Finally. The respect pass holders deserve. ???? pic.twitter.com/4hbjbI0ozf— Stephenie (@DisneyBySteph) December 21, 2016
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.Tweet
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