Disney drops FastPass for paid line-break program
Walt Disney World ultimately ditched its FastPass system in favor of a new paid option that allows customers to schedule ride times and skip lines.
As we predicted, the recently unveiled Genie app will transform Disney’s long-running skip-the-line system (which only required advance planning) with an extra paid at the cost of a Disney ticket. The said Genie + program will cost $ 15 per ticket holder per day at Walt Disney World and offer the option to schedule an “next available” slot in so-called Lightning Lane.
In addition to the pay-per-view programming service, the system will provide an impromptu pay-line break for popular attractions. The system, similar to the one implemented at Disney’s Paris park earlier this year, will allow customers to pay a varying amount to schedule an hour for popular rides.
Similar to the gruesome rhetoric politicians have embraced around healthcare, Disney describes rising prices for a once-free service as an increase in choices.
“As the FASTPASS, FastPass + and Disney MaxPass services will be phased out, we are incredibly excited about the flexibility and choices offered by the Disney Genie service,” they wrote on their website. official park blog. “You can choose from all of our new options, a mix or none, and continue to have a great experience, however you decide to plan your best Disney day. ”
The Disney Genie app has a few advantages. Even without the paid expressway options, it offers a route planner that will be constantly updated to help customers see and do as much as possible in the park. It is little consolation for the people who are already angry with Disney’s ongoing price hikes.
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