By: Amy Kawa
Guests staying club level at select Disney resorts for at least 3 nights and have purchased at least a 3-day base ticket (or have an annual pass) will be able to purchase what Disney is calling a “Theme Park Extra.” Before we get into the details as to what this “extra” entails, here are the resorts the discount applies to (from WDWNT):
- Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Cabins
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Club Level
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Club Level
- Disney’s BoardWalk Inn – Club Level
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Club Level
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Club Level
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Club Level
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Villas & Bungalows – Bungalows
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Club Level
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – Club Level
- Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels – Presidential Suites, Governor Suites, Parlor Suites, Premium Alcove Rooms
Now, onto the details of the “Theme Park Extra”:
For $50 plus tax per guest, per day (minimum of a three-day stay), guests will receive another three fasptasses per day. Those three fastpasses can be made in more than one theme park, up to 90 days out, and allow guests to choose multiple top-tier options. However, guests cannot choose the same attraction to fastpass more than once. Guests will also have access to preferred viewing locations for the nighttime spectaculars at each of the four Disney parks.
Dreamer Amy’s Take: I understand the argument that Disney is too quick to uncharge everything. It certainly seems like everywhere we look now, there’s an awesome new experience Disney is putting out there, but it also comes with a price tag. However, at the end of the day, Walt Disney World is a business, a huge, HUGE business in fact. So, if they find there is a market for something and people are willing to buy it, then they should sell it! In full disclosure, I am also not one to shy away from the special ticketed events and promotions (i.e. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Disney After Hours, etc.). If people are willing to pay for the chance to ride Flight of Passage two times on their trip or ride Soarin’, Test Track, and Frozen Ever After all in one day, then kudos to them! Disney isn’t forcing anyone to purchase this package, and any family who can only afford the “standardly magical” Disney experience won’t be affected by this offer and will still have a fantastic time planning their vacation and when they arrive at the happiest place on earth.
I also think the theory of Disney trying to move to a paid Fastpass+ system is just silly. Disney is trying to get more money from those who can afford to pay it – aka those staying club level. There is a sense of exclusivity that people staying in these types of rooms pay extra for, so there are not many of these rooms by nature. Therefore, it’s not like offering an optional add-on like this is going to make it impossible for other guests to get the fastpasses they desire with the standard 60-day Fastpass+ window. I just don’t think there will be enough people taking advantage of the offer itself to make fastpass availability more of an issue than it already has become.
So, my final verdict, take it or leave it, is that if you can afford to take advantage of an extra three fastpasses a day, go for it! If you think it’s frivolous or just can’t afford to spend another $50 a day, then skip it! Your vacation will certainly be enhanced with having the option to fastpass three major, E-ticket attractions, but I promise you that you also won’t miss them if you take the time to plan things in advance.