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New tests at Disney World signal the end of paper FastPasses and FastPass machines

by Matt Roseboom

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Disney has stopped offering paper FastPasses at Animal Kingdom, forcing all guests to book FastPass+ if they want to skip the lines, and now they’re set to expand the “test” to the most visited theme park in the world, Magic Kingdom.

paper fastpass cards at disneyThe move to FastPass+ from the legacy, or old FastPass machines, was announced as a test for Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom, but the old FastPass machines are not expected to be put back into action, and will eventually be removed from all of Walt Disney World parks as MyMagic+ is rolled out. Until MyMagic+ is officially rolled out, Disney is calling all aspects of the new system “testing”. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is running the “test” now and the FastPass machines aren’t available. Magic Kingdom is set to stop using the FastPass machines and start offering FastPass+ only starting next Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

Signing up to use FastPass+ works differently depending if you have an active MagicBand or not. Currently all guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort are receiving a MagicBand. (Disney is getting rid of the Key to the World cards resort by resort over the next few weeks.) Park guests not staying at a Disney resort currently have no way to get a MagicBand, but supposedly will be able to purchase one in the future. But they can still use FastPass+ at Animal Kingdom, and soon at all Disney World parks.

Here’s how it works for guests with MagicBands:
Guests with active MagicBands can book their FastPass+ selections up to 60 days before their visit at MyDisneyExperience.com or through the My Disney Experience mobile app. They can also go to one of many kiosks at the park on the day of their visit and book their FastPass+. Guests with MagicBands can also update and change their FastPass+ selections through the app or website.

Here’s how it works for guests without MagicBands:
If you’re an annual pass holder or day guest without a MagicBand, you can still use FastPass+ during these tests, but you can’t do it through the app or website. Once you’re in the park, you’ll need to visit one of the MyMagic+ kiosks in the park to scan your plastic ticket and make your FastPass+ selections. You’ll then scan your card at the FastPass+ entrance at your time to ride. If you’d like to change any of your selections, you’ll need to visit one of the kiosks in the park. Disney cast members are also handing out slips of paper so you can look over your FastPass+ selections and make your decisions before you get up to the kiosk.

No matter if you are booking FastPass+ with a MagicBand or not, or in person or through the app or website, you may only chose FastPasses for one park per day, and you’re only allowed three FastPasses per day.

So if you’ll be at Magic Kingdom over the next few days, or Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the next few weeks, you may want to get some FastPass tickets to keep as souvenirs, as it appears the FastPass machines will be going away for good.

For more information read our MayMagic+, FastPass+ and MagicBand FAQ here.

UPDATE (1/18/14): Disney has revealed that paper FastPasses will be ending at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Jan. 21 and Epcot on Jan. 23, expanding FastPass+ to all four Walt Disney World parks. It is not expected for any of the four parks to return to paper FastPasses in the future.

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4 comments

Igor January 10, 2014 - 5:18 pm

How are they are going to deal with tour groups? How are they are going to deal with tour groups? Usually the group chaperon set up the fastapasses to the whole group.

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Jason Lewis January 10, 2014 - 6:34 pm

We were at animal Kingdom yesterday at the fastpass kiosks were not obvious to most. And when I did see one they either had no one around or the queue for them were longer than the queue for the near by ride with the cast members doing transactions with tablets.

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john January 16, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Why would anyone boy a park hopper option if you cant use park hopper in the second park . dumbest idea disney ever came up with. they must be secretly working for universal!!!!

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barb January 18, 2014 - 4:29 pm

We were there last week – what a mess – MDE didnt work, an email was sent to us for our FP+ times, only 3 of our parties 9 FP+’s showed up – we missed almost all of them because it was raining and there was no-one to be found w/a tablet so we could take a picture – which didnt work so well anyway- to much glare on the screens – waste of money – after 3 days we went to universal – Had a great time –

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