Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Information to (Free) Precedence Cross & (Paid) Premier Entry at Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea

Line-skipping at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea saves you time ready in line for rides, which implies extra for the necessary issues…like snacks! This information explains tips on how to use Precedence Cross and Premier Entry, that are the replacements for FastPass at Tokyo Disney Resort. Right here’s a comparability of the free vs. paid providers, journey rankings, our ideas, and extra.

Let’s begin with the fundamentals of the brand new Precedence Cross. Oriental Land Firm (OLC), the proprietor and operator of Tokyo Disney Resort, has now debuted the free Precedence Cross line-skipping service in commemoration of the Tokyo Disney Resort fortieth Anniversary ‘Dream-Go-Spherical celebration.

Precedence Cross is accessible freed from cost, and permits company of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea the flexibility to get pleasure from sure sights with a lowered wait time. Precedence Cross is accessible for eligible experiences utilizing the Tokyo Disney Resort App as quickly as company enter the park.

Company will be capable of enter the attraction from a ‘quick lane’ line (previously FastPass) at a specified time and luxuriate in their chosen expertise with a lowered wait time. This service will present choices for the way company expertise Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, providing comfort and added flexibility for many who want to personalize their expertise and get essentially the most out of their go to.

With fundamentals out of the way in which, listed below are extra granular particulars that ought to reply your questions on how Precedence Cross works at Tokyo Disney Resort…

For those who’re conversant in the outdated FastPass system, Precedence Cross is mainly that however with a distinct identify. It’s additionally all-digital, however that half really isn’t new. Again in Summer time 2019, Tokyo Disney Resort launched digital FastPass–we had been there the day in July when it went stay!

The distinction is that FastPass wasn’t all-digital. Even then-new rides like Hovering Implausible Flight had FastPass machines put in for paper FastPass. (They had been virtually ineffective, although, because it was virtually unimaginable to stroll to the FastPass machine earlier than FastPasses had been absolutely distributed for the day through the app. I ponder if anybody on the market even has a paper FastPass for Hovering?) There’s additionally an area that was supposed for FastPass distribution exterior Enchanted Story of Magnificence and the Beast!

In any case, Precedence Cross works the identical approach and with just about the identical insurance policies as paper or digital FastPass. Every Park ticket can be utilized to acquire a Tokyo Disney Resort fortieth Anniversary Precedence Cross for one individual, and solely after that ticket has been scanned into the park.

If one member of a celebration has not scanned into the park, however everybody else has, that particular person will be unable to make Precedence Cross journey reservations. Entry to an expertise will probably be permitted for one visitor per fortieth Anniversary Precedence Cross. Company ages 3 and below will be capable of entry the expertise with an accompanying one who has obtained a Precedence Cross.

Precedence Passes will be cancelled and rebooked for various sights in the event that they haven’t been used. If an attraction is briefly unavailable throughout a Precedence Cross redemption window, it’ll swap to a “A number of Experiences” go, which works at numerous completely different rides. Return home windows are 60 minutes, and late or early arrivals aren’t allowed.

Heck, even the 120 minute rule applies–which means that company can get hold of their subsequent Precedence Cross after the beginning time of their final Precedence Cross or 120 minutes after acquiring their final Precedence Cross, whichever is earlier. (As with FastPass, which means stacking is feasible!)

In contrast to Genie+ or Lightning Lanes, re-rides are attainable with Precedence Cross. Nonetheless, that is solely after the designated time to make use of the obtained Precedence Cross has handed.

As with legacy FastPass, company aren’t capable of choose the time to entry the expertise. Return occasions transfer ahead as Precedence Passes are distributed, which means the early chook will get the figurative worm–and the possibility for extra Precedence Passes all through the day–as some rides will run out of Precedence Passes at some stage in the day within the morning.

To that time, Precedence Passes which have change into briefly unavailable could change into accessible once more. Verify the Tokyo Disney Resort App for availability.

Technically, I assume Precedence Cross is not all-digital. In keeping with Tokyo Disney Resort, company with no smartphone can “contact a Forged Member on the venue of the expertise you want to get pleasure from.” It’s unclear what which means or the way it’ll work.

Our guess is that it entails Forged Members registering your ticket through tablets, making reservations for you, after which offering you with a handwritten slip that may be redeemed on the Precedence Cross/FastPass return line. That is type of how walk-up eating reservations work at Tokyo Disney Resort, and it may be tedious and time-consuming. I definitely wouldn’t wish to do it for journey reservations.

Talking of which, downloading the Tokyo Disney Resort App in your smartphone prematurely of your go to is beneficial. Each by TDR and by us. For those who’re studying this, there’s a couple of 95% likelihood you reside exterior of Japan. I can’t think about touring overseas with no smartphone. Clearly, I do know that there was a time (up till the aughts!) when individuals did this…however I merely can’t conceive of navigating Japan with out the trendy marvels of Google Maps or Translate, Apple Pockets, and so on.

The excellent news is that the Tokyo Disney Resort App is accessible in English, now helps ticket purchases, and works along with your current Disney account for the home parks. The app is nice not only for Precedence Cross and Premier Entry, but additionally for stage present lotteries, restaurant reservations, and extra. It’s best to completely set it up and work out the fundamentals earlier than even leaving house.

Beneath are the eligible sights for the unpaid Precedence Cross in every park:

Tokyo Disneyland

  • Star Excursions: The Adventures Proceed
  • Area Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
  • Massive Thunder Mountain
  • Pooh’s Hunny Hunt
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Monsters, Inc. Trip & Go Search!

Tokyo DisneySea

  • Aquatopia
  • Indiana Jones Journey: Temple of the Crystal Cranium
  • 20,000 Leagues Below the Sea
  • Turtle Speak
  • Nemo & Mates SeaRider
  • The Magic Lamp Theater
  • Raging Spirits

We’ve got but to conduct thorough testing of Precedence Cross, availability, return occasions, and so on., however listed below are our tentative priorities primarily based upon previous precedent with wait occasions and FastPass…

Tokyo Disneyland Precedence Cross Rankings:

  1. Monsters Inc. Trip & Go Search
  2. Pooh’s Hunny Hunt
  3. Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
  4. Massive Thunder Mountain Railroad
  5. Area Mountain
  6. Haunted Mansion
  7. Star Excursions

The heavy-hitters at Tokyo Disneyland are Monsters Inc. Trip & Go Search and Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, that are additionally the 2 distinctive E-Tickets at Tokyo Disneyland. Some followers favor Pooh’s Hunny Hunt for his or her first choose, since most individuals consider it’s the higher attraction. It’s exhausting to argue with that perspective.

Tokyo DisneySea Precedence Cross Rankings:

  1. Indiana Jones Journey
  2. Nemo & Mates SeaRider
  3. Turtle Speak
  4. Aquatopia
  5. Raging Spirits
  6. 20,000 Leagues Below the Sea
  7. Magic Lamp Theater

As of proper now, Precedence Cross is way much less helpful at Tokyo DisneySea. Except for Indiana Jones Journey, which has a Single Rider line, a lot of the different sights have occasions of the day when traces are quick. Not solely that, however most worldwide guests with solely sooner or later in Tokyo DisneySea ought to not be losing their time on SeaRider, Turtle Speak, Raging Spirits, or Magic Lamp Theater. (Indiana Jones Journey is properly price doing; it’s very completely different from the Disneyland model!)

Along with this, Tokyo Disney Resort additionally has its personal model of paid FastPass. Listed below are the paid Premier Entry sights in every park, together with their per-ride prices:

Tokyo Disneyland

  • Disney Concord in Coloration Parade – 2,500 yen per entry
  • Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights – 2,500 yen per entry
  • Enchanted Story of Magnificence and the Beast – 2,000 yen per entry
  • The Pleased Trip with Baymax – 1,500 yen per entry
  • Splash Mountain – 1,500 yen per entry

Tokyo DisneySea

  • Consider! Sea of Goals Nighttime Spectacular – 2,500 yen per entry
  • Hovering: Implausible Flight – 2,000 yen per entry
  • Toy Story Mania! – 2,000 yen per entry
  • Tower of Terror – 1,500 yen per entry
  • Journey to the Middle of the Earth – 1,500 yen per entry

The one time we’ve bought paid Premier Entry is for opening evening of Consider! Sea of Goals. I wouldn’t purchase it once more, but additionally wouldn’t discourage worldwide guests with restricted time from buying Premier Entry.

We normally do 4 days at Tokyo Disney Resort, arriving early and staying late, and managing to knock out the headliners then. (For those who’re on the lookout for technique, seek the advice of our 1-Day Tokyo Disneyland Itinerary and our 1-Day Tokyo DisneySea Itinerary.) If there’s one thing we miss, oh properly. We’ll be again once more.

Shopping for Premier Entry would minimize into our snacking funds, and that’s only a whole non-starter for us. Clearly, your circumstances could differ from individuals who weblog about Disney. For these contemplating it, Hovering Implausible Flight and Enchanted Story of Magnificence and the Beast are the very best buys.

Turning to commentary, it’s nice to see free FastPass returning to 1 Disney resort on this planet, and never in the least shocking that it’s taking place at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, the 2 parks that aren’t owned wholly or partially by the Walt Disney Firm.

It’s curious that it will work in mainly the very same approach as digital FastPass, however with a distinct identify. We strongly suspect that Disney is mandating this. For causes that we’ll by no means perceive, Disney made the good resolution to retire some of the recognizable theme park manufacturers of all time in FastPass.

FastPass was a time period that had so completely permeated the collective consciousness–even amongst non-fans–that it had change into shorthand for quick lane in a mess of actual world settings. This identify change can be akin to Kleenex renaming its tissues as “Snot Ragz” and the packing containers they got here in as “Poodle+.” If that is unnecessary…that’s exactly the purpose!

As famous above, Tokyo Disney Resort is promoting Precedence Cross as being supplied for a “restricted interval” in celebration of Tokyo Disneyland’s fortieth Anniversary. That occasion at the moment runs via March 31, 2024. As such, it’s most likely a secure wager that Precedence Cross will stick round via then–however even that isn’t assured.

Our wager is that Tokyo Disney Resort intends for Precedence Cross to change into everlasting, like FastPass, however wish to have latitude to not use the system. There’s a really believable state of affairs the place this ends on March 31, 2024, Fantasy Springs opens on April 15, and a brand new model of Precedence Cross returns later within the yr. Line-skipping providers cut back park capability–and Tokyo Disney Resort could not need them round when that blockbuster new land launches.

Personally, I’m guessing Precedence Cross is simply rebranded and prolonged indefinitely “by widespread visitor demand” as soon as the fortieth ends, with no hole in between. However who is aware of. The best way OLC has finished issues within the final couple of years has been equal components complicated and shocking at occasions.

Persevering with with guesses, my subsequent one is that sights from the Premier Entry record above steadily transfer to the Precedence Cross record. This can be a daring wager, because the Premier Entry lineup has already expanded a number of occasions since debuting. It began as solely the headliners in every park, then added the brand new Tokyo DisneySea nighttime spectacular, then added extra rides in each parks, after which parades.

It’s a foregone conclusion that the sights in Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea will be a part of the Premier Entry paid line-skipping lineup. In all probability all of them, together with the Pixie Hole kiddie journey. There’s additionally the fact that OLC is making an attempt to reposition Tokyo Disney Resort as a bona fide vacation spot for home and, to a lesser extent, worldwide vacationers.

In so doing, OLC has been making an attempt an growing variety of upcharges, enhancements, precedence seating, and bundle choices. The logical conclusion would thus be to anticipate extra of this, not much less of it, going ahead–particularly with Fantasy Springs as a blockbuster addition with great drawing energy.

Nonetheless, OLC’s need to rework the parks from a locals’ hangout to a bona fide vacationer vacation spot doesn’t make it so. Simply ask Disneyland in Anaheim about that. The Japanese are famously frugal and never free spenders like their western counterparts, which is why inflation has not been almost as pronounced in Japan as different international locations popping out of the pandemic…and even for the final twenty years. (To that time, I’d extremely suggest watching this video about “Japanification.”)

Suffice to say, Tokyo Disney Resort has benefitted from freer spending company on account of fiscal stimulus for home vacationers, adopted by an inflow of worldwide guests who view every little thing in Japan as being “on sale” on account of the weak yen. Similar to at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, there’s additionally been pent-up demand driving spending. The factor is, that’s beginning to cool at Tokyo Disney Resort, and paid line-skipping might not be sustainable at among the “borderline” rides the place it’s at the moment being bought. (I’d anticipate it to stay round in any respect headliners added since 2019.)

Finally, the return of free line-skipping at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea could be very a lot a great factor, even when it’s solely a small and (supposedly) restricted time step in that path. Though owned by a distinct firm, this alone proves that paid line-skipping just isn’t everlasting harm that can not be undone over the course of time.

As pent-up demand continues to gradual in Japan, our expectation is that visitor purchases of Premier Entry decreases and OLC feels strain to maneuver extra sights and leisure over to the free Precedence Cross bucket. That’s definitely our hope, however we’d nonetheless anticipate any headliners added since 2019 to retain Premier Entry. That is very a lot a ‘wishful considering’ prediction that could possibly be flawed, particularly if OLC sees success in attracting extra vacationers with the opening of Fantasy Springs.

Planning a visit to Tokyo Disney Resort? For complete recommendation, the very best place to begin is our Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea Journey Planning Information! For extra specifics, our TDR Resort Rankings & Evaluations web page covers lodging. Our Restaurant Evaluations element the place to dine & snack. To save cash on tickets or decide which sort to purchase, learn our Suggestions for Saving Cash put up. Our What to Pack for Disney put up takes a novel take a look at intelligent objects to take. Venturing elsewhere in Japan? Seek the advice of our Final Information to Kyoto, Japan and Metropolis Information to Tokyo, Japan.


What do you consider Premier Entry and Precedence Cross at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea? Pleased that at the very least one Disney resort restored a model of free FastPass? Anticipate this to be expanded or change into everlasting over time? Suppose that Premier Entry will reverse course, or is focusing on larger and freer spending company a viable plan in Japan? Do you agree or disagree with our evaluation? Any questions? Listening to your suggestions—even whenever you disagree with us—is each attention-grabbing to us and useful to different readers, so please share your ideas beneath within the feedback!

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