Oct 182017
 

Here are tips to using Disney's Fastpass+. The Fastpass+ helps cut your wait time for attractions so you can make the most of your day at the parks.

Walt Disney World has been using the Fastpass+ system for a while now. It has made things a lot easier because it allows you to book in advance and save time. Below I will share what exactly the Fastpass+ is and some tips to using the Fastpass+ for you and your family!

Below you will find learn about Fastpass+ and the perks, and find ways to make sure you make the most out of the system! The tips below can help you with your schedule, so you can make sure to utilize each pass the best way possible.

Here are tips to using Disney's Fastpass+. The Fastpass+ helps cut your wait time for attractions so you can make the most of your day at the parks.

What is Disney’s Fastpass+
Fastpass+ is a system that Disney uses that allows you to reserve rides and attractions to reduce the time you spend waiting in lines both for rides and experiences such as character meet & greets or shows. They allow up to three Fastpasses per day to make the system fair, but there are a few restrictions. You can only make Fastpass+ choices for one park per day, so if you are visiting multiple parks, make sure to choose which park you want to use the Fastpasses on. Also, you can only book a Fastpass for each ride once per day, so if you love Space Mountain and want to book all three of your Fastpasses for three separate rides on the day you are at the Magic Kingdom – you are out of luck. The system won’t let you “repeat” rides on the same day. As of now you can book Fastpass+ for your whole trip 60 days in advance if you stay on property, or 30 days if you are not staying on property.

Here are tips to using Disney's Fastpass+. The Fastpass+ helps cut your wait time for attractions so you can make the most of your day at the parks.

Keep in mind that using a Fastpass is not an instant ticket to the front of the line.  Yes, you will get to cut the majority of the crowd, but at some point you will merge with the standby line and most likely have a short wait to get on to the actual ride. For example, if there is a 120 standby wait for the ride you want to get on (and yes, that can happen), the Fastpass will cut your wait down to about ten minutes.

How to Choose What to FastPass
Deciding what to choose will be different for everyone. If you enjoy riding all the rides, you might go that route. Or if want to meet the characters then maybe you will want to do that. Start out by deciding some things you want to do for the day. Personally, I book the rides that I know are going to have the longest wait times, so you might want to consider using your Fastpass+ for things that are very popular at the time you go. You might find meeting Elsa and Anna could be a very popular meet and greet, and you use it on that. It just depends on the rides and attractions you do.

Here are tips to using Disney's Fastpass+. The Fastpass+ helps cut your wait time for attractions so you can make the most of your day at the parks.

Booking Fastpass+
If you want to pre-book your Fastpasses here is how. Head to the Disney website and log-in. Once you are in your reservations area, look for the Fastpass area, click in and pick the date you are staying and the park. Then it will present you with several options. You get 3 Fastpass+ per day. Book them for later in the day when the park is more crowded and the lines will be longer. If you decide to change the time, you can do that at any time. All of your Fastpasses are loaded onto your Magic Bands (which are mailed to you about two weeks before your trip) and the bands will need to be scanned when you get to the ride to access your Fastpass.

Don’t Book Fastpass+ First Thing in the Morning
If you want short lines at any of the four Disney World Parks, go when it opens. That is the best time to enjoy shorter lines, and don’t waste your Fastpass on a ride with a short line. The earliest you should schedule a Fastpass is around 90 minutes after the park has opened, and the crowd sets in.

Leave Time Between Fastpasses
Make sure to leave a time gap between your Fastpasses, or you could run from one pass to another. It can cause stress trying to make it to each attraction in time. So make sure you have time to get to each area with time to spare. When it’s the time on your Fastpass, head to the Fastpass (not the standby) line at the ride or attraction and scan your Magic Band. The scanner will light up green once it confirms your Fastpass and then you are good to go.

Here are tips to using Disney's Fastpass+. The Fastpass+ helps cut your wait time for attractions so you can make the most of your day at the parks.

Early Or Late on Reservations
The Fastpass+ offers a one-hour window that shows up in the app, so it’s important to make it to the ride during that window. If there is a conflict with a Fastpass reservation, there will be an alert on the website that will let you know what the conflict is (usually it’s another Fastpass or dining reservations). If you are late the Mickey light does shine blue instead of green, and then the cast member decides if you are allowed. Sometimes the cast member will let you on the ride early if they see you standing there waiting, but again – it is up to them. I definitely recommend making sure you arrive on time.

Here are tips to using Disney's Fastpass+. The Fastpass+ helps cut your wait time for attractions so you can make the most of your day at the parks.

I have a love/hate relationship with Fastpasses personally.  When you are the one holding the Fastpass, they are great, but when you aren’t, it seems like the Fastpass holders make the wait time triple what they would have been if people just lined up like they did in the old days.

We did have a Fastpass issue on Toy Story Midway Mania on our most recent trip.  My family used our Fastpasses to get into the line for the ride, but the ride went down while we were still standing there waiting. After about 15 minutes, cast members came by with a little gadget and loaded a new Fastpass back onto our Magic Bands, which was good AND bad.  It was good because the new Fastpass was able to be used on ANY ride at the park that day, but the bad part was that it had to be used up first otherwise it would have taken it in place of other Fastpasses we had reserved for later that day. Since we’ve seen up to two hour waits for that ride, we wanted to use it on that particular ride and luckily the ride was only down for about an hour and we were able to use our new Fastpasses on it before the time of our next reserved one.

These tips can really help you with making sure you use your Fastpasses the best way possible. If you have a tip or trick, share it below!

  57 Responses to “What is the Walt Disney World Fastpass+ and Tips For Using It”

  1. It’s completely amazing! Not having to dig out tickets or a credit card or room key for anything is great on its own, but scoring definite times to a coveted ride is the best!

  2. Fastpass is the best thing Disney has EVER offered! The difference between having it and waiting in line is like night and day. It’s so worth it!

  3. Fastpass is the best Disney investment my family ever made. We saved so much time because we didn’t have to wait in lines that were blocks long.

  4. We will for sure be doing fastpass when we take Liam in a few years! Great idea and totally worth it!

  5. I love it! It’s so much simpler, and it alleviates my anxiety about losing things.

  6. I love that you all get to go here so much. I Keep hearing about the fast pass, seems like it is useful and worth the investment!

  7. It really is awesome that Disney offers the Fast Pass, I am betting this was something that increased revenue for them and makes guests pretty darn happy. Thanks for sharing these tips for my next visit.

  8. You really know Disney World! I love these tips. It’d be easier to figure out a great strategy now.

  9. This sounds so convenient! I have some very antsy boys and lines can be a nightmare sometimes. We will have to consider buy the fastpasses the next time we go to one of the parks.

  10. I will have to keep this in mind and take advantage of Fastpass the next time we go on a Disney trip. It will help cut down on wait times which is good, especially if you have young kids who are not very patient to wait in line.

  11. Thank you for the tips for using the Disney World Fastpass. I love the convenience, but as you wrote, it would be beneficial for those who have it, and a nightmare for those who don’t. It would be like allowing some people to cut in front of you.

  12. These are great tips for using the Disney World Fastpass. It would be a great thing to take advantage of when we visit!

  13. I hate waiting in lines so I think I would take advantage of the Fastness option if I was visiting Disney. It’s too bad that you can’t repeat rides on the same day though.

  14. fastpass it a definite must for a day at Disney. I didn’t know they had the cool bracelets now. Must be time for another trip! 🙂

  15. I love Disney, but long wait times can definitely put a damper on things. Looks like the Fastpass is helping to make the parks the happiest place on earth once again.

  16. I’m a total Disneyland Mama and I feel so overwhelmed by the Disney World Fastpass+ system!! Hoping to take the kids sometime soon though, so this is a great intro 😉 Thank you!

  17. We used the fast passes the second time we went and they were amazing. I like having a schedule and saving time on those long lines, great tip.

  18. I am all about passes whenever possible. I had never heard of the Disney fastpass, but it sounds perfect for making things go more quickly!

  19. We really love the new bands that they use instead of the paper fast passed from a few years back. Makes it so much easier to scan and go.

  20. I have never visited Disney (not FL or CA) it sounds like this fastpass is the best way to go, anything that makes things faster sounds good to me! 🙂

  21. We always use Fastpass whenever we head to Disneyland as it seems to be the only way to get on the rides haha.. but it’s so cool to know that you can actually book it for so much earlier in advance with Fastpass+!!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  22. We’ve been using it for years and it has made life more convenient especially when we’re taking the whole family to Disney. I think it’s really awesome that you’re sharing these tips! It’s totally worth it!

  23. I havent been to Disney in years but with all of my blogger moms friends being blessed with pixie dust I have heard of the FastPass System. I think it would be a must to get this so a family can enjoy the park and rides better.

  24. What a fun trip! We are going in November. Fast passes are definitely the way to go. Great tips!

  25. There’s no doubt that getting a fast pass will make things easier for families especially if they want to make the most out of their vacation! I love the colors too! It’s really awesome!

  26. Carefully planning your FastPasses means the difference between standing in the heat or getting onto your favorite rides. We always plan them out!

  27. Being in California, our FastPass system is slowly morphing into one like WDW. It’s good to know the in’s and out’s so I’m ready for when it converts at Disneyland.

  28. I, too, have a love/hate relationship with Fastpass. If I’m the one using it, I love it. If I’m not, I get so tired of waiting in line. You really explained it all very well!

  29. These are great tips! I love Fast Passes! Sometimes I wish Disney would offer a deluxe Fast Pass package where you can pay to add more of them 😉 I so would. Normally when I use all three, all the good rides are gone for Fast Passes.

  30. Great tips! Definitely great info for 1st time *& new Disney visitors and Fast Pass users. My tips is to download the Fast Pass app. We saved so much time using the app!

  31. thanks for sharing this post. i was recenty planning to take my kids there. so useful.

  32. I’m hoping to take my kiddos there in the spring and I was wondering how to pass password. This is very informative. I get why they only do three a day but now it’s sometimes you wish they would do more since you have to pay so much more for that pass.

  33. I love the fast pass system. The kids love getting their bracelets and it makes the entire trip so much easier.

  34. These are too cute and I am sure a must when going to Disneyland!

  35. We are heading to Disney in a couple of months and I need to read up on the best ways to save time and money. I love the idea of this fastpass!!

  36. That makes everything more easy and fast in Disney! I will need it for the next time i go to Disney!

  37. I didn’t even know they had this option, how neat. We have never been but I think we would try this if we do go someday.

  38. We loved using our Fastpass when we went to Walt Disney World. I will definitely get them again when we go next year.

  39. That’s awesome! They should have that everywhere and with technology these days, it’s totally feasible. Saves so much time!

  40. I remember the first time I did fast pass was about 13-14 years ago. Someone told me about it so I googled it all. Your post will be very helpful to people. I like that you can wear it now. That’s even better.

  41. I will only use the fasspass when my family and I are visiting Disney. It’s the best way to see everything. Great tips!

  42. Toy Story Midway Mania is one of my favorite rides. I can see why it gets 2 hour waits. We used our fast passes as well, which were a life saver. I don’t know how anyone could do Disney without them.

  43. Wow! This is a very awesome idea! I need to bookmark this for our next Disney trip!

  44. We didn’t opt for the fast pass this last time but we will in the future. I saw a lot of people using it. The tips here are very helpful!

  45. Thanks for detailing the Fastpass system, it can be confusing. We went to Disney World earlier this year and only used Fastpasses that were complimentary after a ride shut down while we were waiting, they were amazing.

  46. Wow, this Fastpass sounds like the best thing Disney has ever done. I have to get this for our next trip to Disney.

  47. If we ever go to Disney again we are definitely going to have to use fast pass. The waiting in line every single time just about killed us last time.

  48. I want to make Disney happen next year, so this is so helpful! I am going to be soaking up all of the tips.

  49. Going to Disney with littles is such a memory maker. Having the fast pass seems like a great option to minimize the stress of long lines!

  50. I love anything that will save me time from standing in line. I think I will have to get some for our next trip. Will save my aching back from standing so long.

  51. So awesome. I have heard about fastpass quite often but never been to Disney or anything so I had no idea! Sounds like a great thing!

  52. I have never been to Walt Disney World before, but I’ll definitely have to keep these tips in mind. Thank you for sharing them!

  53. I really like this idea, and those tips are great. However, until I read your article, I have never heard of this option, so I am not sure, why it is not advertised that much. Strange. Blessings!

  54. The FastPass makes it more convenient for everyone to enjoy the rides at Disney World. I love it!

  55. We just learned the one pass per park per day rule, the hard way. We were thinking we could Fast Pass the ball at Epcot, and then fastpass the new ride at Animal Kingdom. Wrong. Of course we did it backwards too, and wished we’d have Fast Passed the latter one first. Ah well, live and learn. 🙂

  56. This looks like it would be quite the investment for a Disney trip. Thanks for sharing all about it!

  57. These are great tips about using the Fastpass at Disney. I didn’t know you could only use it three times. Good to know!