Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be running a test of the next generation FastPass+ system between December 11 and December 15, 2012, with pre-selected guests staying at Disney resorts. According to Disney, FastPass+ is designed to create a more relaxed experience and give families more time together as opposed to splitting up your party and running to FASTPASS machines. In a way, one could equate it to Disney’s Advanced Dining Reservation system in that guests know in advance where they will be going and at what time.
Before traveling to Walt Disney World, the pre-selected guests were given the opportunity to choose FastPass+ time windows for a list of rides, experiences, and spectaculars. They could choose four attractions for their Magic Kingdom day and three for their Disney’s Hollywood Studios day. When guests arrive at an attraction at the selected time, they will tap an RFID card to a receiver that will light up and admit them. The cast member at the receiver will have the ability to see each guest’s name and anything that person may be celebrating. FastPass+ users are encouraged to visit fastpassplus.disney.go.com on their smartphones or tablets to keep track of all their reservations. During this test, paper FASTPASS tickets (now referred to as “FastPass Legacy”) will still be available; however, FastPass+ will be using slots formerly reserved for FastPass Legacy, so there will be slightly fewer paper tickets available for the average guest on the days of this test.
Disney is really starting to move in the direction of incorporating RFID all over the resort. For example, the new Test Track uses much of the same technology, and one of our readers found he was able to use his Key to the World card as his RFID throughout the attraction. Disney is also testing a touch-to-pay system at several resort counter service and shopping locations. With this new RFID technology it seems guests would be able to hold their tickets, room key, FASTPASS tickets, charging privileges, and other experiences and information all on a single plastic card.