests can soon test new features for an enhanced dining experience, such as a “Food Hub” which allows anyone to conveniently search and book Disney-operated restaurants based on useful criteria such as type of cuisine or meal plans accepted. With the app, guests can book and plan their culinary experience months in advance. 

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The complimentary Standby Pass which debuted on the Disneyland Paris App last October has also returned. Standby Pass allows guests to spend part of their wait time for select attractions outside of the physical queue line, although it does not provide immediate access to an attraction. This service can be activated during certain periods of the day, subject to availability and dependent on day-to-day needs in the parks. When activated, guests can use the Disneyland Paris App to book a time slot to enter the physical queue line of an attraction and return to stand in the queue at that time. 

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Additionally, guests can choose to purchase Disney Premier Access on the Disneyland Paris App when it launches this Summer. This optional digital service allows guests to enjoy the ability to skip the regular queue line for some of our most beloved attractions, including a mix of thrill-rides, Disney classics and experiences for the whole family. From anywhere inside the parks, guests can use the App to book an assigned time slot for select attractions, with prices at launch from 8€-15€ per person per ride depending on the attraction and day of use. Guests without a smartphone can also purchase Disney Premier Access at select locations in the parks. By choosing Disney Premier Access, guests have the option for more flexibility in planning their day and will be able to spend even more time enjoying attractions, shows and so much more.

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Initial attractions will include:

  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Hyperspace Mountain
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
  • Star Tours
  • Autopia
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy

As Disneyland Paris continues to assess many aspects of their business and make changes where they are needed for both the current environment and the future of the resort, the addition of Standby Pass and Disney Premier Access will provide alternative services for our guests and the previous FASTPASS service at Disneyland Paris will not be returning.

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Keith
Keith
27 days ago

Well, I guess this is coming to Disney World. Well, I personally would not pay extra to ride a particular ride, but I can see the benefit for a family who visits infrequency and wants to maximize their return on their investment of a Disney trip. I guess the beneift of staying onsite at a Disney hotel will be limited to the benefit of staying in the Disney ‘bubble’, booking advanced dining reserrvations, and a 1/2 hour early entry into the parks. Oh well. take it or don’t visit. I suspect many will continue to come as long as the… Read more »

Eli
Eli
27 days ago

Just…such a shame Disney. Your choices have left me at a loss for words…I really hope this decision does not mirror whats to come for Florida.

David
David
27 days ago

Upwards of $15 US per person per ride, just rificulous. Family of 4, 60 extra to ride eith less wait time!

Dom
Dom
27 days ago

€8-15 per person, per ride?? For something that was free? That’s outrageous. And the marketing team has the nerve to tell people it’s better value? That’s up to an additional €60 for a family of 4 to ride ONE ride! That’s half the cost of admission for the whole day for one person. They must think people are on drugs. I’m sure the super rich who can afford it will pay, but I don’t see this being popular at all. This is insane. Wondering how long it’ll be before this shows up at Disneyland California since they really seem to… Read more »

Daniel
Daniel
27 days ago
Reply to  Dom

Disney only welcomes the super rich. But according to poll data, the super rich don’t want anything to do with Disney.

abdul khan
abdul khan
27 days ago

I have been Screaming from the Rooftops for this & finally they listened. Hallelujah !. if im paying big bucks for my park Access (DVC membership, Super Premium AP), i would like to see the FASTPASS queue empty when i arrive. This can be achieved by Universal Style $99/Day (unlimited Attractions) express pass. its been working like a charm at Universal for years, Its finally time that Disney got on board. YES

David
David
27 days ago
Reply to  abdul khan

Uh – no. I just got back from Universal and with more and more people using the express lines it was regularly 20-40 minutes to ride. And $99 a day? Again – no. The cost this past weekend if you didn’t get it through the hotel was in the $200 per person per day vicinity. now add paying per ride – and what happens when you pay and the ride goes down, or the wait is still long . . . this benefits no one.

Amanda Schulz
Amanda Schulz
27 days ago
Reply to  David

We were at universal last week as well. There is no way I would wait upwards of 2+ Hours for a ride and we opted for express pass. We were able to experience all of Harry Potter World (all rides) in one day. We wouldn’t do it without it. We only waited for Hagrids and that was a 70 minute wait, and that was miserable. I think (and I can’t believe I am about to say this) I would gladly pay for express pass type services at Disney, so long as there is a capped amount sold.

Joseph Kastner
Joseph Kastner
27 days ago

As I said before, welcome to the Pressler era 2.0

Bang up job you are doing there Josh

Katie
Katie
27 days ago

Raising Prices and then charging for fast pass? They really are becoming the worst.
This is so disappointing.

Lucy O'Flynn
Lucy O'Flynn
27 days ago

I’d be interested to know if this affects the disability pass. At Paris you have to show proof of disability, however in the US you don’t which already leads to misuse of it- it’ll only get worse with this :(

Daniel
Daniel
27 days ago

This is cheap.
This is very unDisney.
This will be a huge success as people will happily pay.

Daniel
Daniel
27 days ago
Reply to  Daniel

Yes. Some people are not smart with their money and don’t mind wasting it on an intangible rental day.

David
David
27 days ago

Wow €15 per ride per person!! That’s absolutely ludicrous! The phrase ‘daylight robbery’ springs to mind. Especially when Studios park in particular doesn’t have that many rides so they regularly see massive queues.

Markus
Markus
27 days ago

Glad I Don’t Have Deal with this Bull Crap because the girlfriend is Disable we use there Disable Pass Ugg Disney your better then this!!!!

Lucy O'Flynn
Lucy O'Flynn
27 days ago
Reply to  Markus

Wait until more and more people fake thier disability so they don’t have to pay and it spoils it for everyone that NEEDS it. In Europe we have to show proof of our disability to get a pass- in the US they aren’t allowed to ask, makes no sense!

Sam
Sam
27 days ago

Walt wanted Disneyland to be somewhere for the average family to enjoy themselves, and feel the magic of the park,

With this its only those with fat wallets that will be enjoying themselves, he would be truly disappointed and ashamed of what is happening 😞 the magic is over

Jericho
Jericho
27 days ago

This doesn’t bode will for DLR’s still yet unannounced AP program replacement. Chapek trying to make back all those park dollars they lost due to covid closures.

I was actually planning a Paris trip this year, well that is off. I’d rather wait for Japan to open back up and get to go to the 2 best and cheapest Disney parks while they are not tainted by Iger’s greed.

Gamble
Gamble
26 days ago
Reply to  Jericho

Iger? He’s long gone

Jon
Jon
26 days ago

Generally I don’t stint when it comes to vacations – I take them infrequently – but for me Disney is reaching an inflection point where the prices they are charging for what I am getting just don’t make sense. The past couple of vacations have been to Universal and I can only see the trend continuing.

IMBETY
IMBETY
26 days ago

Disney you finally did it, you’ve managed to suck all the fun out. My family, like many others, spend thousands of dollars on Disney vacations every year. Chipping away at the little bit of spontaneity that the parks have left puts me at an impasse…is this worth it anymore? This system has the potential to contribute to everyone’s FOMO. Imagine beginning your park day knowing you will not be able to ride many of the popular rides because the virtual queues are already maxed out. Or even worse, having to spend your day on your phone having to refresh the… Read more »

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
25 days ago
Reply to  IMBETY

You stated it perfectly. For the average family that goes to WDW every 3-5 years (like me), this punishes us the most. After spending thousands on a vacation package, I am STILL not guaranteed a ride on the must-do’s (i.e. “mountains” at MK, 7DMT, Soarin, Ratatouille, M&M Runaway Railway, nor the Pandora rides). Unbelievable and completely unacceptable. Given this was something that was always free, and we’re now being forced to pay (and not just a little more but ALOT more), this is nothing short of outrageous. The magic is truly over when this hits the US parks later this… Read more »

sadness
sadness
17 days ago
Reply to  IMBETY

Totally on point.

This whole system is just an artefact of the parks being massively overcrowded and packed to way past capacity. You should be able to show up without having booked rides 6 months in advance and be able to ride most things in that day. The way its done now is just ridiculous and clearly designed to extract maximum $ at the expense of the guest magic experience.

Steve S.
Steve S.
26 days ago

I think what I find most objectionable is Mr. Corless’ unbridled enthusiasm for this sad new development. Another Disney schill.

Later, WDWNT. Cheer-lead away, but I won’t support your site with my clicks or recommend it to anyone anymore.

Jason L
Jason L
26 days ago

Disney, the new Comcast/Xfinity

Matt
Matt
21 days ago

Any idea if they will replace the “Hotel” or “VIP” Fast Passes with anything as part of this change?

sadness
sadness
17 days ago

This is so sad. Depressing to see the magic so crushed in the name of maximising profits.