Rumor: A new paid FastPass+ system may come to Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World may call on a new or altered version of the current FastPass+ system in an attempt to control the enormous crowds expected for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

A recent rumor has suggested that Disney is discussing a form of paid FastPass+, or some sort of additional upcharge that may be similar to the MaxPass in Disneyland, in an attempt to handle the demand. The rumor has been confirmed by Disney insider Martin Smith, though no additional details were offered in his confirmation.

“I do know a derivative [of the MaxPass system] is being looked at. It may also have an effect in how current FP+ works.”

Martin Smith

It does not sound like Walt Disney World will eliminate the current free FastPass+ system. However, they may offer a higher tier or level of FastPass+ that allows guests to book multiple popular attractions (Tier 1 attractions) in the same day. The paid option would theoretically be the only way a guest could reasonably secure a FastPass+ reservation for both Star Wars rides in the same day.

Note that it sounds like Walt Disney World management is still discussing and weighing their options. Should a new paid system roll out, it would likely be seen at all four theme parks and alter the current pool of available “free” FastPass+ reservations available for each ride.

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