Disneyland Paris introduces paid front-of-the-line pass, FastPass not returning

Disneyland Paris is offering guests a chance to maximize the fun and minimize the wait with digital enhancements on the Disneyland Paris App, including a new FastPass replacement.

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Disneyland Paris has taken advantage of its temporary closure to further develop digital features to plus the guest experience, including a new paid FastPass-like option, a “Food Hub,” and mobile check-in for hotels.

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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 line for some of the park’s attractions, including a mix of thrill rides, Disney classics and more. From anywhere inside the parks, guests can use the app to book an assigned time slot for select rides, with prices at launch starting at 8€ ($9.46 USD) 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.

As the resort looks toward the future, the online registration system that was put in place last year is now here to stay. To guarantee admission, guests must continue to register through the system and obtain a park reservation along with their admission prior to arrival. Guests who already have a dated ticket or who bought a package that includes parks tickets and hotel stay will not need to use the registration system.

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The complimentary Standby Pass — which debuted on the Disneyland Paris App last October — has also returned. The Standby Pass allows guests to spend part of their wait time for select attractions without waiting in the physical queue , but does not provide immediate access to the ride. This service can be activated during certain times of the day, subject to availability and depending 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 of an attraction and return to stand in line at that time.

The addition of the Standby Pass and Disney Premier Access will become the new way to “skip the line” for guests, as the previous FastPass service at Disneyland Paris will not be returning.

“We are always looking for ways to improve the guest experience. The return of Standby Pass, the introduction of Disney Premier Access and each new digital enhancement across our parks and hotels is part of our commitment to provide innovative products and services that take into consideration ongoing feedback and not only meet but exceed the expectations of our guests. Guests expect seamless experiences more and more, and with technology’s evolution, we have an opportunity — and a responsibility — to match their expectations.”

Juliette Bron, vice president of Digital & Data, Disneyland Paris

In addition, on the Disneyland Paris App, guests will soon test new features for an enhanced dining experience, such as the “Food Hub,” where they can search and book Disney-operated restaurants based on criteria like the type of cuisine or meal plans accepted. With the App, guests can book and plan their culinary experience months in advance.

For Resort hotels, a new Online Check-in feature will allow guests to bypass the check-in process with their phones and get a text message when their room is ready.

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What do you think of these changes to Disneyland Paris? Are you willing to pay to skip the line at your favorite attraction? Would you want to see this offering come to the U.S.-based Disney Parks? Share your thoughts in the comments.


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