Written by Nancy Sinclair Brook
Welcome to Disneyland – 1999!
In 1999, the cost of a one-day adult admission ticket was $39.00! As Disneyland continued to grow, so did the crowds. The most common guest complaint was waiting in long lines for attractions and shows. So, Disney came up with a plan. “FASTPASS” was created. Disney’s FASTPASS was introduced in the fall of 1999 and was described as a ride reservation or “virtual queuing” system for rides. The FASTPASS allowed theme park guests to avoid waiting in long lines. At select attractions which had the feature installed, it gave Guests the freedom to shop, eat or visit other attractions while they waited. The service was provided at no additional charge to every park guest. As a result, it was an instant success! Later, the FASTPASS was introduced at Walt Disney World at all four of its theme parks.
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As for me, 1999 brought a new baby girl to join my 18-month-old son and daughter and the beginning of a love affair between my kids and Disneyland. As a former Cast Member, I knew all about the joy, the fun, and the pixie dust. Introducing Disney to my own children was pure magic.
I remember the FASTPASS announcement just like it was yesterday Nancy- and no one said it would last!! (It reminds me of the current comments about MagicBands and My Magic+.) I guess it took. Now, we can't imagine touring the parks without it. I love this history lesson and I love learning that you were once a Cast Member; it's absolutely the best part of this series!! Thank you so much for sharing your insider's view with us Nancy.