The relatively recent Fastpass Plus system is a great mystery to many Disney guests, even those who have been to Walt Disney World before. Planning your Fastpasses too late, too spread out, or not doing them at all can completely derail your vacation. Follow these tips to handle your Fastpass Plus reservations with minimal confusion and chaos so that your days in the parks go as smoothly as possible.
1) Stay on Disney property. If you stay at a Disney resort hotel, you can make your fastpass reservations 60 days prior to your check in date for the duration of your vacation. For offsite guests, the fastpass window will open up 30 days prior to your vacation and will require you to make fastpass reservations one day at a time. If Frozen, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Avatar Flight of Passage are on your must-do list, you may be very disappointed if you don’t have a 30-day advantage by staying at a Disney resort hotel.
2) Make your Fastpass Plus reservations for the mornings and as back to back as possible. Once you use all three fastpasses, you have the ability to get more that day. By having morning fastpasses, you are at way more of an advantage to get more throughout the day. Since you have a one hour time frame for a fastpass reservation, make your reservations close together as possible.
3) On your third fastpass reservation, get on your mobile app right after you scan your band. While you wait to get on the ride, you can make great use of your time by immediately getting on your my Disney Experience app and securing your next fastpass. For some of the less popular rides, you may be able to secure a Fastpass within the hour.
4) Use your Fastpasses on rides, not shows. Whether you have a fastpass or not, you will still be waiting in the same line and the same amount of time for a show. If Fantasmic, Rivers of Light, or the Festival of Fantasy Parade are on your must-do list, book a dining package instead. Your seats will be better and you won’t be burning a fastpass. Rides and absolutely must-see characters are the best use of your fastpass.
5) Make your Fastpass reservations for the rides that typically have the longest lines. Do your research and check the wait times on your my Disney Experience app to see what rides have the longest lines. Not only will you have short wait times for rides with longer lines, but rides with typically shorter wait times most likely have reservations you can make the day of (see tip #3).
Fastpass reservations can definitely be confusing for the Disney beginner, but if you use a Me and the Mouse Specialist, they will tailor your fastpasses to your family’s preferences so don’t forget to contact your agent!