It seems like after the elimination of FastPasses, Disney is looking to implement new “Single Rider” lines — and this one individual was seen riding Big Thunder Mountain all on their own.
It’s well known by now that Disney appears to have long gotten rid of their once-iconic FastPass system, with the Disney Parks in the US such as the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort turning to paid options like Genie+ and Lightning Lane to skip the wait, while Parks like Disneyland Paris and the Tokyo Disney Resort resorting to the paid Disney Premier Access systems to shorten wait times for Guests, as well as “paid FastPass” features included in Disney Hotel packages.
It seems like The Walt Disney Company and Oriental Land Company are experimenting with something new, however, with brand-new Single Rider passes that have been distributed to Guests today.
Over at the Tokyo Disney Resort where the experimentation appears to be happening, the paid Disney Premier Access is only available for specific rides and E-Ticket attractions like the newly opened Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast over in the Beauty and the Beast themed area in Tokyo Disneyland, and Soaring: Fantastic Flight in Tokyo DisneySea — both costing 2,000 Japanese yen each (around $14 at the time of writing). This Premier Access system definitely leaves out some extremely popular thrill rides like Tokyo Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain and Tokyo DisneySea’s rendition of the Indiana Jones Adventure ride over at California’s Disneyland Park, Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull — which the new Single Rider Pass experiment seems to be trying to fix.
Twitter user @N128BGre shared the following snapshot of the new experimental passes for Big Thunder Mountain and Indiana Jones Adventure, as well as a blogpost with more information on the newly implemented system:
— N128歌 (@N128BGre) September 21, 2022
According to Guests trying out the new Single Rider system — that is utilizing the old FastPass queue — these rides are now basically walk-ons.
@greeeeeeeen_man shared a screenshot of the timer on their phone, claiming that it only took them 3:49 minutes to arrive at the ride platform of Indiana Jones Adventure:
Single Rider verification
this long to the platform
— リトグリマン (@greeeeeeeen_man) September 21, 2022
Big Thunder Mountain Single Riders seemed to corroborate a similarly good experience, with @hmywshSfkKl4KTJ sharing:
I used the Big Thunder Single Rider line. It was about 14:30 before the end of the Dreaming Up! Parade, and the usual waiting time was 35 minutes. In the case of a Single Rider, it took less than 5 minutes to get to the platform using the old FastPass line. I was handed a Single Rider tag when I lined up. #tdr_now
— masaki (@hmywshSfkKl4KTJ) September 21, 2022
Earlier, Disney Park fans and Guests also spotted this individual riding Big Thunder Mountain on their own — seemingly redefining “Single Rider”!
@rituka182769 posted the following hilarious pictures with a single rider waving at Guests while riding the Big Thunder Mountain coaster all alone:
— 9/10-11池袋a! の立華(りつか)みなパピ部💕 (@rituka182769) September 20, 2022
There was some buzz online as Disney Park fans wondered who this crazy-lucky person was, since there was already chatter about the newly reintroduced Single Rider Pass.
@rituka182769 gave some insight into who this lucky rider was:
(translated) @1217tatuya_: Is this a Cast Member? I have never ridden Big Thunder by myself.
(in reply) @rituka182769: This is the Cast riding to check at the start of operations immediately after rope drop 🥰
— 9/10-11池袋a! の立華(りつか)みなパピ部💕 (@rituka182769) September 21, 2022
The image of the lone Cast Member riding Big Thunder Mountain in silence while waving to Guests is certainly a funny one, though!
The new Single Rider Pass is definitely creating a fair amount of buzz, with Guests getting the chance to cut wait times drastically as the Tokyo Disney Resort implements (or re-implements) something of a “free” system using the old FastPass queue that’s been sitting there essentially collecting dust for months.
These massively shortened wait times are definitely something to keep an eye out for if you’re visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort soon. Additionally, if this proves successful in heavily populated Disney Parks like Tokyo Disney, it might mean tweaks and changes to rides over in the Disney Parks stateside.
What do you think of the Single Rider Pass system? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Unlike other entirely Walt Disney Company-owned Parks like the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan is owned and operated by the Oriental Land Company, and is the Walt Disney Company’s first international Disney Park. Located beside the JR Maihama Station, and connected to Narita Airport and Haneda Airport by convenient transport networks, the Tokyo Disney Resort comprises two theme parks – Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, which are connected by the Disney Resort Line monorail. Nearby are official hotels, the Disney Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel, and Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel .
Tokyo Disneyland is a quick walk from the Toy Story Hotel and Tokyo Disneyland Hotel. It features a castle similar to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom — the Cinderella Castle. Tokyo Disneyland many unique attractions, including the Tokyo-exclusive, Monsters, Inc. “Ride & Go Seek!”, plus the trackless Winnie the Pooh ride, Pooh’s Honey Hunt. Familiar favorites from other parks include Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blaster, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, and it’s a small world.