Last month, I posted about how Disney World is now enforcing FASTPASS return times. It had nothing to do with people abusing the system (I am one of the many who took advantage of the fact that Disney allowed guests to return after their return window had passed) but has everything to do with the NextGen plan that is coming to Disney World. They could not implement this new program if they were not enforcing return times.
At some point in the near future (rumors are the beginning of 2013), Disney will launch their new billion-dollar project dubbed “NextGen.” Part of the NextGen is the introduction of xPASS that will forever change how people visit the Disney parks. This new version of FASTPASS will allow guests to book ride times weeks or even months in advance. Know you want to ride Splash Mountain right after your lunch reservation at Liberty Tree Tavern? You will be able to choose and book your time slot to ride it before you even get to the parks!
Another part of NextGen will be the use of use of a wrist bands embedded with radio-frequency identification microchips, or RFID, that reads your identity and acts as your ticket and credit card. It will also store your credit card information and how many times you have been to the park. There will be RFID sensors throughout the park that will trigger interactive features such as Cast Members greeting you at the attraction by name.
I have heard that this service will be free but I have also heard it will be an additional charge. At this time, Disney is not saying.