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Guide to the Disneyland FASTPASS Service

by Leap on October 22, 2019 89 Los Angeles   Video

Guide to the Disneyland FASTPASS Service - PinterestHello frog friends! You may have hopped here looking for information on Disney MaxPass. This new optional FASTPASS paid add-on debuted in July 2017. While MaxPass is a great tool to maximize your time in the park, we’re focusing on the free, traditional paper FASTPASS distribution in this post. We are also sharing a few tricks our frog squad has learned from using MaxPass that can be applied to free FASTPASS below.

In other news, there may be changes ahead for the free FASTPASS system. As of Oct. 15, 2019, Disneyland is piloting a new centralized FASTPASS kiosk in Tomorrowland. During the pilot program, guests can collect digital FASTPASSes for Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and Star Tours from a touch screen. The new system will not print out a reminder ticket. This pilot program could be a sign of changes to come. But don't worry: Your froggy friends will update this post with any permanent FASTPASS changes if they occur. Read up on the new pilot program under So Long, Paper Disneyland FASTPASS Tickets below.

We're always looking for tips to make the most of our time at The Happiest Place on Earth. One of the best ways to save time and get the most of your trip is through the Disneyland FASTPASS service. It's FREE and available to all park guests.

While it can seem a little confusing at first, once you know how it works, it can mean the difference between a 10-minute wait (or less) and a two-hour wait. We like to think of it as one of our many tools for maximizing time at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure! With the information provided in this post, you can, too.

The Disneyland FASTPASS service allows you to skip the lines for some of your favorite attractions in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks. Today, we're walking you through all of the ins and outs of the Disneyland FASTPASS service. Let's jump right to it!

How to Use Disneyland FASTPASS Service

Guide to Disneyland FASTPASS - Radiator Springs Racers

A number of Disneyland Resort attractions (listed below) offer FASTPASS, which allows you to skip the regular line or reserve a spot at a show. To use the Disneyland FASTPASS service, all you need to do is:

  1. Go to the FASTPASS distribution kiosk at the attraction you want to ride to see the standby and FASTPASS return time (note that you can also check wait times and FASTPASS distribution times on the Disneyland mobile app before walking over).*
  2. If the return time works for you, insert your admission ticket into the FASTPASS machine and you will receive a FASTPASS return time reminder ticket.
  3. During your return time, visit the attraction's FASTPASS return entrance with your park admission ticket for scanning (this is usually near or next to the regular line).

*Some FASTPASS distribution kiosks are located in a different location than the actual attraction.

So Long, Paper Disneyland FASTPASS Tickets

Disneyland FASTPASS Paper Reminder - Haunted Mansion

Ever since the FASTPASS system was placed inside Disneyland, the printed FASTPASS tickets were your ticket to ride, so to speak. As of June 2017, the paper FASTPASS tickets became simply a reminder of your return window. They aren’t really necessary and may be phased out. The actual FASTPASS is digitally stored on your park ticket or annual pass, so you’ll scan your ticket or pass at the ride or attraction at the appointed return time.

For now, shows such as World of Color and Fantasmic! still use the paper FASTPASS system, so be sure to hold onto those FASTPASS tickets. The show FASTPASSes have recently gone digital, allowing Disney MaxPass users to make FASTPASS reservations for shows through the Disneyland mobile app without having to collect a ticket. Keep in mind that the shows are running out of FASTPASSes much faster each day due to this change.

Guide to the Disneyland FASTPASS Service - ChoicesAs mentioned, Disneyland is piloting a new FASTPASS distribution system that does not use the paper tickets. All FASTPASS reservations have been digitally linked to the park ticket for a while. This new system seems to be the next step in eliminating the paper reminder.

We hopped by to check out the new system being tested in front of Tomorrowland Theater. Besides phasing out paper tickets, the new pilot uses a single location to provide a choice of rides. The pilot FASTPASS distribution kiosk includes three Tomorrowland rides — Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and Star Tours.

Before you head to the FASTPASS distribution monitors, you can observe a display screen that shows the available rides and the return times that are currently being distributed there. Then, when you head to the FASTPASS distribution kiosks, the screens also display all of the rides and the return windows being distributed. That reminds us of being able to see all of the available times when we choose a FASTPASS through the MaxPass system. It is certainly an improvement over the current regular FASTPASS distribution machines. The old machines do not tell you the specific time before you collect a FASTPASS at the machine. (You usually have to view that time at the ride entrance, which may not be near the machine.) Being able to see multiple choices at once can help you choose wisely and maximize your time.

Guide to the Disneyland FASTPASS Service - FASTPASS Selection ScreenInsert your park ticket to scan it. The opening is large enough to accommodate either your park ticket/pass or the digital park ticket on your cell phone. You'll use the touch screen to select an attraction if the return time works for you. An image appears on the screen with the attraction name, return window and the time that another FASTPASS will be available to you. Repeat the process for each party member's ticket.

The machine does not print a paper reminder. You'll want to remember this information though. We highly suggest you record in one of two easy ways. Snap a pic of it on your phone or digital camera, or be sure to link your park ticket to the Disneyland app, and then the FASTPASS will appear under My Plans. (Note: If it does not appear right away, try closing the app and reopening it to get the FASTPASS to appear in the app.) When you go to the FASTPASS return entrance for an attraction, you can scan your park ticket or the FASTPASS from the app.

We suggest downloading the Disneyland app before your visit and linking your tickets before your visit or soon after entering the park. There are advantages to linking your park tickets in the Disneyland app. You can see all of your plans in one place. You can make cancellations, should you change your mind. If your ride closes during your return window, you'll be able to see a Replacement FASTPASS in the app and choose from the alternate ride choices — see tips below.

We do not know how long the pilot FASTPASS system will be in place, or when (or if) this new system may expand to other areas of the park. Keep hopping back for updates. In the meantime, the traditional system remains in place for all other FASTPASS rides and attractions.

Key Points of the Disneyland FASTPASS Service

Roger Rabbit Cartoon Spin - Disneyland FASTPASS Reminder

  • FASTPASS distribution is now available during early entry, but the availability can vary.
  • All members of your party must have FASTPASSes to use the FASTPASS return entrance, but it is not necessary for your entire party to enter the FASTPASS distribution line. It saves more time if one person in your group enters the queue and obtains FASTPASSes for your whole party. Your designated "FASTPASS runner" just needs to have all of your group's admission tickets to obtain return time tickets.
  • If you send a runner to get the FASTPASSes with everyone’s park tickets, keep in mind that all guests’ park tickets must have been used to enter the park that day. You cannot acquire a FASTPASS for someone still asleep at the hotel. First come, first served. Park Hoppers need to have entered a park for the day.
  • You cannot obtain another FASTPASS until the start of the return time for your current FASTPASS, or two hours since you obtained the FASTPASS have passed. It states on the FASTPASS at what time you will be eligible to acquire another FASTPASS.
  • If your return time is less than 30 minutes away from when you acquire a FASTPASS, you will be eligible to acquire the next FASTPASS after 30 minutes.
  • You can acquire another FASTPASS for a different ride even if you have not used the first FASTPASS, as long as you are eligible.
  • When an attraction is closed, the FASTPASS distribution is sometimes closed during that time, but not always.
  • The FASTPASS distribution machines at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are on a closed grid, which means if you hold a ticket for a ride in one park and are not eligible to acquire another ticket for another hour, you won't be able to acquire a ticket in the other park, either ,until that waiting period has ended.
  • If Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge hits capacity, you can join boarding groups at various FASTPASS distribution machines. It's kind of like a FASTPASS for entering the land. You can check the status of your boarding group number at signs around the park and near the land entrance.

Disneyland FASTPASS Tips

  • Some rides distribute FASTPASSes more quickly than others. Space Mountain at Disneyland and Radiator Springs Racers and Toy Story Midway Mania! at Disney California Adventure often run out of FASTPASSes early in the day.
  • Many rides at Disney California Adventure run through their FASTPASS distribution very quickly, so utilize them in the morning before they run out. Disneyland Park usually has many more FASTPASS choices available later in the evening.
  • Grizzly River Run, Goofy’s Sky School, Haunted Mansion (but not Haunted Mansion Holiday), Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin (when there’s no fireworks that night) and “it’s a small world” can usually be your lowest priority FASTPASS acquisitions. They are often still distributing return times in the afternoon and evening.
  • Download the free Disneyland app. Use it to check ride wait times and current FASTPASS distribution return times before walking over to the distribution area.
  • Link your ticket to the Disneyland app to be able to manage your FASTPASSes. You can view FASTPASSes, cancel them, scan in at the FASTPASS return from your phone and keep track of Rider Switch and/pr multiple experience/ride closure FASTPASSes from the app. From the app’s home screen, click My Tickets, the plus sign at the upper right corner, then Link Tickets & Passes. You scan the barcode for the pass or ticket. Then, you can manage your FASTPASS reservations. This is such an improvement over the old days where you could not change your mind and cancel a FASTPASS.
  • Acquire your second pass (even if you have not used your first one yet). In the morning, plan to use your FASTPASS near the end of the return window (you can arrive up to 10 minutes late) and take advantage of the shorter morning lines for rides that do not offer FASTPASS.
  • Don't use FASTPASS if the standby queue is 30 minutes or less. That being said, we sometimes grab a FASTPASS for a short wait anyway because it makes the wait even shorter. We love skipping lines!
  • FASTPASS distribution can run out, and frequently does during peak times for the most popular attractions.
  • The FASTPASS return time is strictly enforced. You will need to return within the designated return time in order to enter the FASTPASS queue. (You can usually use your FASTPASS up to 5 minutes early or up to 10 minutes late.)
  • FASTPASSes only are valid on the day they are issued.
  • Always look at your FASTPASS return tickets after you've printed them. Verify that each of your party members has received FASTPASSes for the same return window. If you pull your next FASTPASS too soon after obtaining your previous FASTPASSes, you will be printed a ticket that says you are not yet eligible to obtain the FASTPASS.
  • A number of FASTPASS attractions also offer Single Rider lines, which are usually just as short as FASTPASS and do not have time restrictions. If your party members are at least 7 years old and don’t mind being separated on the ride itself, this is the way to go! Keep in mind that if the Single Rider line gets too long, they will close it temporarily. Radiator Springs Racers and Space Mountain are our favorite go-to Single Rider lines. The Matterhorn tops the list, too. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run has a Single Rider line, but the FASTPASS lines are not operating yet.
  • Consider a Buddy Pass for Toy Story Midway Mania or Monsters Inc. to shorten the wait. The Buddy Pass is similar to a Single Rider line for small parties of one or two guests to fill empty rows for these rides. (Two adults and a small child may also fit.) You do not get special requests for seating and these passes are subject to availability. Larger parties will be separated.
  • Pick up a FASTPASS for a show like Fantasmic! or World of Color early. FASTPASS for World of Color is distributed near The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure. This the best (FREE!) way to ensure you get preferred viewing for this popular show. If you are park hopping and want to hop back into California Adventure for the last showing of World of Color, be sure to pick up a FASTPASS for it in the first hour of the day. They may require you to have a valid ticket and FASTPASS to get back into the park, especially if showtime is right at park closing.
  • Obtaining a show FASTPASS will not affect your ability to acquire a ride FASTPASS. The systems are disconnected from each other.
  • If you have a baby, toddler or preschooler who is under 3 years old but able to see a show or go on a FASTPASS ride, you do not need a FASTPASS for him or her. Children under 3 do not have a ticket to put into the machine. Just tell the ride attendant, and he or she will wave you through as long as everyone else has valid FASTPASSes.
  • If you are traveling with a child who does not meet the height requirement for a ride, you can combine Rider Switch with FASTPASS.
  • Guests using Disability Access Service (DAS) can also utilize FASTPASS. When traveling with our niece who uses DAS, we schedule rides that don’t have FASTPASS with DAS. We obtain FASTPASSes for eligible rides.
  • Some members of your party might use MaxPass. Sometimes one person purchases MaxPass so the group can enjoy the included PhotoPass downloads. If some members of your party use MaxPass while the others use free FASTPASS, you should all use the FASTPASS distribution machines. This will ensure you all get the same return window. The person with MaxPass may have a shorter window to wait before they are eligible to obtain a new FASTPASS. (MaxPass' longest wait is 90 minutes vs. 120 minutes for regular FASTPASS users.) Go by the longest waiting period in the group so that you can all obtain the next FASTPASSes at the same time.

Disneyland Park FASTPASS Attractions

Disneyland Single Rider Line - Disneyland FASTPASS - Matterhorn Bobsleds

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters
  • Fantasmic! (disconnected from the FASTPASS system; distributed near Frontier Landing in Frontierland)
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday
  • "it's a small world" (distributed near the Matterhorn)
  • “it’s a small world” Holiday (distributed near the Matterhorn)
  • Indiana Jones Adventure (also offers Single Rider line)
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds (also offers Single Rider line)
  • Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain (also offers Single Rider line)
  • Splash Mountain (also offers Single Rider line)
  • Star Tours - The Adventures Continue

Note that the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge rides, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (now open) and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (opening Jan. 17, 2020) will not initially offer FASTPASS. The signage and queue are already in place for when they join the FASTPASS lineup! In the meantime, enjoy the Single Rider line at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. But be sure to wait in the regular queue at least once for cool scenery and elements that are key to the ride's storyline.

If you hold a FASTPASS, but the ride is temporarily closed until the end of your return window — breakdowns do occur — then your FASTPASS becomes a Replacement FASTPASS. Present your park ticket at another FASTPASS attraction in that same park to use it in place of your missed reservation. This is the only way you can use your FASTPASS outside of your one-hour window. You can use it any time that same day in that same park until park closing.

There is a new tiered system in place for Replacement FASTPASS. If you have a FASTPASS for a Tier 1 ride, such as Space Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Toy Story Midway Mania or Radiator Springs Racers, you can use your Replacement FASTPASS for any of those rides (in the same park) OR for any other FASTPASS ride in the same park. All other FASTPASS rides are considered Tier 2. If you hold a FASTPASS for a Tier 2 ride and it breaks down, you can only use the Replacement FASTPASS to ride another Tier 2 ride in the same park, not Tier 1 rides.

Disney California Adventure FASTPASS Attractions

Incredicoaster Distribution - Disneyland FASTPASS

  • Goofy's Sky School (also offers Single Rider line)
  • Grizzly River Run (also offers Single Rider line)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark (at Halloween Time)*
  • Incredicoaster (also offers Single Rider line)
  • Radiator Springs Racers (NEW DISTRIBUTION LOCATION behind Ramone’s House of Body Art and Flo’s V8; also offers Single Rider line)
  • Soarin' Around the World
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!
  • World of Color (disconnected from the FASTPASS system; distributed near The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure)

*Note that during Halloween Time, Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission BREAKOUT! runs from park opening until about 4:00 p.m. (Keep in mind that everything is shifted an hour earlier for Oogie Boogie Bash party nights). The ride closes and reopens at 5:00 p.m. as the Monsters After Dark version. Keep your eye on the FASTPASS distribution that day. FASTPASS return windows until 3:00 p.m. are for the daytime version. FASTPASS return windows beginning at 5:00 p.m. are for Monsters After Dark. However, all FASTPASSes for that ride will say Guardians of the Galaxy.

We hope you've found this information on the Disneyland FASTPASS service helpful as you plan your visit to Disneyland. Have a FASTPASS tip or question we haven't covered? Share it in comments below! 

Related: Disneyland MaxPass Guide

Related: Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

Related: Getting the Scoop on Disneyland Mobile Order

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Oct 31, 2019 at 10:40 a.m. Jose Manuel-JrJoey Galvan Says...

I got a question how do I purchase or get a FASTPASS for Disneyland and California adventures for two adults?

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Oct 31, 2019 at 7:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jose!

We are hoppy to help! Disneyland and California Adventure offer two ways to get FASTPASS. There are free kiosks throughout the park, where you insert your ticket and receive a return time (keep in mind that for high-priority rides like Radiator Springs Racers that FASTPASSes do run out). There is also a paid FASTPASS option called MaxPass. You can read more about that here, but if you're interested in MaxPass, you can either purchase tickets that include MaxPass in advance, or upgrade through the Disneyland app once you enter the turnstiles. With MaxPass, you book all of your FASTPASS reservations through the app throughout the day. Have fun!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 27, 2019 at 2:18 p.m. Jenny Barker Says...

If I have a park hopper with max pass, can I make a fastpass reservation for a CA ride if I am standing in the MK?

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Sep 30, 2019 at 9:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny!

As long as you have a park hopper, you can make a FASTPASS reservation in either park (even for California Adventure if you're standing in Disneyland Park!).

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 18, 2019 at 9:04 p.m. Mary Says...

Hi! I have a question, I'm going to Disneyland next year and I will buy my tickets in the gate that day, can I buy FASSTPASS there? I mean the MaxPass (because you can't buy FASSTPASS unless you buy Maxpass right?) Or once I buy my ticket that day, I need to get Maxpass through the app?

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Sep 20, 2019 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

You can purchase MaxPass in the park using the Disneyland app once you're there. You can also purchase MaxPass ahead of time with a bundled ticket. MaxPass is a paid service, though the free paper FASTPASS system is still in place at Disneyland. To use the free system, you'll just need to insert your paper ticket into the FASTPASS kiosk to receive a return time. We hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 2, 2019 at 6:54 p.m. Mary K Says...

I purchased e-tickets and Disney already has them tied to my account, visible in the Disney app. When I scan the e-ticket at the gate, will the paper ticket they give me have the same number on it? Will the app automatically know the new paper ticket assignment, or do I have to scramble to add that to the app to start using MaxPass?

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Sep 3, 2019 at 1:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

The ticket will have the same number. You will not need to do anything else if your tickets already have MaxPass. If you still need to purchase MaxPass, you can do it through the app with the ticket that is already loaded. Hold onto the paper ticket so you can use that to scan in for rides!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 21, 2019 at 2:42 p.m. Geoff Says...

Hi there - great content. Question on the fastpass kiosks, are they all digital now or do you still need a physical ticket to inset to get your fastpass window. Thanks

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Jul 22, 2019 at 2:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Geoff!

Thanks for hopping by! Most kiosks still require you to enter your physical ticket, so be sure to hang onto it!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 12, 2019 at 8:06 p.m. Samantha Says...

Thank you for your blog and this article. I have a question about DCA Fast Passes. Can I go get a Fast Pass in the morning for a ride, Anna & Elsa's Royal Welcome, Frozen: Live at the Hyperion, and World of Color all at the same time or would I need to get them each separately and then get the next one once the other's were used? Thank you.

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Jul 15, 2019 at 4:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samantha!

You no longer need FASTPASSes for Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome and Frozen: Live at the Hyperion. You just show up for those. But you can hold World of Color and a ride FASTPASS with no problem. The the show FASTPASSes do not affect the ability to collect ride FASTPASSes. Enjoy!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 25, 2019 at 3:40 a.m. Laurel Says...

Hiya - little confused - probably because I am blonde..

As below, you have that you cannot obtain a FASTPASS if you already have one for a ride, but then you have further down, that you can obtain a FASTPASS for a different ride even if you have a FASTPASS currently issued and waiting to be used...

So.. can you confirm is it that you can't get a 2nd FASTPASS for the same ride until after 2 hour period, but can get a FASTPASS for different rides during your wait time... or have i got that completely wrong... Help :-)

You cannot obtain another FASTPASS until the start of the return time for your current FASTPASS or two hours since you obtained the FASTPASS have passed. It states on the FASTPASS at what time you will be eligible to acquire another FASTPASS.

If your return time is less than 30 minutes away from when you acquire a FASTPASS, you will be eligible to acquire the next FASTPASS after 30 minutes.

You can acquire another FASTPASS for a different ride even if you have not used the first FASTPASS, as long as you are eligible.

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Jun 26, 2019 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laurel!

We are right there with you - we aren't blonde, but we are green, and even we get confused about the system sometimes! :) To answer your question, you cannot hold two FASTPASSes for the same ride at the same time for the same person, ever. Even if you are eligible to reserve another ride, you have to select a different ride until you scan in for the first ride. As soon as you scan your ticket at the FASTPASS Return entrance, you can immediately reserve that same ride again (as long as you eligible to reserve a ride). Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 11, 2019 at 3:10 a.m. bron Says...

wow - this is so helpful/amazing. i have had a skim read .. and will look closer tonight. so a travel agent booked my tickets. i have a voucher and need to collect tickets at the gate. therefore i think it's not possibly to link my tickets to the app at the moment. is that a disadvantage?? is there ANY way you can book fastpasses in advance (we won't be there till July). it doesn't sound like you can. but my neighbour said they did?? (ie booked before entering the park).

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Jun 12, 2019 at 7:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bron!

At Disneyland, FASTPASSes can't be collected until you enter the turnstiles of the park, so you should be toadally fine! If you were heading to Disney World, where FastPass+ reservations are booked out in advance, we'd recommend that you contact your travel agent to see if she had the code you need to link to the app :) Have a frogtastic trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 24, 2019 at 11:58 p.m. LESLEE WARWICK Says...

If you have a hopper ticket and go between DCA and Disneyland do I have to purchase a fastpass for each park each day? We want to possible Fastpass the colors show and fantasmic the same night?

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May 28, 2019 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leslee!

FASTPASSES are toadally free at Disneyland Resort, so as long as you have park hoppers, you'll be able to hop between both parks and get access to the FASTPASS line! The paid option, MaxPass, also allows for you to try to get FASTPASSES for shows, but you'd only need to pay the standard rate, which would then apply to both parks since you've got a hopper. The trick with shows is that the times vary depending on the night you're visiting. For example, tonight Fantasmic! has showtimes at 9 and 10:30; Mickey's Mix Magic is on at 9:30 (which will make navigating Main Street a little tricky); and World of Color is showing at 9. If you were heading there tonight, we'd advise you to start with World of Color, then hop to the later showing of Fantasmic! There won't be much time between the shows, though, so make sure you've got your walking shoes on! You can check out the schedule of events here for more showtimes. Have a frogtastic trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 16, 2019 at 6:15 p.m. Patty Says...

Is there a way to add max pass to 14yr olds disney ticket? She is there with her school.

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Mar 18, 2019 at 4:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patty!

The only way to add this is through the Disneyland app on a smart phone; if she has a phone with her and is able to open up the app and link her ticket, she can upgrade from there.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 15, 2019 at 5:40 a.m. Donna Says...

hi, I noticed above you said some fastpasses available when the fireworks aren't on. Do they not do the fireworks every night at Disneyland? we are going from Monday 8th April to Thursday 12th April. Please tell me the fireworks will be on these nights. Thanks

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Mar 15, 2019 at 10:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna!

The new nighttime spectacular, Mickey's Mix Magic, will run every night - but fireworks that accompany the show only run on select nights. You can find the schedule here, but hoppy news for you - it looks like Mickey's Mix Magic will include fireworks on each day of your visit :) Enjoy!

Keep hopping!

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Mar 13, 2019 at 1:02 p.m. Dana Says...

Hi! I purchased e-tickets to Disneyland through UT, but I am trying to figure out how the tickets would work for the FastPass kiosks in the park. Is there a way to scan the barcode from a phone or printed e-ticket?

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Mar 15, 2019 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dana!

Your e-tickets allow you to go straight to the gate. Upon entry you will be given physical tickets that can be used for the FastPass kiosks.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 11, 2019 at 4:20 p.m. Maggiemay Says...

Thank you so much for this amazing blog!! So so helpful. We’re planning our first ever trip to disney (Disneyland and DCA) with a 2.5 and 4.5 yr old. Do you recommend we get the max passes? Are there any hotels that get access to FastPass 60 days in advance? And we’re going in June, is it best to avoid grad nights around those times? Thank you so much!!

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Mar 11, 2019 at 3:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maggie!

Great question! At Disneyland, the FASTPASSes booked through MaxPass are reserved same-day (no booking ahead like you do at Disney World!). We highly recommend MaxPass during your visit, as Galaxy's Edge will open at the end of May, and those FASTPASSes will help you to mitigate the crowds (plus, all of your photo downloads will be included in the cost!)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 12, 2019 at 12:23 a.m. Brenda Baer Says...

Great information. Have been to Disneyland in the past but there are some great tips here to help us maximize our time.

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Feb 12, 2019 at 7:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

So glad you found it hopful, Brenda! Thanks for taking the time to let us know :)

Keep hopping!

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Jun 15, 2018 at 8:07 p.m. Wayne Says...

We aren't arriving until 3PM for DCA. Is it possible to get a fastpass prior to entering the park? If not, sounds like MaxPass would be a bad idea to use for that day.

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Jun 19, 2018 at 12:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wayne!

That is correct - you are not able to book a FastPass until you have entered the park.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 4, 2018 at 4:53 p.m. Bebe Says...

Where do you setup fastpass online? on this site?

Just ordered tickets today, have confirmation and read where you enter all the members of your party. But where? Lots of instructions but no buttons to push ;) Help please!

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Jun 4, 2018 at 11:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You can visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com to create a MyDisneyExperience account, book FastPass+ and dining reservations. Enjoy the planning process ... it's our favorite part!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 4, 2018 at 2:09 a.m. Kara Says...

Can you get a fast pass for fantastic or WOC using maxpass, or do you have to get the traditional paper fastpass?

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Jun 6, 2018 at 11:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kara!

You use traditional paper Fast Pass for shows like World of Color and Fantasmic!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 21, 2018 at 10:53 p.m. Melanie Says...

Great advice

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May 2, 2018 at 7:44 a.m. Ann Connors Says...

We are going to Disneyland & Cal Adventure 6/2018. We have an infant and 7yr old with 4 adults. Would Max pass be advantageous? Seems as though its primarily for more of the "thrill rides" yet we would get the photo op advantage.

I thought I read the Max Pass cannot be used for Fantasmic or other shows like that- is this correct?

Do you know the current price of this pass?

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May 3, 2018 at 1:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ann!

We find the MaxPass worth it for the photos alone! But with four adults and a 7-year-old, we think you'd absolutely get your money's worth through all of the time you save not waiting in line.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 12, 2018 at 2:54 a.m. Mich Says...

Hi. If you get a fastpass for FANTASMIC do I still have to wait 2 hours for another fastpass or because it is disconnected from the fastpass system can I then also get another fastpass for a ride?

Thanks :)

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Apr 17, 2018 at 9:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mich,

Nope, you are free to grab another FASTPASS immediately after obtaining your Fantasmic FASTPASS!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 5, 2018 at 9:57 p.m. Lynell Tiller Says...

I'm confused on one thing. If I go to a ride and get a FASTPASS, I can't go to a different ride and get another FASTPASS until the time on the ticket indicates I can, correct? Or can I run around getting FASTPASSES for as many rides I want when I get to the park? Just not the same ride twice in a row (until time indicated)? Which is it?

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Feb 7, 2018 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynell!

You can collect multiple FastPasses within the given time. When going on the same ride twice, you have to use the first FP first before making a new reservation to go on the same ride again.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 27, 2018 at 4:41 p.m. Carmen Says...

Our experience is that through the app We havent been able to get an additional fast pass until we have used the previous one. Is this different in any way if you go pick them up in person? Can a person actually go pick many fast passes (for different rides) in the morning one after the other without having to use the first attraction’s fast passes first?

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Jul 30, 2018 at 8:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carmen!

You always have to either wait the designated time allotted to you, OR use the previous FastPass before getting another.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 8, 2018 at 4:39 p.m. Lynell Tiller Says...

Thank you for the article, very helpful!

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Jan 11, 2018 at 10:07 p.m. Anna Says...

Can you get a fast pass for WOC and Fantastic in the same day?

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Jan 12, 2018 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna,

Yes, you can! You just have to retrieve the paper Fastpass from each location, and be sure the shows don't overlap.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 27, 2017 at 4:04 a.m. Alex Says...

Are Fantasmic! and WOC still disconnected from the main systems?

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Jul 23, 2017 at 8:27 p.m. Rachel Says...

Do you have an idea how long the "introductory" price on the fastpass max will last before it goes up?

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Jul 24, 2017 at 11:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

We aren't sure yet on how long the introductory price will last.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 8, 2017 at 8:33 p.m. Esther Says...

Hi, we'll be in orlando july 17-21....would like to visit magic kingdom...any days expected to be more quiet than others? They told us we could obtain entry tickets but no longer fastpass...is that true? If we can get them...where? And which attractions for small kids (7 and 5) will be most crowded?

Thanks a lot!

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Jul 9, 2017 at 8:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Esther,

Check out our Crowd Calendar that includes recommendations on what parks to visit. Fastpass+ is available for all guests. Our post has all the info. Fantasyland will have the best attractions for you kids, but it will be crowded. Use our Park Plan to make the most of your visit.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 28, 2017 at 8:41 p.m. cristin amandeville Says...

Where are the fastpass distribtion located? where do i get them. I cant seem to see in the map.

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Jun 29, 2017 at 7:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cristin,

FASTPASS distribution is located next to, or near the individual attractions that offer it. There are some exceptions, such as Radiator Springs Racers. you can pick those up near It's Tough to be A Bug.

Hoppy planning!

Leap

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Jun 8, 2017 at 6:04 a.m. Tana Says...

We are headed to Disneyland tomorrow. Is there a mobile app fir fast passes? Are they available for purchase yet?

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Jun 8, 2017 at 7:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tana,

Disneyland's Maxpass is not yet available.

Keep Hopping!

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Jun 5, 2017 at 7:08 a.m. Jesse Says...

Me and my gf have two day park hopper tickets. We wanted to see the World of Color show one night but still go on rides throughout the day at disneyland before the show. Would we not be able to get fastpasses for Disneyland if we already got the fastpass for WoC? How fast do the fastpasses for WoC usually run out?

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Jun 5, 2017 at 12:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jesse,

World of Color is not connected to the system so you will be able to get other Fastpasses throughout the day. We suggest getting your WOC Fastpass first thing in the morning.

Keep Hopping!

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May 15, 2017 at 7:11 p.m. Monica Says...

Hello, I read somewhere that Disney has changed their fast pass system and that you are no longer able to hold a fastpass at Disneyland and California at the same time because all the machines are connected now. Do you know if this is true?

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May 15, 2017 at 3:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Monica,

Yes, this is true. We experienced this personally a few weeks ago.

Keep Hopping!

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May 13, 2017 at 6:11 p.m. Ryan Says...

We are a family of 4 going to Disneyland, DCA June 13th & 14th. Is it allowed to have double entry tickets per person to utilize on Fast pass system?

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May 14, 2017 at 5:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ryan,

Hmmm... that's not something we familiar with. Perhaps one of our readers knows!

Keep Hopping!

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May 14, 2017 at 5:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ryan,

Hmmm... that's not something we familiar with. Perhaps one of our readers knows!

Hoppy Planning!

Leap

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Mar 7, 2017 at 7:14 p.m. Stacey Says...

Can my family be in Disneyland park while our fast pass runner is getting our fast passes in Disneyland California Adventure?

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Mar 7, 2017 at 1:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacey,

Yes, just make sure your runner has all of the admission tickets and FASTPASSSES!

Keep Hopping!

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Aug 11, 2016 at 9:17 p.m. Tony Says...

How do I get the tickets that can be inserted into the kiosk machines for fastpasses? I only have disney tickets on my phone and I have also printed them out on paper. How can this work?

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Aug 17, 2016 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tony,

No worries, when you enter the park they will hand you a ticket that can be used in FastPass machines. Be sure to hold on to that ticket.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 12, 2016 at 3:17 a.m. Cassnadra Says...

What time does the distribution of fast passes stop at?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 12:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cassandra,

When they run out.

Keep hopping!

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May 16, 2016 at 9:26 p.m. Jason Says...

I've read that all members of the party need to be in the park to get a fastpass; so you can't send one person early in the morning to start getting all the passes for everyone.

I am wondering if this same issue happens between the parks. So if everyone enters Disneyworld we could start getting fastpasses there no problem...

Would it then be possible to have just one person go to California adventure to get those fastpasses, or would everyone have to at least enter the California park (they wouldn't be able to stay in the Disneyworld park)?

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May 20, 2016 at 9:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

Yes, everyone needs to have entered the park for the ticket to work in the FastPass machine. One person can run to the machine once you are all in the park, but the tickets won't work unless they have bee activated by the front gate. Trust us, we have tried!

Keep hopping!

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Jan 6, 2016 at 1:22 a.m. melody Says...

this has been a big help...we are two grandmas wanting to bring two young granddaughters to park for one day and now we are feeling better about it.

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Jan 6, 2016 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melody,

So glad we could help! Let us know how it goes.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 20, 2015 at 3:38 a.m. Jodi Says...

Any tips on the Dusneyland Parades? How early do I need to arrive, and are there preferred locations?

A Christmas Fantasy Parade 2:00 and 4:30

Paint the Night parade 8:45

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Nov 30, 2015 at 9:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodi,

Usually if you want front row, you need to be in place at least an hour to an hour and a half in advance. Less if you are OK standing behind people. For Paint the Night, I would pick my spot based on where I would like to see the fireworks, because it is really hard to navigate the park before fireworks. If you want a castle or Main Street location, start keeping your eye on people claiming spots 90 to 120 minutes in advance. For Small World, you can go less than an hour. There are raised areas and steps on the right side of the street (when facing Small World) that offer a good view of the parade that you can often get 15 to 30 minutes before the parade (perhaps longer if it is really crowded that day). Small World is much less crowded, close to the fireworks and easier to see the projection. But it does not give you the iconic castle view or flying Tinker Bell.

Generally, first parades start at Small World and end by the park entrance and the later shows flow the opposite way.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 30, 2015 at 2:14 a.m. LILY Says...

Hi! Great article. I am heading disney for january, Do i need to stay in one of their resorts in order to have the fast pass? because this time I am staying at a hotel outside disney. Thank you very myc

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Oct 30, 2015 at 9:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lily,

You do not need to stay on-site to use FASTPASS — it is free for all park-goers!

Keep hopping!

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Oct 20, 2015 at 9:09 p.m. zooey Says...

Thank you for answering everything

I have one question so if i get a FastPass for one ride i can't get another one for a different ride? right?

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Oct 21, 2015 at 7:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Zooey,

Generally this is true, but there are some rides that are "disconnected" from the rest of the system, and of course if you park hop, you can hold a pass from each park at one time.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 3, 2015 at 6:25 p.m. Kamal Says...

Help, please!

My wife and I are bringing 5 kids (17, 16, 14, 13 and 11) to Disneyland for a day - yikes! My wife and the kids have never been, and I haven't been in a LONG time. A little confused as to how to tackle the day with the FastPasses and all - ANY help with a suggested itinerary will be welcomed! Thanks very much!

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Aug 3, 2015 at 2:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kamal,

We've got touring plans for both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to help you out!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 6, 2015 at 3:48 a.m. Robin Says...

We are so excited to be returning to Disneyland and California Adventure after a THREE YEAR ABSENCE! Wondering if we are able to get simultaneous Fast Passes for Radiator Springs, World of Color and Anna/Elsa? Thank you for any advice to help us make the most of this magical trip!!!

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Jun 8, 2015 at 1:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin,

Yes, as of this writing, you would be able to get FastPasses for each of these at the same time.

Keep hopping!

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May 16, 2015 at 7:02 a.m. Chris Says...

So I am confused the FASTPASS is free ? And if it is I insert my day ticket and get a time limit so if I get a fast pass at 3pm and the return is at 6pm and I return it at time can I get another FASTPASS ?

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May 19, 2015 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris,

Yes. FASTPASS is free. When you insert your park ticket, you get a FASTPASS with a specified return time. You can get another FASTPASS when either two hours have passed or your current FASTPASS time window begins.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 16, 2015 at 2:17 p.m. Jenni Says...

I thought California Screamin was also disconnected from the Fastpass system? Thank you!

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Feb 8, 2015 at 4:22 a.m. Sophia Says...

Thanks for the tips! Does the Anna & Elsa's Royal Welcome FastPass distribution begin at the start of early entry/extra magical hours? That's what it said on touringplans.com, but would like confirmation if possible - it will change our strategy if this is true!

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Feb 10, 2015 at 11:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Sophia,

The procedures are subject to change, but they are available during early entry. Keep in mind, too, that these Fastpasses are not connected to the rest of the Fastpass system as of now.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 22, 2015 at 10:12 a.m. Ian Says...

So I discovered that I had to insert my park ticket with the magnetic strip facing upwards for the kiosk to work.

Also is the reason you can obtain a FASTPASS either once previous FASTPASS reservation window opens OR 2 hrs after issuance because if the previous FASTPASS reservation is for a really really popular ride that reservation window maybe 7 hrs from time of issuance. Thus the 2hr rule ensures you are not penalized and can obtain additional FPs?

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Jan 22, 2015 at 3:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ian,

Thanks for the tip! I assume you are right about the reason for the 2-hour rule, although there is no official word on this ;)

Keep hoppin'

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