When it comes to a Walt Disney World vacation, nothing helps you save time more than using the Fastpass system. Actually the system is known as the Fastpass+ which allows you to use the My Disney Experience App and set the times you want to ride the popular attractions at any of the 4 Disney World parks. However, there are limitations and rules to what you can book ahead of time. I’m here to give you some tips on how to plan your Fastpass. Here are some Disney World Fastpass secrets to help you save time on your next vacation to see the Mouse.
10 Disney Fastpass Secrets
1. Schedule your Fastpasses as soon as you can
If you are staying on property, you can book 60 days in advance (assuming you have already bought your tickets online). The system knows! This is what I try to do so that I can get the best selection for my rides. If you are staying off property, you can schedule your Fastpasses 30 days in advance.
PRO TIP – If you can, the Fastpass reservation window opens at 7:00 AM Eastern time 60 days before your
2. Get more Fastpasses
You can book 3 Fastpass reservations in advance, as mentioned above, however, once you are done with those 3, you can schedule another one in any park. Let me clarify… You have just finished all 3 of your set Fastpass rides (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, and Thunder Mountain), once you are done with the last ride, you can open up the app and get another Fastpass. The moment you are done with that one, you can get one more. Technically you can get an unlimited amount of Fastpass rides after your last one, but it has to be one at a time.
PRO TIP – The second you tap your magic band while you are in line for that last reserved Fastpass, you open up your Disney Experience app and search for the next Fastpass attraction within the closest time. You can even choose an attraction at a different park (once you are done with all 3 at your current park).
3. Do not schedule your Fastpass for early in the morning
Many people make this mistake. You should try to schedule your 3 Fastpass rides for peak times (12-4 PM). First of all, to make the most out of your WDW vacation, you really should be waking up early and getting to the park 15 minutes before it opens. As tired as you will be, you will also feel great about riding rides or seeing characters with little wait time.
PRO TIP – Schedule your first Fastpass around 12 PM, and then schedule the other 2 immediately after. Don’t leave giant gaps of time – it is wasteful! If you schedule all 3 within these times, you should be done around 3. Then you check back to the Fastpass system and get another Fastpass for close to 4. If you leave a huge gap of time, you cannot book another Fastpass until the last one has been used.
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4. There is a Tier System at most
- Hollywood Studios – Toy Story Mania, Alien Swirling Saucers, Slinky Dog Dash
- Epcot – Frozen Ever After, Soarin, Test Track, Illuminations Night Show, Epcot Character Spot
- Animal Kingdom – Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey
PRO TIP – My advice would be you ride 1 or 2 at park opening and then schedule your Fastpass for the other option. Example: when Hollywood Studios opens, ride Toy Story first, then head over and ride Alien Saucers and use your Fastpass for the Slinky Dog coaster.
5. Schedule your Fastpasses close
PRO TIP- Once you are on your first Fastpass ride, check the system to see if you can move up your second or third choice to a closer time. For
6. You can change your Fastpass selections as many times as you
This is a pretty nice perk. Your Fastpass choices are not set in stone. You do not have any limits as to how many times you change your mind and set the times of your Fastpass attractions.
PRO TIP- Always keep your phone handy so that you can check the Fastpass system on the My Disney Experience app often. Your group may change their mind about what they want to ride.
7. Keep checking the Fastpass reservation system
Many people forget to do this. They set their Fastpass rides ahead of time and then do not go back to the app later to check if another ride time has popped up. Since people do change their minds about what they want to ride, if you do not see a time that you like for your Fastpass, book something close, but check back often to see if someone else canceled it and you can scoop it up.
PRO TIP- Do not be discouraged if all the Fastpass times for the ride you want are unavailable. If you really want to ride it, show up early and ride it! Disney has some strange algorithm for what schedule is available. I recommend choosing a time close to what you want, then log out, close the website or the app and try again another time. You may just get lucky when you sign in again!
8. There is a buffer time if you miss your Fastpass reservation window
Disney gives you a
PRO TIP- Attendants are people too. If you are nice to them and explain your situation as to why you were late, they may let you in
9. A warning to park hoppers
Your first 3 advance Fastpasses are only allowed in one park! You cannot book one ride in Epcot, then one in Hollywood Studios, and then your last one at
PRO TIP- The moment you tap your magic band on your third Fastpass of the day, open up the Fastpass availability and see if you can score a high profile ride ASAP. I have been able to do this multiple times, and it works! Just be sure to give yourself enough time to get to the park.
10. Fastpass attractions are more than just rides
There are plenty of non-ride options to use your Fastpass. Prime examples are character meet and
PRO TIP- If you have little ones that love characters, using a Fastpass to meet a princess or Mickey Mouse, may be perfect for you!
I hope my 10 Fastpass secrets help you and your family plan an unforgettable WDW Orlando vacation. If you are planning to stay on property, check out this post – Choosing a Disney Resort that’s Right for You.
If you are looking for some nice photo opportunities while roaming the Disney Parks, check out this post – The Most Instagrammable Disney Walls. For general tips when visiting Disney World, check out Seven Tips When Visiting Disney.
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