Walt Disney World FastPass+ Secrets To Help You Plan Your Perfect Disney Vacation

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I absolutely love the FastPass+ system at Walt Disney World.

I like it so much better than the old system where you had to run from ride to ride hoping there was still FastPasses available by the time you got there.

Now all you have to do is open the My Disney Experience app and reserve your Fastpasses.  This allows you to have more fun while waiting less and you get to skip the lines. Which makes everyone HAPPY!

Reading in Disney Groups online and watching friends at Walt Disney World, there are so many misconceptions about how FastPass reservations work. I’m here to clear those up for you and tell you everyting you need to know about scoring Fastpasses at Walt Disney World.

Think of this as your own personal Fastpass cheat sheet!

Enterance to Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort
Want to see some of Africa’s amazing wildlife? Than a FastPass reservation for Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom is a MUST for you. Try to schedule your Fastpasses for early morning or at dusk for a better ride experience.

What is FastPass+ at Walt Disney World

FastPass+ is a digital ticketing system that allows you to reserve attraction times so you end up skipping the sometimes long wait of the standby line. Instead of standing in the regular line, you get to go in a special line with a shorter wait time just for Fastpass reservations.

Unlike other theme parks, the FastPass system is included in the price of your theme park admission. Making it available and FREE to all Walt Disney World Resort Guest.

Fastpass+ is an essential part of any park planning strategy.

How Does FastPass+ Work?

Walt Disney World allows all guest to book FastPass+ in advance of their trip.

If you have hotel reservations at a Walt Disney World Resort such as Port Orleans French Quarter and select Non-Disney Resorts on property you can book your FastPass+ for your full stay 60 days in advance of your trip. Sixty day FastPases are one of my favorite perks of staying at a Disney hotel.

For those staying off site you can book one day at at time starting 30 days in advance of your trip. Don’t worry you can still get the FastPass+ experiences you want with my FastPass strategies.

Took book your FastPasses you need to create a My Disney Experience account, you can do this online or download the app on your phone.

Sign into your account, click the plus sign at the bottom, click get FastPasses, choose your guests, dates and park and go!

FastPass+ Rules

  • You can only book three FastPass+ a day and all three have to be in the same parks.
  • You can’t book two Fastbpasses in the same time window.
  • At Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom – you can only book one tier one FastPass+ at a time. So you have to book one tier one along with two tier two FastPasses.
  • Magic Kingdom is the only park without tiered FastPass+ experiences.
  • If you have AnnualPasses you can only book seven days worth of FastPasses at one time unless you are staying at a resort on Walt Disney World property then you can book them for the length of your stay.

When To Make Your FastPass+

If you notice in the video above, I booked all three of our FastPasses first thing in the morning. There is a reason I do this.

First I determine what park we are going to that day. If we are staying on site, we go to the park with Morning Extra Magic Hours (other perk to staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel). If we aren’t staying on site we avoid the park with Extra Magic Hours.

Them we determine what part of the park we will be starting in. We are not people who zig zag all over the parks all day. We like to go to one area of the park, do everything there and move on.

Once we have that figured out we book our FastPasses. I usually do 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30. I try really hard to stay close to those times. I don’t usually go beyond late morning unless we won’t be getting to the parks later in the day.

These are the best times for us for reasons, one it gets the first three out of the way so we can get additional FastPass+ experiences.. Also by the time we are done with FP number three it’s around noon. This is a great time to stop, take a break, get a bite to eat or head back to your resort for some lunch and pool time.

Most people would tell you to never get firework and parade FastPass reservations. I disagree with this. I say DON’T get them as part of your first three reservations of the day. Wait until you are either done for the day seeing all the attractions or you it’s close to time for them to start.

Fastpass Line at Toy Story Mania at Walt Disny World's Hollywood Studios
Lager than life toys greet you in the line for ToyStory Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A MUST do attraction that you need FastPass reservations for!

Can I book more than three FastPass reservations per day?

Yes you can!

This seems to be a popular myth in a lot of Disney groups. It seems people assume you can only book three FastPass+ experiences a day.

And nothing could be further from the truth. 

Here’s the deal.

You can only book your first three FastPass+ experiences in advance.

Once you use those up, you can book as many FastPasses as you want. You just have to book them one at a time.

When our family gets in line for FastPass number three, we are searching and booking FastPass number 4. We repeat this process all day long.

Ninety percent of the rides we ride are using FastPasses. We aren’t people who like waiting in line, so making use of the FastPass+ system is important to us.

Now you’re going probably trying to figure out how? I mean if everyone is booking in advance aren’t all the good FastPass+ experiences gone? How do I get difficult reservations?

With a little work and some pixie dust, you could score all the FP+ you want. The trick, it’s simple. (Note this may not work for all Fastpass+ experiences, but it has worked for me for most attractions)

Open your My Disney Experience App, choose your FastPasses and

REFRESH, REFRESH, REFRESH

Go through all of the times, go back and forth between times and the FastPass+ experience you want is likely to pop up. Some are harder to find than others.

I worked for 10 minutes this morning and still couldn’t get a Flight of Passage FP+, however someone in one of my Disney groups was able to score one today using this method.

So it works it just takes time and I got impatient. However, within in five minutes I was able to snag a Seven Dwarfs Mine Train FP+ for this afternoon.

You just have to keep refreshing the app, and hunting. That’s literally the secret to getting FastPasses.

If you don’t want to use the app or your phone isn’t working, there are in park Fastpass kiosks where you can make FastPass+ selections in each of the four Disney parks.

What are the 2020 Tier One FastPass+ Attractions

At three of the four parks at Walt Disney World FastPass+ Experiences are divided into ride tiers.

Tier one is the more popular attractions and shows. When you book your three FastPass+ Experiences in advance you can only pick one attraction from tier one. 

2020 Tier One FastPass+ Experiences

Epcot: 

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Test Track
  • Epcot Forever – note do not book Epcot Forever Fastpasses until you are done with the day.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

Starting Feburary 19, 2020

  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Rise of the Resistance in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at DHS does not have FastPass reservations yet. For this attraction you must get into one of the boarding groups. The trick to this is to get to Hollywood Studios at park opening, turn off WiFi and connect to your cell network, open MDE and may the force be with you. Once you get into a boarding group you can go about your day, but don’t wonder too far, once your group is called you have ONE hour to make it back to the ride.

Animal Kingdom:

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Na’vi River Journey

The common myth seems to be that you can only choose one of these per day. That is also not true. You can only choose one of these in advance or as part of your first three FastPass+ Experiences. Once you use your first three, you can then book more tier one FastPass+ Experiences. Just one at a time, like other FastPasses.

Girl waiting in FastPass Line to ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Waiting, waiting, waiting to ride Dumbo at the Magic Kingdom.

Best Rides and Must Do FastPass+ Experiences

This really depends on what you and your family like.

Are you into roller coasters and thrill rides? Are you more like me and like the easy going classic rides? Do you have tweens and teens or small children? All these things play into what makes your must do list. There is no right or wrong answer here.

Park Hopping and FastPass+ Experiences

Can you use FastPass+ and Park Hop?

Of course you can. Remember your first three experiences must be in the same park. After that the rest of your FastPasses can be in any park you choose. We’re a park hopping family and will sometimes hop over to a new park just because there is a FastPass available for a ride we want to ride.

So there you have it, my tips for getting the most use of the FastPass+ system at Walt Disney World. These tips are how we did almost everything in the Magic Kingdom on a very busy Friday in July. The only reason we didn’t do everything is because we were so tired from walking 23 miles that day.

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Cara was born in Florida but raised in New Orleans. After living in New Orleans for over 30 years, the beach called her back home. She now lives in Pensacola, FL in her almost beach house. Cara is married to her high school sweetheart and they have 2 kids and 3 dogs. Cara loves all things Disney, the British Royal Family and photography. When she's not working or driving her dancer to 50000 dance classes a week she can be found at the beach!

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