Reports are coming in about a stand-by queue change for lunch service at Be Our Guest. In the past, a queue formed to gain access to the lunch service if a guest was not selected for a Fastpass+ reservation. Now, guests will be given a paper ticket with a return time much like a legacy Fastpass. Once all the tickets have the handed out , the restaurant will be considered closed for lunch, for the day, unless you have a Fastpass+ reservation.
It has not been reported if this is a permanent change, a change for a brief period of time, or a short test. Disney tested the paper system with the Anna and Elsa meet and greet in Magic Kingdom and at Soarin’ in EPCOT. This announcement, if it is a permanent change, continues the return of the legacy Fastpass system for Disney Parks. Keep in mind the “test period” for the paper ticket system at the Anna and Elsa meet and greet was only supposed to last three days and they are still handing out paper tickets over two weeks after the end of the test.
Be Our Guest Fastpass+ reservations are available only to guests who are staying at a Disney property. Off-property guests will have to arrive to the park early to ensure the obtain one of the paper return tickets to have lunch at Be Our Guest.
It will be interesting to watch this change unfold since it has not been reported if cast members are checking if a guest already has a Fastpass+ reservation when they obtain a paper return ticket. If they are not, this reported change could only encourage double dipping on access into the Be Our Guest Lunch. While this looks like a good idea in theory, this double dipping could become an untended consequence of this new queue management. Stay tuned.
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