Social media has been buzzing with reports of a new paid Fastpass+ option being offered to select hotel guests at the Walt Disney World resort, and we have confirmed additional details about the new pilot program.
As of Jan. 12, 2018, Walt Disney World is testing a new limited pilot program that allows guests staying in the most exclusive rooms at certain resorts to optionally purchase additional Fastpass+ attraction reservations. Disney has not officially published details of this program, but we were able to confirm the following information with a company representative.
Guests staying in select rooms at the Walt Disney World Resort can purchase three additional Fastpass+ selections per day for $50 plus tax per guest, per day. Eligible guests must be staying in a resort room with Disney Signature Services, which includes Club Level rooms at deluxe resorts, plus the Polynesian Resort’s Bungalows, Cascade Cabins at Wilderness Lodge, and select suites at the Swan and Dolphin.
The three extra Fastpasses may be booked 90 days before the final day of your visit, as opposed to the standard Fastpass+ reservation window of 60 days before the first day of your hotel stay (or 30 days for off-site guests). These extra Fastpasses do not interfere with the standard Fastpass+ limits, and attraction selections are not limited by tiers, so you could choose both Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey (for example). Guests with Park Hopper tickets may also book the extra Fastpasses across multiple parks. However, you still may not hold two Fastpass+ reservations for the same attraction.
In addition, the paid Fastpass+ feature also includes reserved viewing for one nighttime spectacle per day. It must be reserved in advance, and is valid at Epcot’s Illuminations, Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After, Hollywood Studios’ Fantasmic, or Animal Kingdom’s Rivers of Light. This perk does not count against your Fastpass+ allotment for shows that offer Fastpass+ viewing.
Unlike other Fastpass+ reservations, the additional Fastpasses in this service are not booked by guests through the My Disney Experience system. Instead, a Disney Signature Services cast member will consult with the guest to make their Fastpass+ selections at the time of booking. This paid Fastpass+ option must be purchased in advance, and is not offered to guests upon check-in.
The new Fastpass+ option does not need to be purchased for every member of your party, nor does it need to be purchased for every day of your stay. However, there is a three day minimum (unless you are staying for only one night).
This is a limited pilot program that may change or end without notice. Disney said the option is offered to a very small percentage of Walt Disney World guests, and is therefore expected to have minimal impact on overall Fastpass+ availability, and should not affect standby wait times.
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