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Guide to the Disneyland FASTPASS Service

Disneyland FASTPASS - Toy Story Midway Mania! LEAP'S NOTE - Hi. You may have hopped here looking for information on Disney MaxPass. This new optional FASTPASS add-on will debut July 19, 2017. 

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 experience the most popular attractions and shows is through the Disneyland FASTPASS Service. It's FREE and available to all park guests.

While it initially can seem a little confusing, 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

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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 of the attraction you want to ride to see the standby and FASTPASS return time.*
  2. If the return time works for you, insert your admission ticket into the FASTPASS machine and you will receive a FASTPASS return time ticket.
  3. During your return time, visit the attraction FASTPASS entrance with your park admission ticket. The Cast Member will scan your ticket.

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

So Long Paper Disneyland FASTPASS Tickets

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, paper FASTPASS tickets are being phased out. Instead your park tickets or annual passes are used to obtain FASTPASSes and scanned at the ride or attraction at the appointed return time. The paper printed out at the FASTPASS kiosk serves as a reminder of your return time.

This shift sets the stage for Disney MaxPass, which will require guests to use the Disneyland app to take advantage of this optional, paid add-on.

Key Points of the Disneyland FASTPASS Service

Disneyland FASTPASS - Radiator Springs Racers

  • FASTPASS is not available during early entry, and FASTPASS distribution does not begin until the parks' regular opening hours. This is why on days with Extra Magic Hour at Disney California Adventure, you will often see the early entrants lining up at the FASTPASS distribution area for Radiator Springs Racers right before the park officially opens.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When an attraction is closed, they close the FASTPASS distribution during that time.
  • The FASTPASS distribution machines at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are on a closed grid, which means you may only have one FASTPASS from either park at one time.

Disneyland FASTPASS Tips

  • Some rides distribute FASTPASSES more quickly than others. Space Mountain at Disneyland and Radiator Springs Racers and Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure often run out of FASTPASSES early in the day.
  • Obtain your first FASTPASS upon entering the park. Note your one-hour window return times, and also note the time that you can acquire your next FASTPASS. Then go on rides that do not offer FASTPASS in the meantime.
  • 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 (but don’t be 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 25 minutes or less. That being said, we sometimes grab a FASTPASS for a short wait anyway. Thunder Mountain is one of our favorite rides and we love to ride it twice. Sometimes the standby wait is 25 minutes and the FASTPASS return time is also 25 minutes. We have been known to grab a FASTPASS, wait in line to ride it and when we exit the ride, we can use our FASTPASS to ride it again without waiting. And we are free to grab another FASTPASS for another ride, so it does not affect using FASTPASS for other rides. If we have a few minutes to spare, we send a runner to grab FASTPASSES for a nearby ride before hopping on Thunder Mountain again.
  • 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.
  • FASTPASSES only are valid on the day they are issued.
  • If you return to use your FASTPASS in your allotted one-hour window, but the ride is temporarily closed—breakdowns do occur—then hold onto your FASTPASS. They will honor it anytime before closing that day if the ride reopens. This is the only way you can use your FASTPASS outside of your one-hour window.
  • Always look at your FASTPASS return tickets after you've printed them. Verify that each of your party members has received FASTPASSES. 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 doesn'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 the single rider line temporarily.
  • FASTPASS for World of Color is distributed near The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure. This the best (and 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 show of World of Color, be sure to pick up a FASTPASS for it earlier in the day. They may require you to have a valid ticket and FASTPASS to get back into the park, especially if show time is right at park closing.
  • If you have a baby, toddler or preschooler who is under three 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 three do not have a ticket to put into the machine. Just tell the ride attendant that the child is under three and they 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.

Disneyland Park FASTPASS Attractions

Disneyland FASTPASS - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

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

Disney California Adventure FASTPASS Attractions

California Screamin'

  • California Screamin'
  • Goofy's Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Radiator Springs Racers (distributed near It's Tough to Be A Bug!)
  • 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.

Related: Disneyland To Offer Paid Disney MaxPass Fastpass Option 

Related: 33 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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

Hoppy planning!

 

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Rachel,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

Hi Tana,

Disneyland's Maxpass is not yet available.

Keep Hopping!

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

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

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

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

Hi Monica,

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

Keep Hopping!

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

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

Hi Ryan,

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

Keep Hopping!

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

Hi Ryan,

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

Hoppy Planning!

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

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

Hi Stacey,

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

Keep Hopping!

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

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

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!

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

What time does the distribution of fast passes stop at?

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

Hi Cassandra,

When they run out.

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

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

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

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

Hi Melody,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Kamal,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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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