[Disney Vacation Planner]
Disney World has recently introduced a method of reducing the
time needed to queue for the more popular rides called "FastPass".
The FastPass doesn't mean that a guest will ride the attraction
any earlier than if they didn't take advantage of it, but it does
mean that they wouldn't have to queue for hours for the attraction,
and so instead could do something else while they'd otherwise
be queueing, and thus make more use of their time in the park.
The Fast pass line runs beside the regular line and takes the
guest to the ride boarding area. When they get to the ride they
can get a fast pass or wait in the regular ride line. The time
to the ride and return time for fast pass are displayed at the
entrance to the ride. The time to ride for someone waiting in
line will always be slightly earlier than the time to return with
the fastpass ticket, but it does mean staying in line until they
get to the front, whereas the fastpass time to return and ride
means that the guest can get their fastpass ticket, and then go
off and do something else, returning at their alotted time.
To get the fastpass ticket, the guest inserts their park pass,
(which can be any valid Walt Disney World issued admission media),
into the fast pass machine and it prints a small receipt ( about
the size of a cash register receipt) on which there is a period
of time to return spread over a one hour block ie. (11:15 to 12;15).
Providing the guest returns within this time slot they can join
the short fastpass line rather than the longer standard line.
A Cast Member checks the pass before they allow entrance to the
When the admission media is inserted into the Fastpass machine
it is supposed to check that no other outstanding fastpass tickets
have been issued for the same media to prevent guests from getting
fastpass tickets to all of the rides one after another. The FastPass
ticket that has the one hour block return time printed boldly
on the front of the ticket (the time and date of issuance is also
printed on the ticket). On the back of the ticket, pre-printed
information about FastPass, and the height requirements of the
attraction are included. The FastPass tickets are issued in one
hour blocks every five minutes, with a specific number of tickets
issued for every five minute block.
Initially the Fastpass system was implemented in the Animal Kingdom
(on Countdown to Extinction (now renamed Dinosaur), Kilimanjaro
Safari and Kali River Rapids) but has now also been setup in the
Disney MGM Studios (Rock n Roller Coaster) and The Magic Kingdom
(Space Mountain, Splash Mountain), and Epcot (Test Track).