Guests of the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts have an innovative tool at their disposal to help alleviate time spent in line for attractions. Disney’s FastPass system is a virtual queuing process that allows guests to choose an hour-long return window for an attraction, allowing for a shorter wait and bypassing the usual access lines. This system can help to add more free time to your theme park visit, but you might be wondering what to do while waiting for your return time. Let’s take a look at some of the Professor’s favorite ways to pass the time while waiting for a FastPass reservation.
Grab a Snack
Disney theme parks have no shortage of delicious treats and snacks available everywhere you turn. One of the Professor’s favorite ways to kill some time while waiting for his FastPass is to indulge in some of the delectable bites like a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar, popcorn, Dole Whip or one of the million specialty cupcakes that always seem to be appearing. Remember, it’s a theme park vacation, you’re sure to walk off those extra calories before the trip is over!
There’s also certainly no shortage of gift shops in Disney parks selling everything from keychains and magnets to designer purses and jewelry. Your time spent waiting for your FastPass could be a good chance to purchase those souvenirs for yourself or friends and family back home. If you’re staying at a Disneyland or Walt Disney World onsite hotel, you can also arrange to have your purchases delivered to your resort so you don’t have to carry those items with you when you head for that FastPass reservation.
See an Attraction With a Shorter Wait
Not every attraction at a Disney theme park is eligible or even needs FastPass access. Some rides at the parks can usually be counted on for consistently shorter lines, allowing guests waiting for FastPass return times to experience them and still make their reservation. You’ll want to check wait times on your My Disney Experience app, or signage throughout the park, to find which attractions can be experienced and still ensure you don’t miss your FastPass.
Take a Break
Touring a theme park can be a physically demanding experience. Walking many miles in a day coupled with the Florida heat and humidity can drain your batteries extremely fast. It’s always best to listen to your body and give it a rest when needed, but you might find that the time spent waiting for your FastPass is a great chance to take a proactive break. Disney parks have many shaded seating areas and those tend to be a great place to stop and enjoy the theming and atmosphere. Do some people watching or just catch your breath and get ready for your next exciting ride.
Meet a Character
Disney is well known for its characters and the interactions they provide to park guests. Every Disney theme park has a lineup of classic and modern Disney Characters available for meet and greets. While some of the most popular characters can draw large lines and use FastPass themselves, others are not as popular and have shorter wait times to meet. These characters would be a great diversion while waiting for your FastPass return time. You can get in a quick hug and a photo and then head off to your reservation.
Play an Interactive Game
Many Disney parks have interactive games and scavenger hunts that can be played at any time during the day. Games like A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas and Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure at Walt Disney World send guests on journeys through the park to solve a mystery and battle Disney Villains. These games can be played at your own speed, allowing you to get a few game areas in while waiting for your next ride.
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