Since the reopening of the pandemic, Disney World has made many operational changes to adapt and create a safe theme park environment for Guests. One of the main things currently suspended at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is FastPass+.
Guests used to be able to make a FastPass+ reservation on their My Disney Experience app before arriving at (or even while in) the Disney Park of their choosing to help skip some of the lengthy lines the Walt Disney World can be quite known for. When the parks reopened in July, FastPass+, along with many other offerings typically provided at Disney World, ended up being put on pause and suspended for the time being during the pandemic era.
Now, months later, things such as Park Hopping have returned to the park, but FastPass+ remains unavailable to Guests.
Recently, we reported that the FastPass+ signage on Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom was covered up, and now Kilimanjaro Safaris has done the same thing. While in Animal Kingdom today, we noticed that the FastPass+ sign, which typically would guide Guests with applicable passes into a separate queue, was no longer visible.
So why is Disney starting to remove or cover up their FastPass+ signs, and what does it mean for the service?
Disney has not noted that FastPass+ is coming to an end, but perhaps we will not be able to see the service return for quite some time. With the 50th anniversary approaching, there may be visitors coming into Orlando who never visited Disney World before. It may be confusing to Guests to see a sign that says FastPass+ on every attraction when you have no idea what it is for or if you can use it. There is also the possibility that Disney is changing the queue for Kilimajaro Safaris to accommodate both sections of the queue.
Cast Members at the attraction shared that the FastPass+ sign will stay covered.
For now, we do not have a clear answer as to why the signage is seemingly beginning to disappear, but as time goes on, we will start to get a clearer picture if this is the new normal or something that Disney is just doing with a select few attractions.
Currently, the official Disney World website states the following regarding FastPass+:
As a result of the COVID-19 impact on operations, the FastPass+ service is suspended for the time being. FastPass+ service is not offered with the purchase of tickets or annual passes. We will share future updates at a later date.
Stay tuned to Inside the Magic as we continue to monitor the status of FastPass+ at the Walt Disney World Resort!
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