For those of you planning summer vacations to Disney World, you're getting closer to your FastPass+ reservation window and starting to kick your planning into high gear! As you know, summer is one of the very busiest times of the year to visit the parks, but we've got plenty of planning advice to help you make the most of it! Today, we wanted to offer additional guidance for using FastPass+ in summer, including obtaining additional FastPasses.
Before we dive right in to our tips for FastPass+ in summer, we should remind you that you're allowed to make advance FastPass+ reservations for up to three experience per day from any one park. Those of you staying at a Disney resort hotel can book FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance of your check-in, while those of you staying off-site can book reservations up to 30 days in advance for each day of your theme park visit. If you're new to FastPass+, you'll find more resources in our Guide to My Disney Experience. Now, let's get to one of the Frogs favorite topics!
As we mentioned above, you can get additional FastPasses after you have used your first three (or the reservation times have passed). These additional FastPasses must be made from an in-park kiosk. You can get a 4th Fastpass after your first three have been redeemed, and you can get a 5th Fastpass after your 4th one. And so on and so on.
Now getting extra FastPasses sounds good in theory, but there are some practical factors to consider. First and foremost is availability. On the day of, most of the FastPass+ availability for the headliner attractions in each of the parks will be low or gone. In other words, your chances of getting your family of four onto Space Mountain by FastPass during the busiest times is going to be pretty slim. In the smaller parks, there may be very limited FastPass+ availability. But at Magic Kingdom, you should find availability for many of the other rides. This is good, because standby times for the previously less busy, high capacity rides have increased under FastPass+ as the park has become more "load balanced."
The additional FastPasses can be beneficial to those of you who park hop, because you can get them from any of the parks not just the park you made your first three reservations for. That said, you can only book Fastpass+ selections at the kiosk for the park you are currently in. So, if you are at Disney's Hollywood Studios have used all three of your FP+ allotments and are now hopping over to the Magic Kingdom and want an additional selection, you must go to a kiosk at Magic Kingdom. Your reservation cannot be made at Studios for a different park.
No matter when you're visiting, FastPass+ is a must — but especially in the busy summer months! Have a tip for using FastPass+ in summer? Share it in comments below! And if you're looking for more information about how FastPass+ works, check out our Guide to FastPass+.
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