Disney Eliminates Free FastPass at One Resort

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On June 17, Disneyland Paris was finally able to reopen its theme park gates once again after a pandemic surge caused another shutdown. The theme park is currently operating at a limited capacity, but as COVID cases go down and vaccination rates go up, the park will eventually begin to allow more Guests. When those Guests do visit the park, they will see one huge change — the elimination of free FastPasses.

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On July 6, it was revealed that Disneyland Paris is getting rid of its free FastPass system and implementing a new paid system called Premier Access. The news was shared on Twitter by DLP Report.

Breaking: this summer, Disneyland Paris will launch “Premier Access”, a new upcharge in the app to board select attractions instantly, from €8 per ride (off peak, prices vary). Traditional FastPass will NOT return, but Standby Pass will at busy times – the only free option.

Disneyland Paris’ Premier Access system will charge Guests around €8, which is just over $9, per ride at the theme park. It seems that rides may vary in pricing depending on popularity. It also looks like the prices for each attraction will change depending on what the time of year is — visiting during the peak seasons will presumably cost more.

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The Disneyland Paris website has shared which attractions will be using the Premier Access FastPass system. The rides that will be included are:

  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Ratatouille: The Adventure
  • Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
  • Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain
  • Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Autopia®
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Disneyland Paris’ new system will allow Guests to buy up to 3 Premier Access tickets per attraction per day. Children under three do not need to buy Premier Access to join the dedicated line, but they will need to be accompanied by an adult with Premier Access. Disneyland Paris also shared a diagram of how Guests can purchase the Premier Access.

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This new Premier Access system is not the first time that Disney has decided to charge for its FastPass system. In 2017, Disneyland Resort in California introduced the MaxPass, where Guests paid a flat fee to be able to book a FASTPASS at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure on their phone.

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While Disneyland does offer the MaxPass, Guests who do not wish to pay can still access a FASTPASS for free from machines located near the attractions they wish to ride. Disney World’s FastPass+ and FastPass systems remain free to Guests.

A release date has not been announced for Disneyland Paris’ Premier Access, but it will most likely be this summer.

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