Headed to Walt Disney World for the first time and not sure what to make of the whole Disney FastPass system? There are specific dates to know, weird rules and then there’s those weird kiosks. It can get confusing! Here’s your quick and dirty, not-too-wordy guide to FastPasses at Walt Disney World!
Disney FastPasses Are Linked to Your Magic Band
To be clear, FastPasses at Walt Disney World are FREE. And included as a perk you get access to when you buy a ticket. Fast Passes will be linked to your magic band. If you don’t have a Magic Band, they will be linked to your Park Tickets. If you want a Magic Band, you can buy one here… and link it to your Disney Account. This way everything becomes much easier and you can get on rides in a snap! You can even link your credit card to the Magic Band to pay for meals and merchandise with ease as well. FastPasses are also noted as FP+ throughout the parks, so don’t be confused, they are all the same thing!
Stay On-Site to Reserve Your FastPasses Sooner
Guests staying on site can reserve their FastPasses 60 days before the start of their trip. We highly recommend doing this as soon as possible because some popular rides run out of FastPasses quickly! For the popular new rides ( like we saw with Frozen Ever After ) and anything new at Disney, fastpasses may be gone for your reserved dates, for this reason we always recommend staying on-site when you know anything new and spectacular may be on your agenda.
Off Site Disney World Guest FastPass Timeline
Guests not staying on site can reserve their FastPasses 30 days in advance.
Annual Passholders Not Staying On-Site
Annual Passholders can reserve Fast Passes 30 days beforehand, unless you are staying on WDW property then you are given the same FP+ window as resort guests.
How Many FastPasses Do I Get?
Each guest is allowed 3 FastPasses. Once you have used all 3, you can select 1 at a time as they are available. You used to have to go to the Kiosks in the Park to get more Fast Passes after using your original 3, however now it can all be done using the My Disney Experience App. Make sure you’ve got it on your phone!
Can I reserve more than just 3 FastPasses in one day?
Yes! Once you have used all your fast passes that were previously scheduled, you can reserve others. For this reason it’s good to reserve your scheduled fast passes early. That way if you get done with rides at 2pm, there’s a chance that some fast passes for the day may still be left. If it’s 5pm, however when your last fast pass finishes, there may not be any more fast passes for the taking. There are FP+ kiosks located throughout the Parks in case you are not able to make the FP+ on your phone and there are Cast Members there to help you if needed!
Some FP+ selections are considered tiered attractions. This means that you can only choose 1 attraction in the higher tiered category per day, even if you will be going to more than one park. For example, you cannot book the Seven Dwarves Mine Train and Frozen Ever After in the same day. So choose your top tiered FP+ wisely.
Do I need a Park Ticket to Get a FastPass?
You must have a ticket of some kind linked to your My Disney Experience account in order to book your FastPasses. So if you are staying offsite, don’t have a Magic Your Way package or Annual Pass, and aren’t an Annual Passholder, make sure you that you buy your tickets ahead of time in order to be able to choose your FP+. This is just because the system needs to be able to link the passes to something!
What if the Disney Ride Breaks Down?
If a ride that you have FastPassed breaks down before you can use your FP+, you will get another one automatically added to your My Disney Experience app so you can book another one.
How Much Time do I have to Use a FastPass?
The FP+ allows you to cut the line during a 1 specific hour window; if you do not return to your FP+ attraction, then you will lose that specific FP+ but you will be able to schedule another one in its place. This does not mean you will necessarily get the same attraction though, just another opportunity to FastPass something. Keep this in mind if you have a hard to get FP+ or just one that you really wanted.
Why is the FastPass Line longer than the Regular Line?
The FP+ lines are not always fast and they’re not always the fastest either. Some rides that don’t really require FP+ will sometimes be longer than the regular lines during slow periods.
Can I use my FastPass during Special Events?
FP+ are not available during special events like the Halloween Party or during Extra Magic Hours.
What are the Best Strategies for Hard To Get FastPasses?
Here’s our best tips for trying to get the most coveted fast passes. This will hopefully give you a little insight to how this system works.
- FastPasses are booked at 7am EST. So be up and be ready as soon as your fastpass window opens. Have the screen ready at 6:59am
- Make sure you sign out, then sign back in to your My Disney Experience App, or Disney account on the computer BEFORE you’re ready to book fastpasses.
- Be in a very reliable wi-fi connection or turn your wi-fi off and just use data if you’re worried.
- Book Tier 1 fastpasses first across all parks, all days.
- Do Not Make Your FastPass selection in chronological order. Select all your “Hard To Get” fast passes first. You can always go back and add your other fast passes after the tough ones are booked.
- The days at the end of your trip will have better fastpass availability than the beginning of your trip.
- Don’t use fastpasses on shows or parades
- Be aware of FastPass windows. They are 1 hour long.
- If all your fastpasses are used, you can check the app to see what other fastpasses are available.
So there you have it, everything you ever wanted(or maybe didn’t want!) to know about using FastPasses at Walt Disney World. What did we leave out? What other questions do you have about FastPasses?