Walt Disney World FastPass+ (How to Use it)

Magicbands for FastPass+

At any theme park you visit, one of the main complaints you hear about is the wait times while in line. It costs a lot of money to visit a theme park, so spending the majority of your day standing around in line is less than desirable. This is where FastPass+ comes in to the picture. FastPass+ at Walt Disney World is one of my favourite customer service features offered. When used correctly, you can spend minimal time in lines and more time on the rides you paid for. In the past I’ve seen some confusion surrounding the FastPass+ service, so I have put together a simple guide. I’m going to keep it as straight forward as possible – no fluff!

 

Your Questions Answered:

  1. What is FastPass+?
  2. How does Fastpass+ makes lines shorter?
  3. Are reservations for a specific time?
  4. How many Fastpass+ reservations can I make?
  5. How can I book my reservations?
  6. I have the Parkhopper option with my tickets. Can I make reservations in more than one park on the same day?
  7. How far in advance can I book my Fastpass+ reservations?
  8. Can I edit or cancel my choices after they’ve been selected?
  9. When is the best time to make my Fastpass+ selections?
  10. How do I redeem my Fastpass+ passes?
  11. Are there any age guidelines for the Fastpass+ service?
  12. How do I make reservations for other family members or friends visiting with me? Can I make reservations for them that are different from my own?
  13. What is the cost of the Fastpass+ service?
FastPass+ Touchpoint

FastPass+ Touchpoint

1. What is FastPass+?

FastPass+ is a reservation system – For rides, entertainment and character experiences. It is not available for every single thing at the parks, but most. Book your passes for the activity of your choice, show up during your reservation time slot, and enjoy!

 

2. How does FastPass+ make lines shorter?

At each attraction there are two lines. One for FastPass+ holders and one for all other guests. Only a certain number of reservations are available per hour, so it pretty much guarantees that every FastPass+ line will be much shorter. Ride entry is staggered between the two lines.

 

3. Are reservations for a specific time?

Reservations have a window of one hour. For example, if you want to ride the Barnstormer in Magic Kingdom, your reservation time could be from 9:15 am – 10:15 am. You can show up any time within that one hour window to redeem your pass. This one hour window does not apply to stage shows. If you book a stage show with your FastPass+, you will need to arrive approximately one half hour before the show is scheduled to begin and the reservation will help you get better seating.

 

4. How many FastPass+ reservations can I make?

You are given three (3) FastPass+ reservations for each day you will be visiting. After you’ve redeemed your third reservation of the day, you are able to book more for that same day, one at a time, until park closing.

 

5. How can I book my reservations?

  1. Use the My Disney Experience tab on the Walt Disney World website
  2. Use your phone with the My Disney Experience app
  3. At any FastPass+ kiosk located within the park

 

6. I have the Park Hopper option with my tickets. Can I make FastPass+ reservations in more than one park on the same day?

You can, however, you still only get to book one block of 3 passes for that day, and all others are booked one at a time. I will highlight a few examples:

  •  You can book all 3 in park #1. As soon as you redeem reservation #3 (even while you’re still in line!) you can begin booking FastPass+ reservations for park #2, one at a time, until the park closes.
  •  You can book one FastPass+ reservation at park #1. Once you’ve used that reservation you can start booking the other two reservations for FastPass+ at park #2. After redeeming bookings those two bookings, you can continue booking more, one at a time.

 

7. How far in advance can I book my FastPass+ reservations?

    • Book a Walt Disney World resort stay with your tickets, and you can book passes 60 days in advance, from the date of your check-in, for the first 10 days of your stay.
    • Reserve 30 days in advance with the purchase of park tickets
    • Annual Ticket Holders can book passes 30 days in advance (or 60 days in advance if staying at a Walt Disney World resort)
    • Passes can also be booked on the day of your visit, or spontaneously throughout the day


 

8. Can I edit or cancel my choices after they’ve been selected?

Absolutely! Use any of the 3 booking methods listed above to personalize your choices whenever needed.

 

9. When is the best time to make my FastPass+ selections?

As early as possible. There are limited numbers of passes available per reservation window. Waiting until the last minute could mean that your first picks are unavailable. Book as soon as you can to guarantee you get the rides on the top of your ‘must do’ list.

 

10. How do I redeem my FastPass+ passes?

Easy! When you arrive during your reservation window, head to the FastPass+ queue and simply touch your Magicband or card to the sensor and watch for the Mickey light to turn green.

FastPass+ Entrance

FastPass+ Entrance

11. Are there any age guidelines for the FastPass+ service?

Children under the age of 3 do not require a FastPass+ ticket or reservation in order to join you. Guests 3 years old and over will need their own reservation. Also keep in mind that guests 7 years old and younger must be accompanied by a guest 14 years or older on rides; And guests under 14 must be accompanied by a guest 14 or older in order to enter a park.

 

12. How do I make FastPass+ reservations for other family members or friends visiting with me? Can I make reservations for them that are different from my own?

On either the My Disney Experience website or phone app, or the in-park kiosk, you can add all party members for the purpose of park reservations (or send ‘Friend Requests’ to party members who have their own accounts). Each member will need their own reservation if they are age 3 or older.
Each party member can choose their own FastPass+ reservations, even if they are different from other members of your group. Book them individually using any of the three booking options.

 

13. What is the cost of the Fastpass+ service?

The cost is one of the best parts; It is free with admission!

 

Learn from our Experience

When planning your trip to Walt Disney World, there were a few things I recommend in regards to your FastPass+ reservations:

  • Make sure you know exactly which day you are able to start booking your FastPass+ reservations
  • Make a list of which three rides are your top priority in each park
  • Have one “4th place” ride or experience on your list to act as a back-up in case one of your top 3 are not available during your preferred time
  • Be on your computer first thing in the morning to book (This is especially important if you want your first 3 passes slotted for the morning)

High demand rides book extremely fast and I’m sure you don’t want to miss any opportunity. The new Frozen ride and Seven Dwarves Mine Train are a perfect example. A friend had gone a few months before us, and because of work she was booking her passes 24 hours after her reservations opened. By that point, she could only get passes for Frozen Ever After at 4pm or later.
I personally like to get all of my passes booked for as early in the day as possible. That means that once our third pass has been used, it is generally within the first half of the day (we still get the entire afternoon to use passes for rides). Planning our days this way meant that we rarely stood in line for more than 10-15 minutes per ride. We were able to ride everything we had interest in, and then go back for seconds! But really, it is all up to you and your own personal preference. There are lots of “right” ways to plan your days at Walt Disney World!

 

Any tips we have missed? Do you have any questions? Let us know in comments so we can help!

 

Thinking about visiting Disney with young children? Here is our list of the Top 10 Magic Kingdom Rides for Toddlers

 

 

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