When FastPass+ is officially rolled out later this year, theme park touring will forever change at Walt Disney World. As we move closer to the full roll-out date, more details are beginning to emerge about how the system will work.
One question that has been asked several times is: “What will happen if an attraction is closed during my assigned FastPass+ time?”
With the current FASTPASS system, if you have a FASTPASS for 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and the attraction is closed for that entire hour, you can either return later in the day to use your FASTPASS or choose not to use the FASTPASS. However, the current system can result in extremely long lines late in the day if an attraction is down for an extended period of time.
WDWMAGIC has some interesting new details about how MyMagic+ will handle attraction closures:
“With FastPass+, a closure of an attraction results in an automated process where an alternative FastPass+ experience entitlement is automatically sent to the guest… and the original FastPass+ is expired.”
One important change here: guests will NOT be able to wait for the attraction to reopen and use a late FastPass+ reservation.
“Depending on the time of day that the closure occurs, guests get one of two options. First, if the closure happens early in the day, the guest will be offered a list of up to eight alternative FastPass+ experiences at the same park on the same day. The second option, if the original selection closes late in the day, is for the guest to select any FastPass+ experience at any park on the next day.” – Read more from WDWMAGIC
Guests will be notified via My Disney Experience or by checking kiosks that will be available around the park. It’s probably safe to assume the alternative attraction options will be offered to guests on a first-come first-serve basis.
These details are all subject to change before the official roll out. However, if the tests are considered successful, we can expect similar rules for attraction closures when the program is opened to the public.
More: How to make FastPass+ reservations online | Upcoming MyMagic+ and FastPass+ tests