Unbelievably Easy Tricks for Using FastPass+ at Walt Disney World

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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 your app and boom FastPasses.  Reading in Disney Groups online and watching friends at Walt Disney World, there are so many misconceptions about how FastPass+ works.

What if I told you I could help you get the FastPasses you want all day long to help minimize your wait time and let you ride rides all day long. I can with these unbelievably easy tips for using FastPass+ at Walt Disney World.

What is FastPass+ at Walt Disney World

FastPass+ is a system open to all Disney guests with park tickets. It allows you to skip the standby lines for certain rides which minimizes your wait. Best of all it’s FREE. There is no charge to make make FastPass selections.

Book In Advance

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 and select Non-Disney Resorts on property you can book your FastPass+ for your full stay 60 days in advance of your trip. For those staying off site you can book one day at at time starting 30 days in advance of your trip. Sixty day FastPases are one of my favorite perks!

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!

Important Reminders About Advanced FastPasses:

  • 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.

Book Your First Three FastPasses First Thing In the Morning

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. Then 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.

This services two purposes, 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.

Booking Your Fourth FastPass+ Experience

What?

You can book more than three FastPass+ Experiences a day?

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?

They could be or with a little work and some pixie dust, you could score all the FP+ you want. The trick, it’s simple.

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 kiosks where you can make FastPass+ selections in each of theme park.

What about Tier One FastPass+ Experiences

At three of the four parks at Walt Disney World FastPass+ Experiences are divided into 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.  These include the following attractions:

Epcot: Frozen Ever After, Illuminations, Reflections of Earth, Epcot Character Spot, Soarin’ Around the World and Test Track

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Alien Swirling Saucers, Slinky Dog Dash, and Toy Story Mania

Animal Kingdom: Avatar Flight of Passage and 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.

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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About the Author

Cara
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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