July 9, 1999
Lake Buena Vista, FL -- Walt Disney World Resort is introducing an innovative system this month at Disney's Animal Kingdom that gives guests an alternative to waiting in line at popular attractions during peak seasons.
Disney's FASTPASS is Walt Disney World Resort's newest guest improvement that frees guests to enjoy more of the Disney park they are visiting. The system is expected to roll out at popular attractions in the Magic Kingdom and Disney-MGM Studios later this summer.
"We're always striving to set new standards in guest service," said Bruce Laval, executive vice president of operations planning and development for Walt Disney World Resort, "and Disney's FASTPASS gives guests time and flexibility to experience more of the fun."
Here's how it works: When guests approach an attraction offering Disney's FASTPASS, they will have the choice of using Disney's FASTPASS or waiting in the regular line. A display clock denoting regular wait time and the return time for Disney's FASTPASS will assist guests in making their decision.
If guests choose Disney's FASTPASS line, each member of the party will insert his or her theme park admission ticket into a turnstile to receive the FASTPASS and a return time. Then they can use the time they normally would spend in line enjoying other areas and attractions in the park until their designated return time. When they return, they will go to the Disney's FASTPASS entrance and proceed directly to the attraction pre-show or boarding area with no further wait.
At Disney's Animal Kingdom, selected attractions using Disney's FASTPASS include Kilimanjaro Safaris, Countdown to Extinction and Kali River Rapids.
There is no extra charge for Disney's FASTPASS, and guests can get a pass for only one attraction at a time.