LAKE BUENA VISTA –
Walt Disney World will reportedly stop distributing paper FastPass tickets at the Magic Kingdom in favor of the resort’s new FastPass+ reservation system starting early next week, according to our partners at Orlando Attractions Magazine.
The report, posted Friday, said the Magic Kingdom is set to stop using the “legacy” FastPass machines and start offering FastPass+ only starting Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Walt Disney World says FastPass+ and all other aspects of its new MyMagic+ system, including the MagicBand bracelets for resort guests, are still in “testing” mode.
However, Disney’s Animal Kingdom stopped offering paper FastPass tickets in December. Paper tickets will still be available at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios until further notice.
So, what does that mean for you if you want to reserve a ride time? That all depends on whether or not you already have a MagicBand, which currently is only available to guests staying at certain Disney World resorts.
If you have a MagicBand:
You can make a FastPass+ reservation online at MyDisneyExperience.com or through the My Disney Experience mobile app up to 60 days before their visit.
If you don’t have a MagicBand:
You can’t yet use the website or app. This includes day guests and Annual Passholders who have not already gotten a MagicBand by booking a stay at a Disney resort.
Instead, guests without a MagicBand will have to visit one of the MyMagic+ kiosks around the theme park to scan your plastic ticket and make your FastPass+ selections. Guests with MagicBands can also make their selections at these kiosks.
Once it’s time to use your FastPass+ reservation, you’ll scan your card at the FastPass+ entrance at a Mickey post similar to the ones installed last year at the entrances to the theme parks.
You can change any FastPass+ reservation, but you’ll have to go back to one of the kiosks to do so.
Whether or not you have a MagicBand, the limit on FastPass+ reservations is three per day at only one park per day.
Attractions Magazine suggested that if you’re planning a trip to the Magic Kingdom before Tuesday, or to Epcot or Hollywood Studios in the next few weeks, you may even want to grab some of the last paper FastPass tickets ever and keep them as a souvenir before what could very soon be the end of an era at Walt Disney World.