From today until Thursday Oct 9, Disney is testing out only having a Fastpass+ line at one of Disney World’s most popular attractions: Toy Story Midway Mania. First reported by The Orlando Sentinel, the test will only allow guests with a Fastpass+ reservation to get on the ride. By eliminating the standby line, Disney would be able to make more Fastpass+ reservations available for the ride, but it is unclear how many actual FP+s have been added to the ride for the test.

As of noon, Toy Story Midway Mania had reached capacity for the day. That meant if you were planning on going to Hollywood Studios this evening and didn’t get a Fastpass for Toy Story, you were already out of luck before you even entered the park. As stated above, this is a limited time test and will end on October 9.

The question remains: is this a good idea? Personally, I don’t think so based on the current state of the Fastpass+ system. Guests staying at a Disney Resort can book their Fastpass+ reservations 60 days ahead of their trip, and guests with Annual Passes or day passes can book starting 30 days out. Toy Story Fastpasses are very in demand, and by the time it’s 30 days out, reservations are limited. Not impossible to get, but limited. By making a popular attraction Fastpass only, it makes it much more difficult for non-resort guests to be able to even go on the ride.

I understand Disney’s desire to eliminate long wait times. Having 25% of a day in the park taken up by standing in a single line does not make for happy guests. Disney has recently been experimenting with different ways to deal with that at the Anna & Elsa meet and greet, Soarin, and now Toy Story. While it is a great goal to shorten wait times, making an attraction Fastpass+ only might be a step too far. Of course, this is just a temporary test. I’m hoping that Fastpass-only doesn’t become permanent policy for any attraction.

What do you think about the Fastpass+ test this week at Toy Story Midway Mania?

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James is a lifelong Disney Parks fan. While at the parks, he loves finding new details, learning more about Disney World history, and taking pictures. His favorite WDW attractions include Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours.
James is a filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles.

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