Oh so you wanna go on the Ratatouille ride with your partner and two kids, but you don’t want to wait? It will be $ 40 please. Disneyland Paris has announced that free Fast Pass service, a way for people to avoid queues by reserving a slot in advance, will instead be replaced by a pay-per-ride service, raising concerns that the American parks maybe one day do the same.
Disneyland Paris has started to advertise its new service “Premier Disney Access, Launched this summer (and yes, it bears the same name as the Disney + service to watch theatrical releases at home for a higher price). First reported by WDW News Today, Disney Premier Access charges guests between € 8 (approximately $ 9.50) and € 15 (approximately $ 18) to reserve a seat in the “designated expressway,” that is, to use the service that was previously free with FastPass. It is the latest in a string of post-pandemic closure decisions that have frustrated Disney park fans, including replacing annual passes with a new membership program, details of which have not yet been released.
Disney Premier Access will be available for Big Thunder Mountain, Peter Pan’s Flight, Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and Autopia. Customers wishing to use the service must pre-book one of the “limited availability” seats through their Disney accounts, then scan the QR code to access the designated expressway. However, paying for the service doesn’t even guarantee that it will work. The website notes that “purchasing a Disney Premier Access gives you early access to the attraction you choose, but does not guarantee immediate access.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen paid FastPass programs at Disney Parks (no surprise, given the FastPass system had his problems). Disneyland has the MaxPass program while Disney World has FastPass +. However, both of these options were in addition to the free FastPass programs (it’s also important to note that they were put on hold during the novel coronavirus pandemic, as well as FastPass itself). Moreover, Disneyland Paris is not the first park to set up Disney Premier Access. Shanghai Disneyland seems to have quietly replaced its FastPass program with the paid service last year, although this is done through packages and not per-ride payments. However, the increase in these paid programs is fueling rumors of replacement of the free FastPass program in US parks, which have been circulating for years. According to Orlando Weekly, Disney Parks have been working on monetizing queues since the mid-2000s. Disney has not wanted to say whether the U.S. the parks would switch to Disney Premier Access, indicating that it is only Disneyland Paris (and Shanghai Disneyland) program at this time.
However, just because FastPass went to Disneyland Paris doesn’t mean people are doomed to wait four hours or more every time they want to continue. Peter Pan’s flight. The park has also implemented the Standby Pass, a virtual queuing system that allows customers to queue digitally for certain attractions. Unfortunately, Standby Passes aren’t available all the time, as FastPass usually are. They are only implemented on certain rides to reduce congestion and help with social distancing. Because we are still in the midst of a global pandemic.
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