This FastPass + Complete Guide at Walt Disney World, in addition to detailing what it is and how to schedule it, offers tips for getting the best FastPass in all Disney parks.
By following these strategies, you can use the Disney app to get the best FastPass + selections, minimizing wait times on your trip.
This complete and detailed guide to FastPass + at Walt Disney World has been tweaked several times to help you plan your trip, taking into account all system and park launches and changes.
Here we approach strategies for the FastPasses of the attractions in Pandora & #8211; Avatar World, Frozen Ever After FastPass + and other hard to get FastPass + tour bookings.
Spoiler: In our last Walt Disney World we got fastPass + for Flight of Passage (and we had no reservation in disney hotel & #8211; for those who don't know, disney hotel guests can schedule fastPass + 30 days in advance from non-guests)
Before we get to these specific tips, let's give more information about FastPass +.
You may be wondering what exactly is the Fastpass +? Well, it's essentially a timed reservation on a particular attraction.
You make a FastPass + reservation and access the attraction where you booked the reservation during the allocated time period (say 1:20 & #8211; 14:20), enter the FastPass + line and have a minimum wait in line. It's like a VIP line, but there is no charge for using FastPass +.
Will I still get in line? YES! FastPass also has a queue, but as they release according to the schedule, the queue you will get is much smaller than the normal attraction queue.
FastPass + is the second generation of FastPass at Walt Disney World, replacing FastPass paper reserves (in some other disney parks like DisneyLand California it's still on paper).
The idea, then, was to get people out of line and allow them to do other things while they waited for the attraction (or show) reservation window.
The original FastPass system had its strengths and weaknesses and could be leveraged to allow those doing homework a strategic advantage.
FastPass + was feared to exist when it was officially launched a few years ago by those who dominated the old system, but FastPass + has its own advantages. While FastPass + cannot be exploited to the same degree as regular FastPass paper, if you are smart and well-versed, it can save you a lot of time on your Disney park ride.
All we need is a little patience and time to understand how FastPass + works.
FASTPASS + RESERVATION STEP BY STEP
There are two ways to get the FastPass +: Through the My Disney Experience app or website prior to your visit, or through in-house kiosks for guests who don't have smartphones or don't buy tickets in advance.
O FastPass + It is then stored in MagicBand or your park tickets. (Magic Bands are not required to use FastPass +, you can link them to your ticket card normally)
The importance of booking the FastPass + before your trip has to be overemphasized, and this is one of the big reasons why we recommend buying tickets as early as possible (tdiscount tickets & #8211; just use our coupon: PDP on this LINK ) .
Many FastPass + to popular attractions sell out quickly, and get reservations FastPass + Advance can literally save hours in line, or prevent you from completely missing out on experiences (in case of launch attractions that have exceeded the 4-hour mark).
O FastPass + can be reserved for any time window during the park's normal opening hours, as long as available.
O FastPass + cannot be booked during extra magic hours or special events such as the Christmas Party or the Halloween party.
In addition, the times of the FastPass + cannot overlap. But rest assured that these restrictions are seen straight away by the app, it will not allow you to commit these infractions.
You rescue the FastPass + passing the MagicBand or ticket against a “Mickey Head” RFID reader (a white-flashing mickey-shaped toten) outside the FastPass +.
You can book 3 FastPass + per day before your vacation. You can arrive 5 minutes early or 15 minutes late to use your FastPass + reservation and RFID readers will allow you to sign in. So, in fact, your & #8220; time window & #8221; lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Once these FastPass + starter selections have been redeemed, you can reserve additional selections on the same day as available. This is now possible with the app in addition to the built-in kiosks.
On our last trip we got to schedule 9 fastPass + on the same day. After using the initial 3 you can schedule 1 more and after using that one more 1 and so on.
Right after you pass the RFID reader, the system already counts as fastPass + used, so you can already schedule another, what we did is, while we were queuing that fastPass + (even small), we were already looking for another available near the time where we would get out of the attraction.
The early booking process for the FastPass + It's relatively simple when you understand it, but it's one of those things that is so much easier to understand when you can see something to help you visualize the process, so I'll walk you through and explain some additional things.
For this demonstration, I'm using the My Disney Experience website, but it's pretty much the same in the app. Before you begin, you must download the My Disney app or sign in to your account at http://disneyworld.com
When you buy the tickets Walt Disney World in advance and staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel, you can make your FastPass + selections up to 60 days prior to check-in for the duration of your stay.
If you are not staying at a Disney resort, you can only schedule 30 days.
These booking windows open at 7am on the 30- or 60-day mark, so don't wait until 8am to do this as if it was Early Meal Booking! Orlando time, guys!
Wonderful, now let's show how to schedule fastPass +:
Make sure you're signed in to My Disney Experience on your computer or phone, open the My Disney Experience menu, click FastPass +, and be ready to go at 7am (from Orlando).
When the clock reaches 7, click the button & #8220; Start & #8221; FastPass + page and start making your selections through the process shown below…
(First, you will be taken to a screen where you select your friends and determine who you will make reservations for. For the privacy of my friends who may not want your information on the blog, I am skipping the screen & #8230;)
Then select the date and wait.
These images are from a schedule we made a few years ago, but rest assured that nothing has changed and the screens are still exactly the same so far in 2020!
Then you make your individual selections of the attraction and time you want, so always remember to stay tuned when shifting between one attraction and another if you pick up nearby times.
After choosing your time, the app or website will show you the confirmation screen.
After confirming, it will ask if I want another FastPass +. If so, select yes and repeat the process. The new system is quite easy and works very similarly on the phone.
I even recommend that the scheduling be done via the application instead of the site, because I find it much easier and intuitive.
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When you return to the FastPass + screen, you will see your reservations, modify them, etc. It's all very intuitive.
If you can use Facebook, you can use this system, including facebook is much more complicated ehehhhh.
Chances are that any questions you have about site functionality will answer after playing with it for 5 minutes.
And if you still can't figure out how to do something, no problem, just send us a message here in this post or in any of our social media!
With all that said, don't be afraid to ask the questions below, but as the fundamentals of booking the FastPass + It's easy to understand, let's move on to the strategy of which attractions to pick, which is where the fun begins and here where everything will make a difference in your trip!
BEST FASTPASS + BY PARK
Let's try not to stretch too far around in case you care about the best choices and don't want to read a long explanation of why (this is in the strategy below).
Here are the options where you will save more time in each park:
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Peter Pan's Flight
- Splash mountain
- Space mountain
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Frozen Ever After (Tier 1)
- Soarin 'Around the World (Tier 1)
- Test Track (Tier 1) - single rider recommended instead
- Spaceship Earth (Tier 2)
- Mission: Space (Tier 2)
Disney's Hollywood Studios
- Slinky Dog Dash (Tier 1)
- Alien Swirling Saucers (Tier 1)
- Toy Story Mania (Tier 1)
- Rock 'N' Roller Coaster (Tier 2)
- Tower of terror (Tier 2)
Disney's Animal Kingdom
- Flight of Passage Avatar (Tier 1)
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Everest Expedition
These are objectively the best choices, but may not be the best options for you, depending on which attractions interest you (note also that some of the above have height restrictions, so they may not be the best options for families).
The best thing you can do before opening your FastPass + is to look at Walt Disney World wait times just before your trip and identify the most attractive waiting attractions for you.
And also check if the attractions are of your profile. Because some may be too childish or others too radical for your taste.
If it's getting too complicated here, rest assured, we have the custom script service where we will do your profile analysis and set up your entire park schedule (including the fastPass + schedule as well), so you travel more smoothly!
FASTPASS + STRATEGY
If it is not surprising that not all the attractions of the FastPass + are created equally. Some are really hard to come by, and others are apparently always available (think of them as the FastPass + “participant award”).
I point out that the difficulty of fastPass varies with time, the tips below are from the present moment in 2020!
Let's start with the hard ones.
Currently, the second most coveted FastPass + in all of Walt Disney World is Avatar Flight of Passage, which is now open on Pandora & #8211; World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Along with Na River Journey, these are the two new attractions of the new Avatar Land #8221; from Walt Disney World. Although these attractions have been open for almost a year (time flies!), They are still Walt Disney's biggest attractions. World.
For these two attractions, the Animal kingdom adopted an almost hierarchical approach.
In this context, you cannot maintain FastPasses for both Pandora attractions simultaneously. While both attractions have long waits, the more popular FastPass + is already proving to be the Flight of Passage Avatar.
Since this is the thrilling ride (while Na & #8217; vi River Journey is a slow boat ride), it is likely to have longer wait times.
As such, we recommend trying to set up a FastPass + for Flight of Passage and making Na & #8217; vi river through the normal queue, remembering to arrive early in the park to ensure the shortest possible queue.
Rivers of Light is another new FastPass + offering at Animal Kingdom, but as it is a nightly show, we do not recommend that you book a FastPass + in advance.
Since its initial popularity declined, FastPass + on the same day is very easy to pick up around noon.
For now, we recommend using these additional FastPass + allocations for Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest.
If you want the Frozen Ever After, you can get a little bit more restful, although it was once the hardest attraction to get fastPass + in every resort, Frozen Ever After has been relatively easy to get a fastPass +.
OK that not always at the desired time, but anyway epcot is a park that is usually easy to fit in with the smallest amount of them.
Slinky Dog Dash at Disney & #8217; s Hollywood Studios is DHS's most coveted FastPass + (until the opening of Galaxy´s Edge). It's not as popular today as Flight of Passage, but it's still hard to catch.
If you can't get Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers is a good alternative, but not as popular (or as good) as the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster.
Luckily, at the rope drop or late at night, the wait times shouldn't be too bad for Slinky Dog Dash, so it's not the end of the world if you can't get this. FastPass +.
A final tip for these super-popular FastPass + attractions: If there's something you absolutely must do, update the app regularly, especially on the day of your visit. People cancel FastPass + reservations at the last minute, and if you're diligent, you can even get a Flight of Passage!
Since many guests have no idea what FastPass + is like until they show up at the park that day (I would say that describes most guests), you are essentially in a “race” with other guests to use your FastPass + and get started. To make additional selections before other guests, select & #8220; good & #8221; FastPass + sell out the day.
Think of it as The Hunger Games, except with the Disney rides.
At the Magic kingdomIt is worth noting that many of the attractions that will have high end-of-day wait times are located close to each other, have a short commute and can be quickly eliminated with the least early morning wait.
So if the park opening is at 9am, you might be better served by running to Peter Pan, then Winnie the pooh, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the little mermaid until things at Fantasyland start to get crowded.
This is especially important in Magic Kingdom, where there are more than 15 attractions for which FastPass + is useful in helping to avoid waiting.
For this reason, an ideal strategy in Magic Kingdom is to spend both hours doing popular and short standby attractions, then using FastPass + for different attractions and then getting and redeeming more FastPass + as soon as possible (continuing this strategy) as long as you are able) and then doing unpopular attractions and / or redeeming additional FastPass + in the middle of the day.
Finally, by the end of the night, you will be in standby again as the crowds and waiting times decrease. (We always recommend queuing for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 1 minute before the park closes!)
Remembering that Magic Kingdom is a very large park with a lot to do, making it almost impossible to do everything in just one day.
There is much to learn or relearn, as appropriate, but it is still possible to absorb more information about the FastPass + so that it works better for you. Just remember, it's an art, not a science. You'll get the hang of it when you start using FastPass +
I know this is a lot to digest about FastPass +, especially considering how intuitive and easy to use the system really is, so let's finish this one. FastPass + Guide over here.
Like many things related to Walt Disney World, they are intimidating at first, with a lot of superficial complexities. However, also like much of Walt Disney World's travel planning, it's surprisingly simple to understand (despite the sheer volume of information needed).
There are some complexities that make the domain difficult and I think I managed to get through a lot of them.
If you have specific questions or are interested in park by park guides for the FastPass +, feel free to ask and we will endeavor to answer in the comments below. And if you want a custom script for your family, Just send us the form here!
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