Disneyland changing its Fastpass to electronic system to skip the long lines – Orange County Register

Fastpasses are changing fast at the Disneyland Resort.

The resort started testing its new Fastpass system this week. No longer will visitors receive a printed Fastpass that they then give to cast members at an attraction. Instead, the new system requires visitors to have their admission ticket or annual pass scanned at the attraction at their appointed Fastpass time.

The paper Fastpass tickets visitors received for the various attractions are being phased out and replaced.

The green light means the Fastpass time tied to the admission ticket is valid and the rider may go on the ride and skip the longer “stand-by” line. This Fastpass scanner is for the Matterhorn Bobsleds. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Fastpass machine for attractions, such as the Matterhorn Bobsleds or Radiator Springs Racers, will still spit out a small piece of paper, but it will serve as a reminder of the appointed Fastpass time. But that piece of paper is not valid to scan to get on the ride by skipping the “Stand-by” line.

Under the new system, when visitors to the Disneyland Resort use their admission ticket or annual pass to one of its theme parks to obtain a Fastpass, they get a slip that is a reminder of their appointed ride time. But this paper is not what is scanned, it is just a reminder. The Fastpass is now tied to the admission ticket or annual pass. The slip also states what time the visitor can obtain another Fastpass. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

This is a step towards Disney launching its new Maxpass program announced earlier in 2017. That system, for an announced price of $10 per day, will allow a visitor to obtain a Fastpass via their smart phone – with no need to visit a Fastpass kiosk at the attraction.

Since the Maxpass program uses smart phones, Disney has been upgrading its wifi access across the resort, which in the past has been spotty in many areas. Also, when Maxpass is launched, the Fastpass system will remain in…

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