Photo/IllutrationTokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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Visitors at Tokyo Disney Resort can gain a “Fastpass” via their smartphones starting this summer to avoid another long line: the one to obtain the “express” tickets.

The Fastpass ticket system is free, and it gives visitors prior approval to enter popular attractions at designated times at Tokyo Disney Resort, which consists of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture.

However, they must still line up at ticket machines to gain the pass.

Oriental Land Co., operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, said it plans to start the smartphone system before a new attraction, Soarin’, opens at Tokyo DisneySea on July 23.

Fastpass ticket machines will be available for those who don’t have smartphones, the company said.

Currently, Fastpass tickets are issued for 18 attractions in Tokyo Disney Resort, such as Splash Mountain and Toy Story Mania! Some of the attraction are quite popular, and the waiting times can be excruciatingly long.

However, long lines are also forming at the Fastpass ticket machines in front of each attraction.

Under the new system, the visitors can get a Fastpass on their phones. But they will still have to wait a certain period before they can obtain their next Fastpass.

The Fastpass-smartphone system has already been introduced at Disney resorts in the United States and Shanghai.

Tokyo Disney Resort, which reached 30 million visitors a year in fiscal 2013, has long had a problem with congestion. Oriental Land has been considering improving its services using IT technology.