For better or worse, Walt Disney World’s FastPass+ system has become a standard part of Orlando vacations, but unlike their competitors, Disney’s skip-the-line system remains complimentary for all guests. Exactly what is included, however, with that complimentary offer may soon change.
As early as 2007, there were indications that Disney was considering a paid FastPass system. In early 2017, the basic concept for the system at WDW was beginning to materialize. Disney rolled out a pay-to-play option in both Shanghai Disneyland and Disneyland in California. Those two systems were a bit different, with the Shanghai one being for specific attractions, while the California one was more of an app-based, day-of pre-reservation system.