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Time is valuable to tourists. Lots of them think they can be doing something else rather than having to wait in line at a restaurant, so we're getting a great response.

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Yu Taniguchi, CEO of TableCheck that provides a fee-based reservation system for restaurants, called FastPass. Many of the people using it are foreign tourists who want to avoid waiting in line.

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A fee based reservation system? Are they copying this from Disneyland's fast pass playbook which used to be free?

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It's a brilliant idea and only those who did not initially think of this ingenuity are the ones who are bitter.

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A fee based reservation system? Are they copying this from Disneyland's fast pass playbook which used to be free?

The Disney one is awful. You pay 2000 yen per single ride per person or wait for two hours. $14 USD for single friends from overseas mightn't seem much, but it is a lot if its 8000 yen for a family of four earning yen. This payment is on top of already paying to get in and ride the rides for "free". I have ridden many planes that involved walking through business class and never thought "why do these folks have more than me?" but that was the feeling I got seeing many folks paying to skip the queue and walk past us at Disney earlier this year. Since I only found out about it on arrival, I end up griping about the system to my family members when we were there. Nobody who goes to Disneyland wants to hear moaning, even perfectly justified moaning.

I didn't know TableCheck had a pay to skip the queue at restaurant feature, but I do not see it as progress. If you get there early enough, anyone can eat Michelin starred ramen for the regular price. I do not think letting only people who can pay double eat it without waiting would be a better situation.

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Are they copying this from Disneyland's fast pass playbook which used to be free?

This was exactly what I was thinking. This basically amounts to pay more and you get to cut people in line. And we make even more money for the same food and service we provide. I do not like this, just as I hate the Fast Pass system at Disneyland.

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