**Note: Walt Disney World has indefinitely suspended the use of FastPass at their parks. At this time, guests must make a park reservation through the Disney Park Pass System and use the standby queues at all attractions until further notice.
It’s been calculated that the average person spends roughly five years of their life standing in lines. Now I don’t know about you, but The Professor has far better things to do with his time than standing around waiting for the fun! This is no truer than during a vacation. With so much to see and do while visiting Walt Disney World, time is precious and every minute counts to get the most out of your visit to “the most magical place on earth”. Luckily there’s a free system in place that if used correctly, can cut down on your wait time for some of the most popular attractions in the parks. Let’s take a look at Walt Disney World’s FastPass+ system and how to use it.
FastPass made its debut in Walt Disney World in 1999 and has evolved since it’s paper-based inception. The system allows guests to avoid long lines at busy attractions by making a reservation for a specific hour-long return time window. This reservation frees up more time to explore, shop or hop on another ride with a lower wait time and return anytime during a reservation window for a small wait. Although using a FastPass+ doesn’t guarantee that you won’t encounter a waiting period, it will be significantly shorter than the standby line access.
FastPass+ reservations can be made beginning at either 60 days (if you’re staying at a Walt Disney World hotel), or 30 days before your arrival at the park. Disney hotel guests can also make their reservations for their entire stay (up to 10 days) at this time while all other guests may only do one day at a time. All guests in your party will need tickets to reserve passes and their profiles linked to your My Disney Experience account. You are allowed to make three FastPass+ selections for one park per day for their initial reservation. Once you are in the park and have either used or canceled your initial passes, you are then allowed to make a new FastPass+ reservation, and then another when that one is used, and so forth. After the initial reservations are used, you may reserve your next pass at a different park if you are planning to park hop. All FastPass+ reservations can be made by either phone, computer or tablet but there are physical kiosks located in the parks as well.
At certain parks, FastPass+ reservations are broken into a tiered grouping. This means that guests are limited to the number of initial passes they can make for certain headlining attractions. For example, a guest may make a reservation for only one Tier 1 attraction, and two Tier 2 attractions.
Epcot Tier 1 (Choose one)
- Frozen Ever After
- Epcot Forever
- Soarin’ Around the World (40″)
- Test Track (40″)
Epcot Tier 2 (Choose two)
- Disney/Pixar Short Film Festival
- Journey Into Imagination With Figment
- Living with the Land
- Mission: SPACE (40″-44″)
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Spaceship Earth
- Turtle Talk with Crush
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tier 1 (choose one)
- Avatar Flight of Passage (44″)
- Nav’i River Journey
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tier 2 (choose two)
- Dinosaur (40″)
- Expedition Everest (44″)
- Festival of the Lion King
- Finding Nemo – The Musical
- It’s Tough to be a Bug!
- Kali River Rapids (38″)
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurer’s Outpost (Mickey & Minnie)
- Primeval Whirl (seasonal operation) (48″)
- Rivers of Light
- The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
- UP! A Great Bird Adventure
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Tier 1 (choose one)
- Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run (38″) *starting 2/19/20
- Slinky Dog Dash (38″)
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway *starting 3/4/20
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Tier 2 (choose two)
- Beauty and the Beast Live on stage
- Disney Jr. Live on stage
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
- Star Tours (40″)
- Muppet Vision 3D
- For the First Time in Forever a Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- Toy Story Mania
- Alien Swirling Saucers (32″)
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (40″)
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (48″)
Magic Kingdom (choose three)
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (40″)
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Haunted Mansion
- “it’s a small world”
- Jungle Cruise
- Mad Tea Party
- Meet Ariel at Her Grotto
- Meet Cinderella and Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall
- Meet Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
- Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
- Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Monster’s, Inc. Laugh Floor
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38″)
- Space Mountain (44″)
- Splash Mountain (40″)
- The Barnstormer (35″)
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Tomorrowland Speedway (32″-54″)
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
Your FastPass+ reservation will allow you to return to the attraction any time during an hour-long window. You will enter through a special FastPass+ entrance where you will scan your MagicBand to confirm your pass. If you do not use your pass in your allotted timeframe, the pass will be canceled and you will be free to replace it with another reservation.
The Professor will use the mobile My Disney Experience app for demonstration purposes today, but the process is similar whether you use a phone or computer to reserve your passes. To make your initial FastPass+ reservations, you’ll need to be ready at 7 am EST (at either 60 or 30 days prior to your arrival) and logged in to your My Disney Experience account. Make sure that your tickets and hotel stay have been linked to your account before you begin. As soon as your reservation window opens, you’ll want to locate the small plus sign at the bottom of the screen.
After clicking on the plus sign, a pop-up menu will appear with options like “Buy Tickets and Passes”, “Get FastPass+” and “Order Food”.
Once you click on the “Get FastPass+” option, you will see a list of all guests linked to your account. Click on all that apply for this reservation to create your ride party.
From there you will be taken to a calendar. All valid dates that are open for reservations will be highlighted in blue, while any dates that are not applicable will be in grey. Click on the date you wish to start with.
After choosing your first date, the menu will expand to show all Walt Disney World parks. Here you will pick the park you wish to make FastPass+ reservations for. Remember you can only make reservations for one park per day at this time.
Your next screen will show all attractions available for FastPass+ as well as some suggested pass windows. Along the top of the menu, you will find Morning, Afternoon and Evening and then a list of hours. If you do not see a suggested time that fits with your schedule, you can click the top links to search for better arrival times.
If there are no FastPass+ reservations available for a specific attraction, you will find them at the bottom of the list with a notice. It should be noted that availability can change before your trip, so if an attraction is unavailable now, keep checking regularly for changes.
Once you’ve chosen your ride and return start time, you will see a confirmation screen. Review all of the details and click “confirm”.
At that point, you will see a “congratulations” notice and then the option to make another FastPass+ reservation for the same or different day. If you don’t need to make another reservation, you can click “I’m Done” at the bottom.
And congratulations indeed, as you’ve successfully made a FastPass+ reservation! Now you’ll just have to plan what to do with the time you’ve saved in line.
FastPass+ kiosks can also be found in these locations throughout the parks:
- Adventureland / Frontierland: Across from the Swiss Family Treehouse, next to the Diamond Horseshoe.
- Adventureland: Near entrance to the Jungle Cruise
- Fantasyland: Near entrance to Mickey’s Philharmagic
- Storybook Circus: Near Pete’s Silly Sideshow, in the circus tent
- Tomorrowland: Near entrance to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Tomorrowland: Near entrance to Stitch meet and greet.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Hollywood Boulevard: Hollywood and Sunset corner
- Sunset Boulevard: Near entrances to Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Future World West: Under covered walkway next to Epcot Character Spot
- Future World East: Under covered walkway to Mission: SPACE
- World Showcase: International Gateway entrance
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Discovery Island: Nest to Island Mercantile
- Asia: Next to entrance for Kali River Rapids
- Africa: Near Dawa Bar close to Tusker House
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