Fastpass+ Explained

Everybody knows what one of the worst parts of Disney World (or any theme park) is- waiting in lines. Now, although you’ll always have to wait a tiny bit, there is a way to basically skip entire lines at Disney World, and that is Fastpass. Fastpass was first introduced at Disney World in 1999, but back then Disney used paper strips for it. Now, all Fastpasses are mobile and are attached to your park ticket or MagicBand. There are lots of questions asked about Fastpass, and today I’m answering them all.

How much does it cost?

Fastpasses actually don’t cost any money! It is all included in your park ticket, so if you have a ticket, you can make Fastpass reservations.

How many do I get?

To start a day, you get three Fastpasses for one park only. You can do this every day. But after you use the first three Fastpasses, you can book one more at a time, and they can be from different parks. Using this strategy, you can use your first three Fastpasses in late morning or early afternoon, then book many more Fastpasses throughout the rest of the day.

Can I choose from any rides?

No, because some attractions don’t take Fastpass. But, all of the big-name, headline attractions do. However, Disney has tier systems which prevent you from using all of your three Fastpasses on the big-name attractions. The tiers are listed below, and I will make recommendations in later posts.

Magic Kingdom– No tiers. Animal Kingdom– Tier one (Choose one)- Flight of Passage and Navi River Journey. Tier two (Choose two)- DINOSAUR, Expedition Everest, Finding Nemo – The Musical, UP! A Great Bird Adventure, It’s Tough to be a Bug, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Meet Favorite Disney Pals, Primeval Whirl, Festival of the Lion King, and Animation Experience. Hollywood Studios– Tier one (Choose one)- Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad, Millennium Falcon-Smugglers Run, and Slinky Dog Dash. Tier two (Choose two)- Toy Story Mania!, Rock β€˜n’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, Alien Swirling Saucers, Beauty and the Beast, Disney Junior Dance Party, Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!, Muppet Vision 3D, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Fantasmic, and Star Tours. Epcot– Tier one (Choose one)- Frozen Ever After, Test Track, and Soarin’. Also, there are limited Fastpasses per ride, so when booking after your first three, most tier two options will be there, but tier ones are much harder to get after your first three.

How far in advance can you book?

If you are staying on-site, you can book Fastpasses 60 days in advance, but if you are staying off-site, you can only book 30 days in advance. This makes it much harder to get all of your favorite rides if you’re staying off-site.

How long is the window to use your Fastpass?

The window is generally one hour, but there is a five-minute grace period before your window, and a fifteen-minute one after.

How do I book Fastpasses after my first three?

You can book them on My Disney Experience or by using one of many kiosks located throughout the park.

So, that’s Fastpass and how to use it. I’ll be back with another post next week, giving my recommendations for Fastpasses in Magic Kingdom

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