A Disney Park is Bringing Back Free ‘FastPasses’

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For better or worse, the Disney FastPass system has become a classic staple of Disney Park nostalgia. Although it worked very differently than Genie+ does today, it was the theme park’s first venture into line skipping.

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While other theme park chains like Six Flags and Universal Studios offered similar services, they came with a significant cost. Disney, however, provided the service for free simply with the cost of admission. Those days are long behind us…well, not all of us.

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Free Priority Pass

Disney is bringing back free-line skipping at Tokyo Disney Resort, making it the only Disney Resort in the world to offer such a service (anymore). Beginning this week (July 26), Disney Guests with a ticket for Park admission will also be given a 40th Anniversary Priority Pass.

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It will operate similarly to the old Fast Pass+ system at Walt Disney World Resort. Using the Tokyo Disney Resort App (or contacting a Cast Member with tablets), Guests can skip the line for an attraction on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Once that Guest has used their Priority Pass (or 120 minutes have passed), they can select a second attraction and skip its line.

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Tokyo Disney Resort

The only downside to this system over the current one in the United States is that you do not have any control over the time you wish to visit your attraction of choice. You simply request your ride and get your pass.

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Tokyo Disney Resort has hinted that this will only be available for a limited time, but they have not released any specific date when the free Priority Passes will go away.

Exterior of Castle at Tokyo Disneyland

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Which Attractions?

The free Priority Passes can be used on the following attractions:

Tokyo Disneyland

  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
  • Space Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Pooh’s Hunny Hunt
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek

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Tokyo DisneySea

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Tokyo DisneySea

  • Aquatopia
  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Turtle Talk
  • Nemo & Friends SeaRider
  • The Magic Lamp Theater
  • Raging Spirits

There is still a Premium Priority Pass, similar to Individual Lightning Lanes at domestic parks, which Guests can purchase for additional access to more popular attractions such as Splash Mountain, Soaring: Fantastic Flight, and the Tower of Terror.

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)