It’s currently around 120 days until I go to Disney so there’s still another 60 before I can book our fastpasses, but this is still something I’ve already started to think about because I’m so obsessed with this holiday.
Fastpass+, the system that allows you to go in a much shorter attraction line at Walt Disney World, may sound simple. You can pick three rides or attractions in advance, you’re given specific times to go back to these attractions, and you get to smile smugly at everyone waiting in the regular line as you step right onto the ride.
There is a lot more to the system, though. From getting your fastpasses at the best times, to picking the best attractions, it’s not too difficult to maximise what you can get out of the system.
Lately I’ve heard of people choosing to fastpass rides that rarely have wait times of over 20 minutes, which is a bit of a waste. For example, at Epcot you can fastpass either Test Track, which often has a wait of over an hour, or Living with the Land, which rarely takes longer than ten minutes to get onto. If you think strategically, you can get even more out of your Disney trip. Here are all of my top tips for you.
First of all, it’s important to know which attractions can be fastpassed. WDWinfo.com have this fantastic list, and I’ve highlighted my top picks in bold:
Magic Kingdom (choose 3):
- it’s a small world
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Haunted Mansion
- Jungle Cruise
- Mad Tea Party
- Meet Anna and Elsa – Princess Fairytale Hall
- Meet Ariel at her Grotto
- Meet Cinderella and Rapunzel – Princess Fairytale Hall
- Meet Mickey Mouse – Town Square Theater
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- The Barnstormer
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid
Disney’s Animal Kingdom (choose 3):
- Expedition Everest
- Finding Nemo – The Musical
- Flights of Wonder
- It’s Tough to be a Bug
- Kali River Rapids
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
- Primeval Whirl
At Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the attractions are separated into groups that you can choose from.
Epcot Group A (choose 1):
- IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
- Living with the Land
- Test Track
Epcot Group B (choose 2):
- Captain EO
- Character Spot
- Journey Into Imagination
- Mission: SPACE
- Spaceship Earth
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Turtle Talk with Crush
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Group A (choose 1):
- Toy Story Mania!
- Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- The Great Movie Ride
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Group B (choose 2):
- For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
- Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
- Star Tours
- Muppet*Vision 3D
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
As you can see, that’s a lot to choose from! Plus, Disney are always updating their lists of fastpass attractions, adding and taking things away all the time. So where do you start?
You shouldn’t fastpass shows.
This includes live shows like Beauty and the Beast and 3D movies like Phillarmagic. With 3D movie shows, you could join the line just as one show starts, so you’ll have to wait 20 minutes until the next showing no matter if you have a fastpass or not. If you fastpass a live show, your return time will be around thirty minutes before the show starts, which is around the time that people walking straight into the theatre will turn up anyway. You will get a reserved part of the theatre with better seats, but that’s probably not as valuable as getting to skip the Tower of Terror queue.
Find out what is most popular.
If you haven’t been to Disney before, or haven’t been for many years, it can be tough to know which attractions have the biggest queues. You would be wise to think that all the rollercoasters have the biggest queues, which is true with rides like Space Mountain and the Rock ‘n Rollercoaster. But you might not guess that Peter Pan’s Flight very rarely has a wait time of less than 60 minutes, even late at night. I’ve put the attractions that I think you should fastpass in bold above to help you get started.
Look out for single rider.
Some of the really popular fastpasses have single rider lines, including Test Track and Rock ‘n Rollercoaster. If you don’t mind sitting next to someone you don’t know, you could save this fastpass and use it on a ride that has a big queue and no quick single rider option.
Book in advance.
Most people have to book their fastpasses 30 days in advance, which gives you plenty of time to get a good plan together and swap around anything you’re not sure about. But, if you’re staying in a Disney hotel you can book up to 60 days in advance. This gives you first pick of all the super popular fastpasses, like for meeting Anna and Elsa and the Seven Dwarves Mine Train. Don’t miss out on your first pick of the attractions. In the UK, new fastpasses come out at midday so don’t forget to set your alarm.
Used them all up? Carry on!
If you use up all your three pre-booked fastpasses in the morning, you can book one another on the My Disney Experience app or by talking to a Fastpass+ Cast Member. And once you’ve used that, you can book one more, and so on until the park closes.
Pick times that are close together.
Did you know that all of the fastpasses you order on any one day have to be all in the same park? So if I was spending the morning in Magic Kingdom and the evening in Epcot I would have to pick which park I wanted my fastpasses to be in. Therefore, it’s most flexible to get fastpass times that are close to one another. Once you’ve used all your fastpasses in Magic Kingdom you can head straight for Epcot and select more passes, like I mentioned above.
I hope this has helped with your Disney World trip planning. Do you have any more tips? Let others know by leaving them in the comments!