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Disney World opens entry lanes just for annual passholders

December 21, 2016, 3:27 PM · Walt Disney World is now setting aside entry lanes to its theme parks exclusively for use by its annual passholders.

The passholder-only lanes should help speed the flow of guests into the park, as annual passholders presumably are familiar with the process of tapping their card or MagicBand and scanning their finger and therefore can move through the lane more quickly than the average day-ticket guest, who might be a first-time visitor. That gives passholders another perk that costs the company nothing.

The prospect of quicker entry into the park might also provide another enticement for regular or extended-stay visitors to think about upgrading to a pass, to get potentially quicker access into the parks.

Disney for years offered designated lanes for off-duty cast members to enter the park with their passes. But that was to accommodate the process of signing in cast members' guests, which helped speed up the other lanes into the park.

Like a single rider line, Disney could temporarily remove the option when crowds are light and they don't need a "fast lane" to move passholders out of the way. And, of course, if the AP line ever backs up for some reason, passholders always could opt to hop into a faster-moving "regular" line.

For now, this is only at the Walt Disney World Resort, where annual passholders represent a much smaller percentage of park visitors than they do at Disneyland, where Disney might have to offer more AP-only lanes than regular lanes on some days, to even out the lines.

Replies (10)

December 21, 2016 at 4:18 PM · If they ever offered this at disneyland, it would probably be quicker to use the lines NOT designated for annual passholders!
December 21, 2016 at 4:35 PM · Never thought I'd say this but -- Hey, Universal: THIS is an idea you can steal from Disney :-)
December 21, 2016 at 6:28 PM · They must have just started this. We were there Saturday and they weren't there. I always just go for the line with the fewest children and older people. They tend to have the most problems with the system.
December 21, 2016 at 6:37 PM · I don't know, I kind of miss the days when everyone was treated pretty much equal. Special pricing, VIP passes, up charges,Fastpas, AP lanes all serve a purpose I guess but something is lost in complexity.
December 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM · I guess they can't do this at DLR, because MOST of the visitors are pass holders...
December 21, 2016 at 11:14 PM · I'll give you a reason why they should have AP only entry lines - When day visitors have to stop and get their picture taken, it slows up the line, and can be frustrating for people waiting behind. Also, they should have express bag check lines for people without bags.
December 22, 2016 at 4:48 AM · Back when they had their AP Town Hall in ApriL, SeaWorld talked about using their alternate entrance for APs during busy periods. But with the recent staffing cuts, this seems unlikely to happen now.
December 22, 2016 at 6:33 AM · @Disfan, I don't know where you're going but we were just at WDW and I took the bag through the check while the rest of the family went around it, and this is not new.
December 22, 2016 at 10:51 AM · Why not fast pass reservations for entrance, or for an extra 50 bucks you get in front of the line. It is how Di$ney is working these days.
December 22, 2016 at 5:08 PM · Damn right! I am a AP! Gimme that line!

In all seriousness, having an seperate line probably helps out flow more anyway. One pain point I have when entering the park is the new guests that don't understand the tap and finger scan. Cast Members (god love them) do a pretty terrible job helping them understand the little "dance" you got to do!

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