Guide to FastPass+ at Disney World: Tips and Strategies

Many of you know that planning a Walt Disney World vacation can be stressful at times, especially if it’s a solo trip. One thing I’m always asked is, how to do every top ride at Disney? I don’t have the secret, but I know that if you start with the Disney FastPass+ strategy, then you’re on your way to a great vacation!

Let me help you with some of the best tips for getting the top FastPasses at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios.

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Here’s Why You Need a Disney FastPass+

The Disney World FastPass+ (also sometimes referred to as simply “FastPass”) is a travel must have if you’re looking to enjoy the most of Disney by spending less time waiting in line.  The FastPass+ is essentially a way to reserve your rides before your Disney trip.  FastPass+ is limited to select attractions and entertainment events but can be used across a few of the Disney Parks.

Here’s how it works, how to use it and a few other popular frequently asked questions about FastPass+

 

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This article will answer Disney FastPass Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is the FastPass+?
  • How does it work?
  • What is the cost of FastPass+?
  • How do I plan a Disney vacation using FastPass+?
  • Do I have to have a FastPass+ reservation?
  • Can I change or cancel my FastPass+ selection?
  • What times can I book my FastPass+ selections?
  • Can I have multiple reservations on an attraction?
  • What happens if I miss my FastPass+ time? Is there a grace period?
  • Does it have to be at the same park on a given day?

How does Disney FastPass+ Work

FastPass+ can reserve your time slot for select rides and other attractions for either 30 days or 60 days depending on whether or not you’re staying at a Disney Resort Hotel If you’re a hotel guest, you can use your FastPass+ to make reservations up to 60 days in advance.  If you’re a ticket or Annual Passholder booked elsewhere for your stay, you can reserve your slot for up to 30 days before your trip.

The Good News: Reserving time slots early is FREE and you can reserve up to 3 attractions per day using FastPass+. And you’re not limited to just rides either. FastPass can be used on all sorts of select entertainment attractions.  The full list is available online and in the My Disney Experience app.

The Not So Good News: You can only use your FastPass+ at one park per day. This means that on any given day, once you start reserving your FastPass+ at one of the following parks, you can only use it for 3 select rides, entertainment attractions ,or other eligible experiences that day.


Where You Can Use FastPass+

The Disney World FastPass can be used at any of the following parks:

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Animal Kingdom

Here are the Best Disney FastPasses by Park

 

Magic Kingdom
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain

 

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Epcot
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Mission: Space
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Mania

 

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Dinosaur
  • Expedition Everest
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris

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2019 Disney World FastPass+ Tiers

Disney World Fastpass tiers are ranked based on the popularity of an attraction. The newer the attraction, the more likely it will be ranked higher. Tier 1 Fastpass+ means you can only book one of your three FastPass selections from that list for that particular day.

 

FastPass+ Tier 1 by Park

Animal Kingdom Tier 1
  • Flight of Passage
  • Na’vi River Journey
Epcot Tier 1
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Illuminations: Reflections of Light, Epcot Character Spot
  • Soarin’
  • Test Track
Hollywood Studios Tier 1
  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Toy Story Mania!

Disney FastPass+ Tier 2 by Park

Epcot
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment, Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE, Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

 

Hollywood Studios
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Disney Junior Live on Stage!
  • Fantasmic!
  • Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
  • Muppet Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Star Tours
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

 

Animal Kingdom
  • DINOSAUR
  • 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
  • Primeval Whirl
  • Rivers of Light


How Much Does a Disney FastPass Cost?

FastPass+ is completely FREE!

That is, of course, with the purchase of your Disney ticket, Annual Pass, or your vacation package. After you’ve paid the price of admission into the parks, you can use the Disney website or the My Disney Experience app to start planning out your trip. I use it on all my trips to the above Disney parks and if you use it properly, it’s a huge time saver!

 


Booking Using Your Disney FastPass+

The system works in one of two ways for booking.  You can either pick a specific time period or let the reservation system chose for you.  The earliest reservation is at 7:00 a.m. EST and you have about an hour to use your reservation before it cancels. If you won’t be able to use it in time, you have the option to change your reservation for free before the hour grace period.

 

Disney FastPass Grace Period

Although not an official Disney policy, you can arrive 5 minutes early or 15 minutes late for your FastPass+ reservation.

 

Once you’ve pre-planned a FastPass+ attraction, you cannot make another reservation for that same ride. So, while you can totally ride Space Mountain all day, you can only use FastPass+ once that day until each FastPass reservation has been used. You will then be able to book the same attraction once again for that day.


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If you’re traveling with friends and family, make sure you add them to your Family & Friends list. And most importantly, don’t forget to link your park admission to your account to get the most of your FastPass+ experience.

 

Can I change or cancel my Disney FastPass+ selection?

Yes, you can change your reservation

You can change your reservation using the Disney website, the mobile My Disney Experience app or using one of the convenient kiosks available in the park. The kiosks are mobile and Cast Members may move them around to more populated areas if they aren’t being used. Ironically, I find that this may make the kiosks a little harder to find.

 

Magic Kingdom FastPass+ Kiosks

  • Adventureland and Frontierland: Pathway connecting Adventureland and Frontierland
  • Adventureland: Near the Jungle Cruise entrance
  • Fantasyland: By Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Storybook Circus: Inside tent near Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • Tomorrowland: Next to the Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin entrance
  • Tomorrowland: By Stitch’s Great Escape

 

Epcot FastPass+ Kiosks

  • Future World West: Across the Epcot Character Spot
  • Future World East: The corridor going towards Mission: SPACE
  • World Showcase: By International Gateway

 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios FastPass+ Kiosks

  • Hollywood Boulevard: Between Hollywood and Sunset
  • Sunset Boulevard: In front of Tower of Terror

Disney’s Animal Kingdom FastPass+ Kiosks

  • Discovery Island: By Island Mercantile store
  • Asia: Next to the entrance to Kali River Rapids
  • Africa: At the Dawa Bar and Tusker House restaurant


Do I have to have a Disney FastPass+ Reservation?

Absolutely not.

But should you make use of the reservation system if you want to save time?

Definitely!

Now while the use of your Disney FastPass+ is completely optional, it’s a great tool to plan out your day(s) at any of the mentioned Disney parks.

 


Secrets, Tips & Tricks for Disney FastPass+ Booking

Sometimes, it can be a bit difficult finding to book your preferred reservation time.  If I’m looking to get a specific time slot that isn’t immediately available, I’ve found that this trick works really well for getting the exact time I want.

 



 

Say, for instance, you want to ride Frozen Ever After at Epcot the day of your visit. FastPass+ may not let you reserve your preferred time for the ride you want.

Instead of getting discouraged, try the following steps for my My Disney Experience “app hack” on mobile:

 

1 – Log into the My Disney Experience app and go to “Get FastPass+”

 

FastPass Tips white screen with blue horizon of Epcot spaceship earth in my disney experience app
Log into app and select date

 

2 – Choose the date for your reservation (this works for last minute changes, even if it is the same day)

 

FastPass Tips white screen with blue horizon of Epcot spaceship earth in my disney experience app
Choose park and select time…no luck?? Just wait..
3 – Choose the park
FastPass Tips white screen with blue horizon of Epcot spaceship earth in my disney experience app
Now let’s get the Frozen Ever After FassPass
Now here’s where the trick comes in:
4 – Instead of choosing, “morning,” “afternoon,” or “evening” go through each individual time block (0930, 1000, 1030, 1000, )

Keep in mind that this may not work the first time.  If you don’t find your ideal reservation on your first attempt, back out of the current screen and try it all over again.  Once it finally does work, your preferred attraction, Frozen Ever After in this case, will pop up and you can finalize your reservation.

Luckily, FastPass+ can be used at over 60 of the Walt Disney World experiences and you can book as you go!

 

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We got it! Now enjoy your favorite Disney attraction.

 

Final Thoughts on Disney FastPass+ System

Overall, this is a great option for anyone who’s visiting any of the Walt Disney World theme parks. It’s severely underused (which might be a good thing for FastPass wait times) and definitely worth the use.

After all, it’s free!

I know this information about Disney’s FastPass+ can be quite overwhelming. I hope I was able to answer your questions easily and if you still need help with your trip, you can click here to get a FREE quote from my top Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. Laura will plan your Walt Disney World vacation at no additional cost to you!

Hope this was helpful. Let me know what your favorite FassPass+ tip is in the comment section below.

 

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