By now, those of you who have been keeping up with the changes with FastPass+ have heard that you can obtain additional FastPasses in the park after you have used your first three selections of the day. With the busiest months ahead of us, we wanted to offer additional guidance for obtaining additional FastPasses and using FastPass+ in summer. Getting those extra FastPasses sounds good in theory, but there are some practical factors to consider.
First of all, the park that you are most likely to benefit from using those additional FastPasses in is Magic Kingdom. This park has many more rides than the others, and more rides that will have availability later in the day. I am not saying that you won't find any availability at the other parks, but there will be fewer options.
Another point to consider is that by 2 p.m., 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 is going to be pretty slim. The good news is that there should be good availability for many other rides, especially at Magic Kingdom. Keep in mind that standby times for the less busy, high-load capacity rides have increased under FastPass+ as the park has become more "load balanced."What families need to weigh is the time they will spend in line at the kiosks vs. the time they would spend in line for the rides.
While guests can pre-book their first three FastPasses ahead of their trip from the My Disney Experience website or app, they must use the in-park kiosks to make additional FastPass reservations after they have used those first three. This presents a challenge, because the kiosks do get busier, especially during the afternoons when guests are trying to book those additional FastPasses.
Between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., peak traffic times for the parks, the kiosks see longer waits as guests who have used their first three FastPasses are ready to get a 4th. In Magic Kingdom, the kiosks near Jungle Cruise, Mickey's Philharmagic and Tomorrowland in particular see longer waits during these times. If you can, use the kiosks in Storybook Circus and Frontierland instead. If the wait for the kiosk is more than 45 minutes, go on to something else and come back to the kiosk later.
Here are some tips for using FastPass+ in light of the changes:
No matter when you're visiting, FastPass+ is a must -- but especially in the busy summer months!
Now we'd like to hear from you. Have you been able to get additional FastPasses beyond your first three? How many did you get? What was the wait time at the kiosk and which location did you use? Do you have any tips to share?
Those of you looking for more information about how FastPass+ works, should check out our FastPass+ FAQ page.
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