Tokyo Disney Resort Expands Disney Premier Access Service

Since the reopening of Tokyo Disney Resort in 2020, one service has been notably absent, the FastPass. Until recently, we didn’t know what would happen with the service and whether it would return. We finally got an answer, nearly two years after the reopening.

On May 19, 2022, Tokyo Disney Resort launched Disney Premier Access for select attractions and entertainment at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

UPDATE 28 November 2022: Disney Premier Access has been expanded to include Baymax’s Happy Ride Splash Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland from December 1, 2022, and Tower of Terror and Center of the Earth at Tokyo DisneySea from December 9, 2022. These rides will be priced at ¥1,500 per ride.

Disney Premier Access

Soaring: Fantastic Flight

The Disney Premier Access is effectively a paid FastPass which is available at popular rides and entertainment at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea.

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo DisneySea

You’ll make your selection on the day of your visit to the Park and this cost is for one-time use only.

As of now, these are the only attractions that will use the Disney Premier Access service. The regular standby line is still available for these two attractions at no additional cost! We’ll probably see more attractions added in the future. There’s no news on the return of the FastPass system, which I highly doubt we’ll see again.

Remember, on April 25, 2022, Tokyo Disney Resort turned off the Standby Pass for most attractions, including Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast and Soaring: Fantastic Flight.

Depending on availability, you’ll buy the Disney Premier Access through the Tokyo Disney Resort app.

This new service is part of Oriental Land Company’s plan to create a seamless guest experience. The company has also mentioned they’re reducing the overall capacity of the parks compared to pre-COVID to help with the overcrowding issues that the Parks had prior.

What are your thoughts?

What are your thoughts on this new paid FastPass service coming to Tokyo Disney Resort?

I’m happy we finally have an answer to what would happen with FastPass. It’s not surprising that the Parks here in Japan have decided to go the paid route since that’s what all the other Disney Parks have also begun doing.

It’ll be interesting to see how this affects the wait times at Tokyo Disney Resort. Especially since we’ll see tourism return in some capacity this year to Japan.

Disney Premier Access is already in place at Disneyland Paris and Shanghai Disneyland. Also, a similar Lightning Lane at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.

We got our information from the Tokyo Disney Resort website and press release.

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  1. Lyn

    I hate this paid pass idea. If it works like Disneyland and WDW where you have to be in the park to book, then it’s unfair as most of the time slots will be taken up with resort guests who get early entry making it almost impossible for stand by patrons to get on the ride. If Disney resorts around the world are going to do this, the number available should be limited to so many.

  2. Thomas

    My worst fear came true. I really really hope it doesn’t end up like WDW with the awful Disney genie type thing. Haven’t we paid enough (basically 100 bucks) for the ticket, and now they want us to pay more just to ride attractions. I know it is optional, but it’s obviously going to make the wait time longer if you aren’t prepared to pay for fastpass, and they will inevitably ads it to all the popular rides over time. Boooooo.

  3. TDR Explorer

    It depends on how busy it is. If you make BatB a priority with your early entry, you should be able to ride it with minimal wait. If you want to do it more than once, that’ll depend on the crowds.

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