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According to many news outlets today, such as WFTV9, Walt Disney World is now offering a paid FastPass option to those staying in club level rooms across hotels on property for $50 for three FastPasses per guest for a pilot period beginning this Friday, the 12th of January 2018. Guests also have the opportunity to book these 90 days out, instead of the 60 days out all current WDW hotel guests currently have.
There, as more and more sites cover this, such as WDW News Today, go into further detail, stating that this will only apply to guests with a three-day minimum purchase and with more than one theme park when a valid Park Hopper option is purchased with the ticket.
For those of you unsure which resort locations offer club level, here is a quick break down; Animal Kingdom Lodge, Beach Club, BoardWalk Inn, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge and Yacht Club. The Cabins of Copper Creek and the Bungalows at the Polynesian are also included as well as the Presidential, Governor, Parlour Suites and Premium Alcove Rooms at the Swan and Dolphin.
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I’m not a fan of this. Really not. Disney is already quite expensive and staying on property adds to that, but with the extras that are included, some say it is worth the price, at that is at basic room rates. Club level room prices, for the time of year we can only go are eye-watering prices. Watch as in the height of summer, or any other busy time for that matter, who can afford to stay in the club rooms, get these additional passes. Then watch as the ‘top tier’ attractions have very few passes available for everyone else and queue times grow longer.
It is widely known park attendance is dwindling part in the fact due to the cost, part of the fact people keep complaining so Disney raise the price anyway. I get it, Disney is a company, their profits need to be at a certain level, revenues need to be maintained, which is why we have seen so many ‘parties’ for firework shows. This, with FastPasses, hampers every day running of the general guest experience, it has the potential for many rides merely to become out of reach.
I hope this pilot doesn’t last long and Disney listens to the currently growing guest concern and rethink this particular option.