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Disney World FastPass+ Tips and Touring Plan Strategies

by Leap on February 14, 2015

For those of you planning your first trip to Disney World or your first trip since the new FastPass+ system has full gone into effect, we wanted to share some FastPass+ tips and strategies before you hit the parks. FastPass+ has some definite advantages over the legacy FastPass system. Chief among them is not having to trudge across the park to collect your FastPasses! But for those of you used to collecting more than three FastPasses a day, the new system may prove to be more challenging.

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Before we get into the FastPass+ tips and touring plan strategies, we recommend you read our Guide to FastPass+ as it outlines the ins and outs of the system and includes frequently asked questions.

As a reminder, guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel can make FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance of check-in for their entire length of stay, while guests staying offsite can make reservations up to 30 days in advance of each day of their theme park visitThe system works by having guests select three preferences from a list of attractions and entertainment options per day. After you make your selections, you are given a choice of hour-long blocks of time to experience those attractions. For those of you who haven't yet experienced FastPass+, check out our step-by-step guide for using the in-park kiosks.

Our general FastPass+ touring plan strategy:

It hasn't changed all that much with the integration of FastPass+. You will still see the very lowest waits of the day in the first few hours of the day when the park opens. We recommend riding the highest priority attractions with the lowest durations when crowds are lowest and saving FastPass+ until the afternoon when crowds are at their peak. If you arrive before park opening, you'll be in prime position to ride most of the major attractions before lunch time. You can stop and have a meal, and then head to your first FastPass+ selections, either high-priority attractions you wanted to ride a second time for the day or other attractions and entertainment.

For families with younger children, it may make more sense to use FastPass+ in the evenings and take a break in the afternoon, go back to the hotel for a nap or a swim, and then come back to the park for a few more rides, the parade and fireworks.

Essentially, use FastPass+ as part of your general touring plan strategy not your entire strategy.

Here are our DisneyWorld FastPass+ Tips:

Attention, park hoppers! You'll need to pick a park for your advance FastPass+ reservations.

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You can only make advance FastPass+ reservations in one park per day. So if you’re planning on starting the day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and hopping over to Magic Kingdom in the afternoon, know that you can only make advance FastPass+ reservations at one park. We recommend you use FastPass+ at the second park you’re headed to since you're more than likely starting at the first one when crowd levels are at their lowest.

Make use of extra FastPass+ reservations after you have used your first three. 

Alternately park hoppers (and non-park hopping guests) have the option of obtaining additional FastPasses. Once you've used their first three (or the reservation windows have passed), you can visit an in-park kiosk and make an additional reservation. After you use that reservation, you are free to make another. The selections don't have to be in the park that you made your first reservations in, and it doesn't matter if you've already made a FastPass+ reservation for that ride. While this is a good system in theory, you will want to make your first three reservations your highest priority attractions. Often FastPass+ availability for these popular attractions will be gone or limited for day-of reservations.

Once you've made an additional FastPass+ reservation from the kiosk, you can modify that reservation, including changing the time or replacing the attraction with something else, via the app. Not everyone in the party must be present to add the FP+ selection, but the person making the reservation does need all of the tickets or MagicBands at the kiosk in order to load the selection onto the guests' media. If you are park hopping, you can only book Fastpass+ selections at the kiosk for the park you are currently in. So, if you are at Disney's Hollywood Studios and have used all three of your FP+ allotments, and are now hopping over to Magic Kingdom and want an additional selection, you must go to a kiosk at Magic Kingdom. Your reservation cannot be made at Disney's Hollywood Studios for a different park.

Choose your FastPass+ selections wisely

Disney more than doubled the number of attractions that accept FastPass+ over the previous FastPass system. We're all in favor of more choices, but all attractions aren't created equally. You want to make sure you use your FastPass+ selections on your favorite rides and those priority attractions with the longest wait times. To help you out, we made a list of priority attractions by park.

Here are the Top 3 FastPass+ priorities by park

 

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Magic Kingdom Park

Epcot

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Want to see the full list? Check out our Touring Plan page. It also lists the suggested sequence of lands or areas to visit by park. Each of these are among the most popular attractions within the park that see the highest wait times. In some of the parks, it's an easier decision because of the abundance of high-priority attractions. At Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it’s a more difficult decision, which brings me to my next point.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again

If you see that distribution has ended for one of your chosen attractions such as Elsa and Anna at Princess Fairytale Hall or Toy Story Mania!, you should keep trying. Go ahead and book three choices, but periodically leading up to your visit, attempt to modify your reservations with the really in-demand attractions. Another trick is to try to obtain the in-demand reservation for just one party member, and then copy over your selections to your other party members.

Mind the tier system at Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios have a tiered structure in place for FastPass+ selections. You can make only one selection from the Tier 1 list of attractions and two selections from the Tier 2 list. The Tier 1 attractions include your main headliners, those attractions that you not want to miss. Not uncoincidentally, these are the same attractions with the longest waits.

Epcot Tier 1 Attractions and Entertainment

  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  • Living with the Land
  • Soarin’
  • Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

Disney's Hollywood Studios Tier 1 Attractions and Entertainment

  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Fantasmic!
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!

We've bolded what we think are the best choices from the Tier 1 lists.

We chose Soarin' because we know that if we hit Epcot at park opening, we can ride Test Track with a short wait and experience the full pre-show. Tad loves to design his own concept car, and for first-timers it's really part of the full Test Track experience. We can continue to visit the other Future World attractions in the morning and then either schedule Soarin’ for the late morning before heading to World Showcase or later in the afternoon after spending time in World Showcase.

Those of you who have lined up outside of Disney's Hollywood Studios for park opening and made the (very fast) walk to Pixar Place so you could grab one of the first FastPasses for Toy Story Midway Mania! can now rest a little easier. Thanks to FastPass+, you can make this your Tier 1 selection and select a reasonable time to ride. That's what we would do. But we'd still arrive at park opening, hop over to Toy Story Midway Mania! and ride it first thing as well. If lines aren't too long, we might even ride a second time. Then we'd head to Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. But that's just what we would do.

Choose the rides that are important to YOU and YOUR FAMILY

If you're traveling with young children who aren’t 40 inches tall, character experiences might be your priority or some of the family friendly Disney classics that don't necessarily have the highest wait times. Maybe you really love the parades and shows and would rather be guaranteed entry to them without waiting to get a seat or a dedicated viewing location. It's really up to you. Decide what works best for your family.

Using FastPass+ for parades and fireworks

We've devoted a whole post to the topic. Again, we think this is largely a personal choice about what's important to you, but there are some important factors to consider.

Book FastPass+ reservations early

Resort guests have the ability to book up to 60 days in advance, while non-resort guests can book up to 30 days in advance. We recommend booking as soon as your window opens, so that you can secure a reservation for the most in-demand attractions.

Don't wait in line for a FastPass+ kiosk if you can help it

Generally at the beginning of the day, the kiosks closest to the park entrances can get quite crowded, while those toward the back of the park sit empty. Alternately, later in the day, the kiosks in the back of the park may be more crowded than those toward the entrances. Look for the signs or ask a cast member for a less-crowded location.

Whew! I know that was a ton of information. We hope that these FastPass+ tips will help you on your next trip! Have more questions about FastPass+? Have FastPass+ tips to share? Leave them in the comments.

Hoppy planning!

Leap

 

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CommonSenseMom Jan 30, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.

At many of the kiosks, they have workers there to do the fastpass stuff for you. One of the cast members was very adept and speeded up the process for me, but most of them slowed me down. Also, there were lines at nearly every kiosk for most of the day. You have to take a photo of the screen so you can remember the times. (You can always go back to a kiosk to check, but that involves waiting in line again.)

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FrogBlog Jan 31, 2014 at 12:39 p.m.

Great tips, CommonSenseMom!

That's a good point about remembering your FastPass+ selections. You have the option to email it as well, but taking a picture on your phone would be faster. You can also view it in the My Disney Experience app. Even folks who are not resort guests and can't make reservations via the app yet can view their reservations.

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Jake Jan 31, 2014 at 3:16 p.m.

"You can make FastPass+ selections for any park from any of the kiosks."

Are you sure about that? A cast member specifically told me otherwise on my recent visit. (I was staying offsite.)

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FrogBlog Jan 31, 2014 at 7:57 p.m.

Hi Jake,

We are sure and have tested it ourselves in the park!

Thanks,

Leap

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Nicka Feb 3, 2014 at 8:42 p.m.

Do you have any recommendations for using Fastpass+ with little kids to minimize wait times?

We scheduled our trip in March with our 5, 3 and 1 year olds expecting to arrive at park open and utilize fast passes in our touring plan. We are offsite timeshare guests, so I am fairly devastated that we won't be able to utilize the old system--as it seems that the fast passes get "sold out" by resort guests before we'll have a chance to grab them.

Any advice on how to manage this with 3 little kids (maybe utilizing waits at "interactive queue" rides) would be greatly appreciated to avoid as many meltdowns as possible.

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FrogBlog Feb 5, 2014 at 4:08 p.m.

Hi Nicka,

If you arrive at the park before opening as we suggest in our touring plan, you should be able to see most if not all of your high priority attractions. We'd definitely recommend taking a break in the afternoon and returning to your hotel for naps and then returning in the evening for parades and fireworks.

We haven't read reports of FastPasses being "sold out" by resort guests. Please share if you have more information on this as we would most definitely be interested.

Leap

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Lisa Feb 11, 2014 at 2:47 p.m.

I hate this new system. As a family of six, that doesn't like to ride all the same rides , it really messed us up. For instance, we all wanted to Fast Pass Peter Pan but since three of us wanted Space Mountain we couldn't. This new system really messes with the spontaneity of a Disney vacation. Also, if you plan on going to one park and get your FP for that particular park and get there and it is swamped with tour groups (January is famous for its large Brazilian tour groups) you can't leave to go to another park and FP there.

I feel for those staying off-site. The lines at the kiosks were HUGE when we were there. Talked to some people that waited 20-30 minutes for kiosk use. To me it seems like Disney is trying to force people to stay on-site.

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Kurt Feb 11, 2014 at 5:43 p.m.

I agree!

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Jill Feb 13, 2014 at 1:43 p.m.

My family went to Disney in November and we used the new Fast Pass system...HATED IT!!! Even though we stayed on property and were able to make our reservations in advance, how was I supposed to know 2 months or even 2 WEEKS in advance which park we would be in on which days, and what the wait times would be for rides? And to complicate matters even worse, we were traveling with other family members and it was extremely difficult for us to coordinate our fast pass times, so we couldn't even ride some of the rides together. I wasted so much time trying to figure out how to coordinate everyone's reservations...that it probably would have been faster to just wait in line for the ride!

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Holger Halfmann Dec 27, 2014 at 1:35 p.m.

undercovertourist.com has a Page that show you how crouded which Park is on which day, so you can and should plan that ahead!

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William Feb 23, 2014 at 6:18 a.m.

Agreed, agreed, agreed!!!!!!

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Gavin Feb 11, 2014 at 5:25 p.m.

Can 3 fast passes be booked across two different parks on the same day (ie. 2 in one park and 1 in another)?

For off-site visitors can fast pass be booked via the My Disney Experience app on the day or only at a kiosk?

What about editing bookings on the day via the My Disney Experience app for off-site visitors?

Currently it seems off-site visitors are a bit second class with this new system.

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FrogBlog Feb 11, 2014 at 7:17 p.m.

Hi Gavin,

To answer your questions. 1. No, FastPasses must be booked in the same park. 2. At this time, offsite guests cannot book FastPasses using My Disney Experience app. 3. Same thing, at this time, offsite guests must use the kiosks. It is expected that some of these will change as Disney fully rolls out the system -- it is still officially in testing.

Best,

Leap

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Jody Feb 11, 2014 at 6:41 p.m.

This system is totally awful. My son has a legitimate disability and we are now forced to wait in long lines not only for rides, but now to actually get fast passes so we don't have to wait in line. Again, I have sent many emails to Disney to let them know what a terrible system this was going to be. We have four days left on a Park Hopper Passes. We will be selling them to whomever wants them, as we have no plans on going there now or anytime in the future. Discrimination at its worse!

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ginger Feb 17, 2014 at 5:09 p.m.

Sadly, you can't use another persons ticket b/c of the finger printing

as you enter. Selling tickets was ended many years ago.

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Kathy Jul 23, 2014 at 3:13 a.m.

There is someone in our party with a disability too we went last year while the GAC was still around and she said that it was the only time that she was ever happy to be the way she is. I have done some research and people were selling/abusing the cards, some sites say that if you are not able to stay out in the heat (like she is) or can't wait in the lines they have some other option

Kathy

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Nicka Feb 11, 2014 at 7:08 p.m.

Hi Leap,

My friend was in Magic Kingdom in January when Fastpass+ began mid-week. She said she tried to get a Fastpass at 9:30 am for Belle's Enchanted Tales and the return time was 8:30 that night. Obviously with her 3 year old, that wouldn't work, so she was able to work it out with the staff to let her in earlier---I guess because it was the first or second day the system was live.

Since Disney is sending emails to resort guests to use Fastpass+, I could see that by the end of March most Fastpass+ tickets will be "sold out" to resort guests. Are they holding any back for off-site guests, or can all Fastpasses be reserved ahead of time? I'm really feeling upset that we are being treated as second-tier guests because we are staying in a timeshare offsite.

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disneymom48 May 10, 2014 at 7:53 p.m.

So fastpasses that have ridiculous returns times ALWAYS happened. With the old system we would go to Epcot and try and get Soarin Fastpasses. If you were not RIGHTthere it would be in the morning and the passes were for late in the evening then they were GONE.

Having the fastpasses gone always happened.

In terms of preference to Disney resort guests WHY NOT!

If you stay at a universal resort you get their version of a fastpass - a "front of the line pass" for ALL their ride except a few like Harry Potter AND get into the Harry Potter area an hour early.

Disney SHOULD give their guests SOME advantage.

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Laura Feb 11, 2014 at 8:10 p.m.

I was at Disney World last week and stayed off site. I was at Magic Kingdom and asked if I could make FastPass+ reservations for another park other than Magic Kingdom that day and the answer I received from a FastPass+ kiosk attendant was "no". She told me that you were only allowed to make reservations for the park you were physically located in. Also, I was at Animal Kingdom one day at about 9:05 and the Fastpasses for Mickey-Minnie Character Greeting were not available. Another day I was at Magic Kingdom around the same time and the Fastpasses for Enchanted Tales with Belle were gone. This leads me to believe for some of the attractions the Fastpasses are already 100% reserved by guests staying on property. I have no desire to go back to Disney unless something changes.

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disneymom48 May 10, 2014 at 7:55 p.m.

It doesn't mean you can't do the attraction you are just back to the OLD way we all had before ANY parks did any fastpasses or similar. If you want to do a ride or show you wait in line.

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Gavin Feb 11, 2014 at 8:16 p.m.

Hope it changes soon or I imagine there could be some large queues forming at booking kiosks if off-site guests can not use the mobile app.

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Cher Feb 11, 2014 at 8:28 p.m.

We're staying on-site this summer and I hate the new system already. It is just my young son and I and we have been coming the past few years. I had the old system down and could organize our day fine. How the heck can I plan a day with a child months in advance, maybe that day it may rain and we would rather go to another park, but then will lose our fastpasses, what if we get up and just feel like going to another park, or feel we need the day just to lounge around, we can't! This is ridiculous, as someone else said, the spontaneous part of a 'vacation' is now something that has to planned to the finer detail of what time I can get my child around the park to be at a ride! Really!!! Is that what I'm paying for to stay at Disney. I'm very upset!! A vacation is supposed to be relaxing, not running around to be at a ride, it's crazy... Also, I'd just like to say, that we only like 2 rides in one park, so since they happen to both be a tier 1, we now can only be ensured of getting a fast pass for one of them. What the heck!! And also, I don't plan on staying at the parks till 8pm, so why the heck are people getting stuck with fastpasses at bedtime. Doesn't matter if you're on site or off, this new fast-passing really isn't going to be that great for anyone except someone who runs according to a watch, which I don't normally wear on vacation, since I run by my watch the rest of the year! Also, since we're "ONLY" staying at a moderate resort, we can only pre-plan on 2 passes anyways. I really don't like this new system, but then again, I think with the new bands, the meal plan and this new fast-pass system, Disney basically knows where everyone is at all times, what they eat, rides they prefer and with reservations, they can keep track of all that for each person and soon the deals will go by the wayside too since they'll find a way to exclude or only include certain groups of people. Guess then it'll be time to vacation elsewhere. Such a shame, because it does take the 'magic' out of the magical experience at Disney.

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Chris Feb 13, 2014 at 1:54 p.m.

I'm not sure why you think you can only book 2 fast pass selections.... We are staying in a moderate resort in April and I have booked 3 fast passes a day for the length of our stay.

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Freddy Feb 13, 2014 at 3:52 p.m.

I'm not sure if the fastpss+ is running different now but we stayed at moderate resort in October and used the fastpass+ system and I was planning all the times for me,my wife,a 10 year old and 1 year old and both grandparents. I liked how it worked. I did my research and scheduled the fastpass+ resvervations for later times in the day when the rides waits got longer.Since we stayed on site I could just use the app on our iphone to change the times,even up to 10 mintues before we were scheduled for our current fastpass+ time. Had to use this some as both children got sick after first day we were there. It took some getting use to but it was nice not having to run all over the park to get the paper fastpasses.Like most things there are plusses and draw backs. Changing times on the fly may be a little bit different now that the fasspass+ is open to all guests.Hopefully you can still get to enjoy your time there.I would call the disney help line as a resort guest with any questions and concerns. They are pretty helpful since this is new to most visitors.

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Jessica Feb 11, 2014 at 9:27 p.m.

So let me get this right, after you wait in line to get in, and wait in line to get your bag checked, then you wait in line to sign up for a ride (assuming the on site guests didn't book them all 2 months ago), and then you take a picture to know when to come back, then you go wait in line at the first ride, which by the time you've done all this waiting, will probably have a really long line? Definitely the feeling of a second class citizen if you stay off site. This "plus" feels more like a minus.

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FrogBlog Feb 12, 2014 at 3:38 p.m.

Hi Jessica,

To be fair, the system is not fully launched and is still considered in test mode. Disney is expected to roll out the ability for park guests not staying at the resort to book in advance as well using My Disney Experience.

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Laurie Feb 12, 2014 at 12:39 a.m.

One caveat I'd add … if there's an attraction you MUST DO, make that FP+ first - I was surprised to follow the common wisdom to ride a few first rides at rope drop at the beginning of Feb, only to find that ETWB was GONE by 9:30 … bottom line, know your priorities and plan ahead!

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FrogBlog Feb 12, 2014 at 3:36 p.m.

Yikes! Great advice, Laurie. This will be something we'll be watching very closely as we head into the busier crowd season.

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Marisa Feb 12, 2014 at 4:28 p.m.

I am staying onsite for 5 days, and offsite for 4. I noticed my window of booking is 14 days. I don't mean to cheat the system, but I was able to book FastPasses for the MK on my offsite day. I wasn't able to do this even last week, but they must have updated the system, and I was able to do it this morning.

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motherofsix May 19, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.

Interesting... your comment made me think of this idea, which is probably "playing the system." My family is planning a trip for the fall, and we'll be staying off-site in a 4 bedroom condo. We would love to stay onsite, but due to our large family size (8), it's not an option for us. I wonder if a family could pay for 1 night at the Disney Campsites (only costs about $50 a night), and have access to making fastpass+ reservations 60 days in advance, as well as getting magic bands. You wouldn't even have to stay at the campsite. Would this work? Could you make fastpass reservations for muliple days? To me, paying $50 would be worth it for these benefits...

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FrogBlog May 19, 2014 at 6:26 p.m.

Hi,

Yes, this is technically possible although obviously frowned upon.

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Alyssa Feb 12, 2014 at 8:40 p.m.

My sister and I are sitting at Orlando airport as I type. Just finished a 7 day park-hopper pass staying on property. Do not like new FastPass system!!! While I could make my FastPass reservations in advance and I did for some of the days, I decided to wait and see where we wanted to go on the last few days and then book the fast passes. On Sunday of this week I tried to get fast passes for toy story mania on Tuesday. None were left. Tried for today, Wednesday, none left. Two-three days in advance those fp were not available. :(.

Also, the day we went to Animal Kingdom the FastPass line for Safari was longer than the standby line. We noticed it at other attractions as well.

Just seems like there are many kinks to work out. Really loved the old system. Only perk I see in the new way is not walking all the way to the attraction to get the fast passes. But that never really bothered me anyway.

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Nick Feb 13, 2014 at 2:34 p.m.

I don't know that I see what the problem was with the old system - other than having to run across the parks first thing in the morning for the rides that fill out Fastpass early (Soarin', Toy Story Mania, etc). Why not use the FP+ for those Tier 1 rides, but keep the old system in place for the others? With 3 kids, we were able to do so much in a day utilizing the old FP system as we went around the park and really limited much line-waiting (which can be aweful with 3 young kids). I feel that if we were to go now we'd spend 4 times as much of our day waiting in lines or trucking across the MK to get to our next fastpass because a nap, or other unexpected kid request didnt' put us where we estimated we'd be. Sorry - for a family of 5 (6 if you include my mother who comes with us), it is infinitely more expensive to stay on site, so that's not an option. With over a dozen trips to Disney in my lifetime - this is the first time I have been un-excited about going back.

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Donna Feb 17, 2014 at 3:37 a.m.

We just returned from a trip to Florida where we stayed off-site and visited Disney 2 days (Magic Kingdom and EPCOT). Like many people, we don't get to visit Disney very often, so the fact that our visit coincided with testing of the new FastPass+ system was unfortunate. We didn't have too much trouble in the Magic Kingdom -- we were able to get Fastpasses for 3 rides that day. But, we were lucky that wait times weren't too bad for most rides anyway. EPCOT was a different story. The tiered system is awful, and there are only a few permanent kiosks actually listed on the map. The lines were so long we joked we needed a Fastpass for the Fastpass kiosk. Yes, we came across cast members with iPads, but you don't know where you will find them or when. By the time we could access the Fastpass+ system, the rides we wanted were unavailable. I am anxious for the full roll-out of the system, because I want to see how this will all work out for everyone. Disney says it's better...that wasn't our experience, and I don't want to go back until it really is better.

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Joseph Feb 18, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.

my family and I were there during the first roll out in January. We knew that we had to make our selections in advance which made it easier for us to plan out our day. Granite I understand were some people are coming from in regards to getting rid of the spontaneousness overall I believe Disney will get it figured out in the long run. It is unfortunate that many people have had bad experiences with it.

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Vern Woodruff Feb 20, 2014 at 6:10 p.m.

Since making reservations for parades and shows at the MK is something new with FP+, is there a website or article that gives the details on where the reserved viewing areas would be?

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FrogBlog Feb 20, 2014 at 6:29 p.m.

Hi Vern,

That's a great question? Look for an upcoming post about it!

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Kyra Mar 15, 2014 at 7:56 a.m.

I have 9 people in my party, one of which is 2. Can we split into 2 groups of 4 (excluding the 2 yr old) and for the rides that he cannot enjoy, the first half of my party (4 people) get fast passes and the second half of my party go through the fast pass line on a rider switch? Or will they make the second half also require fast passes for that ride. If we could use the rider switch to our benefit it could possibly benefit us with additional fast passes, or is my way of thinking incorrect?

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FrogBlog Mar 17, 2014 at 2:24 p.m.

Hi Kyra,

This is a good question. Currently Disney allows only 2 guests per Rider Switch Pass, so you would need to have 6 people get FP+ and two (in addition to the child) would not need it. Anyone else have recent experience with this?

Best,

Leap

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Jamie Mar 17, 2014 at 8:48 p.m.

Will I be able to use MyDisneyExperience (MDX) app in the park on the day of my visit to schedule my fastpasses instead of queing for a kiosk? I don't want to waste time standing in line if I can do it on my phone while I'm waiting in another line already. I thought that was one of the purposes of MDX?

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FrogBlog Mar 18, 2014 at 1:27 a.m.

Hi Jamie,

If you are staying at a Disney resort, you can make the reservations up to 60 days in advance. Currently during this part of the test, if you are not staying at a Disney resort, you are limited to day-of reservations at the kiosk and not the app.

Best,

Leap

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Amanda May 8, 2014 at 1:59 a.m.

Hello!

do I have this correct? You book up to 60 days ahead, get into the park and then have to wait in line to get the fast passes + active? Confused about this. Also, is the beauty and beast live a reserved feature which you have to pay or is it a free story?

Thanks,

Amanda

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FrogBlog May 8, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.

Hi Amanda,

You can book up to 60 days in advance if you are staying at a Disney World resort; otherwise, it is 30 days. Once you've booked your reservations, you don't need to wait in line to get FastPasses -- you are all set! The only exception to this is if you have used your first three FP+ in the park and want to book more, you will need to do that via the in-park kiosks.

Best,

Leap

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Jessica Jun 15, 2014 at 8:08 p.m.

This is so confusing! I loved the old FastPass option and now I'm trying to figure out the details. My boyfriend and I will be going to DW in September and staying at the Yacht Club resort. Our plan was to get ParkHopper passes and do AK/EPCOT on one day and MK/EPCOT on the second day. When we make our FastPass+ reservations 60 days in advance, are we able to pick times (or approximate times)? We have dinner reservations Thursday at EPCOT, so are we able to pick AK options for the morning or is there a risk of them giving us later FP+ return time and possibly missing our reservation? Also, can we pick passes for different parks? So could we do a FP+ for Expedition Everest in the morning, and then the other two FP+ reservations for something in EPCOT in the afternoon?

Thanks!

Jessica

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FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.

Hi Jessica,

Sorry for the delay, but your comment went into spam :( You will be able to pick times for your FastPass+ reservations. Currently you will have to make your first three selections in one park, and then once you have used those first three, you can select another and use it, then another and use it, and so far from any park you want using the in-park kiosks.

Best, Leap

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Jess Jul 1, 2014 at 8:29 p.m.

My boyfriend and I will be in Disney World for his birthday at the beginning of September. We will be there for 3 days and are staying at a Disney hotel. Does the 60 day "window" start from the day of checkin and so I can make reservations for all the days we're there at one time? Or is it 60 days from the day we want to make FP+ reservations, so I will have to log on three days in a row?

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FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 3:37 p.m.

Hi Jess,

Yes, you can make reservations for all of the days you are there at one time starting at 60 days out.

Best,

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christine Oct 21, 2014 at 3:05 a.m.

What time of day can you get a fastpass? Midnight? Anyone know?

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FrogBlog Oct 21, 2014 at 9:12 a.m.

Hi Christine,

Midnight eastern.

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Jennifer Nov 6, 2014 at 12:59 a.m.

So my mom and dad are annual passholders. My husband, myself and my two children plus my father in law will be taking a trip to Disney in January of 2015. My mom has offered to lend us her and my dad's pass to use while we are there to book extra fast passes but I wondered if a fast pass that was reserved in advance would work if you didn't actually use the pass to enter the park that day. Does that make sense? Does anyone know if this is possible? (I know it seems dishonest because it is a way of getting extra fast passes but I was just wondering.)

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Christine Nov 13, 2014 at 6:11 a.m.

So if we pre-book our 3 FPs for Magic Kingdom rides in morning, then back to hotel to nap (little kids) but send one grown-up from our big group to Epcot, can that grown-up book Illuminations FastPasses for the whole group, if we're all linked as friends/family on the Disney site, bc that adult is physically in Epcot? Or would the whole group have to be physically in Epcot first? Also, anyone know how likely it is to get the Illuminations FPs day-of, on a fairly crowded day?

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FrogBlog Nov 13, 2014 at 10:25 a.m.

Hi Christine,

In theory, one person can obtain FastPasses for the whole group as you suggest, but that one person would need all of your tickets. So either you would all need to be in the park too or that person could book for everyone, and then head back outside of Epcot to meet you and then you all re-enter together. Realistically, it's unlikely that you would be able to obtain IllumiNations FastPasses the day of.

Best,

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Pamela Nov 23, 2014 at 9:37 p.m.

I thought I read somewhere that once you use all 3 fast passes, you can book more. Is this correct? Is it better to book fast pass for Space Mountain in the morning first thing or later in the day?

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FrogBlog Nov 24, 2014 at 6:49 a.m.

Hi Pamela,

Yes, once you have used your first three (or the time has passed), then you can book an additional FP+ reservation via the park kiosks. Once you use that one, you can get another. On Space Mountain, it really depends on when you visit, but generally you are better off booking your first FastPasses late morning/early afternoon. During the morning hours, waits are often low enough that you don't need FP.

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Joe Dec 21, 2014 at 2:18 p.m.

My only suggestion is get fastpasses all early in the morning like 10, 11, 12 so that way after the 12 o clock fastpasses has finished then they allow you to get more fastpasses to use that day.

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Ann Feb 6, 2015 at 5:43 p.m.

I am starting to wonder about my FP choices. We will be there duing spring break. My 1st day at MK I have my firt 3 FP for 10 thru 1:25 approx. This with the idea of getting more earlier. The 2nd day I have them running from 10ish to 3:30, this because we wanted to see Ana & Elsa and this last time was the earliest available. So because of A & E, things are kinda tied up that second day as far as moving on to our 4th selection. What I am seeing if I go to Disney site and play w/it is this: times for Mine Train for example are only available later in the day!! This is about a month out fr our trip, so I am worried that for Mine Train, for example if we are thinking of getting they pass the day of (on our 2nd day), after seeing A&E it will be non existent. Any thoughts on this would be appreicated. I am starting to think, to heck with getting addtl passes early, I may need to just grab what I can in terms of Mine Train and enjoy the fact that we have an evening MT pass awaiting, despite the fact that it would block us from getting other addtl FPs.Wow, I just wrote this entire thing in the "name slot" above and had to copy paste to comment. Haha! Anyhow, something about non resort guests being able to book early seems to be making this whole FP thing more of a competition! Kinda stressful!

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FrogBlog Feb 12, 2015 at 12:53 p.m.

Hi Ann,

I've done the name slot thing too!!! I am not sure from your post whether you already have a 7DMT FastPass+ or not. It's sounds like you have it for day 1, but want to get it as a 4th selection on day 2. It's possible you could get it as a 4th FastPass, but more than likely you are going to find lesser priority attractions such as Haunted Mansion or "it's a small world" are all that are available day of during spring break. I would make 7DMT a priority, along with A&E and Peter Pan's Flight. You can see our list of priority attractions for Magic Kingdom here. Let me know if I've got this wrong!

Keep hopping!

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Mike Dec 27, 2014 at 4:09 p.m.

I'm wondering if you can get two FPs for the SAME RIDE (if not a tiered selection). Thanks.

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FrogBlog Dec 29, 2014 at 9:46 a.m.

Mike,

The only way you can do this is if you have already used your first three selections for the day and get an additional FP at the kiosk in park.

Best,

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Randy Jan 22, 2015 at 10:37 p.m.

Our family of 8 has 3 separate room reservations for an on site lodge but we are all linked together as Friends and Family on My Disney Experience. When booking Fast Passes 60 days in advance can we book the Fast Pass for for everyone in our party together (like we can for dining reservations) or do we have to book the fast passes separately for each room reservation? Also can you book the Fast Pass 60 days in advance of our check in date starting at 12 midnight Eastern?

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FrogBlog Jan 23, 2015 at 11:48 a.m.

Hi Randy,

You will want to confirm that each of your party members' hotel reservation already shows up in My Disney Experience under My Reservations & Tickets. If not, you will need to add the resort confirmation number by clicking Link Resort Reservation. Once that is confirmed, if you are all linked together at Friends and Family, then one person should be able to make FastPass+ reservations for the entire party.

Yes, you can book those FastPasses for your length of stay (up to 10 days) 60 days in advance of your check-in date starting at midnight Eastern.

Keep hopping!

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Melissa Jan 28, 2015 at 1:47 a.m.

Can you use "my disney experience" app to book fast pass selections on the same day you are visiting. For example, I booked my selections 30 days in advance then on the day I visit the park and use my 3 fast passes can I then use the app to book 3 more?

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FrogBlog Feb 2, 2015 at 8:24 a.m.

Hi Melissa,

You would need to book the additional Fastpass from an in-park kiosk. Note that you would only be able to get one at a time. Once you have used that additional FP, you would be able to make a reservation for another one.

Keep Hopping!

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Casey Feb 13, 2015 at 4:57 p.m.

We are going to be visiting disney with my 8 year old son and 4 year old daughter. Do we all need to have the same fast passes? Can I sign my daughter up for princess meet and greets with her fast pass and use mine for other attractions? What if we plan to visit magic kingdom two separate days will I be able to get different fast passes for each day?

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FrogBlog Feb 16, 2015 at 10:29 a.m.

Hi Casey,

Yes, you can each book separate FastPasses and separate FastPasses for each day, but you would all need the same FastPasses to all visit the attraction together. Given their ages, I am thinking you would want all of your FastPasses to be the same.

Keep hopping!

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Bianca Feb 17, 2015 at 1:50 a.m.

Hi.

Just wondering if there is any idea/rumour whether the same system will be introduced at Disneyland/California Adventure?

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FrogBlog Feb 17, 2015 at 11:24 a.m.

Hi Bianca,

It is expected to roll out at all Disney parks, but no time table has been revealed.

Keep hopping!

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Ian Feb 17, 2015 at 11:03 a.m.

So if I am staying off-site and then the 30 day window opens, I can only make FastPass+ reservations for the first day of my trip, then on the 29th day the second day of my trip etc?

Thanks

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FrogBlog Feb 17, 2015 at 11:40 a.m.

Hi Ian,

Yes, if you are staying offsite, your FastPass+ booking window opens up 30 days in advance of each day of your theme park visit. You would need to wait until the next day to book the second day of your trip, the day after that to book the third day of your trip and so forth. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

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