When the pandemic began, Disney shut down the parks in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. When they reopened, they suspended many specialty services to try to assist with the flow of the park, social distancing, and many other reasons. One of those services suspended was FastPass.
Disney has not resumed the FastPass service at Walt Disney World or MaxPass at Disneyland and hasn’t given any hints to when it may resume. But, there are several people who still use those lines. One of the most asked questions we receive is “I was on vacation and saw that people had FastPasses to get into the lines. How do I get one?” In this post we will break down the various reasons you may see people in those lines.
One of the reasons you may see guests using the FastPass line is for those people who qualify for Disneys Disability Access Service Card, or DAS. Disney has this service set up to help guests with disabilities at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort to receive a return time for attractions based on the current wait time. Here are some important facts to keep in mind about the program:
- The DAS Card is designed to accommodate guests who aren’t able to wait in a conventional queue environment due to a disability (including non-apparent disabilities).
- DAS will be issued at Guest Relations main entrance locations and will offer guests a return time for attractions based on the current wait time.
- As soon as the Guest finishes one attraction, they can receive a return time for another.
- This service is to accommodate guests who aren’t able to wait in a conventional queue environment due to a disability (including non-apparent disabilities).
What is incredibly important to note is that the DAS Pass is for those guests who really have an issue standing in lines due to a disability and it should not be abused just to simply create your own FastPass.
Another reason you will see guests in these lines is for an amazing service that Disney has always had, the Rider Swap/Switch program. This service allows parents the opportunity to both ride an attraction if they have a child that is not quite tall enough to ride. Previously there was a “holding area” for parents to wait but due to covid, this may not be avalible. Therefore parents have to follow these rules:
- 1. Approach the Cast Member at the ride entrance with your entire party. At least one adult in your party and the guests who are not riding will be issued a Rider Switch Pass via their Magic Bands or park tickets. The Rider Switch Pass will be added to the FastPass section of their My Disney Experience Account. We’ll call them group #2.
- 2. The other party members, group #1, ride the attraction.
- 3. When they’re done, group #1 takes over the supervision of the non-riding children or guests.
- 4. Then group #2 enters the FastPass queue and boards the attraction without having to wait in the regular queue. The Rider Switch Pass will be validated using their Magic Band or park ticket.
Ride Return Pass
One other reason you may see a guest in the FastPass line is due to an attraction breaking down earlier in the day. A lot of times guests are given a FastPass if they are on a ride while it breaks down. A Cast Member gives them the pass to be able to walk on the ride at a later time when it is up and running again. Another option is a “Multi-Experience FastPass” that they may give you for every member of your party that allows you to use it at any attraction that day. This might happen if they don’t expect the ride to be up and running soon or if you have plans to leave and go to a different park that day. The pass is added to your My Disney Experience account and you will scan it as you come back to ride the attraction that broke down, or another ride if you have the “Multi-Experience FastPass.”
If you’re willing to pay the money, you can skip the lines all day long by booking one of Disney’s VIP Tours. These tours allow you to utilize the FastPass line at Disney Parks. Private VIP tours are available for up to 10 guests and you may pick your start time with a minimum duration of 7 hours. Guides then lead your group to your desired experiences giving priority access to attractions, reserved viewing areas for fireworks and parades, and more. You can visit one or multiple parks during your time. Pricing for Private VIP Tours ranges from $425 to $750 per hour, per group, depending on the season and park tickets & reservations are also required for each guest.
If you have a little spare change laying around and you want to live the good life while at Disney World or Disneyland, join Club 33. Club 33 boasts many perks, but the top ones(in my opinion) is the skip-the-line access at the parks. Here are a couple of reasons you may see Club 33 members in Fastpass lines:
- They get 5 Guided VIP Tours a year
- They also get a limited number of Multi-Experience FastPass+ to use throughout the year.
Speaking of the good life… You can also skip the line if you live at Disney. Let me explain… Golden Oak is a Disney Imagineer-developed residential neighborhood that offers a lot of perks and extras to the residents who live there. Not only do you live in an incredible home(homes start at 2 million dollars), but you’re also moments from Disney World. Owners of homes inside Golden Oak also get priority access to the FastPass line at Walt Disney World.
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