FAQ: FastPass

FastPass is Disney’s attraction reservation system.  It allows you to reserve a time for an attraction with a short wait.  Here are some frequently asked questions about the FastPass+ system.

How much does it cost? It costs nothing, it is included with your park ticket.

Where are my FastPasses?  These are connected to your ticket media, so it may be a physical ticket, or your MagicBand.

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How many FastPass reservations can I make?  You can make 3 FastPass reservations initially, after you use those you can make additional reservations one at a time.

How to make more FastPass? You can make additional FastPass using the My Disney Experience app or website, as well as the FastPass+ kiosks in the parks.

How do I make my initial 3 FastPass reservations? You can make these reservations on the My Disney Experience app or at www.startyourdisneyexperience.com at 60 days prior for Walt Disney World Resort guests, 30 days for off-site and annual passholders.  You can start to make these reservations at 7am.IMG_0139

How long do I have to use my FastPass?  Generally you have 1 hour to use your FastPass.  However if you are using this for a show the time will generally be 20-30 minutes prior to the show.

Can I show up early for my FastPass? Generally, no you have to wait until your FastPass window to open.

Can I show up late for my FastPass? Again, generally, no.  If you get lucky and get a really nice Cast Member, they may let you in late but don’t wait too long, over 15 minutes late and your FastPass will essentially expire.

Can I change my FastPass?  Yes you can change the experience or time of your FastPass if you change your plans or you mind.  You can do this in the app or online.

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Does everyone have to have the same FastPasses? Not at all!  This flexibility makes it easy to be able to do what appeals to everyone in your party.

How long are the FastPass lines?  The FastPass lines vary based on attraction, time of day and how busy the standby line is for the attraction.

 

Do you have any other burning FastPass questions?  Ask away!

FastPass+ For 2016

Here is the most up to date information on FastPass+ for all 4 parks. At the end of each section I will give my suggestions for the high priority FastPass+ choices.  This is subject at any time as Disney will revist the tier system.  These are also just for the initial 3 FastPass.

As a refresher, Disney allows onsite guests to make reservations 60 days prior to arrival.  Offsite (day guests) may make reservations 30 days prior to arrival.

Magic Kingdom- Choose 3

The Barnstormer

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Dumbo

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Festival of Fantasy

The Haunted Mansion

It’s a small world

Jungle Cruise

Mad Tea Party

Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Main Street Electrical Parade

Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Mickey Mouse Meet and Greet

Mickey’s Philharmagic

Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

Peter Pan’s Flight

Pirates of the Caribbean

Meet & Greet with Anna and Elsa

Meet & Greet with Cinderella and Rapunzel

Meet Ariel at her Grotto

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Space Mountain

Splash Mountain

Tomorrowland Speedway

Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

 

High Priority:

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Meet & Greet with Anna and Elsa

Peter Pan’s Flight

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Space Mountain

Splash Mountain

 

Epcot- Choose 1 from Group A and 2 from Group B

Group A:

lluminations: Reflections of Earth

Living with the Land

Mission: Space

Soarin’ (Closed for refurbishment until Summer 2016)

Test Track

 

Group B:

Character Spot

Journey Into Imagination with Figment

Spaceship Earth

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Turtle Talk with Crush

 

High priority:

Character Spot

Mission: Mission Space

Soarin’

Spaceship Earth

Test Track

Turtle Talk with Crush

 

Hollywood Studios-Choose 1 from Group A and 2 from Group B

Group A:

Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage

Fantasmic!

The Great Movie Ride

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

Toy Story Midway Mania

 

Group B:

Disney Junior- Live on Stage

For the First Time in Forever- A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show (Closing permanently April 3, 2016)

Muppet*Vision 3D

Star Tours

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

 

High priority:

For the First Time in Forever-A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster

Toy Story Midway Mania

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

 

Animal Kingdom- Choose 3

Dinosaur

Expedition Everest

Festival of the Lion King

Finding Nemo the Musical

It’s Tough to be a Bug

Kali River Rapids

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Meet Disney Pals

Primeval Whirl

 

High Priority:

Dinosaur

Expedition Everest

Festival of the Lion King

Kilimanjaro Safaris

FastPass+ 2015

Here is the most up to date information on FastPass+ for all 4 parks. At the end of each section I will give my suggestions for the high priority FastPass+ choices.

Magic Kingdom- Choose 3

Ariel’s Grotto

The Barnstormer

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Dumbo

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Festival of Fantasy

The Haunted Mansion

It’s a small world

Jungle Cruise

Mad Tea Party

Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Main Street Electrical Parade

Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Mickey Mouse Meet and Greet

Mickey’s Philharmagic

Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

Peter Pan’s Flight

Pirates of the Caribbean

Meet Anna and Elsa

Meet Cinderella and Rapunzel

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Space Mountain

Splash Mountain

Tomorrowland Speedway

Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

High Priority:

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Meet Anna and Elsa

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Peter Pan’s Flight

Space Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Splash Mountain

Epcot- Choose 1 from Group A and 2 from Group B

Group A:

lluminations: Reflections of Earth

Living with the Land

Soarin’

Test Track

Group B:

Epcot Character Spot

Journey Into Imagination with Figment

Mission Space Green

Mission Space Orange

Spaceship Earth

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Turtle Talk with Crush

High priority:

Soarin’

Test Track

Mission Space Green or Orange

Turtle Talk with Crush

Hollywood Studios-Choose 1 from Group A and 2 from Group B

Group A:

Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage

Fantasmic!

The Great Movie Ride

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

Toy Story Midway Mania

Group B:

Disney Junior- Live on Stage

The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special (Seasonal)

For the First Time in Forever- A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

Muppet*Vision 3D

Star Tours

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

High priority:

Toy Story Midway Mania

Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

For the First Time in Forever-A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
Animal Kingdom- Choose 3

Dinosaur

Expedition Everest

Festival of the Lion King

Finding Nemo the Musical

It’s Tough to be a Bug

Kali River Rapids

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Meet Disney Pals

Primeval Whirl

High Priority:

Expedition Everest

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Dinosaur

 

 

 

Don’t Wait In Long Lines!

Continuing the theme of common questions we receive as a travel agents, one of the things people want to know most is how they can reduce the time they spend waiting in lines at Disney. It’s actually not that difficult! With a little bit of planning you can avoid those 60 minute plus wait times and breeze through the line. How? Here’s how!

1)Time of year One of the biggest factors in wait time is how big the crowd is expected to be in general. Disney has three designations for their ‘seasons’; value, regular and peak. These seasons correspond with crowd levels. For example, peak times would be the week of July 4th and the week of Christmas, when most people have time off of work and school. Value season is time when less people are expected to visit the parks: January, September, and parts of other months. The good news is that in addition to lower crowd times during value season, Disney usually offers extra incentives and discounts to stay during those times. It’s win-win!

2) Rope Drop Even visiting at one of the busiest times of year doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to wait in long lines your entire trip. Getting to the park as soon as it opens (called “rope drop”) can make all the difference. During the first hour or two of the park the wait times are usually very low and you can often accomplish much of your ‘to do’ list before others have even woken up at their resorts. Then you can relax and enjoy a nice breakfast while you watch the droves enter the parks, knowing all that you’ve already accomplished that morning. Sounds nice, doesn’t it!

3) FastPass Plus One of my favorite things about Disney is their new FastPass Plus system. Unlike other parks who charge for their line jumping services, Disney’s FastPass Plus is available to anyone who has purchased a park ticket. Guests staying on property are able to make three ride reservations at one park per day 60 days before their trip. Guests staying off property are able to make those reservations at 30 days prior to their trip. Guests purchasing their tickets the same day are still able to make those reservations, at kiosks in the park. The reservations are for a one hour window, leaving enough flexibility for an unexpected snack or bathroom break if needed!

4) Extra Magic Hours If you’re staying on property you’ll be able to take advantage of Disney’s Extra Magic Hours, where one park per day is open either an hour early or a few hours later for guests of Disney resorts only. The morning extra magic hours magnify the benefit of “rope drop”, because if people don’t like getting up early, they especially don’t like getting up even earlier! Extra magic hour mornings are one of the very lowest crowd times, even during busy times of year. If you’re more of a night owl, don’t lose hope! Even when the park is normally open until midnight sometimes the extra magic evening hours at Magic Kingdom can go until 3 am! As you can imagine, this is also a very low crowd time and you can even sometimes ride your favorites several times in a row with little or no wait. Keep in mind that crowd levels at a park with Extra Magic Hours are expected to be higher overall during the day, so you may want to plan on doing just the extra hours, not spending the day there!