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Disney Park Now Testing ‘Single Rider Pass’

It looks like there is a new attraction pass in town that could compete with the new extra-cost replacements to the FastPass: A single rider pass.

A single rider line is rare but not unheard of at Disney Parks. A Single Rider entrance was added on Test Track in EPCOT and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and there was also testing of a Single Rider line at Soarin’ Around the World. But, they are still few and far between in their distribution, forcing solo riders to wait in line with everyone else while each ride vehicle takes off with empty seats. Now, one Disney Castle Resort appears to see the potential in tending to the single riders–or anyone who is not concerned about sitting right next to the other members of their party–by creating a pass specifically for single riders.

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The test is currently underway at Tokyo Disney Resort. Reports from Guests on Twitter state that they are given a pass at the line’s entrance and are told to utilize the former FastPass line as the makeshift single-rider queue. This allows them to jump ahead and have a very little wait.

One person tweeted,

“I used the Big Thunder single rider. It was about 14:30 before the end of Dreaming Up, and the usual waiting time was 35 minutes. In the case of a single rider, it took less than 5 minutes to get to the platform using the old Fastpass line. I was handed a single rider tag when I lined up.”

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Now, it should be noted that, like Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort does offer its own extra-cost FastPass called “Disney Premier Access.” At the cost of around $14 or ¥2,000 per ride, this pass is similar to the Lightning Lane found at Walt Disney World as well as Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. It is only available for new and select “E-Ticket” attractions at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. These include Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast, and Soaring: Fantastic Flight. The experimental Single Rider Pass on the other hand, appears to be in testing on many other popular attractions like Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull, and Tokyo Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

In what is assumed to be a stunt to bring awareness to this new option, Guests reported a lonely Cast Member riding a train on Big Thunder Mountain by himself while waving at everyone watching him.

It will be interesting to see the effect a wider utilization of a single rider line will have on Disney Park wait times. However, Tokyo Disney Resort is owned and operated by the Oriental Land Company, which means there is no guarantee that a successful test could lead to its implementation at other Parks owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company.

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We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on this story as well as other Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

TK is a writer and editor based in Tampa, FL with a passion for all things Disney, and adventure.