Is this the beginning of ‘paid for priority queuing’ at Disney’s Parks?

Star-Wars-Weekends-06-533x800Just about all Disney fans have been a little uptight about Fastpass+ at some way along the last few years, since the very concept made the headlines, making all guests carry an RFID device of some kind around the parks.
Some have complained about data security, others lost privileges, while others, like me, worry about the family vacation budget running away with Magicband purchases.

Slowly, though, being fair to Disney, they have steadily addressed and improved the system at each and every twist and turn of this colossal IT project.
This week though, under the guise of a special VIP tour for their Star Wars Weekends, we saw the first ‘paid for’ line jumping ‘add-on’ that we have ever seen at Disney (outside of the long standing VIP personal guides that Disney offer incredibly wealthy guests).

Bundled together with two meals and a few reserved viewing areas, the The Ultimate Day at Star Wars Weekends package reported today by WDW News Today runs at $499 per person and does not include park entry.
By any other name, this is nothing less than an unlimited Fastpass+ ticket with a few meals thrown in!

If Disney were to ‘pixie dust’ some Fastpass+ tickets with a few extras such as meals, would we buy them?  Erm, I think so, but definitely not at the cost of $500 per person!
In a world where everything has a price and there’s a person waiting to pay almost any price, somewhere, we can be sure that this is most definitely not the last we’ve seen of ‘paid for’ priority queuing!

 

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