The Disneyland FASTPASS system underwent some important changes this week, inching closer to FASTPASS without paper tickets. This is NOT YET the “MaxPass” system that Disney Parks Blog posted about back in January. That’s still coming soon, and we’ll keep you updated when it goes live and the final rules for its use are in place. Digital FASTPASS appears to be a sort of bridge to MaxPass.
How to Use Digital FASTPASS
There’s no real change to the way you pull a FASTPASS at Disneyland. You still walk up to the FASTPASS distribution kiosk and insert your ticket into the slot (and repeat the process for everyone who will be riding the attraction via FASTPASS with you). With each ticket (or annual pass) insertion, the machine will still (for the time being at least) issue a paper ticket that indicates what time you should return to the attraction and get in the FASTPASS line. The differences really start to kick in with the next step.
The ticket dispensed by the FASTPASS machine is now clearly designated a “reminder.” Though your return time is listed on the paper ticket, the time is the only part that’s important. The paper ticket, once the information has been conveyed, is irrelevant. The paper ticket itself will not be collected when you return to the attraction to use your FASTPASS.
The return time has been digitally attached to your admission ticket itself. (Once MaxPass rolls out, it’s expected that you’ll be able to view your return times in the Disneyland smartphone app, though it is not yet clear whether “regular” digital FASTPASSes will be able to be viewed in the app, or only those that are part of the additional cost MaxPass program).
When you return to the attraction at your appointed time, the barcode on your admission ticket will be scanned twice – once when you enter the FASTPASS queue, and once more at the point where the FASTPASS queue merges to the attraction boarding area. Right now, the reminder tickets have a bar code too, and can be scanned. But there’s no word on how long reminder tickets will print with bar codes or how long reminder tickets will continue to be distributed.
All valid ticket media – annual passes and regular admission tickets – have barcodes that can be scanned.
Just a few things to keep in mind, as theme park guests and Cast Members get used to this new system, and the software/hardware behind the new system gets tested at busy summer park crowd scale:
- Even though the FASTPASSes are digital, and are stored with your theme park ticket, hang on to those Reminder Tickets for as long as they’re being distributed. If the scanning system goes down, it will be handy to have that reminder ticket.
- A lanyard with a clear card holder is handier than ever now. You’ll still need to take your ticket out to pull the FASTPASS initially, but the scanners will work through a clean, clear, card holder.
- World of Color and Fantasmic! (when it returns) will continue to rely on the paper ticket FASTPASS, so take care not to discard those. You’ll need them to enter the reserved seating area.
- Be patient with Cast Members and your fellow guests. This is going to take some getting used to for folks who have been using the old system for quite a while now.
Once, when my wife and daughter were meeting Aladdin and Jasmine at Walt Disney World, Aladdin noticed that the cell phone my wife was using to take photos was “connected” to her pocket by a wire. Intrigued, Aladdin asked her what it was. When my wife explained that it was a charger, because her battery was almost dead from all of the pictures she’d been taking, Aladdin admired her charger knowingly and said, “Ahhhhh, I see. A whole lot of power, in an itty bitty little space.” 🙂
Public WiFi access at Disneyland has been in beta testing for the last several weeks, so more information about the Disneyland electronic Fastpass system should surface soon. Walt Disney World vacations are managed through the My Disney Experience app. Even Disney Cruise Line has an onboard app with TONS of useful information (you can even send text messages to Wave Phones on board using your smartphone).
And we find plenty of other uses for our mobile devices – taking photos and video, passing time in queues, GPS to find our way (and our other party members), making calls and sending text messages – all of these (and let’s be honest, ESPECIALLY the My Disney Experience app) will seriously drain your device’s battery. The best way we know to avoid that feeling of dread upon seeing the red bar low battery warning is the DARQ Matter Everyday 10k Portable Charger.
You can find a cheaper charger, but you won’t find one that’s better. DARQ Matter Everyday 10k is lightweight and has a slim form factor that makes it easy to carry wherever you go. It can fully recharge a power hungry iPhone 6s or Galaxy S7 from completely empty three times on a single charge. And thanks to fully-implemented QuickCharge 2.0 technology, your device will recharge up to 75% faster than via conventional charging methods. If you’re going to have to carry something extra with you on vacation, why not make sure that it delivers what you need it to deliver in the most efficient way possible?
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Disney California Adventure® will kick off a superhero-filled summer on May 27, 2017, with the grand opening of Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT!® The “Guardians of the Galaxy”-themed adventure replaces The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror® in the Hollywood Land area of the theme park. Two other ongoing superhero experiences will be joining Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT!
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off! – Don’t be surprised if you run into the Guardians of the Galaxy on their way to the Milano, with Star-Lord firing up his old-school boom box to get the party started. Gamora may prefer to stand back and observe, but everyone else is bound to get in the groove and show off their moves during this awesome rock ‘n’ roll bash!
- Super Hero Encounters – For the first time, citizens of Earth will come face-to-face with Groot, one of the Guardians of the Galaxy! You can also step up to meet the First Avenger, Captain America, along with everyone’s favorite web slinger, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
And from May 27 through September 10, 2017, during the Summer of Heroes, Disney California Adventure will offer even more –
- Avengers Training Initiative – Black Widow and Hawkeye assemble young recruits for a series of tests to see if they have what it takes to join the ranks of the Avengers.
- Heroic Encounter: Black Widow – Black Widow will arrive on the scene several times throughout the day in an armored Avengers vehicle for her heroic encounter with park guests.
- Grab a Piece (or Bite) of the Action – All that heroism making you hungry? Want a token as proof of your adventures when you get home? Special themed merchandise and food will be available throughout Hollywood Land.
Marvel contracts with Universal that pre-date the acquisition of Marvel by Disney continue to restrict the use of Marvel intellectual property at Walt Disney World. But HERO UP! The Marvel presence is growing at the Disneyland Resort.