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.
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.
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…