How To Use Fastpasses Like A Pro

How To Use Fastpasses Like a Pro

  1. Know Which Rides Have It
    Disneyland/California Adventure

    1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    2. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
    3. California Screamin’
    4. Goofy’s Sky School
    5. Grizzly River Run
    6. Haunted Mansion
    7. Space Mountain
    8. Indiana Jones™ Adventure
    9. Radiator Springs Racers
    10. Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
    11. Soarin’ Around the World
    12. Splash Mountain
    13. Star Tours

Walt Disney World by park

Magic Kingdom

  1. Ariel’s Grotto
  2. The Barnstormer
  3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  4. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  5. Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
  6. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  7. Enchanted Tales with Belle
  8. Haunted Mansion
  9. Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
  10. It’s a Small World
  11. Jungle Cruise
  12. Mad Tea Party
  13. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  14. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  15. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
  16. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  17. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  18. Peter Pan’s Flight
  19. Pirates of the Caribbean
  20. Meet Rapunzel and Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall
  21. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  22. Space Mountain
  23. Splash Mountain
  24. Tomorrowland Speedway
  25. Meet Mickey Mouse at the Town Square Theater
  26. Meet Tinker Bell at the Town Square Theater
  27. Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid


Tier 1 FASTPASS+ Attractions

  1. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  2. Living with the Land
  3. Soarin’ Around the World
  4. Test Track
  5. Mission: SPACE
  6. Frozen Ever After

Tier 2 FASTPASS+ Attractions

  1. Epcot Character Spot
  2. Journey into Imagination with Figment
  3. The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  4. Spaceship Earth
  5. Turtle Talk with Crush
  6. Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival

Hollywood Studios

Tier 1 FASTPASS+ Attractions

  1. Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  2. Fantasmic!
  3. The Great Movie Ride
  4. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith
  5. Toy Story Midway Mania!

Tier 2 FASTPASS+ Attractions

  1. Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
  2. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  3. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
  4. Muppet*Vision 3D
  5. Star Tours–The Adventures Continue
  6. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  7. Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Animal Kingdom

  1. Adventurers Outpost
  3. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  4. Festival of the Lion King
  5. Finding Nemo – The Musical
  6. Flights of Wonder
  7. It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  8. Kali River Rapids
  9. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  10. Primeval Whirl

Disney World has changed over to Fastpass+ which is essentially a virtual line of people for a certain attraction. You can choose 1 attraction from tier 1 and 2 attractions from tier 2 before entering the parks on your My Disney Experience app or the website. You can then choose the times for your Fastpass+ selections and after using them, you can choose new attractions on the Fastpass+ kiosks located around the parks or on your app. Just like regular Fastpasses (still available at Disneyland) you have a 15 minute grace period meaning that your 2 pm – 3 pm window really ends at 3:15 pm. I wouldn’t recommend getting too close to the end of the period just in case you don’t make it.

Disneyland has stuck to the original paper Fastpasses, indicating what time and ride it is for as well as when you can get another Fastpass. The rides and shows that offer paper Fastpasses have kiosks right outside the rides or in specific areas near the show area. These make great souvenirs but can also be lost easily. It all depends on how you like to organize your rides and times.

2. Have One Person in Charge of Tickets or Fastpass+
This will take the clutter out of organizing Fastpasses. Instead of having a group of 7 in line for Fastpasses, one person can slip in and get the paper passes for everyone. Registering tickets on the My Disney Experience app or website can make getting the Fastpass+ easier than having everyone do it on their own account or phone. Since everyone in the group needs a Fastpass, you can get them all together to keep the group organized and simpler.
3. Set an alarm on your phone

Time management is crucial for Fastpasses, making sure that you make that hour time window is the best way to stay out of line and on the rides. So, for instance, you wouldn’t want to get in a 45 minute line when your Fastpass starts in a half-hour just in case the line takes longer than the estimated wait time and you miss your time window. A solution to this is to wait to use that Fastpass+ in a half-hour so you can get another Fastpass+ for the 45 minute wait time ride. If the case was in Disneyland, you can always wait for the next Fastpass time window to open to get another pass for the 45 minute wait time ride.

Staying away from longer wait times and setting an alarm on your phone for about 20 minutes before your time window will help to keep you on track of the Fastpass schedule. You can also set reminders for Fastpass+ on My Disney Experience.

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4. Disneyland Show Tickets Do Not Count as Fastpasses

This is super important to know if you want to maximize your Fastpasses. If you can make your way toward the Fastpass kiosks for shows like Fantasmic and World of Color, you can have 2-3 Fastpasses at a time! Be aware that these tickets do run out and the earlier you get a ticket for these shows, the better the seat you will have unless you have a dining package for a certain show. The Fantasmic Fastpasses are usually right near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, meaning you can grab Fastpasses for both early in the morning and still ride Big Thunder with little to no wait.

5. Use Them Wisely

Make sure to use Fastpasses for rides that really need it! Like the last tip, for example, you can get a Fastpass to Splash Mountain and Fantasmic when the park first opens and then ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad with little to no wait since the park has just opened. If you don’t plan on getting wet that day, you can do this sort of idea in any section of the park depending on which rides are more important to you. Grabbing a Fastpass to Space Mountain when the park first opens and hopping on Space Ranger Spin can save time. If you really love a ride, you can get a Fastpass and hop on the ride immediately to ride it twice with little to no wait. The world is your oyster, you just need to decide on which rides are most important with you and your group.

6. Use An App to Keep Up on Wait Times

Wait time apps are super easy to find on the Play Store or the App Store by simply searching for Disneyland or World wait times. They’re usually updated by park goers like yourself and are mostly accurate. My Disney Experience also has a wait time section in the app for this. Checking these can help decide on if you want to walk across the park to a ride with a 45 minute ride or stay near the 20 minute waits. It also helps decide on if you want to get Fastpasses for a ride or just try the regular line. The same is true for killing time before a dinner reservation.

7. The 2 Hour Rule

This rule does not apply to Disney World but as soon as you use your other Fastpasses, you can select new ones form the many kiosks. The 2 hour rule comes into play usually when getting a Fastpass at Disneyland from a popular ride or attraction. Let’s say you got a Fastpass for Space Mountain at 8:30 am for 12:30 – 1:30. That’s awhile away so the Fastpass will give you a time at the bottom of the ticket when you can get another! This is the 2 hour rule. If your Fastpass is more than 2 hours away, it will give you the time another Fastpass will be available. You can use this information to your advantage, getting the rides you want most out of the way first while the others wait!

8. Great Souvenirs ~BONUS~

At Disneyland, the paper Fastpasses are great for souvenirs but if you use them, they’re gone! A quick way to get a cheap souvenir is to get an invalid Fastpass from the kiosks. When you go to get your Fastpass for Space Mountain, simply get your actual Fastpass for the ride and insert your ticket one more time. This will print out a non-valid Fastpass which you can use to add to your ticket collection or for scrapbooking as it has the time and date on the ticket as well as the ride logos on the top.

Do you know any other tips for Fastpasses? Any questions? Let us know in the comments!




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