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Should You Use FastPass+ for Shows at Disney World?

by Leap on September 1, 2018 79
Keep in mind, not having a FastPass+ reservation won't prevent you from seeing a parade or show, you just will have to arrive early to get a good viewing location.

We highly recommend everyone making a trip to Disney World use FastPass+. This service that allows guests to pre-book rides, shows and other experiences in the parks is key, especially during the busiest times of year. Used strategically, you and your family can save hours in line by getting FastPass+ reservations for the most popular rides. While we've got a whole post devoted to the basics of how FastPass+ works, today we're talking about using FastPass+ for shows at Disney World. More specifically, we're outlining when it makes sense to use FastPass+ for IllumiNations, Rivers of Light and Fantasmic! and when it doesn't, so you can make a good decision for your family.

IllumiNations - Using FastPass+ for Shows at Disney World

The decision to use FastPass+ for shows has become less difficult in the past couple years, especially because there is no longer a nighttime parade at Magic Kingdom (farewell, Main Street Electrical Parade). Disney also stopped offering FastPass+ for its evening Magic Kingdom fireworks show Happily Ever After. It's important to note you are not required to have a FastPass+ reservation to see any of the shows. Having FastPass+ guarantees seating, but it does not guarantee better seating, except in the case of IllumiNations. To get the best viewing locations — with or without FastPass+ — you need to arrive early.

With all of this in mind, using FastPass+ for shows largely depends on you and your family. It's a great option for the shows your frog squad absolutely can't miss (for us, it's Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom), especially during busy seasons. Otherwise, our general rule is to arrive about 30 minutes ahead of show time rather than use a precious FastPass+ (and still need to arrive 15 to 30 minutes ahead of time).

Fantasmic! - Using FastPass+ for Shows at Disney World

Factors to Consider Before Using FastPass+ for Shows at Disney World

  • How crowded are the parks? This is a primary consideration. During the busiest times, you may find you get more benefit from using your FastPass+ selections on top attractions, such as Frozen Ever After or Soarin' in Epcot, which see higher wait times. That said, there are bigger crowds to contend with for nighttime shows during busier times.
  • What time of day are you touring? If you follow our advice and start in the morning hours when crowds are at their lowest and then take a break in the afternoon when crowds are at their highest, you might not need FastPass+ until the evening anyway. So using FastPass+ for IllumiNations and Rivers of Light makes more sense.
  • Do you want the option of getting extra FastPasses? Guests can obtain additional FastPasses in the parks after they have used their first three. If you want to obtain more than the three advance reservations, then we recommend not booking shows. Keep in mind in the parks with fewer attractions and during busier times, there is more limited day-of FastPass+ availability.
  • Are you park hopping? If you are, we suggest making your FastPass+ reservations for the second park. Depending on your arrival time in the afternoon or evening, or if you are park hopping just to experience a show in a particular park, using the FP+ reservations for shows makes more sense.
  • How many days will you spend at each theme park? If you are spending two or more days in a park, then we think it makes sense to use FastPass+ for shows at least one day.

A Look at the Major Shows by Park and Our Recommendations on Whether to Use FastPass+

Epcot

Illuminations Map - Using FastPass+ for Shows at Disney World

  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth - World Showcase Plaza Viewing Area. The location is between the tower gifts shops at World Showcase. This is a prime viewing spot for IllumiNations, making it a good choice for FastPass+ if it's a must-see from one of the best spots. That said, there are many, many good viewing locations around World Showcase, and you should be able to find one about 20 to 30 minutes in advance of the show. If you've got tadpoles under 40 inches that won't be tall enough for Soarin' Around the World, using FastPass+ for Frozen Ever After is probably the best option.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Fantasmic! - Reserved Seating Area. The FP+ seating area for Fantasmic! is a section of the seating just left of center of the stage, extending all the way down to the front row. You still have to arrive early to get a really good seat, just not as early as you would without the FP+. With recent tier changes because of the new Toy Story Land rides, Fantasmic! is no longer a Tier 1 choice, making it a much better FastPass+ pick (especially because there is limited seating in the theater). During busy seasons, there is sometimes a second Fantasmic! show, and it's generally easier to get a seat for it.
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration - Reserved Seating Area. Just like any other show, the main perk of using a FastPass+ is guaranteed seating. However, you still have to arrive about 20 minutes ahead of time to make it to your FastPass+ window,  and the seats are to the far left of the theater. Since this show takes place frequently throughout the day, we recommend doing stand-by and simply arriving 30 minutes early, as there truly isn't a bad seat in the house. Only use a FastPass+ if you're on a strict schedule during peak season and can't miss this show.
  • Disney Junior - Live on Stage! As a show aimed toward the littlest of tadpoles, the seating in this puppet-filled stage show is unconventional. There is no reserved seating — or even seats! Parents and kids alike are welcomed to get comfy on the floor to enjoy the performance. This means that you are guaranteed entry to the show if you make a FastPass+ reservation, but not promised a particular area to watch from. With these shows taking place frequently throughout the day, we don't feel the need to use the FP+.

Beauty and the Beast - Using FastPass+ for Shows at Disney World

  • Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage - Reserved Seating Area. As we mention in our Guide to Hollywood Studios Shows, Beauty and the Beast is one of our Disney favorite performances. However, using a FastPass+ for this show doesn't necessarily offer better seating, but simply guaranteed seating. FastPass+ guests are typically ushered in toward the stage-facing left side of the outdoor auditorium, while the center and right side are open for handicapped and non-FastPass+ guests. If Beauty and the Beast is one of your must-sees and you don't want to arrive 30 or so minutes early, FastPass+ is a great option.
  • Voyage of The Little Mermaid - Reserved Seating Area.  As we're sure you've caught on to by now, FastPass+ guests get pushed through to the left side of the theater before stand-by guests are filtered in. If we're being honest, this show has lost popularity over the years (not in Lily's book, though!) so a FastPass+ isn't a necessity. We typically can show up last minute without a FastPass+. Rather than having to arrive 20 minutes early for your FastPass+ window, just line up in stand-by 20 minutes ahead of showtime!

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Rivers of Light - Using FastPass+ for Shows at Disney World

  • Rivers of Light - Reserved Seating Area. Certain segments of the Rivers of Light outdoor "auditorium" are saved for those with a FastPass+ reservation. You must arrive toward the beginning of the seating window (typically 30 minutes ahead of showtime) in order to specify your preference (for example, if you'd like to sit in a closer row). Otherwise you will be seated at random. The reserved seating is great, but the quality of your seat compared to arriving 30 minutes early for stand-by depends on how busy the park is. If it's a night when there are two shows, you can usually get a better spot with less waiting at the second show. Securing a FastPass+ for Rivers of Light requires weighing pros and cons, since it takes place around park closing and limits your ability to get day-of additional FastPasses. Unless Rivers of Light is a top priority for your family, we recommend saving that FastPass+ for other rides and simply arriving 45 to 60 minutes ahead of showtime for a good seat. Even better — try using your first three FastPasses+ elsewhere and attempting to reload later in the day for Rivers of Light!

Festival of the Lion King - Using FastPass+ for Shows at Disney World

  • Festival of the Lion King - Reserved Seating Area. This show is one of our top FastPass+ recommendations in Animal Kingdom. It's nice to book a FastPass+ reservation and show up 20 minutes ahead of time rather than scouting out crowds throughout the day ... especially since this show is wildly popular. FastPass+ guests are usually directed toward the elephant and lion sections (our favorites!) and spread out between the front and back of the arena.
  • Finding Nemo - The Musical - Reserved Seating Area. Since it's a longer performance, Nemo takes place less frequently throughout the day and may be a good use of a FastPass+ if it's a must-do for your frog family, especially during busy seasons.

As you can see, using FastPass+ for shows at Disney World really comes down to your priorities. For those of you who have already been to Disney World, which shows do you think are worth getting FastPass+ for? Share in comments below! 

Related: Disney World FastPass+ Tips and Park Plan Strategies

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Leap!
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May 12, 2016 at 5:46 p.m. DisneyFamily Says...

Hi, I've noticed that there are is no longer an option for Fass Pass+ for the Main Street Electrical Parade, from this month (May) onward (through June). Do you know why? And is this permanent?

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May 17, 2016 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

We hope that it is just temporary, but don't have any more details to share as of yet. I would keep checking for their return to My Disney Experience if you have an upcoming trip.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 13, 2016 at 1:36 p.m. Castleof5 Says...

We just booked our fast pass for Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom for April 2016 - main street plaza viewing area. I will definitely let you know how it goes! We have three children and when we tried to view the fireworks on a visit 2 years ago, they were too short to see anything that wasn't really high up. Hoping they get a better view this time. Thank you for all of the info!!

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Feb 18, 2016 at 3:46 p.m. Vickie Says...

Would you recommend getting a fast pass for fantasmic with a four year old? I don't fancy sitting around for hours trying to get him to sit still. If we do that though we'll miss out on toy story mania FP.

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Mar 4, 2016 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vickie,

You would still need to arrive within the FP+ window for Fantasmic!, so you would still need to arrive early, but you wouldn't be waiting nearly as long. I think it would be worth it for you, and you could always aim to visit Toy Story Mania when the park opens.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 17, 2016 at 5:25 a.m. Nancy Says...

Going to Disney in March and I'm new to this fast pass plus thing. If I use it for the parade, does that mean I can't get any other fast passes for the rest of the day because the window of time is 8:30 pm? I have 2 others for earlier in the day, but could you confirm I can't get another until all 3 of mine are used? Thank you!

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Feb 24, 2016 at 6:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nancy,

Yes, you would not be able to get other FastPass reservations until after the parade.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 14, 2016 at 1:56 p.m. Big daddy Says...

Hey we are going to mk on April 6th and have a fastpass for wishes. Can we view the electrical parade and still make it to our fastpass location for wishes. When you look online it says time overlap. I don't want to miss both.

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Feb 25, 2016 at 10:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Big Daddy,

I don't think you'll have a problem getting there once the parade ends. Depending on where the parade begins that evening, you may have more time than you think. But do keep in mind that if there is a big time between when the FastPass+ window opens and when you arrive, you might still not get the very most unobtrusive view.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 20, 2016 at 2:34 p.m. Michelle Says...

Our plan is to see Celebrate the Magic, Wishes, and then the Main Street Electrical Parade (in that order) during our first visit to Disney at the end of February. Is it possible to have a prime viewing spot for all three attractions without having to move or is that not possible? If there is such a spot, do we need to get a FP+ to secure this spot? If you have any other suggestions for seeing these 3 attractions, that would be most appreciated. Thanks for your help!

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

There is not one prime viewing spot for all three. I would try to get FastPass+ for Wishes, which is a good spot for Celebrate the Magic. Then you just have to find a parade spot, but there are lots of good spots along the route, especially between Main Street U.S.A. and Cinderella's Castle. With that second parade, you'll have a better chance of snagging one.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 19, 2016 at 4:59 a.m. Adam Says...

Hi. We are going to Disney World the week of March 16-22 (no choice). My question is about the Wishes fireworks show and Illuminations and the best day to see them that will allow an easier exit. Would you suggest going on an EMH day when the parks will still be open after the fireworks or going on a non-EMH day in hopes there will be less of a crowd than the EMH day.

Thanks

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Jan 26, 2016 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam,

There will be large exiting crowds no matter what. Your idea about leaving on an evening EMH day is a good one, if you don't mind the overall extra crowds that will be in the park throughout the day. If you can, waiting it out is a good option. For Wishes, you could also exit the park and watch the fireworks from Disney's Polynesian Resort, the Transportation & Ticket Center boat dock or California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort (you would need reservations that day).

Keep hopping!

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Jan 13, 2016 at 4:44 p.m. Jennifer Says...

Hi...We are going to DisneyWorld in April---so excited! I was wondering where the FP area will be in MK for the Festival of Fantasy parade, Electrical parade and for Wishes. I cannot seem to find an answer anywhere. I know the areas have changed over the last year due to construction. Thank You!!!

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Jan 14, 2016 at 7:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

The FastPass+ viewing area for Festival of Fantasy and the Main Street Electrical Parades at the Town Square Viewing Area. The Wishes viewing area is at the Main Street Plaza Gardens.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 13, 2016 at 10:45 a.m. Michelle Says...

We are travelling in June to Orlando and Planning on spending 3 days at MK so that we dont have to fit everything in and rush about with a 4 year old. I was wondering if we book a FP+ for Wishes will we be in that position for Celebrate the Magic as they are only 15 minutes apart? I am assuming they follow on from each other?

Thanks Michelle

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Jan 13, 2016 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Yes, the Wishes location is great for Celebrate the Magic.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 15, 2015 at 8:35 p.m. Danielle Says...

Hello! Has the fast pass viewing area for the Festival of Fantasy parade moved back to the hub in front Cinderella's castle now that construction is complete? If not, any guess on when/if it will move back? Thank you!

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Dec 17, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle,

It is still the Town Square Viewing Area. It's possible this may remain the permanent location.

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Sep 18, 2015 at 10:40 p.m. Brooke Says...

We are traveling in a group of multiple generations, including toddlers. We are also staying offsite. Is it possible for the grandparents to book fastpass plus for the fireworks in advance, and then add the rest if us in on the actual day?

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Sep 23, 2015 at 1:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brooke,

The grandparents can book the fireworks, and then when your reservation window opens, they can try to copy their reservations over to you. It may be successful! Just make sure you are all connected as friends and family.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 12, 2015 at 7:09 a.m. Jen Says...

Hi Mommy Frog,

Your website is amazing! I haven't had the chance to read everything yet but would love to get your opinion about our 1st ever visit to Disneyland which our family of 4 (inc 5yr old and 4yr old boys) are super excited about!!! We were planning to stay in Anaheim on Thurs 14Jan - Tues 19Jan (5nights) and it was mentioned to avoid that date due to the Martin Luther King long weekend. Will the crowds be overly excessive in your opinion? Are the fireworks/shows better on the weekends than weekdays?

We'll be coming from Australia and stay for 3wks so we would like to maximise our time there and not have to wait too long in the queues. We'll also be visiting other cities such as LA, Las Vegas, The Grand Canyon and San Francisco so we can revise our itinerary if need be. We arrive on Thurs 14Jan and fly back on thurs 4Feb.

Please advise the best way for us to spend our time in Disneyland/California adventure park. We'll be buying a 5 day hopper and I'll need to read your extensive guide/tips about fast pass etc which I'm still unfamiliar of.

Thank you very much in advance!!!

Cheers,

Jen

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Jun 22, 2015 at 7:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

It will be crowded during that time, especially that Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but if you know that ahead of time you can set expectations and plan accordingly. The quality of the shows and parades do not vary on weekends, so that should not matter. If you have the flexibility, I would reschedule your Disneyland days so that they do not fall on the week of MLK at all. This post on maximizing your time at Disneyland includes some good tips that I think will help you out! It sounds like a fabulous trip, and you are visiting some of my favorite places! The Grand Canyon is absolutely amazing.

Mommy Frog

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Jun 11, 2015 at 1:35 a.m. Kelly Morrison Says...

In our party of 6 we have a 2 yr. old. I'm assuming if the other 5 of us have fast passes for a parade, for instance, they will let her in with us? I'm not sure if the 2 yr. old needs a special bracelet, etc. . . Thank You!

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Jun 11, 2015 at 3:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

Nope, your daughter can get in with you without a MagicBand.

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Apr 23, 2015 at 8:50 p.m. Amy Miller Says...

Can you use FP+ for both parades and wishes in one day?

We are visiting in the last week of August and we are thinking maybe visiting Magic Kingdom on the day we arrive.

What time does the Festival of fantasy parade start? We would like to get FP+ for it...leave the park go back and get settled in our room. Come back in the evening to see the electrical parade and wishes.

We will visit Magic Kingdom on another day and spend the whole day and not have to worry about parades.

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Apr 24, 2015 at 7:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

Yes, this is possible. You just need to book as soon as your reservation window opens as they parades do fill up quickly. Festival of Fantasy starts at 3 p.m.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 25, 2015 at 5:03 p.m. annette Says...

My son had knee surgery but his doctor said he can still go to Disney with us in 2 weeks but needs to be in a wheelchair to avoid swelling etc... We have been to all the Disney parks for several years now but have never had anyone in a wheelchair. We are renting one from a local company in Orlando but are not sure how we will get him off and on rides while we are there without standing in the long lines. Do we need to go somewhere at the beginning of our day in the parks to find this out? He will not be able to stand in long lines and I want to find out if I need any kind of doctor's note/prescription before we are in the parks! There are 8 of us in our family - 6 children 15 years old and under and both parents. We have always ridden the rides together and hope we can still do that with my son this year as well.

Alos I tried the link in a questions above called "guest assistance policy" and it did not work. So if this is information I need to find on a Disney website just let me know where the site can be found. Thanks for your help.

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Mar 27, 2015 at 7:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annette,

You should head to Guest Relations as soon as you get to the park. Disney tries to look at each individual case and a Cast Member will decide what accommodations need to be made. Generally, the DAS (Disability Access Services card) is not assigned to those who’s disability only limits them to a wheelchair. It’s usually assigned to those with cognitive disabilities who cannot stand in long queues. There are certain attractions that are wheelchair friendly and have accessibility:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/mobility-disabilities/

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/guests-with-disabilities/

Hope this helps!

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Feb 26, 2015 at 12:25 p.m. amy Says...

How does the DAS work with the parade and firework Fastpasses?

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Mar 16, 2015 at 7:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

This is a good question! The Disability Access Service (DAS) cards are to accommodate guests at attractions. It is separate from the FastPass+ system. Guests utilizing DAS cards may also use FastPass+ reservations. As far as we know, there are no specific reserved areas for fireworks or parades for guests using DAS cards. They may still participate in the FP+ for reserved viewing. Guests needing special assistance for firework/parade viewing should talk to Guest Relations about what accommodations are available to meet their specific needs. We'd love to hear from anyone else who has experience with this.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 25, 2015 at 5:53 p.m. Jamie Says...

Hi. My daughter's high school band is marching in Disney on Monday, March 30th. We were told "the parade slot has been moved to 9:45 pre-electrical parade on Main Street". Not to sound stupid, but what is the pre-electrical parade? Is it mostly school marching bands? Also, where would be the best place to view (and time to get there)? I'm driving from Louisiana with my family and while I can't wait to play in Disney, my main focus is to see my daughter marching in the parade. Any advice you could give would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks so much!

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Mar 2, 2015 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

You must be so proud! The pre-parade is simply an opener to the actual parade, and who is in the opening varies. Normally, it's not marching bands, so this is going to be an extra special treat! Personally, I like the locations just off the sides of Cinderella Castle, since you can get shots of the castle along with the parade. If Cinderella Castle is 12 o'clock, I'd shoot for between 1 and 3. If the hub area is again open for FastPass+ reservations, that is another option and will also get the castle in the background. Normally for this time of year, I would suggest getting in place at least 45 minutes in advance. Since this is a special event and it's unclear how many bands will be performing (hence, how many parents will be watching), I would highly recommend you check with a cast member in the castle area in advance of that.

We like to use the waiting time to eat, so a couple of party members could grab dinner at Casey's Corner and bring it back to the group.

Please report back to us and let us know it goes!

Leap

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Feb 25, 2015 at 5:17 p.m. Mark Says...

How much is a FastPass+ and can you use the app to make reservations...

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Mar 2, 2015 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark,

FastPass+ is free with valid park admission, and yes, you can use the My Disney Experience app to make reservations.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 17, 2015 at 2:59 p.m. Sandra Says...

Do you ship tickets to Canada? If so how long would it take to receive them in Saskatoon, SK? Thanks

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Feb 17, 2015 at 11:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra,

Yes, we ship to Canada. If you add the tickets you want to the cart, you can view the current shipping times.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 11, 2015 at 10:02 p.m. Michelle Says...

We will have a lot of under 40" kids so we got IllumiNations FastPass for Easter week. How early do we have to get to that early with our FastPasses?

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Feb 12, 2015 at 12:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Your actual FastPass+ reservation lists the time you should be there. I would suggest getting there when the window opens so you can sit down and spread out with your group!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 29, 2015 at 10:21 p.m. Julie Says...

What are the chances of pulling my 4th fastpass so probably around 12:30 pm (after I used my first 3) for the electrical parade in July? And to top it all off it is for a party of 9

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Feb 2, 2015 at 7:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie,

You might be able to snag a 4th FP for the Electrical Parade, but more than likely it would be for the second nightly parade. It's less crowded than the first one, so less "worth it" in our book. But that is totally up to you and your group!

Keep hopping!

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Jan 25, 2015 at 5:20 a.m. Ella Says...

I & my family will be in Disney world next month. I am walking with a crutch. Do I and my group still need s fast pass for everything. We have been to Disney couple of years and I and my group just have to go thru handicap line to be able to go to the attractions/ rides without waiting or standing in a long line.

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Jan 26, 2015 at 7:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ella,

You must be so excited about the trip! I would suggest you visit guest services when you arrive to see what kind of accommodations can be made for you and your family. Here is more about Disney's guest assistance policy as it has changed in recent years.

Best,

Leap

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Jan 22, 2015 at 3:01 p.m. Brenda C. Says...

Hi,

I will be passing through Orlando in in a few weeks. I will only be there one night so Im only able to attend the park during the evening (around 7pm). I would like to take my younger sister to see the fireworks at the magic kingdom. Is there a separate ticket I could purchase or would I have to buy the full day ticket? Thanks.

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Jan 22, 2015 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brenda,

Unfortunately, you would need a 1 day ticket to see the fireworks inside Magic Kingdom, but you could watch them from the beach at Disney's Grand Floridian or the boat dock at TTC. Even more fabulous is from the observation deck at California Grill inside Disney's Grand Floridian. You would need a reservation for dinner or dine at the bar. And if you get an early reservation, just show your receipt and would be allowed back up to see the fireworks. The music from the fireworks show is piped in at each of these locations.

Best,

Leap

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Dec 28, 2014 at 2:42 p.m. Lauren Says...

I just booked fast pass for Festival of Fantasy and Main Street Electrical Parade in January. Is says Town Square Viewing area by the flagpole, not Central Plaza viewing area. Did they change it? Is this spot just as good?

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Jan 7, 2015 at 5:11 p.m. Janna Says...

Hi Lauren (or anyone else who may know):

Did you enjoy the fast pass at Town Square Viewing area for the Festival of Fantasy and Main Street Electrical Parade? I ask because we are going next month and ours is also here. Also, were you able to stay in your spot to watch the fireworks after? Able to see the Castle light show from here?

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Jan 11, 2015 at 7:21 a.m. Ginger Says...

Is the fast pass area seated or standing?

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Jan 11, 2015 at 3:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ginger,

It's whichever you prefer. We have seen people doing both.

Best,

Leap

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Jan 21, 2015 at 3:48 p.m. Laura Says...

We just made fastpass reservations in March for the 1st Main Street Electrical Parade at the new Town Square viewing location (only location offered), and then fastpass reservations for new Wishes viewing down by Casey's/Plaza. Do you think it will be hard to hoof it down crowded Main Street in time to make it to the fireworks fastpass?

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Jan 21, 2015 at 11:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

In general, there is quite a bit of movement between the parade and fireworks, but not as many people leaving the park, and thus going against you down Main Street as you get after the fireworks. I think you will be OK.

Best,

Leap

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Jan 21, 2015 at 9:25 p.m. Laura Says...

Thanks - we are excited to use fastpass and avoid waiting on the curb for an hour!

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Mar 23, 2015 at 5:01 a.m. Shannon Says...

I had the same question, Laura. Seems like it is going to be tight dragging kids from one point to another, but I did read on another site to follow the last float of the parade down as soon as it's over. I just booked FP for both, too. Good luck!

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Apr 15, 2015 at 11:40 a.m. Barb Says...

How was using a FP both both EP and Wishes? Thinking of doing the same but have a 3 year and a 5 year old. THANKS!

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Dec 29, 2014 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

This is an additional viewing area, and it is a very good location!

Best,

Leap

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Dec 15, 2014 at 9:38 p.m. Leslie Says...

Our fastpass for Festival of Fantasy parade viewing in January says Town Square by flagpole. Did they change the spot? And if so, is this spot as good?

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Nov 29, 2014 at 8:20 p.m. Teresa Says...

Just saw the other post about FP+ being open to all guests. We won't make use of that on this trip........

maybe never since we like to "go with the flow" of the day and the kids. It's a little late now anyway since we leave in four days. Just wanted to add this as a PS to my previous questions.

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Nov 29, 2014 at 8:16 p.m. Teresa Says...

We are traveling to Disney next week, not staying at a Disney resort so we don't have access to FastPass+. For the parades and fireworks, will it be obvious to us where we will be allowed to view without the FP+? In previous years before FP+ we just found a spot that worked for us.....can we still do this?

Also, do most of the rides that have had traditional FP access still have this available....where you walk up, insert your admission card into the machine and it spits out a FP? I'm thinking of Space Mtn, Flight of Peter Pan, etc. type attractions.

Thanks for your help! You guys are a great resource for tips and tickets!

Teresa

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Dec 1, 2014 at 7:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Teresa,

Yes, it will be easy to see where to view the fireworks and parades outside of the small reserved area. Traditional Fastpass is no longer available.

Best,

Leap

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Nov 20, 2014 at 2:08 a.m. Wendy Says...

Do you ship tickets to a Canadian address for disney world?

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Nov 20, 2014 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

Yes, we ship to Canada.

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Oct 19, 2014 at 9:55 p.m. Bhavna Says...

Hi

We are 5 adult visiting Orlando for 2nights on dec 30th 2014 to 1st jan 2015

We looking to purchase 2 day universal pass , looking at your web sight it's going to be very busy during that time ,can I buy tickets with express pass included

Also I see you have offer pay for 2day get 3day can we use the free day then or does it have to be later on?

Also for some reason we don't go to Orlando ,would the tickets be refundable if so what the last date I can cancel

Thanks

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Oct 20, 2014 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bhavna,

The 2 Day, Plus Extra Day Free ticket is a great value! All three days would need to be used within a 14-day period.

We do not offer Express Pass, but you could purchase it in the park when you arrive if you decide you need it. We offer full details on our 365-day refund policy under our FAQs page.

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Jul 28, 2014 at 4:59 a.m. Amanda Says...

Used Fast Pass + for Main Street Electrical Parade tonight. Excellent viewing, no crowding, far from it in fact. Gorgeous back drop of the castle. Stayed here for the castle show, again fantastic viewing and stayed for Wishes. Fireworks were slightly blocked but this did not affect our overall experience as it was still a great view xD

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Apr 4, 2015 at 5:48 a.m. Kathy Says...

Can you pls verify if I use a fast pass for electric parade, I will not be ushered out by WDW assistants after the parade ends and can stay at the same spot for celebrate the magic and wishes firework? If that's the case, electric parade totally worth a fast pass!

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Jun 11, 2015 at 2:21 p.m. Tabitha Says...

I want to know the same thing?

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Jun 10, 2015 at 6:47 p.m. Michelle Says...

Kathy, did you ever get a response to this I am curious to the answer as well, do you need a fastpass for both EP and Wishes to stay in the same spot? or will they escort you out after EP? Thanks!

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Jun 11, 2015 at 8:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Michelle and Kathy,

The FastPass+ viewing location for Main Street Electrical Parade is currently in Town Square during the hub improvements, and the new fireworks viewing area is not a great spot to view the parade, so yes, you would need separate FastPasses. If the parade viewing area goes back to being in the hub in front of the castle, you would be able to stay there after the parade. That is an OK fireworks location, but being further back is better.

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Jun 11, 2015 at 7:59 p.m. Michelle Says...

Thank you Leap! We will be going in the fall so who knows where the viewing area might be at that time! Thanks again!

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Mar 25, 2015 at 1:19 a.m. Kim Says...

which viewing area were you in? Was it Central Plaza?

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Mar 19, 2015 at 5:27 p.m. LaDonna Says...

What is wishes? Sorry- first timer.

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Jul 7, 2014 at 3:22 a.m. Sara Says...

Is it worth using one or more of your FP+ reservations for the parades and/or nighttime displays during the quieter months, like September or January?

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Jul 14, 2014 at 4:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara,

I think it's worth it if you are going to spend more than one day in a park, such as Magic Kingdom, so you could use FP+ for the attractions on one day (taking advantage of unlimited FastPasses) and then book the parades and fireworks for another day.

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Apr 9, 2014 at 2:31 p.m. Michael Says...

I had made other FP+ reservations for my family, including one where my wife was at one attraction while my son and I went to another. This week, I noticed that Wishes had opened up as available. I switched my wife to it, but nothing was available for my son and me. I then split my son and I into individual FP+ reservations and kept checking; the next day, I got my son in, and the day after, I finally got myself in.

So, my FP+ tip for fireworks and parades: if they are fully booked, try booking your party one at a time, and keep trying.

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Mar 27, 2014 at 2:33 p.m. bob Says...

@ epcot now. If you use fastpass in epcot you can not use in another park that day no matter how many you pick1-3

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Jan 9, 2015 at 5:49 p.m. diana Says...

I don't understand what you wrote. can you explain further?

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Jan 10, 2015 at 10:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diana,

What he means is that you can only select one park per day in which to make advance FastPass+ reservations. Since he wrote that comment, Disney now allows you to make additional FastPass+ reservations from any park after your first three have been used/expired, but you must make that reservation in person at a park kiosk.

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Mar 16, 2016 at 2:22 a.m. Jan Biggerstaff Says...

do you have a touring plan for 1 full day and 2 afternoons at MK?

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Mar 16, 2016 at 3:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jan,

We do not, but you can create your own from our pre-set plans using our Orlando app for iPhone. If you do the one full day and two afternoons, you should ride the most popular rides in the early morning on day 1 or make sure to use FastPass+ for them. You would definitely want to make FastPass+ reservations for the remaining most popular rides for your two afternoon days.

You can see the list of priority FastPass+ attractions by clicking on the Touring Plans tab of this page:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/magic-kingdom/things-to-do/

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