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Disney World FastPass+ Tips and Park Plan Strategies

by Leap on March 29, 2018 245

Editor’s Note: We've written extensively about FastPass+, and we've taken all of that advice and boiled it down into one easy-to-read, take-it-with-you-anywhere format. The downloadable and printable Frog Family Guide to FastPass+ covers all of the basics, including instructions for making reservations, FastPass+ priorities by park, kiosk locations and our very best tips! 

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For those of you planning your first trip to Disney World or your first trip since FastPass+ launched, we wanted to share some FastPass+ tips and strategies before you hop to the parks. FastPass+ has some definite advantages over the legacy FastPass system, but it also requires more advance planning to do it right. Have no fear, frog fans, we've got you covered with these FastPass+ tips and touring plan strategies. If you're just getting started and don't know the basics, we recommend you start with our Guide to FastPass+, which also includes frequently asked questions.

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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.

Our General FastPass+ Park Strategy

It hasn't changed all that much with the integration of FastPass+, but one thing that is very important: You should use FastPass+ no matter how empty you think the parks will be when you visit. (The parks are never empty.) 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 late morning and early 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 and maybe have used one of your FastPasses. We'll discuss this more below, but once you've used your three pre-booked selections, you have the option to obtain a fourth FastPass+ reservation from the in-park kiosks. We highly recommend taking advantage of this for rides that see medium waits (most of the high-wait rides will not have availability the day of).

For families with younger children, it may make more sense to split your FastPass+ times with one or two in the morning and then the remaining in the evenings. This allows you to 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.

Use FastPass+ as part of your general touring plan strategy just not your entire strategy.

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Our Top DisneyWorld FastPass+ Tips

Attention, park hoppers! Pick a park for your advance FastPass+ reservations.

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. 

All park-goers have the option of obtaining additional FastPasses. Once you've used your first three (or the reservation windows have passed), you can visit an in-park kiosk or use your mobile device and make an additional reservation. After you use that reservation, you are free to make another. These additional selections don't have to be in the park that you made your first reservations in, which makes it good for park hoppers, and it doesn't matter if you've already made a FastPass+ reservation for that ride. While this is still a good way to save time, 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.

Modifying and Making Changes To Your Fastpass+ Reservations

Once you've made an additional FastPass+ reservation,  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 needs to be connected to everyone as friends and family.

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

Magic Kingdom Park

Epcot

Disney's Hollywood Studios

(You can only choose one of these since they are Tier 1 attractions. More on this in a moment.)

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Want to see the full list? Check out our Park Plans page. It also lists the suggested sequence of lands or areas to visit by park. Each of these is 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 Soarin' 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, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom

All parks except for Magic Kingdom 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 do not want to miss. Not surprisingly, these are the same attractions with the longest waits.

Epcot Tier 1 Attractions and Entertainment

  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

Disney's Hollywood Studios Tier 1 Attractions and Entertainment

  • Toy Story Midway Mania!
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Alien Swirling Saucers

Disney's Animal Kingdom Tier 1 Attractions and Entertainment

  • Na'vi River Journey
  • Avatar Flight of Passage

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

We chose Frozen Ever After because it is by far the most in-demand FastPass+ at Epcot, so catch a reservation if you can! If "Let It Go" isn't your jam, Soarin' would be our next pick. 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.

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For this frog family, Flight of Passage is the obvious choice at Animal Kingdom. This incredible flight simulator ride can be tough to get a FastPass+ for, so if you're not able to, we recommend heading straight there at park open.

One last note about tiers, you won't be able to get another Tier 1 reservation until after you use all three of your first reservations.

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.

Use FastPass+ in combination with child swap

If you'll have a little one with you who isn't tall enough for all the rides, you can do a child swap so that no one has to miss out. The benefit of this too is that only your first party riders would need FastPass+. Let's say you're a party of four and three of you want to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Your youngest child can't or doesn't want to ride. You would all go to the FastPass+ entrance and tell the cast member you want to do a child swap. Your husband and older child would use their FastPass+ to ride while you waited with your youngest. You would get a child swap pass, and you could wait for your husband and then ride along with your older child again while he waited. Or you could come back with your pass later and ride. The child swap pass is good for up to three people.

 

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. On the day your booking window opens, you'll be able to get Fastpass+ starting at 7 a.m. EST.

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. Check out our Disney FastPass+ Planning page inside the Orlando Planning Timeline for more tips!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 19, 2018 at 7:23 p.m. alex johnson Says...

Quick question, I see that you can only have 3 fastpass plus passes. I am going with my family. 2 adults and 2 kid (11 and 4) The younger rider won't be able to ride some of the attractions. My question is if only 1 adult gets a fastpass for a certain ride will they be able to ride with the 11 year old and then the other parent ride with the 11 year old? or do both adults need a fastpass?

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Jun 19, 2018 at 3:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex,

Only one adult and the 11 year old will need a FastPass+.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 19, 2018 at 9:15 p.m. alex johnson Says...

so if my daughter and I have a fastpass we can ride and then my wife can ride with her? Seems like I could get more fastpasses this way

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Jun 19, 2018 at 4:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex,

Yes, the first party (an adult and the child riding) will need a FastPass+. Then the second party (the other adult and younger child who is not riding) will wait for the first party to be done riding. Then the adults will switch!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 13, 2018 at 2:51 p.m. Mary Marquis Says...

My family of 6 is coming Florida for 2 weeks and plan to go to DW for 8 days in August, the first few days are 7 & 8 out of 10 on the crowd calendar. The next full week it drops down to 6/10. With toy story opening at the end of the month we are just trying to figure out when to go to the parks utilizing the fast passes. Since we are staying off site, we can only book 30 days out and from other comments fast passes are difficult to come by. How accurate is the crowd calendar and is if safe to say our chances of fast passes are better on the 6/10 days.

We haven't bought our tickets yet but plan to the end of the month. Can we switch the day we start our Disney vacation planning to go to the parks depending on what time fast passes we can obtain?

Thanks so much for your time!!

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Jun 13, 2018 at 10:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

Your chances of getting better FastPasses+ are definitely better on the 6/10 days since less people are expected in the park. You can switch the day of your visit as long as you have the appropriate tickets.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 11, 2018 at 12:27 p.m. Anna Says...

Hi, we are a party of 5 - 4 adults and one 4 year old. The 4 year old does not meet height requirements for some of the rides. What is the best way to book fast passes so all 4 adults can ride? Can we use child swap? Not really sure how it works - Do we book 2 fast passes and then the 2 adults who look after the child swap and the second 2 go or do we need to book all 4? Confused!! :(

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Jun 13, 2018 at 10:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna!

Each adult who wishes to ride must have a FastPass+ reservation.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 8, 2018 at 6:32 p.m. Natalie Says...

Hello!

Quick Question about park tickets. We purchased park tickets for an upcoming trip, and as a gift purchased tickets for other family members for a trip they are taking a few weeks before ours. I did all the planning for both trips, and accidentally set up their FP+s and our FP+s using the same ticket numbers for both trips- oops! Is it possible to have them swap the FP+ over to a new ticket number without losing our FP+ reservations?

Thanks in advance!

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Jun 12, 2018 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

What a generous gift! If you assigned each ticket to the appropriate family member and linked all of your tickets, you will be fine! All you need to do is modify the FP+ reservations for the right dates for the specific tickets for the other family members. If you have any more questions, please call our customer service!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 4, 2018 at 4:54 p.m. Mike G. Says...

Thank you for these great tips. My wife and I will be headed to WDW at the end of the month. We are going to surprise my brother and sister (13 & 7) who have never been to any Disney Park. I had two questions. First, my Dad already has the tickets and magic bands for himself, my brother and sister. If he gets their fast passes set up now would we be able to link up with those once we have our tickets and magic bands? Secondly, say my Dad and brother go on a ride with a FP and my wife and I stay with my sister. Would we both be able to switch out or would we need three fast passes for the child switch to work?

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Jun 5, 2018 at 10:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

You all must have your tickets purchased and linked in My Disney Experience to reserve FastPass+. Your dad could do his and those who have theirs now, and then try to “copy” those selections to the other tickets when they are linked. All people intending to ride using FastPass+ need the reservation. Have a great trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 4, 2018 at 12:28 a.m. Mike G. Says...

Thanks for these awesome tips. My wife and I are going out to WDW at the end if the month. We are planning on meeting my Dad, brother and sister there. It will be the first time at any Disney park for my brother and sister and my wife's first time at WDW. I had a question about setting up the fast passes. My Dad already has their tickets and magic bands. If he sets up the FP times for the 3 of them and my wife and I are not able to get our tickets till the day prior would we be able to link into the fast passes they selected? Or if say my Dad and brother go on a ride and we wait with my sister would my wife and I be able to swap out with them?

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Jun 4, 2018 at 11:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

Everyone in your party must have the same FastPass+ in order to ride together - swapping is not an option and it will be tough to add you and your wife to your dad, brother and sister's FastPass+ reservations at the last minute. We recommend purchasing your tickets sooner and linking them all to help with the planning process!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 4, 2018 at 6:16 p.m. Mike G. Says...

I'm a bit confused. How is the child swap not an option? I thought that one of us could wait with my sister then one of the people who ride first could hop off so whoever stayed behind could ride?

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Jun 5, 2018 at 4:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

We're a bit confused on what you're asking! Child swap is most definitely an option in that case.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 2, 2018 at 3:12 a.m. Jeannetta Says...

Hi we are visiting in August and want to ride Frozen and Soaring which would be better to get a fast pass for?

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Jun 4, 2018 at 10:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeannetta!

Frozen Ever After is definitely a harder FastPass+ to get ahold of, so we recommend aiming for that!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 26, 2018 at 12:34 p.m. Ayra Says...

Hey we are a family of 5 adults and one baby. Is it possible that we get fast pass for two adults and the rest three ride using rider swap?

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May 30, 2018 at 9:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ayra!

In this case, all adults would need a FastPass+ reservation.

Keep hopping!

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May 24, 2018 at 3:12 p.m. Emily Says...

We won't be riding Pirates of the Caribbean until after 6:00PM. Is this ride a good use of our initial FP+ or should I use Pirates as my 4th FP+ selection? Does that ride have FP+ availability throughout the day?

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May 24, 2018 at 1:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

We'd save your initial FastPass+ reservations for the high priority FastPass+ rides, such as Splash Mountain, Peter Pan's Flight, Space Mountain and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Of course, it's up to you in terms of which rides are priorities for you! If you want to book FastPass+ for rides with longer waits (such as those mentioned above) as your initial three, then we'd say save Pirates of the Caribbean for your fourth FastPass+ reservation. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 19, 2018 at 7:19 a.m. Debra Says...

I will be leaving for Disney by the end of the week, I read already that if we have previous bands, they can be re-programmed for our new upcoming trip.

But, my question is I have 2 other bands from my relatives previous, trip can they be given and program to new family members that will be going now?

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May 21, 2018 at 8:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debra!

Yes, they can be! Simply enter the MagicBand code under the tickets for the new person.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 18, 2018 at 11:25 p.m. Jessica Says...

Is it still accurate that you have to use a kiosk to book your 4th+ FP selection? I have read multiple places that after you check in for your 3rd FP you can hop on MDE in line and book your 4th at any park - just want to make sure I understand.

Thanks!

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May 21, 2018 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

Nope! You can now book your fourth FastPass+ reservation in the app after using your first three.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 8, 2018 at 3:14 p.m. Chrissy Says...

If we have 6 people in our party. Two of our three daily FP will be the same. But on the third one, 3 of us want to go to one ride while the other three go to another. Can I book the other 3 people on a different 3rd FP that won't include myself (the main MDE account holder)? Hope I explained that well enough.

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May 17, 2018 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chrissy,

Yes! All you need to do is make sure you are all connected in MDE as friends and family!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 2, 2018 at 6:01 p.m. Vanessa Says...

Hi, i was wondering if i choose to fasstpass at animal kingdom and then regret and want to change park to epcot will i be able to do that or once you choose your park its finally?

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May 2, 2018 at 10:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa!

No worries! You are able to switch your FastPasses+ to whatever rides you'd like (at whatever park) anytime as availability allows!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 18, 2018 at 1:24 a.m. Keith Says...

Hi, going to DW 1st wk of June for 4 days in parks. Our tickets are Hoppers. We have FPs set. Day 1 is AK. If we use up our 3 FP in AK can we try to get FP for another park while in AK? Thank you!

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Apr 18, 2018 at 10:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keith!

Yes, you can! Once all three of your original FastPass+ reservations have been used at Animal Kingdom, you'll be able to get one additional FastPass+ at a time at the park of your choice.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 17, 2018 at 12:05 p.m. Kristen Says...

I want to make sure I'm understanding the child swap...We will be traveling with 2 adults and 2 kids (7 and 5). Let's say the 5 year old isn't going to ride 2 rides. If I, for example, book 2 fast passes for Seven Dwarfs and 2 for Space Mountain, and do a child swap - this would allow the 2 adults and 7 year old to ride both rides, while only using 4 fast passes?

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Apr 19, 2018 at 11:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen,

Yes, that is correct!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 16, 2018 at 12:06 p.m. Chloe Says...

Hi, I am looking to book my faspasses in May when my 60 day window opens (eek)

I have 2 questions:

firstly, if i book a fastpass for say 1pm-2pm, would it be wise to do the next one for 1.30-2.30pm or 2-3pm? not sure how much time to leave in between them?

Secondly, I did not know about the Tier things!! Does that mean we cannot book FPs for more than one tier 1 attraction in a day? in a whole trip? how does it work?

Thanks!

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Apr 16, 2018 at 9:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chloe!

The FastPass+ system will not allow you to overlap two reservations, so with the scenario you suggested, the closest they could be is between 1-2pm and 2-3pm. How much time you leave between FastPasses+ depends on where the rides are located, how familiar you are with the park and allotting time for shopping, photos and eating. For example, you could easily do Peter Pan's Flight and Seven Dwarfs back to back, but Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain would be less ideal. It is possible in all cases to get from one ride to another in the hour time frame no matter what park you're at, but no need to rush! We like to leave 30-45 minutes between our reservations.

You are allowed to book one Tier 1 attraction per day in advance. After you've used your first three FastPasses+ (one Tier 1, two Tier 2) you can then get ahold of another Tier 1, as long as they're available. Make sense? Let us know if you have any other questions!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 15, 2018 at 9:02 p.m. Daniella Finn Says...

Hi Frogblog, I love your blog, park plan, tips, etc. so helpful! thanks. I was wondering if I'm lucky enough to get the time slots I will ask for what is a safe enough time between FP rides? is half an hour enough? or should one be more prudent and take 45 min or even an hour? say for relatively close by attractions like Peter Pan and Seven Dwarfs? thx!!

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Apr 15, 2018 at 10:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniella!

Let's say you have a FastPass+ between 1-2, and 2-3. If you arrive to your first one closer to 1, and your second one closer to 3, there is ample time in between! For close attractions such as Peter Pan's Flight and Seven Dwarfs, we'd recommend going towards 2 on the first, and heading straight to your next one. Keep this, as well as distance between attractions, in mind. We think a 30-45 minute buffer is great to allot time for shopping, snacks and photos in between.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 15, 2018 at 6:27 p.m. Becky Davies-John Says...

Hi! Your website is so helpful thank you. I’m within my 30 day mark trying to get fast passes but had no luck with flight of passage (obviously) but can’t get toy story mania either for any day! And my 3 year old is obsessed with toy story. I wondered if they’ve stopped fast passes or something for toy story with the land opening soon? And also I know that the 30 day mark opens at 7am I wondered is that also when they show any changes for example if people have cancelled reservations and fast passes do they immediately go live on the app or is there a certain time that the system resets? Thank you!

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Apr 16, 2018 at 1:18 p.m. Liza Rosenberg Says...

Hi Becky,

I can definitely confirm what Frogblog says about periodically checking the FastPass+ situation when you weren't initially able to get the FastPasses you wanted.

We were scheduled to go to Animal Kingdom on Easter Sunday (10/10 on the Undercover Tourist crowd calendar!), and even though I booked our passes close to 60 days in advance (we stayed at a Disney resort), I couldn't get passes for Avatar.

I booked for the N'avi River Journey instead, and periodically checked to see if Avatar passes had opened up. One day, I got lucky and there were passes available, so I dumped the N'avi River Journey passes and grabbed the Avatar passes.

On the day we went to the park, we made sure to arrive shortly after opening. (Tip: once you've gone through security at Animal Kingdom, you can enter the park either through the main entrance or through The Rainforest Cafe, which can be accessed from both inside and outside the park; we saved ten minutes by going through the restaurant gift shop instead of the park's main entrance!) We went straight to the N'avi River Journey and waited only 20 minutes to ride.

Good luck!

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Apr 15, 2018 at 10:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky!

Right, you are! With Toy Story Land opening soon, Midway Mania's queue is getting a bit of a makeover, so FastPass+ will temporarily be unavailable. FastPass+ availability changes will show immediately.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 10, 2018 at 4:31 p.m. Patti Says...

Hi, thanks for the tips! This is all so confusing! So first question, do the tickets have actual dates on them? We are staying off property, so wondering how "30 days" would start without dates. Second, can we link a friend to us that is purchasing tickets separately but going to the park at the same time?

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Apr 12, 2018 at 3:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patti,

The system (My Disney Experience) won't let you book FastPass+ reservations for dates that are further than 30 days out. Say you're planning on being in the parks starting June 11. Since it's only April 12, you won't be able to book any FastPass+ for the days you plan on being in the park since June 11 is more than 30 days out! Does that make sense?

Yes, you'll be able to link your friend to your account. They'll have to also create an account and you can send them an invitation to join your group!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 8, 2018 at 3:37 p.m. Susan Says...

I'm trying to make sense of the Fastpass options. First of all, if we are staying on property for a week do I get to schedule all fastpasses for the entire lenght of days when I reach the first day of the 60 days out or do I have to day by day schedule my passes as each day hits 60 days out?

Secondly, We have a party of 8 that involves a 3 year old who is not tall enough for a number of attractions. What is the most efficient use of fastpasses for my group?

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Apr 10, 2018 at 3:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan,

If you're staying on-site, then you'll be able to start making your FastPass+ reservations 60 days prior to your check-in date for the entire length of your stay. So, you can make all of the reservations for all of the days you'll be staying on-site at your Disney hotel. Hope this makes sense!

We recommend utilizing Rider Switch! Hop over to our post on Rider Switch for tips and information.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 4, 2018 at 8:43 p.m. Scott Says...

If I book 3 nights at a disney resort and get a 7 day ticket, can I reserve all 7 days of FP+ when the 60 day window opens up?

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Apr 6, 2018 at 12:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott!

Yes, sir!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 2, 2018 at 9:47 p.m. Marilyn Says...

Not staying off park. When I went to make my fast-pass selections in the 30 day window frame only night

rides were available. So can I still use same day fast past? Or will there be any!

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Apr 6, 2018 at 12:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marilyn!

Continue checking for FastPass+ reservations during the day! You may just be visiting at a very busy time. You can grab one additional FastPass+ at a time on the day of after using your initial three FastPass+ reservations.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 30, 2018 at 5:50 p.m. Stacy Says...

This is really great advice on planning your Fastpass+ strategy!

My biggest advice is to get up early to get those hard-to-get fasypasses+. Regardless if that means getting up at 4 AM if it lines up with 7 AM Orlando time, it is well worth it to get those hard to get ones! It is by no means foolproof, but definitely gives you a good shot to get on Avatar Flight of Passage!

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Mar 22, 2018 at 2:05 p.m. mike Says...

been to walt disney world before used magic bands. can we use the old bands. how does that work

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Mar 29, 2018 at 10:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

Yes, you can still use your old MagicBands! There's a code on the back of the bands that you'll just need to enter onto your My Disney Experience account to link with your tickets.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 20, 2018 at 10:26 a.m. Danielle Says...

Hey!

If we're flying out on April 25th mid morning, and staying off-site so have the 30 day window, so I'm unsure when will our FP+ become available to book?

I missed out on a few biggies last time so I'm keen to get first dibs on some of these, but getting a little confused as to when they will be open to book. Is it 4am GMT time on Monday 26th of March? If I go on at this time, will it only be available for that day in 30 days time? Not the whole two weeks that we are there straight away? I have my days planned but unsure if I can book all the fast passes as soon as the 30 days til we fly, or whether I will have to wake up each morning for two weeks to book in that day in 30 days time. (That's confusing...!) For example, we'll be going to MK on the 30th so will I have to book fast passes when it is 30 days before the 30th?

Thank you :)

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Mar 29, 2018 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle,

You are correct! You'll have to wait until 30 days out before each day of your trip that you'll be in the parks to reserve your FastPass+. So, if you're going to Magic Kingdom on the 30th, then you'll wait 30 days beforehand to book FastPass+ and then if you're going to (for an example) Epcot on the 1st, you'll wait 30 days before that date to book FastPass+. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

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Jan 23, 2018 at 12:47 p.m. Caroline Says...

I hope this question makes sense. I am trying to fully understand the child swap logistics.

We are traveling with 4 adults and 2 children. From last experience one or both have decided they don’t want to go on rides.

Question 1:

If we book a Fastpass for 2 adults and 1 child do we all go in the fast pass queue. Those 3 ride and the other 3 wait until they come off. They then take the child who won’t ride and the other two go on without using fast passes. Is this correct?

Question 2: what is said child decides to change their mind and wants to go on the ride after they see their sister (the guinea pug) has come through it alive? If we are doing a child swap can they not go on or once you are in the queue do the cast members at the top of the queue know/care?

Question 3:

There was a mention about getting passes that you can use later, can you explain about these please?

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Mar 26, 2018 at 6:50 p.m. Kristen Says...

I want to make sure I'm understanding the child swap...We will be traveling with 2 adults and 2 kids (7 and 5). Let say the 5 year old isn't going to ride 2 rides. If I, for example, book 2 fast passes for Seven Dwarfs and 2 for Space Mountain, and do a child swap - this would allow the 2 adults and 7 year old to ride both rides, while only using 4 fast passes?

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Jan 23, 2018 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caroline,

Question 1: The way we understand it, you should book the FastPass+ for 3 adults and 1 child. Then the whole group will go to the ride entrance. A Cast Member will scan the ticket for the supervising adult, adding some extra time cushion to their FastPass+. The first group will ride while the supervisor stays with the child, then once the first group returns, the supervisor can ride and take two guests with them (that could be people who have already ridden or people who waited with the supervisor. It doesn’t matter.)

Question 2: The supervisor can bring up to two guests. That child can be one of them. If you expect that to happen, make sure that others ride in the first party so there is room to bring that child in the party of three. Once you are in line, it will be challenging to catch up because the lines may be far inside a building with no cell signal or with many people between you, so make the decision on who is going before entering the line. If the child opts not to ride, we are sure one of the first party riders will be happy to go again instead.

Question 3: We aren't quite sure of the question! Could you clarify which passes you're asking about?

Keep hopping!

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Oct 20, 2017 at 2:28 p.m. Robyn Says...

I don't know if I have misses something or what. But it only allows me those 3 passes per day and no more after that. Even after I used one. I asked one of the workers and they said you are only allowed to have 3 and no more after that even if you used them all already :( I was a little sad about that. I even went to the Kiosk, when I scanned my band, it only showed up what my day plan was :( The member who was heloing me said the only to to maybe get more for the day is if customer relations had any type of special/promo going on but he did not hear of any other.This was at Epcot and Magic Kindom. I am going to try my luck at Hollywood Studios today!

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Oct 20, 2017 at 2:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robyn,

You may reserve 3 Fastpass+ attractions or shows at one theme park per day. After those 3 are used, you may book additional Fastpasses. Know that some experiences will run out of Fastpass+ near the end of the day.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 11, 2017 at 11:17 p.m. Samantha Says...

I am traveling as a family of 6 this December. Four adults, one child, and one infant. Theoretically, could I split the FP+ for the two Pandora rides and then child swap? Two adults + child FP+ for Navi River Journey, two adults for Flight of Passage, and then child swap both?

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Oct 12, 2017 at 7:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samantha,

Yes, that would work.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 28, 2017 at 4:15 p.m. Brian Says...

FYI, this comment is completely false: "it doesn't matter if you've already made a FastPass+ reservation for that ride". You cannot get a fast pass for the same ride more than once a day. I booked 3 fast passes, and after using all of them, and waiting until the time completely expired, I was unable to get fast passes for those rides again.

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Jan 31, 2017 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

Sorry to hear you weren't able to get additional Fastpasses. In our experience, we were not able to get additional FP+'s for attractions that we enjoyed that day because those Fastpasses were sold out.

Keep Hopping!

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Jan 13, 2017 at 2:19 p.m. Jason Herrington Says...

I have a family of 9 heading to Disney this spring. I have a couple of young children who will not be interested in a few of the bigger rides, can I use the take advantage of the child swap and then still split up my fast passes? Example, me and two of my older boys get a fast pass for space mnt and then my wife and other kids ride it with a child swap????

Thanks for all the info.

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Jan 13, 2017 at 2:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

While policies can change, yes you can split the FastPasses with child swap.

Keep Hopping!

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Oct 26, 2016 at 6:16 p.m. Amanda Says...

What happens if someone only makes 1 fastpass+ in advance? For example, at Epcot if someone only chooses 1 in the first group because they feel that the 2 in the second group never really have a line anyway. Then that day in the park, after they use that one in the first group will they be able to park-hop and make a 2nd? or will they be stuck for the whole day because they didn't complete 3 at Epcot?

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Nov 3, 2016 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

You would need to make three reservations in the first park even if you don't use them, then you can make your other reservations one at a time.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 4, 2016 at 4:24 a.m. Sarah Says...

what exactly does it mean to sign up one person in your party for a popular fast pass and " then copy over your selections to other party members?" i've seen this mentioned on this and other websites as a strategy and was wondering how and what you're copying to the other people in your party. i am traveling in November, staying on site with a group of 8. My FP day starts Tuesday and I'm trying to get it all together. I have the Disney experience account and have linked the 3 reservations for our group already, but half of us can start earlier based on our check-in dates. want to be able to get the same FastPasses for the other half of the group and thought this copying thing could ensure that possibly? thank you for all of your help and insight!

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Sep 20, 2016 at 2:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

After you have created a FastPass+ reservation or reservations, you then have the option to add others who are connected to you as friends and family. On the My Disney Experience site, you would click into "view details" on the FastPass+ selection you want to copy and then select "change party." From there, you would select additional friends and family to add to that reservation. Do note that it is based on availability, so it's possible that you will not get the selection you are hopping for, but Disney will attempt to get the closest match possible. If you copy these selections to each friend or family member separately, you may have better luck.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 7, 2016 at 4:04 p.m. Paul Says...

Taking my two, 8 & 10, to WDW for the first time this September 15-23. I am trying to keep this a surprise for as long as possible. This is my first time in 40 years and many things have changed. The dates will allow us to be in the parks 7 full days. Currently thinking 2 at AK, 3 at MK, 1 at E and 1 at HS. My son will be turning 11 on the 21st and a huge Star Wars fan. Plan on spending the whole day at HS on his birthday with Jedi training first thing in the morning.

This will be interesting as they both would prefer to stay up late and sleep in in the mornings.

We are not into the 'wild' rides so will be using our FP+ for other attractions. I have noticed you have a 2 day plan for MK. Do you have a 3 day plan? I was thinking of splitting MK in to three; Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and then the other three.

My daughter loves princesses, so meeting as many princesses is a high priority. She also loves giraffes. Getting her as close to one or even better would make her dreams come true.

I have already done all of my ADRs, 5 dinners and one breakfast. All character dinners so we can get as many character interactions.

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Jul 5, 2016 at 10:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paul,

We do not have a 3-day Magic Kingdom plan, but you could create your own using the app. You also may want to check out our brand-new Quick Start Guide for Disney World, which includes priority attractions for boys and girls.

Keep hopping!

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May 9, 2016 at 10:59 p.m. Jayana Says...

We are the fmly of 4, travelling to Disney 11th may onwards. I Hv made my fast pass selection quite in advance (as of now I Hv booked for 11, 12, 13, 16, 17th may). But now I want to change order of visiting (instead of 17th I would like to visit park on 15th). How can I change my selection and is it advisable to change it so late! Will I b able to get fast pass of my choice? TIA

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May 16, 2016 at 2 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jayana,

You will not be able to transfer, so you would need to start over. If you have some of the more popular rides, it's unlikely you would get them or the best times.

Keep hopping!

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May 6, 2016 at 11:10 p.m. Beth Says...

I'm making all the fast pass reservations for a family of 14, all rides at the same. If by chance the grandparents don't want to ride a coaster and take a rest and wait. Can a couple of the kids go again and use their fast passes/bands? Wont happen often but don't want to waste them.

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May 8, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth,

Yes, they can do this. They would just need to use their MagicBands or physical tickets.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 11, 2016 at 3:54 p.m. Tom Says...

Hi,

The FP is available 30 days before your visit, but what exact time? Is it available from midnight Florida time 30 days before? E.g. Visit on June 20th, availability from midnight on May 20th?

Thanks,

Tom

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Apr 25, 2016 at 12:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tom,

Your window opens at midnight Eastern 30 days in advance.

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Apr 10, 2016 at 11:56 a.m. Nicole Says...

I've heard that recently the rules have changed for fast pass+ and they now allow resort guests to use the app to book a 4th ride after the initial 3 are used and instead of the kiosk. Is that true? Thank you.

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Apr 25, 2016 at 12:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

Yes, it is. You need to upgrade to the newest version of the My Disney Experience app.

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Mar 20, 2016 at 6:32 p.m. sue Says...

My kids and I are going to disney, but each of os get 3 fast pass correct?

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Mar 28, 2016 at 10:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sue,

Yes!

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Jan 31, 2016 at 11:53 a.m. Chip Says...

Taking my wife who has never been to WDW and she is 50 but is as excited as a 5 year old. I have been several times with my kids but everything has changed in the past ten years. I can't figure out which are the best places to use fast pass in each of the parks. HELP!!!!

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Feb 10, 2016 at 11:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chip,

Awww. Sounds like it's going to be a great trip! We list our FastPass+ priorities on our touring plans:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/touring-plans/

Keep hopping!

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Jan 25, 2016 at 10:37 p.m. Pamela Says...

We are a family of 3 so get 9 fast passes. It is possible for us to split this so all 3 of us ride on one ride but split the remaining 6 fast passes into 2 people x 3 and either me or my husband will ride with our son. Means we would get 4 rides covered in total but effectively means our son is using one of our fast passes.

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pamela,

Yes, you can do this. You would just need to have your son wear your husband's or your band when you enter the FastPass+ queue.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 19, 2016 at 8:32 p.m. Courtney Says...

After your initial 3 fast passes, can you book your 4th through MDE or do you have to use a kiosk?

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Jan 20, 2016 at 8 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney,

You would need to use a kiosk for the 4th FastPass.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 8, 2016 at 11:16 a.m. stuart Says...

hi, we are trying to use the fast pass system for the seven dwarf ride and the frozen meet the characters at disney but as there is 11 of us it says its not available and says its on standby, we go in Feb and the kids would love to experience these two events, any help?

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Jan 8, 2016 at 11:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stuart,

Try to get the reservation just for one person and see if you can then copy the reservation to other people one by one. Keep in mind that you will not be able to have any other overlapping reservations (for the other people if you get the first one). I would keep trying. It will be hard to get FastPasses for that many of your group, but it's possible to get some of them. If any of the kids are too little for the ride, you could also use child swap, which potentially could help you out too.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 31, 2015 at 7:58 p.m. Renata Says...

I am traveling with a 11 month old and husbans. I was wondering for the rides that don't have child swapping can we both use the fast pass in different times or do we need to arrive together? Exemple, we both have a window to arrive at a ride between 4 and 5 pm. Can I arrive at 4 and he can go at 430 after I am done? Thanks

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Jan 5, 2016 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Renata,

Yes, you can do that. But do keep in mind that Disney will allow you to do a child swap on any ride that your little one doesn't want to go on - not just those with height requirements.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 19, 2015 at 6:07 a.m. Jan Says...

If I made a reservation for a ride for my whole family on the FP but a family member doesn't end up using it, is it possible that a different member can ride it twice using the unused FP reservation?

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Dec 21, 2015 at 7:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jan,

This is possible. That person would just need to wear the other person's MagicBand or use their ticket to tap the Mickey reader at the ride entrance.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 1, 2015 at 8:04 p.m. Kari Says...

We are going for the first time in May of 2016. I need help understanding the process. There are 10 of us going: do we all have to be connected on the same family and friends list for the fast passes? I know that we will want to do different things on some days, or do we have to be at the same parks/rides the whole time? Thanks for your help!

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Dec 1, 2015 at 2:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kari,

You should connect with everyone in your group on My Disney Experience. It will be easier for you to make changes for the group, but you'll still have the flexibility to make separate FastPasses for different parks when you want/need to.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 28, 2015 at 4:27 a.m. Jen Says...

To piggy back on my previous question: can we get 3 fast passes now, and then split up when we get there and get new different fast passes once those three are used?

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Nov 28, 2015 at 4:26 a.m. Jen Says...

Quick question: we have a large family group heading to Disney. Is there any way that half of us can get fast passes for the bigger rides, and the other half get the little kid rides? Or will ALL the fast passes be linked for the ENTIRE DAY since we bought the tickets together?

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Dec 1, 2015 at 3:52 a.m. DanneyMouse Says...

Jen: you can do what you are asking, but another option is that you could use someone else's Band for a second ride. Probably not feasible logistically in a large split-up group, but rather than the little ones wasting a FP on an attraction that doesn't really require a FP you could double up on BIG rides using their Band.

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Nov 30, 2015 at 7:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

You can all split your FastPasses as you wish. Far as your other question, when you've used your first three, you can all select a new FastPass, and they can all be different.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 10, 2015 at 4:04 a.m. John Says...

Can you get fast passes for both the day that you arrive in your Disney hotel and the day you leave your Disney hotel?

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Nov 18, 2015 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

FastPasses are for everyone, not just hotel guests. If you are staying on-site at a Disney hotel, you get to make your reservations earlier than those who are not at 60 days in advance of check-in.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 31, 2015 at 3:54 p.m. Brad Says...

A couple of other families we know are going to Disney the same time as we are at different places and so we have not decided whether to stay on or off property and currently have reservations at both. We have our park tickets already but it is more than 60 days until our trip.

If we make our Fast Pass + reservations on Day 60 before trip due to the Disney hotel reservation and then end up cancelling the Disney Hotel on, say, Day 15 before the trip (so within 30 days of trip), what will happen? Will our FastPasses stay because we are within 30 days anyway or will they disappear because we are not staying on property and they were made more than 30 days in advance?

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Aug 31, 2015 at 11:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brad,

I believe you will lose your FastPasses under that scenario. Maybe someone else can chime in with a similar experience.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 30, 2015 at 12:27 p.m. Jo Jo Says...

Slightly astounded by a few people's negativity! As others have rightly said this is a holiday so relax and enjoy it. Popular theme parks are busy, if you really want to do a particular ride or attraction you have to queue for it - get over it! If you can't be bothered to queue then just don't take the ride. The fact that there are any kind of possible queue-jumping possibilities at all is a bonus. Why shouldn't Disney reward the loyalty of those staying at their resorts with a little something extra? As someone else has said Universal do it. I think some people are giving a very distorted view on here which isn't fair on those currently planning trips that haven't been before. I've been to Disney several times including over Christmas and New Year - which is their absolute busiest time, especially Magic Kingdom - we weren't staying on site and due to a problem with our reservation numbers (our fault, not Disney's) we weren't able to book FastPasses until we got to the parks. I'd like to make it clear to anyone now panicking from reading a certain few's comments that this in no way spoiled our fun. With the exception of two rides we were able to get on every single ride/attraction/character visit that we wanted plus many more. There were still FastPasses available albeit the times were spread throughout the day (didn't bother us) and they weren't available for everything. But there was still availability for many rides. We booked what we could and slotted these in around everything else. As this website recommends, getting to the park for opening (which we did) meant that many of the rides in the Fanstasyland area (our favourite as I have two young daughters!) didn't have particularly long queues at all to begin with. As for the comments about the kiosks...just find a kiosk without queues! There's enough kiosks! We didn't queue at all (again like this website recommends) find kiosks towards the back of the park early on). I can't stress enough how busy the parks were on our last visit (the day before they closed admission by about 11 AM (Magic Kingdom) because they were full to capacity and it was still fine as long as you have the right attitude. This is a really good website with loads of great advice. Just take advice from the actual website and ignore the negatives. comments from people with very unrealistic expectations. Disney is fab and you will have an awesome time!!

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Aug 2, 2015 at 3:34 p.m. Tavia Hassani Says...

I totally agree with you JoJo...its all in the attitude! Disney is a magical place...even with long lines and lots of sweaty people. ..and if you dont lose sight of all the fun disney offers you will have an awesome time! !

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