For you first-timers or those of you who haven't been in awhile, one of the biggest mysteries surrounding your Disney World vacation may be FastPass+. The service fully launched in 2014 and is intended to provide guests with a more efficient and personalized Disney World vacation through the use of RFID technology. While pre-booking rides and entertainment—in some cases, up to 60 days in advance of your trip—sounds complicated, it doesn't have to be. We created these Disney FastPass+ FAQs to make it as easy as possible. Let's get hopping!
Disney FastPass+ FAQs
What is FastPass+?
FastPass+ is Disney's reservation system that allows guests to book advance reservations for experiences and attractions in the park. Guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels (which you can now book with us at a discount!) can make FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance of check-in for their entire length of stay. Guests staying offsite can make reservations up to 30 days in advance of each day of their theme park visit. FastPass+ replaced the original FASTPASS system in the parks, and physical FASTPASS tickets are no longer distributed. Your FastPass+ selections are stored with your My Disney Experience profile on your tickets or MagicBands.
Is FastPass+ free?
Yes, it is free for everyone visiting the parks.
What are MagicBands?
MagicBands are rubber bracelets that contain an embedded RFID (radio frequency identification) chip and function similarly to regular RFID park tickets. They both offer touch-and-go functionality at the park entrances, at FastPass+ attraction queues and with PhotoPass photographers. The bracelets are more practical since you don't have to fumble in your pocket or backpack for tickets every time you enter a park or use FastPass+. Just make sure the Mickey head on the bracelet, which contains the RFID chip, touches the Mickey head RFID reader! The MagicBands offer additional (optional) functionality if you are a resort guest. They serve as your room key. You also can associate a credit card with the band so that you can touch to pay for purchases at the resort after you have entered your pin. Non-resort guests who purchase MagicBands cannot add credit card functionality to their bands.
MagicBands offer additional functionality for all guests who wear them in the parks. First off, your ride photos and video are automagically associated with your My Disney Experience account (more on that below). You don't need to do anything at all after your ride to get your pics! (Guests without MagicBands would need to touch their ticket to the RFID readers at the ride photo area to associate their photos to their account.) Second of all, Disney offers personalization in queues and on rides for those wearing their bands. At Expedition Everest, for example, you might see your name on one of the Himalayan advertisements before you ride. At Haunted Mansion, the Hitchhiking Ghosts now hold up tombstones with your name on them. There is more personalization at it's a small world and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.
Do I need a MagicBand?
No, physical tickets offer the same functionality as MagicBands. But you may find that MagicBands are more convenient for entering the parks and FastPass+ queues and having photos taken by PhotoPass photographers since you don't have to fumble in a backpack or pocket for tickets. You also get all of the benefits mentioned above!
How do I get a MagicBand?
If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, all members of your party will be given MagicBands free of charge. Depending on how far in advance you book your resort stay, you will have the option of choosing the colors of your bands and having them shipped to you (not available in all countries). Your MagicBand serves as your room key and can be used to make purchases at the resort during your hotel stay. Guests using Disney's Magical Express transportation will also use them at check-in, so you shouldn't put them in your checked baggage if you are flying to Orlando.
If you are not staying at a resort, you have the option of purchasing the bands starting at $12.99 + tax or online. You no longer have to link your MagicBand in the park now, so you can purchase bands as gifts or to use later.
How far in advance may I make a Fastpass+ reservation?
Disney has two windows of opportunity for guests to book Fastpass+ reservations. Guests staying at a Disney resort may book Fastpass+ tickets 60 days before their arrival date. Non-resort guests have a 30-day booking window.
To take advantage of these booking opportunities, you need to do some planning. Talk with people in your traveling party to see what days they would like to visit the parks. Get an idea of the attractions that everyone would like to visit. Keep in mind that you may only reserve three Fastpass+ attractions per day. You can make additional FastPass+ reservations after you've used your first three (or the return times have passed). It really helps to have your park plans in place before that window hits. Make sure you've already purchased tickets.
Grab your coffee or caffeinated beverage of choice on the day your booking window opens! Let's say you have the 60-day window. On the day your booking window opens, you'll be able to get Fastpass+ starting at 7 a.m. EST. So, if you're on the West Coast, be sure you're up and ready at 3 a.m. (Hint: coffee).
Since you're probably staying more than one day at Disney World, you are given a 10-day grace period from your first day of check in. During that grace period, you may make reservations for all of your days up until that 10th day. Note that the 30-day window does not offer the grace period. We definitely recommend staying at a Disney Resort during your visit to take advantage of that window!
How do I make FastPass+ reservations?
When you have your tickets, you will need to create an account on Disney World's My Disney Experience website in order to make FastPass+ reservations. To make reservations for friends and family, you will need to add their name (such as for a child) or send an email invitation to connect through a Disney account. Everyone whom you wish to make FastPass+ reservations for must have valid tickets linked to their account. Once you and your party members' accounts are linked, you then need to link your tickets. While the process is fairly straightforward, we have found it is easier to use the app since you can actually scan your ticket number rather than having to key it in manually. (We recommend this process if you have older, non-RFID tickets.) For those of you who are close to your FastPass+ booking window, once your order has been processed, you can contact our customer service to obtain your ticket number to link your tickets in My Disney Experience.
Once your tickets are linked, you will be walked through the process of making FastPass+ reservations. One online, you can book your three daily reservations one at a time. You also get to see all of the available time slots within the morning, afternoon or evening. This os big plus that makes it easier for guests to book separate reservations for their party members, like for example, when Leap and Tad don't want to meet Elsa and Anna with Lily and I. If your family or group plan to make any of the same FastPass+ reservations, we recommend you make these first.
Can I still make advance FastPass+ reservations if I plan to purchase a MagicBand later?
Yes. If you decide to purchase a MagicBand later, you can still make FastPass+ reservations in advance and those selections will be stored with your My Disney Experience profile and linked with your ticket and MagicBand. Your tickets will continue to function even if you use a MagicBand.
How many reservations can I make?
Guests can make three advance reservations for rides and experiences per day via the My Disney Experience website, the app or the in-park kiosks. Those three reservations must be made for use in one park only. Note that at Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios a tiered structure is in place for the most in-demand attractions. Guests can make only one selection from the Tier 1 attractions and entertainment and two selections from the Tier 2 list at those parks. You can make additional FastPass+ reservations after you've used your first three (or the return times have passed). We have more on this below!
How do I use FastPass+ in the park?
When you're ready to use your FastPass+ reservation in the park, head to the attraction or entertainment experience during your allotted time. You will look for the FastPass+ queue at the attraction, and touch your ticket or MagicBand to the Mickey RFID reader for entry.
Just three reservations per day?
As mentioned above, after using your first three reservations in the park, you can obtain an additional FastPass. This can be at any park, and it can be at any attraction (even if you've already booked FastPasses for Tier 1 attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot). Once you have used that FastPass+ selection or the window has passed, you are free to make another selection. And so on and so on.
Booking additional Fastpass+ reservations can be done on the My Disney Experience app. Just make sure to update to the latest version of the app. Also, one important note is that you no longer need to physically be present in the park you wish to make reservations for. This is a big plus for park hoppers. So you could be in Epcot, but make your reservation for Magic Kingdom.
You can also use the in-park kiosks to make reservations. If you do use a kiosk, know that not everyone in the party must be present to add the FP+ selection, you just need your MagicBand or physical ticket and to be connected to them all as friends and family.
What if I am late/need to modify my reservations?
If you are late by a few minutes on your slotted time for an attraction, you should still be allowed to enter the attraction. If you are going to be more than a few minutes late, you should re-book the experience for a later time, although the cast member at the FastPass+ queue has the discretion to let you in. If you no-show for an attraction, it counts against your daily allotment of FastPasses. You can modify reservations using the website, app or in-park kiosks.
Does everyone in our friends/family account need to complete all three Fastpass+ reservations for the day before we can reserve a fourth?
The Fastpass+ reservations are tied to an individual ticket. If someone in your group only uses one Fastpass+, that doesn't affect you from getting your fourth after your other three have been used.
We hope these Disney FastPass+ FAQs have answered your burning question. If you still have questions, share them in comments below. Just starting to plan your vacation and want to know more about Disney FastPass+? Hop over to our Disney FastPass+ Planning page, part of our Orlando Vacation Planning Timeline.