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Our Top Tips for Using Disney World's FastPass+ in Summer

by Leap on April 14, 2015

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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! We're here to offer additional guidance for using FastPass+ in summer, including obtaining additional FastPasses.

Tips for using FastPass+ in summer - Main Street U.S.A.

 

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!

Our Top Tips for Using FastPass+ in Summer:

  • Always book advance FastPass+ reservations. While the anti-planners initially poo-pooed the idea of booking ride reservations months in advance, the truth is that you will ALWAYS have a better park experience if you aren't waiting in line. Every little bit of time savings helps!
  • FastPass+ in summer - Seven Dwarfs Mine TrainPick your priority attractions. To get started, review our suggested Touring Plan for each Walt Disney World® theme park, which includes FastPass+ recommendations and suggested times for  Magic Kingdom® ParkEpcot®Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, and Disney's Hollywood Studios®.
  • Book FastPasses as soon as your reservation window opens. During the busy summer months, the most popular experiences and times go quickly. For those of you hoping to meet Elsa and Anna at Magic Kingdom using FastPass+, it is not likely to happen unless you are staying at a Disney resort and can book ahead of the off-site guests.
  • Tips for using FastPass+ in summer - AnnaIf at first you don't succeed, keep trying! If you don't get the experience you want or the time slot you want, keep checking on the days leading up to your trip. Something might open up! Another trick is to try getting a reservation for only one member of your party. If you get that coveted reservation for one of you, copy it over to the rest of your party.
  • Make your first FastPass+ reservations for late morning. Now that guests can get more FastPasses, you may be tempted to book all of your FastPass selections earlier in the day. But you really only start needing a FastPass in the late morning. If you arrive at park opening, you will have a few hours of touring with shorter waits on most attractions (with the major exceptions being Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Elsa and Anna in Magic Kingdom, Test Track and Soarin' in Epcot, and Toy Story Midway Mania! in Disney's Hollywood Studios).
  • Hold off on reservations for the nighttime parades and fireworks shows unless these are absolute must-dos and you don't want more than three Fastpasses. If one of your first three selections is for Wishes, you won't be able to obtain a 4th FastPass.
  • Go for that 4th FastPass! We'll have more details about booking additional Fastpasses below, but you can get additional FastPasses from the in-park kiosks after you have used your first three.
  • FastPass+ in summer - Space Mountain queuePrepare for the occasional bottleneck in the FastPass queue. While this won't be the case on every attraction, sometimes even the FastPass+ queue gets backed up. Most of the time it's temporary, so if there is a long line, head off to the restrooms, a nearby show or shop, and then come back.
  • Have one designated kiosk person in your party. Only one person needs to wait in line to make the reservations; he or she just needs everyone's tickets or MagicBands.

Booking Additional FastPass+ Experiences

FastPass+ in summer - kiosk

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+.

Hoppy planning!

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Florence Jun 9, 2014 at 6:27 a.m.

After using your first three fastpasses, can you use the app on a smart phone to select another fastpass? This would eliminate having to go to the kiosk.

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FrogBlog Jun 9, 2014 at 1:53 p.m.

Florence, not at this time. We're keeping our fingers crossed that this changes.

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Donna Jun 17, 2014 at 3:22 a.m.

Is there an additional charge for the other fastpasses?

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FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 2:12 p.m.

Hi Donna,

There is no charge for FastPasses!

Best,

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FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 2:14 p.m.

Hi Donna,

FastPasses are free.

Best,

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Allison Jun 20, 2014 at 1:29 p.m.

In April, I was able to book a 4th pass for my whole family with just my band - I didn't need their bands. It brought up my party automatically because we were linked on My Disney Experience.

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FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 2:29 p.m.

Allison,

Thanks for the feedback!

Best,

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Stu Jun 26, 2014 at 3:57 p.m.

Fastpass+ really stinks. We used it for the first time a couple months ago and even on a slow day, the lines were really long. I like the old fastpass much better. But they dropped over a billion dollars on it, so they're not going to back down on it. Plus they have so much control over your wallet with the new armbands, and that's their ultimate goal.

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jackie Jun 30, 2014 at 12:56 a.m.

What is the availability of fast passes 30 days prior - as opposed to 60 days prior if you stay on Disney property? We stayed off property last fall - and were totally put off with the Disney Hotel guests having all the fast passes gone by l0:00 AM. It was the worst trip ever - and I don't ever want to be in a position again - holding $300 tickets that basically got us into a park - so we could spend 2 hours waiting in line for each attraction.

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FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 3:35 p.m.

Hi Jackie,

This varies by attraction and when you go. You should in general find more availability that you had last fall, since the old FastPass system was still in place and FastPass+ didn't have the full availability that it does today.

Best,

Leap

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Rich Jul 3, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.

I was just there this past week, I agree with getting fast passes for late morning, I had many that we booked between 9-11 am that were pointless as there was a 5 min wait.

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FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.

Rich,

Thanks so much for the feedback!!

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Don Jul 4, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.

Went to MK on Wed 6/18. I had my 3 FP+ used by 2pm. Went to kiosk at Frontierland and after a 30min wait, there were no FP+ available for anything that a FP+ was necessary for. I ended up with a 8:20 pm FP+ for Jungle Cruise. There was only a 15 min wait at JC when we got there. This new FP system is awful. My kids are used to riding Splash Mountain 3-4 times on MK day. Impossible now.

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LA Jul 10, 2014 at 12:09 p.m.

After our first 3 passes were used all the rides we wanted additional fast passes for were unavailable. The lines for kiosks were horrible! You stand in line only to find out nothing you want is available. They need to have signs at the kiosk stating which rides are available before you waste your time waiting. Epic FAIL Disney!!

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FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 4:15 p.m.

HI LA,

Sorry to hear about your experience. I do know that in many parks Disney does post the availability of attractions so guests know what is available before they get in line.

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Chris Aug 27, 2014 at 3:07 p.m.

Just wondering. If you use your first 3 fast passes, is it possible to park hop over to another park and get your forth fast pass at the other park?

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FrogBlog Aug 28, 2014 at 1:57 p.m.

Hi Chris,

Yes, after you use your first three FastPasses, you can park hop or stay in that same pack and obtain that fourth FastPass. It must be done via the park kiosk. After you use that FastPass, you can obtain another and so forth and so forth.

Best,

Leap

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Elizabeth Oct 6, 2014 at 6:05 p.m.

With the old fast pass you were able to go anytime after your window, just not before. Does the new fast pass plus allow this or do you have to go during your time?

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FrogBlog Oct 6, 2014 at 1:26 p.m.

Hi Elizabeth,

You have to go within your window, although there is about a 15-minute cushion factored if you are late.

Best,

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Bill Oct 10, 2014 at 11:58 p.m.

I'm going off peak in early Dec (one of the slowest weeks) and staying on property for 8 days. I still couldn't get fastpasses for Anna/Elsa and mineride 68 days prior. The only other thing I could have done would have been to book a 10 day stay to do reservations 70 days prior. This system has really put me off from Disney. We had been going every 1-2.2 years, but no more. Even after paying for an extended stay to ensure fastpass plus reservations I will be forced to wait in line for the new rides. I will not do this again.

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amber Oct 23, 2014 at 4:29 a.m.

Hi

Friends came back with same negative comments. Checking it out. This would have been our 5 trip and we stay on disney each time. Going to think twice before booking. May head to other parks...

Thanks

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Brad in Michigan Nov 6, 2014 at 11:23 p.m.

Disney says (well, one Agent said) that to get 60 Day Fast Pass booking I need to stay at Disney (which I am) AND buy tickets through Disney (which I did NOT). Is this correct? or was the Agent mis-informed...

thanks

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FrogBlog Nov 7, 2014 at 8:15 a.m.

Hi Brad,

The agent is misinformed. If you have your hotel through Disney, then it does not matter if you purchase tickets through them or us.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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David Nov 9, 2014 at 4:26 p.m.

On my last trip this October I managed to get 8 fastpasses for my family of four. I booked the Seven Dwarves Mine Train, Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain in advance. My additional 5 fastpasses were for Splash mountain, Buzz Lightyear, The Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Carribean, Small World, and luckily there was an availible opening for Wishes! I love the new system. With the old system I would get maybe 1 or 2 fastpasses throughout the day because I hated walking to every ride to have to come back later and sometimes I would even loose my ticket. With this new system I managed to get 8 fastpasses at a relatively busy time of the year. Plus, my last pre-booked fastpass ended at 5:30 so I managed to get 5 more before the park closed. My mission is to get 10-15 in a non-busy time of year!!!

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FrogBlog Nov 10, 2014 at 7:56 a.m.

Hi David,

Thanks for sharing your experience! Glad to hear you like the new FastPass+.

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Angela Nov 17, 2014 at 8:09 p.m.

Planning a trip in early December with a 4 year old and I was looking at FP+ for Epcot and HS. The system requires you to book 3 FP at a time, but the only 3 we really care about at Epcot are Soarin and Test Track (both tier 1) and Turtle talk (my kiddo would love that one). I realized I could go back in and cancel my other "fluff" FP+ that was auto selected for me, so I did that and am down to just Soarin' and Crush. With only 2 FP in hand, would I be able to go to a kiosk in the park at opening and get a FP for Test Track, too? Or would I have to get a fP for a tier 2 before I could get test track? Any thoughts?

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FrogBlog Nov 19, 2014 at 8:57 a.m.

Hi Angela,

You would have to have used three selections first in order to make another at the kiosk. The chances of you being able to snag a Test Track FP the day of is going to be very slim. Not saying it's not possible, but it is unlikely. I would make your FP selections with Soarin' and head to Test Track when the park opens.

Best,

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Kerri Dec 2, 2014 at 11:47 p.m.

We are going in Feb 2015. Is the kiosk still the only option of getting the add'l FP+?

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FrogBlog Dec 3, 2014 at 9:48 a.m.

Hi Kerri,

Yes, that is currently the only way to get the additional FP+!

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Sarah Dec 23, 2014 at 1:47 p.m.

If you have the FastPass+ can you still wait in a stand by line for the rides or has everything changed to only FastPass+?

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FrogBlog Dec 23, 2014 at 9:41 a.m.

Hi Sarah,

You can still use the standby lines. You have the option of using FastPass+ for three experiences per day per park. Here is our guide to using FastPass+!

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Kevin Dec 27, 2014 at 1:46 a.m.

Hello there. I am planning a trip with a family of four (first time!) for March 1st - 5th, We plan on heading to FantasyLand first when the Magic Kingdom opens at 9 AM on the Wednesday of our trip. Due to the popularity of so many of the attractions there, would you recommend getting our first 3 FastPasses for Anna/Elsa, Mine Train, and Dumbo? This would mean booking all 3 for very early in the day, but from what I've heard these 3 attractions have HUGE lines. Thanks!

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FrogBlog Dec 29, 2014 at 10:22 a.m.

Hi Kevin,

We generally don't recommend booking FP+ so early in the day because you don't need it for most attractions, and I don't think you would for Dumbo. Using it for Anna and Elsa and 7DMT. If you can get those in the morning, great, but if not, take the times available. If you arrive in the a.m. and waits are less than 20 minutes, do not use FP+. Cancel them and book something else for later in the day.

Best,

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Kevin Dec 29, 2014 at 4:41 p.m.

Thanks! That's true, I need to remember that I can always cancel and update them as we go.

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Ann Aleixo Jan 31, 2015 at 4:47 p.m.

We are also planning a spring break trip early March 2015. I have fastpasses for Little Mermaid, Mine Train and Peter Pan's Flight. I think my earliest fastpass is starting at 10. They run through 1:30 approx. I know Mermaid is not a priority for fastpass, but let me tell you from experience...the line for that can get tedious. Peter Pan's Flight is a must for fastpass. I would love to experience the interactive new queue, but will keep an eye on the line and only try it if it is under 60 mins. Really excited about the mine train. It was not quite done when we were there last spring. I have to disagree with you on telling Kevin to cancel passes if the lines look short enough and rebook for another time. During spring break I would be scared (especially now that non Disney hotel guests can book 30 days in advance) that Ana and Elsa and possibly mine train might not be available. Hence my question: what are the chances of Mine Train not being available after that first 3 pass selection made in the morning. Or, are we even allowed to pick the same ride again, after completing our first 3 passes? Good luck everyone!! The planning ahead with fastpass can seem like a pain, but my experience was that it all ran smoothly and I was happy to have it once in the parks. BTW, I stood in an over 3 hour line to see Ana and Elsa in Norway last yr. (Spring 2014), then they decided to move them to Fantasyland, where fastpass is available.

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FrogBlog Feb 2, 2015 at 7:33 a.m.

Hi Ann,

Just to clarify, I am telling him that if he gets to a standby line for an attraction such as Seven Dwarfs and it's less than 20 minutes, then he should use the FastPass selection for something else. That is not likely to happen for Anna and Elsa. Seven Dwarfs has a pretty high FastPass capacity, so you might be able to snag one for your additional FP+ selection, but I wouldn't count on it during spring break. Yes, you can pick the same ride again for your additional FastPass selection (after the first three passes are used/expire).

Best

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Ann Jan 31, 2015 at 4:54 p.m.

Kevin

Don't cancel any Ana and Elsa passes. I checked my plans for spring break 2015, just to see if I should make a time change. The passes were no longer available. I would not risk it, not even if you are at the park. Probably especially if you are at the park. I am wondering about the mine train myself and how soon passes will run out for that later in the day. Just wanted to let you know, I stood in line for over 3 hours to see Ana and Elsa at home in Norway (Epcot), last year. I am so glad Disney decided to put them somehwere that has fastpass access. They were a little slow to respond to the public's demand on Frozen.

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Ann Jan 31, 2015 at 5:09 p.m.

Sorry, I keep returning to the not recommending fastpass early in the day thought. During Spring Break, I think getting it fairly early, so you can move on to your other choices for Magic Kingdom is a very good idea. Maybe because I am thinking about things like Peter Pan's Flight, which always has a huge line, considering the fact that the actual ride is so brief, and Mine Train, since it is still new for most of us. I usually book my first fastpass for around 10am. Nothing earlier. We tend to be slow moving in the mornings. So a 10 oclock gives us till 11 to make the time. Last year, first time using the new system, I found myself having to push the first pass forward, as we were running late. Especially if you are staying for several days and start slowing down. Allow time for breakfast, bus to park, etc. Then enjoy knowing you have the pass waiting. My daughter pointed out the fact to me, that she does not like to "rush" when she goes to MK. Good point! So, we allow time to meet characters at the entrance, etc. Time to take it all in. I think last year I had the kids rushing past it all in order to make our time at Peter Pan's Flight. I am a big fan of Peter Pan's Flight. I think it is a must do. Super charming. Fastpass is a blessing for this ride. When you do the standby line on this one, you feel cheated somehow, when the ride is so short. So at MK, remember to allow some time to enjoy the MAGIC before you get to that first fastpass selection. You would be surprised how quickly the time before that 1st selection flies by!! From my 1st time experience with fastpass last year (and this was when you only got 3 selections period), there is really no need to wait in long lines at Disney, unless you choose to do so. Also, you might consider grouping your pass selections, if possible, so that you are not zig zagging all over the park. Counting down: 36 days till Disney!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ang Jun 28, 2015 at 11:13 a.m.

Just hint for Dumbo: We rode Dumbo with no lines or waiting during the fireworks of a very busy high peak season day at MK.

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FrogBlog Jun 29, 2015 at 6:58 a.m.

Hi Ang,

Thanks for sharing!

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Ryan Jan 7, 2015 at 5:32 p.m.

I used the Fast Pass system when I visited with my family in July 2014. We are going again this July and plan to utilize the system again to the fullest. I do have a questions regarding the ability to get additional Fast Passes.... Must I have my entire family with me to get an additional Fast Pass or can they be doing something else while I wait in line? All our dining plan credits seemed to be linked to all the bands, so I didn't know if they could set up their additional passes through my band or with my account that I have through the My Disney Experience. Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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FrogBlog Jan 8, 2015 at 10:06 a.m.

Hi Ryan,

You don't all need to be there to get the additional FastPasses, and cast members would prefer that you are not all there. You will just need to have all of the other accounts linked to yours.

Best,

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Kristen Jan 10, 2015 at 8:04 p.m.

Just to clarify, after the first 3 FP+ are used, can you obtain an "unlimited" amount thereafter? So long as they are gotten and used one at a time? I don't want to misunderstand that you can only get a 4th extra after the first 3 are used. After the 4th can you go back for a 5th? And so on?

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FrogBlog Jan 11, 2015 at 3:27 p.m.

Hi Kristen,

Yes, that is correct. You will just need to make those additional reservations from the in-park kiosk.

Best,

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ANN Feb 1, 2015 at 6:42 p.m.

Will the "not needing fast passes till late morning" factor be true during spring break. I have my first fastpass for 10:15, but am wondering if I should slip something in to the 9 to 10 time slot. The park will open at 9. It will be a MK Monday, which I hear can be a crazy busy day in MK. This would let me be done with my 1st 3 passes by noon. Or is this a big no no, even during busy spring break time. Torn between the get them early and fast theory or wait to start the passes late morning......

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FrogBlog Feb 2, 2015 at 7:10 a.m.

Hi Ann,

You should not need a FastPass at 9 a.m., except for a couple of exceptions (Anna and Elsa and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train). If you want to make use of additional Fastpasses, I would still make the first three selections later morning and early afternoon. Anytime the standby is less than 20 minutes, you should not use FastPass.

Keep hopping!

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Leah Feb 4, 2015 at 3:49 p.m.

Hi, we travelled last March & as we weren't staying on disney property the queues for the fast pass + kiosks were ridiculous... I kept praying that the advance booking would be made available to non-resort guests. Now we are planning on visiting again in November & again not staying on disney property so I am delighted that we can book 30 days in advance. My question is... Are there new fastpasses made available at the 30 day mark for non-resort guests or have we no chance of getting mine train/Anna & elsa passes because these will have been snapped up by resort guests at the 60 day mark? Thanks

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FrogBlog Feb 5, 2015 at 9:45 a.m.

Hi Leah,

I don't know for sure, but I don't think new FastPasses are made available, which is why you could see no availability for popular attractions. That said, I think if you keep trying and looking for cancellations, you will likely get one. I mention in this post for meeting Elsa & Anna, but sometimes you can try to get a hard reservation for just one party member and then try copying the selection over to your other party members using the My Disney Experience app.

Keep hopping!

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Diane Feb 13, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

After I use my 3 pre-booked fastpasses and get a 4th at a kiosk, can I make a change or even copy that 4th fastpass via MDE app, or would I need to do that at a kiosk? For example, I am hoping to use the 4th fastpass for Tomorrowland Speedway for my son and husband, but I will be with my (hopefully) napping daughter. Could I make a 4th fastpass just for me at Jungle Cruise and then copy it to my husband and son's tickets via the app after they have done the Speedway, or would I have to make any changes at a kiosk? Just wanting to limit trips to the kiosk. Thanks!

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 11:33 a.m.

Hi Diane,

You would need to make the 4th reservation for your whole party at the kiosk. Your whole party doesn't have to be there, but you would need to have all of the physical tickets or MagicBands to make that happen. After that, you could modify that reservation via the MDE app.

Keep hopping!

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Annette Feb 22, 2015 at 11:58 p.m.

Hi. This is my first time staying on Disney property and using fastpassplus. My husband is in the military so we will be purchasing our tickets through a base but have not been able to get them yet. I'm freaking out because tomorrow is supposed to be our day to book our fast passes and we are obviously not ready. How quickly do they fill up? Will we still have a chance to get them for the major rides if we waited about a week from now? Thanks!

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 7:12 a.m.

Hi Annette,

You did not say whether you will be staying on-site or not. I will assume you are staying off-site, which would have you making reservations for the last week in March. You should still be able to get FastPass+ reservations for most attractions, although perhaps not ideal times. You are likely going to have trouble getting Anna and Elsa, Disney Festival of Fantasy and Wishes.

Keep hopping!

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Annette Feb 23, 2015 at 2:45 p.m.

Yes we will be staying on site! Im afraid by the time we purchase our tickets we wont be able to get fastpasses for things like the mine train and story time with Belle.

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 10:14 a.m.

Annette,

Since you are staying on-site that gives you a little more time to book FastPass+. I would try to get your tickets ASAP so you can get in there before the 30 day window opens for off-site guests. I don't think you'll miss out on those attractions, but you may end up with less-than-ideal times.

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TS Apr 15, 2015 at 6:50 p.m.

This confuses me, because you don't have to have tickets to book FP if you are a resort guest. ONce you have your reservation made at a Disney resort, you can book your FP+ out at 60 days. Right? So if your hotel booking is done you can get them now!

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FrogBlog Apr 15, 2015 at 3:53 p.m.

Hi TS,

You must have tickets to book your FastPass+ reservations, even if you are a resort guest. Once you have made reservations and have linked your tickets, you can book your FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance of check-in.

Keep hopping!

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Jen Feb 23, 2015 at 4:27 a.m.

If I want to change my fastpass (for instance, if the standby line is short and I decide to ride standby instead) do I need to change it before my window starts, or just anytime before it ends? Ex. If I have Buzz Lighyear from 1-2pm, would I need to change it before 1pm or 2pm? Thanks.

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 6:58 a.m.

Hi Jen,

You would need to change it before 2 p.m.

Keep hopping!

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Regen Feb 26, 2015 at 4:35 a.m.

After obtaining a 4th fastpass via the Park kiosk, can I change or update my selection via the MDE app? Also, does Disney plan to put additional fp+ kiosks in the Parks to alleviate long lines OR possibly allow us to make 4th, etc selections on the MDE app itself?

Great article and the informative comments are great! Thanks

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 9:33 a.m.

Hi Regen,

Yes, after you get a 4th FastPass from the kiosk, you can update your selection via the app. During busier times, additional cast members are on hand to help guests with reservations.

Keep hopping!

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Linda Mar 2, 2015 at 3:18 a.m.

I am so afraid to touch my fast pass selections now that I have such hard to get ones, but I have a questions...if I chose "change experience" in order just to SEE what may be out there, (thinking it may be nice to see if Festival Parade is still there)can I still just end up keeping what I had if I am not interested in what is available? Hope this makes sense...

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 7:24 a.m.

Hi Linda,

Yes, you can. No worries!!

Keep hopping!

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Le-Ann Apr 14, 2015 at 6:51 p.m.

We will be going in June 15-19, is that peak time already and which fast passes would you recommend to do first for adults?

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FrogBlog Apr 15, 2015 at 10:14 a.m.

Hi Le-Ann,

Yes, this is peak time. On our touring plans, we list all of the FastPass+ priorities. I would start with Magic Kingdom, and from there you will find links to all of the other parks!

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Tammy Apr 15, 2015 at 1:44 p.m.

we have a family of 4- 2 will be staying on site and the other 2 will be off site. What is the best way to get us all together on Tower of terror on a fast pass? Can the 2 off site persons buy a ticket and magic band and pre-book their fast passes too? How do we do this?

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FrogBlog Apr 15, 2015 at 9:49 a.m.

Hi Tammy,

To get all of your reservations together, you need to make sure you are all linked as family and friends in My Disney Experience, and make sure you all have valid tickets. You don't need MagicBands to make FastPass+ reservations — the tickets are the key. Your off-site party members can buy MagicBands if they want them, but they are optional. The two of you who are staying on-site should go ahead and make FastPass+ reservations when the window opens for ToT. When the other two get to 30 days out, you should copy your existing FastPass+ reservations over to them. You may or may not get the exact times, but Disney will try to get them as close as they can.

Good luck!

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Lori Apr 21, 2015 at 5:09 p.m.

We will be in WDW in Mid-July. While at EPCOT, If I use my last of the 3 pre-planned fast passes by 12:00, what are the chances at that time that I will be able to add one for Test Track (to return in the evening)?

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FrogBlog Apr 22, 2015 at 12:28 p.m.

Lori,

I think it's pretty slim, but you might luck out.

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Ricky D Apr 22, 2015 at 8:02 p.m.

From what I can tell, when you get the warning that your previous FP+ selections will be erased for the new ones, they will not get deleted until you finalize the new ones. This became evident when I lost my Internet connection while trying to make changes and I thought I lost my selections before making the changed new ones.

Now for my question...my apologies if it's been asked and answered already...Do you have to use all three before you can use one more or are the selections appended as you go? Right now, I have the Wishes fireworks show as a FP+ selection in the evening and two other attractions in the morning. Once I use the first two (which leaves the just 9:45pm Wishes selection), can I make two more selections at the kiosks and still have the Wishes FP+ or am I finished with FP+ until I use the very last one?

Example: FP1 @ 9:45am-10:45am, FP2 @ 12:30pm-1:30pm, FP3 @ 9:45pm-9:55pm. At 11:00 am after I've used FP1, can I use a kiosk to FP something else (FP4) then at 2pm get another (FP5) or can I not FP anything else at all until after the very last one. If so, we've discovered a MAJOR caveat in getting a Fast Pass for the park-closing fireworks shows.

One more question, when we went in 2004, back when you can only FP one thing at a time, randomly, the system would give us bonus Fast Passes for nearby attractions - especially if the FP was hours away. Do you know if the system still does this?

Thanks for the very informative site.

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FrogBlog Apr 23, 2015 at 7:23 a.m.

Hi Ricky,

You cannot get the additional FastPasses until you have used all of your first three, or their one-hour window has expired. So if you have a reservation for Wishes, you are not going to be able to get an additional FastPass until after that time. Also, you can only get those additional FastPasses one at a time. After you have used the first, you can get a second and so forth.

The old FastPass system is not in use at all anymore.

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Ricky D Apr 23, 2015 at 8:16 p.m.

Thanks, I was afraid of that. I was trying to get my 4-year-old twins to see the fireworks show without having to fight 20,000 people. I should've known the setup was too good to be true. It'll take some rearranging, but thanks to your info, I now know HOW to make the rearrangements. Much appreciated!

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Kathryn May 27, 2015 at 4:18 p.m.

We have decided which rides to FastPass+, how long should we leave between each of the 3 rides (if we get a choice) ?

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FrogBlog May 28, 2015 at 7:47 a.m.

Hi Kathryn,

There is a one-hour separation between them, so you don't have to worry about that.

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Ashley Jun 14, 2015 at 8:43 p.m.

Hi, I've used the Fastpass+ in Spring 2014 and loved it. I think it is great that they have added the option to get additional ones after you have used your morning ones, with that said, can the additional ones be at a different park location then the first set?

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FrogBlog Jun 15, 2015 at 9:09 a.m.

Hi Ashley,

After you have used your first three, your additional FastPasses can be from any park, you just have to be inside that park to make the reservations. For example, you could spend your day at Magic Kingdom and use your first three passes. If you wanted your additional FastPass to be in Epcot, you would need to be inside Epcot to make that reservation.

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Valerie Jun 16, 2015 at 3:06 a.m.

Can you clarify the following statement? I can't figure out how to do it. "try getting a reservation for only one member of your party. If you get that coveted reservation for one of you, copy it over to the rest of your party."

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FrogBlog Jun 22, 2015 at 8:16 a.m.

Hi Valerie,

Try to get the in-demand reservation for one person in your party. So you book FastPass+ reservations for just yourself, including that one reservation that is hard to get (such as Elsa and Anna). Once yours are set, then you can copy those selections over to your other party members. Sometimes this works for getting a tough reservation, and sometimes it does not. You will need to make sure that you are linked to all of your party members in My Disney Experience for this to work.

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