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Premier Access debuts and leaves us to wonder what Disney World’s paid FastPass will be like

Premier Access debuts and leaves us to wonder what Disney World’s paid FastPass will be like

Disney introduced a new paid FastPass+ system, and things are looking…expensive. What will Disney World’s system look like? Would you pay $15 per person to head to the front of Big Thunder Mountain?

Premier Access

Credit: Disney

Over in Europe, Disneyland Paris has officially let go of the free FastPass service in favor of a paid option. With “Premier Access”, Guests will use the app to book an assigned time slot for select attractions. Right now, the only attractions included are:

  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Hyperspace Mountain
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
  • Star Tours
  • Autopia
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy
Credit: Disney

The system rolled out today, August 3, and pricing has been revealed. Autopia, for example, is $9.49 USD per person. Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast is $17.80 USD per person to skip the line. You will be paying roughly $14 USD per person to jump ahead to the front for Big Thunder Mountain.

As a reminder, this is on top of regular admission. A 1-day dated ticket is $63.72 which is much cheaper than what Disney World tickets cost. However, it begs the question: Will Disney World try to charge this much for a paid FastPass system?

What will Disney World’s system look like?

Credit: KtP

If we use the prices above, a family of 4 will pay $254.88 to enter the Disneyland Paris gates and an extra, oh let’s say, $93.96 to skip both Autopia and Big Thunder Mountain lines. That’s almost $350 for admission and 2 line skips.

Compared to Disney World where admission is roughly $140/person on average, that same family of 4 would be looking at almost $660 for admission and 2 line skips.

Credit: Disney

I cannot imagine the average family paying over $600 for this! For this reason, I don’t think Disney World will be doing an al a carte option for their paid FastPass+ system (if they do one at all…but you know they will).

Either admission or FastPass will have to go to increase the value of a visit to the parks. I don’t think they are going to lower admission to increase FastPass.

I am guessing we will either see a bundle with an attraction or two – one likely a headliner and the other(s) not. By pairing a headliner with a not-so-popular attraction(s), they can charge more for it and it is still seen as a decent value.

Or, maybe it will be a one-time fee and you skip all the lines. We shared a rumor that Disney was possibly considering a fee of anywhere from $100 to $300 per person per day to skip every single line in the parks.

Or, it’s completely possible we will see a combination of the above possibilities to give Guests more options. We are carefully watching for any and all FastPass announcements!

How much are you willing pay to skip the line at Disney? What are your best guesses for Disney World’s paid FastPass system? Share your thoughts with us below or on Facebook.


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k

Thursday 5th of August 2021

Does Disney even see these replies? Or do they see them and not give a damn what the public thinks of their money grabbing ideas. I'm sure there are thousands of people that are tired of the "It's going to cost a little bit more" BS line we read about daily.

Salz

Wednesday 4th of August 2021

Sadly, we all pretty much know that free FastPasses are not coming back. If Universal can charge $200 pp per day for Express Pass right down the road, Disney knows the market will bear that level of pricing. My best guest is that people at deluxe resorts might get it wrapped into the price of their rooms, like Universal does, and there may be times when “free” lightning pass or whatever they decide to call it are bundled into packages, like the dining plans. The two rides bundle is a possibility - by now they have the data to know which rides are most popular for FP and will price accordingly. Imagine a package of Test Track and Figment for $30 a person. It will increase revenue, distribute Guests around the park because you’ll probably go on Figment if you paid for the FP rather than just spend $30 for a Test Track FP. Like many others here, if they go to a Daily $100-300 extra it’s out of my league. We are sitting on tickets from a cancelled 2020 trip and are just beginning to think we’ll eat the cost and move on to something else. As a family of 4 , we can’t afford another $1,200/day just for the what we would have gotten for free when we bought the tickets in January 2020.

Rev. Gelene R Grice

Wednesday 4th of August 2021

I think this is ridiculous! Disney cost so much already with hotel, food & parking. Taking away bus and now you will have to pay for that and less service. That's the thing gouge for money have less services! Disney is only in it for the money!

Michelle

Wednesday 4th of August 2021

I think Walt is spinning in his grave. I fear that I won't be able to take my Granddaughters next summer. Grammy's pockets just aren't that deep!

K

Wednesday 4th of August 2021

An easy solution? Stop going to Disney World or Disney anything. Just STOP!

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