As previously announced, both FastPass+ at Walt Disney World and MaxPass at Disneyland will be retired and instead Lightning Lane will debut — a paid service.
In case you are not aware, Lightning Lane will be part of the new Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ service offered. Disney Genie+ will be a paid system that will charge Disney World Guests $15 per person per day to utilize the Lighting Line, which will be the old FastPass+ queue. Walt Disney World Guests will be able to pick one return time at a time for select attractions and skip the lines when their turn arrives.
But despite Lightning Lane debuting soon, Disney is still advertising FastPass even though it will be retired.
On a recent trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we noticed a coffee mug on display that reads “I need a FastPass to Friday”. Though these mugs were probably manufactured prior to Disney announcing that Lightning Lane will replace FastPass, it is interesting to see that these coffee mugs are still being sold since FastPass no longer exists in the theme parks.
In fact, we have been reporting recently on how Lightning Lane signage is replacing the FastPass signs on various Disney World attractions, including “it’s a small world”, Tower of Terror, Soarin’ Around the World, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more. So with Disney beginning to remove all mention of FastPass within their Parks, again, it is interesting to us to see that this FastPass-themed coffee mug is still being sold on property.
In addition to Lightning Lane, Disney Genie will also have an option that allows Guests to purchase single experience passes for more “E-ticket” attractions such as Rise of the Resistance or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at an added cost. These rides will have their own cost, which will differ depending on the day and attraction. Please keep in mind that this option is not included in your Disney Genie+ purchase (if you decide to purchase that offering).
For more information on Lightning Lane, visit our website here.
Though Disney Genie was announced at the 2019 D23 Expo as part of the experiences and enhancements Guests can look forward to for the 50th anniversary, which will begin on October 1, Disney has not announced a debut date for Disney Genie or Lightning Lane at this time.
Inside the Magic will update you as we get information.
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