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Disneyland plans to change Fastpass rides
The Fastpass system allows visitors to get tickets stamped with times when they can come back for shorter lines for certain rides. Read more about how Disney Fastpasses work.
Disney recently stopped operation of the Fastpass machines for Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, an interactive, video game ride, during other construction in Tomorrowland. Crews this month have been working on a paving project in Tomorrowland, completing the first phase and a second phase is scheduled to start Monday. See a previous story about Disney refurbishment projects.
Disneyland plans to use those Fastpass machines for Star Tours, when it reopens later this spring or summer. Star Tours sits across a pathway from the Buzz Lightyear ride.
A re-opening date has yet to be announced, but it is expected in May or June. Star Tours, which simulates a ride through space, is being transformed into a 3D journey based on the "Star Wars' movies. Read more about Star Tours.
Star Tours previously had the Fastpass system, but it was discontinued. See a story in Mouseplanet.com about the Fastpass changes.
The Disneyland website lists six Disneyland attractions with the Fastpass system. See the Disneyland Fastpass website. Disney California Adventure gives Fastpasses for four rides and the "World of Color" water-and-light show.
The Walt Disney Co. is in the process of cutting wait times for park attractions and features throughout its parks.
This week, the company announced that Walt Disney World plans to issue Fastpasses to meet Mickey Mouse. It's the first time that the company is using the system for character greetings. Read a story about the Mickey Mouse Fastpasses on the Orlando Sentinel.
Last week, Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said the company is developing a system that will allow visitors to reserve times for attractions, character greeting and other features from home. See a story about the Disney parks' plans.