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The Definitive Guide to Disney’s FastPass+

The Definitive Guide to Disney’s FastPass+

FastPass+ is Disney’s ride reservation system that is included when you purchase theme park tickets. This guide offers the best strategies and tips to help you score the right FastPass+, maximize the three you can choose, and minimize wait times for the best rides at Disney World.

I love to ask my readers questions about 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+

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.

With the addition of Toy Story Land coming June, 2018 and Pandora – The World of Avatar, you want to make sure that the FastPass+ guide you follow is up to date.

Disney's FastPass+ 2017

 

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.

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.

 

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

 

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

DHS has a tiered FastPass+ system.  You receive three reservation options but only one can be used for Group A attractions.

Group A (choose 1):

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Fantasmic!

 

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

  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • 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):

Animal Kingdom has a tiered FastPass+ system, meaning that the park restricts how many headliners you can reserve.  Of the three FastPass+ reservations you have, one can be used to reserve an A ride.

  • Expedition Everest (B)
  • Avatar Flight of Passage (A)
  • Na’vi River Journey (A)
  • Rivers of Light (B)
  • Kali River Rapids (B)
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris (B)
  • DINOSAUR (B)
  • Primeval Whirl (B)
  • Festival of the Lion King (B)
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug (B)
  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost (B)
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical (B)

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)

 

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!

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.

Remember, if you choose your first three FastPass reservations for the morning, you will get 1 more when those are used or the time slots have passed.

Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom 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.  

Epcot FastPass+ Suggestions

Group A Choice –

Hollywood Studios FastPass+ Suggestions

 

Animal Kingdom FastPass+ Suggestions

Group A Choice –

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

 

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

 

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!

Disney's FastPass+ 2017

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Hannah | Eat, Drink, and Save Money

Sunday 8th of January 2017

Great tips! I use to think you didn't need Fast Passes, but it's impossible to ride without them. Thanks for these tips!

Krystel

Wednesday 11th of January 2017

Don't I know it! FastPass is life saver

Tara

Friday 6th of January 2017

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.

amandahrosson

Thursday 5th of January 2017

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

Amy

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

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.

Katya

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

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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