Why a two-for-one offer? In Disneyland, cast members say that this is an effort to keep visitors occupied while they are waiting for their Fastpass return time. Rather than leaving visitors to wander around Tomorrowland — and notice just how many rides are closed — they can spend that time watching Honey I Shrunk the Audience.
At DCA, the bonus Fastpass has resulted in huge increases in traffic to the It's Tough to be a Bug show. One manager said that the show hasn't been so busy since the park opened in 2001.
Most visitors seemed pleased with the unexpected bonus, but some are confused. Despite the name, these tickets are not really “Fastpasses.” Visitors join the regular line, and wait with everyone else. Both the Honey I Shrunk the Audience and It's Tough to be a Bug shows run every 20 minutes. A visitor who gets a “Fastpass” for one of these shows at 12:02 is still going to need to wait in line for the next available show, 18 minutes away. “So why do we need this ticket?” asked one visitor. “You don't, really,” explained a cast member, “It's more of an invitation than a ticket — Just to let you know that there's something else to do while you're waiting.”
Well, an invitation is nice. In fact, Disneyland used to do something similar, by offering “tickets” to the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction to visitors who rode some of the Main Street vehicles. And some early Fastpass tickets came printed with a suggestion of what to do while you waited for your return time. “While you are waiting for the Autopia, why don't you explore Innoventions?” "