The Definitive Guide to Disney’s FastPass+ 2017

The Definitive Guide to Disney’s FastPass+

 

If you’ve signed up for my newsletter then you know that I give away my Disney Vacation Planning Guide for free!  If you haven’t signed up yet, that’s ok, just make sure to do so next time you see that pop-up.  

With the free eBook I also ask a question, I love to ask my readers what they’re excited about as well as what they feel like they’re still struggling with when planning their next Disney vacation.  The thing that comes up the most?

FastPass +

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When you’re planning your Disney vacation you’re thinking about all these things like getting the best deals on flights and theme park tickets.  Once you’ve done all of that, you realize you haven’t actually decided what you’re going to do when you get there. That’s where FastPass+ will come in.

 

FastPass is basically a ride reservation system.  Disney created it to help with the popular rides, and mitigate the crowds – so to speak.  The way it works?  Similar to a dining reservation, you schedule yourself a specific time to ride a specific ride.

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For example: Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom) between 7:25-8:25pm.  You can either choose your own time or take the suggestions from Disney when you’re setting all this up in My Disney Experience .  I know this sounds like a lot of information so far but I promise we will go over it all.

Use FastPass+ to turn a 2 hour wait into a 10 minute wait.  Some of the touring guides I’ve used claim to save you at least 4 hours of time and I believe it.  There’s never a time where I’m at Disney and don’t use this system.  I also never wait more than 30 minutes on a line.  

Have I mentioned this is all free?  

If you’re staying within the WDW resort you can start choosing your FastPass(es) up to 60 days in advance. If not, you can start choosing 30 days in advance.

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You get three fastpass+ allotments per day.  Which rides you choose can make or break your day, especially at Magic Kingdom.  Once you use all three you can then book more reservations.

Rides That Have FastPass+ Option

Magic Kingdom:

  • it’s a small world
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Dumbo
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • The Barnstormer
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floo
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid

 

  • Meet Anna and Elsa and a Visiting Princess – Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Meet Ariel at her Grotto
  • Meet Cinderella and a Visiting Princess – Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Meet Mickey Mouse – Town Square Theater
  • Meet Rapunzel and a Visiting Princess – Princess Fairytale Hall

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Epcot Group A (choose 1):

  • Soarin’
  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  • Test Track
  • Frozen Ever After

 

Epcot Group B (choose 2):

  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Character Spot
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey Into Imagination

 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Group A (choose 1):

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Fantasmic!

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Group B (choose 2):

  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Star Tours
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage!

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom (choose 3):

  • Expedition Everest
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • DINOSAUR
  • Primeval Whirl
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug
  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • Flights of Wonder

In another post we talked a bit about how the ages of those in your party will dictate your vacation (at least a little bit).  When choosing what rides to use FastPass+ on your should take the following steps (in order):

  • If you haven’t been to Disney World, I would start by educating yourself on the rides that offer FastPass+
    • What’s the ride about?
    • How popular is it?
    • Age Appropriateness
  • Make a list and rank the rides (1=missing it might be ok, 5= FastPass needed)

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Which rides should I FastPass?

Magic Kingdom is the hardest park to choose FastPasses for, mainly because there are so many options but TouringPlans.com  says there are 10 main rides you should focus on, and I agree!

 

  1. Peter Pan’s Flight
  2. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  3. Space Mountain
  4. The Haunted Mansion
  5. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  6. Enchanted Tales with Belle
  7. Pirates of the Caribbean
  8. Splash Mountain
  9. Jungle Cruise
  10. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Peter Pan’s Flight needs to either be the first ride you get on or a ride you get a FastPass for.  This is regardless of the logistics of your party.

Seven Dwarves Mine Train has a height restriction a little bit above 3 feet but it’s a must do for anyone going to MK.  If you are with young kids I would try child swap

Space Mountain is one of my all time favorite rides but it is a fast moving coaster not suitable for smaller children.

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Remember, if you choose your first three FastPass reservations for the morning, you will get 3 more when those are used or the time slots have passed.

Epcot and Hollywood Studios have an A, B system that makes it super easy to choose FastPasses based off the research you’ve done and the rides you really want to ride and are most suited for your party.  

If you don’t get a FastPass for Toy Story Mania (Hollywood Studios), be prepared to wait awhile on line.

Animal Kingdom has 4 top rides to consider for FastPass.

  • Expedition Everest
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • DINOSAUR

A good plan is to ride Expedition Everest first thing and get FastPasses for the other 3.

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How to Setup FastPass+

FastPass+ setup happens inside My Disney Experience.  The first thing you want to do is make sure your party is attached to My Disney Experience.  You can either link someone’s account or just add them and control it all.  Do this by bringing your mouse over “My Disney Experience” and selecting My Family and Friends List.

 

Add your tickets by going back to the “My Disney Experience” menu and selecting My Reservations and Tickets.
Follow the instructions on setting up FastPass+, make sure you are selecting the entire party.

FastPass+ Kiosk Locations

Magic Kingdom FastPass+ Kiosks

  • Outside Mickey’s PhilharMagic in Fantasyland
  • At the entrance to Jungle Cruise in Adventureland
  • Path between Adventureland and Liberty Square, near The Diamond Horseshoe Saloon
  • Near Stitch’s Great Escape in Tomorrowland

 

Epcot FastPass+ Kiosks

  • In the Future World West walkway, on the way to Mission:SPACE
  • At the digital “tip board” in the middle of Future World Plaza (behind Spaceship Earth and the Future World fountain)
  • At the International Gateway entrance to the park
  • In the Future World West walkway, on the way to The Land pavilion

 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios FastPass+ Kiosks

  • Outside Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Outside the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror entrance
  • At the “wait times” board on the corner of Hollywood and Sunset boulevards
  • Near MuppetVision 3D in Muppet Courtyard

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom FastPass+ Kiosks

  • Near Kali River Rapids
  • Kiosk near Harambe Market
  • At the Discovery Trading Company on Discovery Island
  • Kiosk at Island Mercantile on Discovery Island

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How to Use FastPass+

Arrive at the attraction during your designated time frame.  Proceed to the queue labeled FastPass.  Once there locate the sensors to tap your MagicBand or Card to, these are called Touch Points.

Proceed through the almost nonexistent queue to your ride!

Other Resources

You made it this far so I have to provide you more value.  Touring Plans is the masterminds in all these touring Disney and FastPass+, and they have a book!  I get this book every single year because it’s crazy in-depth and perfect. Here it is!

Video Courtesy of WDWInfo.com

 

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32 thoughts on “The Definitive Guide to Disney’s FastPass+ 2017

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    We are planning a disney trip this year for the first time so this is definitley a post that I need in my life! Thank you so much for sharing your expertise!

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    This is awesome information to know! I am hoping to plan a trip to Disney World soon – I’m turning 33 this year and I have yet to go to a Disney Park!

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    Wow, I’ve never been To Disney World and I had no idea you needed to put so much planning into a trip, even for the rides. My husband and I have been discussing taking our grandkids on a trip there and now I know what kinds of advance planning I will need to do. Thank you!

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    Fast Pass is a GENIUS idea. I wish they had that for stores like Target! haha… Wouldnt that be incredible? Especially during the holiday rush! Anyway, such great tips for Disney!

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    YES! We are planning a trip to Disney next fall. I’ll defiantly be pinning this list for future reference. Gotta make the most of your time at Disney since there is so much to do and see. Thanks for putting this together!

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    we haven’t been to Disney yet but I love the idea and a fastpass is definitely what we would aim for to beat the queues! although I think we would just enjoy the experience 🙂

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    The FastPass is a must have! When we used it this past summer, we saved hours! I always felt bad for people standing in the other line.

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    As a Disney lover and WDW visitor a FastPass is something that you have to have unless you are visiting during the off season. It’s also something that most people don’t really do their homework on and should. A lot of those that offer fastpasses, you don’t even need them!

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    The last time I went to Disney was when they first came out with the Fast Pass, and it was so different than now! I like that you can schedule a specific time.

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    FastPass is definitely worth every penny it saved us a lot of time the last time we visited Disney.

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    Oh gosh this is awesome. I have never heard of fast pass. Not having crazy wait times would be great. I am totally keeping this in mind for when we go!

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    We love the FastPass idea! It is such a great idea and we totally plan our Disney around what FastPass we can get! It really makes the experience more enjoyable.

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    When I went to Disney world a few years ago we used the fast pass. It helped plan our Disney journey a lot easier xx

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    I like the sound of a ride reservation system, we had something similar at our smaller theme parks. Perfect for Disney!

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    Yay, Disney! FastPass+ is awesome (most of the time). I tend to make my FastPasses then not get to the park early enough for them! LOL!

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    I like the idea of having a fast pass. It’s definitely perfect for people who are going to visit for the first time! It’s going to make your Disney experience so much better.

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    Wow this is an awesome list! Thanks for compiling this!! This is a definite resource for anyone looking to travel to disney soon!

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    Great tips! I miss the old Fast Pass system. With Fast Pass Plus it makes it harder to get the best rides as often as the old way did.

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    Timely post! We just booked our fast passes. We leave for Disney on Friday. I’m so excited. We haven’t been to the Florida resort since 1999!!!

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    I can’t believe I let the price deter me from going to Disney for so long! You’ve shown me so many amazing ways to go and save money! I love all of these tips!

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    This seems so helpful!! We’re planning on going to Disney in a few years when my son’s a little older. We can’t wait! I’ll definitely be checking back when planning the trip!

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    OMG, my disney fever is rising. So will my gal’s. Lol. Time to pack our bags and head over. Absolutely exciting!!

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    That’s such a helpful post! I’ve never been to Disney Land but when I go there I know exactly what to do! It’s so exciting!! Especially because you don’t need to spend fortune on all the fun activities!

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    I have been telling my boyfriend how bad I want to take a trip to Disney land! These are great tips I definitely want to use the fast pass.

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    Wow, thank you so much for all this useful information!! I feel so prepared and ready to plan a trip to Disney now! ^^

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    The Fastpass+ system saved us so much time when we visited Disney World last summer. We were able to schedule our ride times around our afternoon rest time. With 2 small kids, it worked out perfectly! The only thing I didn’t like was that we could only make Fastpass+ reservations at one park for the whole day. I’m hoping Disney changes that in the future so we can park hop and have Fastpasses in both parks.

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