We love visiting Disneyland, especially when we’re the first to experience new things coming to the parks. We recently visited and got to try out one of the resort’s newest updates; Disneyland's digital FastPass system. The new feature, which replaces the current FastPass system, digitally connects FastPass tickets to your park ticket. While this is not the Disneyland MaxPass that Disneyland enthusiastically announced earlier this year, we are pretty sure it’s a stepping stone to that development.
Since we were one of the first to experience the change, we wanted to share everything we know about the update. We put together this video to show you exactly how it works. Check it out!
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Additionally, we put together some of the FAQ to help explain even further how the new system works.
Disneyland's Digital FastPass System FAQ
What is Disneyland’s digital FastPass system?
Paper FastPass tickets are a thing of the past with Disneyland’s new digital FastPass system. The newest change at the Disneyland Resort now digitally connects your FastPass to your park ticket. While you will be given a “FastPass reminder” printout, you won’t have to worry about carrying both the park ticket and FastPass ticket for everyone in your party anymore. It is very likely that the paper FastPass reminders will be temporary, and eventually everything will be digital.
How does Disneyland’s digital FastPass system work?
Disneyland’s digital FastPass system will work almost exactly like the FastPass system before. You will need to have a park ticket for everyone in your party before approaching the FastPass kiosk. Once at the FastPass kiosk, you will insert each Disneyland ticket. Currently, the kiosk will return your ticket along with a “FastPass reminder” printout. While the printout looks almost exactly like the old FastPass tickets, it cannot be scanned to enter the FastPass line. Instead, the FastPass ticket is now digitally attached to your park ticket.
All you will need to do is return to the FastPass line at the attraction within your return window. Once there, scan your park ticket and when the light turns green, you're good to go! Your FastPass has been redeemed and you are ready to speed your way to the front of the line.
When does Disneyland's Digital FastPass System begin?
Disneyland’s digital FastPass system began on June 21st and is already a hit. It has replaced the paper FastPass tickets and is currently the only way to retrieve and redeem FastPasses.
Do I have to pay extra for Disneyland's Digital FastPass System?
No, Disneyland's Digital FastPass System is free and included with your park ticket.
Does my 2-year-old need a Digital FastPass?
No, only ticketed guests (ages three and older) will require a Digital FastPass to ride. There are only a handful of attractions that have no height requirement AND a FastPass option. If you have any younger children who are riding a FastPass attraction, if they don't need a park ticket, they don't need a FastPass.
What rides include the FastPass option?
In Disneyland, FastPass is available on the following rides: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Star Tours – The Adventure Continues.
In Disney California Adventure Park, you can get FastPass tickets for California Scream’, Goofy’s Sky School, Grizzly River Run, Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!, Radiator Springs Racers, Soarin’ Around the World and Toy Story Midway Mania.
Can you schedule your FastPasses before you arrive?
The digital FastPasses cannot be scheduled on the Disneyland app or online, either before or during your park visit. All FastPasses will be acquired the same way as before; at the FastPass kiosk with your ticket in hand.
Is it the Disneyland MaxPass?
No, Disneyland’s digital FastPass system is different and completely separate from the MaxPass. The normal FastPass tickets will no longer be printed, but instead digitally connected to your park ticket. You will not be able to schedule the FastPass tickets on your phone or have to pay extra for the digital system. When Disney's MaxPass becomes available, it will allow you to make your Digital FastPass reservations by using the app on your smartphone for an additional charge. For more information on the Disneyland MaxPass, read our Everything You Need to Know about the Disneyland MaxPass article.
Do I have to have a device to use Disneyland's Digital FastPass System?
No. Because Disneyland's Digital FastPass System is tied to your ticket, it is completely separate from the Disneyland App. If you do have a device, we highly recommend downloading the app, which you can learn more about here: How to Use the Disneyland App
Can someone else use my Digital FastPass?
Yes and no. Because the Fastpass is digitally connected to your ticket, you would have to give someone your park ticket in order for them to use your FastPass. Because of this, you will only want to "share" your FastPass with someone you trust with your park ticket, i.e. someone in your immediate party. You will not be able to "collect" FastPass tickets and give them out.
Can we still send a runner to collect our Digital FastPasses?
Yes! Collecting Disneyland's Digital FastPass tickets will work the same way it always has. One person in your party can run ahead and collect all of the FastPass tickets for your family. All park tickets must be presented when you board the attraction.
When do I have to use my Digital FastPass?
Your digital FastPass will begin working five minutes prior to the return time printed on your FastPass Reminder card. You have a 15 minute grace period after the final return time printed on your FastPass Reminder card.
When will my next Digital FastPass be available?
Like the previous system, Disneyland's Digital FastPass System will allow you to collect your next FastPass reservation either two hours from when you collect your current FastPass, OR after the first return time listed on your FastPass Reminder card, whichever comes first. Your next available time will be printed on your FastPass Reminder card.
What happens if I am unable to use my Digital FastPass because the attraction breaks down?
If you are unable to use your FastPass because the ride has broken down, you will receive a "readmission FastPass." Your ticket will automatically have another FastPass added to it for use at almost any other ride. If you are in Disneyland, the only two attractions your readmission FastPass cannot be used for are Space Mountain and Peter Pan. In Disney California Adventure, only Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! and Radiator Springs Racers do not allow readmission FastPasses to be used.
Is it similar to Walt Disney World’s My Magic+ system?
The new digital FastPass system in Disneyland is not similar to Walt Disney World’s MyMagic+. In Disney World, you are able to plan your FastPass+ selections 30 – 60 days in advance on the Disney World website and app. Disneyland’s digital FastPass system will not allow for your FastPass tickets to be selected in advance or via the Disneyland app. Disneyland also does not offer any Magic Bands.
Will entertainment FastPass tickets be digital as well?
No, all entertainment FastPass tickets will remain paper tickets. Currently, you can get a FastPass for the World of Color show in Disney California Adventure. Once Fantasmic! returns to Disneyland (July 17, 2017) FastPass tickets will also be available for that. Occasionally, FastPass tickets are offered for Frozen - Live at the Hyperion. It is likely that entertainment FastPasses will remain paper indefinitely since they do not have the machines or time to scan each guest for performances. As usual, you are able to hold a paper FastPass ticket for a show and still use Disneyland's Digital FastPass System for attractions.
Disneyland's Digital FastPass system is just one of the many new things that have appeared in the parks this year. We are loving the new system and hope it means that the Disneyland MaxPass is right around the corner. Please let us know if you have any other questions about Disneyland's Digital FastPass system in the comments. We'll make sure to update the article with the common questions and any updates as the summer continues.
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