Hi guys! I am Ben, aka The Disney Man! I am one of the guest writers for this article and before I give you some Tips and Tricks, I wanted to introduce myself. In case you did not know, I have a Disney Instagram account, @thedisney_man! I just started back in April, and so far I am overwhelmed by the support and love from the Disney Community. Writing a Disney Article has always been one of my dreams, so when I found out about this opportunity, I immediately jumped on it! I am a Floridian, which means that I get to visit the parks a lot and I also am a Disney Annual Passholder!
In this article, I will show you how to use the Fastpass+ system, and a few tips and tricks I have learned.
What is Fastpass+?
Fastpass+ is a system in which you can save time and skip the lines in Walt Disney World! Currently, Fastpass+ is only available in Walt Disney World, but the other parks have other Fastpass systems. The best part about the system, it’s FREE! That means that as long as you have park tickets you can book them up to 30 days in advance. Also, when you stay in a Disney Resort Hotel, you can book your Fastpass+ 60 days in advance! For more information, check out the beginner’s guide to Fastpass+ on this website!
How to get the most out of Fastpass+
Fastpass+ can be a complex system, so I have broken it down into two parts:
- When to book Fastpass+.
- What rides should you make Fastpass+ Reservations?
- Day of cancellations for Fastpass+.
- How to get a Fastpass+ for multiple parks per day.
- What to do if you miss your Fastpass+.
- Multiple Experience
- When to book your Fastpass+ reservation.
- I have found that it is best to book your Fastpass+ within the morning hours, anywhere from 9-12. The reason is that after you use all of your three Fastpasses, you will then be able to add more Fastpasses at the end of the day.
- If there is a ride that you know always has a long wait, like Slinky Dog Dash or Flight of Passage, and you see a Fastpass for it later in the day, I suggest getting it, but remember, you won’t be able to book anymore Fastpasses until after you scan your MagicBand or Park Ticket at the attraction.
- What rides should you make Fastpass+ Reservations for?
There are certain rides that you will want to try to make a Fastpass+ for, I have broken it down by park.
- Magic Kingdom
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Space Mountain
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Soarin’ Around The World
- Test Track
- Frozen Ever After
- Spaceship Earth
- Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
(Note that you can only choose either Soarin’ Around The World, Test Track, or Frozen Ever After.)
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Toy Story Midway Mania
- Tower of Terror
- Rockin’ Roller Coaster
- Star Tours
(Note that you can only choose either Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, or Toy Story Midway Mania.)
- Animal Kingdom
- Flight of Passage
- Navi River Journey
- Expedition Everest
- Kilimanjaro Safari
(Note that you can only choose either Flight of Passage or Navi River Journey.)
Day of cancellations.
Sometimes if you cancel a Fastpass+ the day of, you may get a Fastpass+ for a better attraction. However, sometimes you won’t. My personal suggestion is to do it. The worst thing that can happen is losing the Fastpass+, which really is not a big deal.
The best thing, which happened to me before, is that you will get an even better Fastpass+. For example, by canceling one of my Fastpasses, I got a Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Fastpass+! AND the wait time was 120 minutes! It just goes to show you that last-minute cancellations by families are something that always happens.
How to get multiple Fastpasses per day.
When you book your Fastpasses, you must choose one park to get the Fastpasses for that day. However, there is a loophole for this: after you use your three Fastpasses, you can then choose the next park to book Fastpasses for that day.
What if I miss my Fastpass+ Reservation?
If you miss your Fastpass+ Reservation, no worries. The great thing is that Disney Cast Members are always very kind. One thing you can try doing is to go to the Fastpass+ Entrance and explain to them that you had a Fastpass+ and you were late. They should let you in. You also have a window of 15 minutes after your Fastpass+ reservation ends to arrive.
The only time they may not make an exception will be shows, due to the fact that the arrival window is smaller.
What is Multiple Experience?
Multiple Experience is the ticket you will get for the attraction you had a Fastpass+ for that went down. For example, if you have a Fastpass+ for Tower of Terror from 12:15 to 1:15 and it goes down at 12:20, before you check in, you will get a multiple experience pass. This is great because it means that you can go on most rides in the park with this pass.
However, you may not be able to get a Fastpass+ for certain attractions. If you want to know which attractions, just go to a Fastpass+ Kiosk or check on the My Disney Experience Phone App.
So, that’s basically all you need to know for the Fastpass+ system. I personally think it is much better than the old Fastpass system. It is good to see that the Disney Parks are adding some amazing technology to their parks that help make your trip more enjoyable.
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