UPDATED for SUMMER 2016 and beyond!
If you’ve been to Disney World or Disneyland you’re probably familiar with FastPass service which allows you to skip the line for some of your favorite Disney World attractions. As technology continues to move forward, so does FastPass+. This change allows guests to make their reservations prior to their arrival. It’s great for families that want a day to sleep in (which I don’t recommend), park hop, or start their day with a dining reservation. Rules and available passes are different for on and off site guests. We’ll start for guests staying at any Disney World resort:
- Each guest with valid theme park admission is able to make 3 FastPass+ reservations for each day they have park tickets. These first 3 reservations must be in the same theme park. These initial reservations can be made up to 60 days prior to guest arrival date for the length of their stay.
- Guests will be able to make one additional selection at a time, based on availability. Guests have the ability to make additional selections via the My Disney Experience app or via FastPass kiosks located inside each theme park. You may schedule your 4th, 5th, 6th, etc. FastPasses from the app for any theme park. If using a kiosk, you can only schedule additional FastPasses for the park you are in.
- Guests will be able to make their additional selection(s) for an experience at which they already redeemed a FastPass+ selection earlier that day (for parks like Epcot and Hollywood Studios, no “tier” requirements)
- Guests with valid park-hopping privileges will be able to make their additional selection(s) at another park.
It’s a little different for day guests (a.k.a. non-Disney resort staying guests);
- Each guest with valid theme park admission is able ot make 3 FastPass+ reservations for each day they have park tickets. These reservations must be made in the same theme park. Initial reservations can be made up to 30 days prior to arriving in the park and do not qualify to make reservations for their length of stay as Disney has no way of knowing what their length of stay really is!
- No additional FastPass+ reservations will be given to non-resort guests.
- Not much of any advantage – sorry off site guests!
FastPass+ Reservations, Strategy & Planning for Disney resort guests:
- Make your three FastPass+ reservations online 60 days prior to your arrival (the window opens up at 7 am EST on the 60th day). You can make the reservations for your entire vacation.
Choose FastPass options for the most popular attractions and for lines that get the longest (see below for list at each park)
- Make your choices earlier in the day. I start passes for my guests sometime around 9:45 or 10 am with a headlining attraction and then continue back to back until all 3 passes are used (pending any dining reservations during that time).
- Arrive at the park before opening and ride one popular attraction standby (ideally one you don’t have a FastPass for); Based on the time you exit the attraction, continue until you hit the middle of your first FastPass time.
- Continue riding standby as attractions allow. Do your next FastPass as close to the end of the window as possible to use your last 2 FastPasses back to back (it feels so much more successful!)
- After you use your 3rd FastPass, check the app and grab something for later in the day ASAP!
Grab lunch and then continue your afternoon (or take a break after lunch and schedule a FastPass for your return).
- Be flexible! If you see the line for Splash Mountain is short at 10:30 am and your FastPass is for 11, hop in the standby line and change your FastPass attraction (or ride again!)
I know it’s A LOT of planning, but you have the ability to get through 5-6 different attractions before lunch which is HUGE! This works best in Magic Kingdom as there are the most attractions in the least amount of space, however the strategy can be used in any of the 4 theme parks. It becomes more important than ever to know the parks before you arrive.
Choosing FastPass+ Attractions
This is where the process gets a little bit easier. Below is a breakdown of all the available FastPass choices. I have put them in order from longest to shortest wait time (on average). Once you get past the first couple, they are fairly interchangeable. I would highly recommend, you choose FastPasses from the top of the list for your initial reservations as these will be the first to go (and likely will be unavailable by the time you get to a kiosk later in the day). As a reminder, the bold selections in Epcot and Hollywood Studios are the tier one choices. You may choose one RED attraction, and two non-red attractions for your three reservations.
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Enchanted Tales With Belle
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Meet Rapunzel and a visiting princess in Fairy Tale Hall
- Meet Cinderella and a visiting princess in Fairy Tale Hall
- Jungle Cruise
- Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
- Haunted Mansion
- Meet Ariel at her Grotto
- Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater (Mickey Mouse talks here!)
- The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- The Barnstormer
- Meet Tinkerbell in Town Square Theater
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- it’s a small world
- Mad Tea Party (Spinning teacups)
- Festival of Fantasy Parade (preferred seating)
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Frozen Ever After
- Test Track
- Mission: Space
- Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot
- Spaceship Earth
- Turtle Talk With Crush
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Living with the Land
- Journey Into Imagination With Figment
- Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
- Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Toy Story Midway Mania
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Star Tours
- The Great Movie Ride
- First Time in Forever: Frozen Sing-along
- Muppet Vision 3D
- Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
- Disney Junior – Live on Stage
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- Expedition Everest
- Kali River Rapids
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Jungle Book Alive (more important when it transitions to Rivers of Light)
- Finding Nemo: The Musical
- Festival of the Lion King
- Primeval Whirl
- It’s Tough to be a Bug
- Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
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