The Next Generation at Walt Disney World is taking another step forward beginning on May 1, 2012 as the Magic Kingdom will be guest-testing the new RFID FASTPass system and it will run through May 15, 2012. Many have called it the “GO Pass” which has been rumored for some time, and here is how the testing will work.
Random guests will be selected prior to their arrival at the Magic Kingdom park and then it will go down like this:
- Guests in the trial will actually choose a FASTPass itinerary for their entire park day before arriving at Magic Kingdom.
- That itinerary will then be e-mailed to the guests and loaded entirely on an RFID FASTPASS card that they will use to gain access to the chosen rides.
The system is expected to – in time – be spread throughout all of Walt Disney World property. For now though, it is simply a trial much like the RFID turnstiles at Epcot were a few months back.
WDWMagic tacked down some very important points to this entire system:
- Will eliminate paper FASTPass tickets
- Will eliminate current system of getting on FASTPass at a time
While this seems like a great idea and all; it does raise a concern of mine.
So your entire FASTPass itinerary is planned for the day and you know when you’ll be able to enjoy certain long-line attractions without the wait. But what happens if you want to ride Splash Mountain or Soarin’ twice in one day without the wait?
Essentially the problem persist that if you’re looking to experience a FASTPass attraction more than once in a day, but don’t have it planned into your pre-park itinerary…then you’re just going to have to wait.
Only time will tell.