Planning Your Disney Itinerary: FastPass+ Tips

Walt Disney World’s FastPass+ system is a great way to avoid standing in line at your favorite rides – but, the system works differently from the previous paper FastPasses. Here are some tips for using the new system.

First of all, guests can make their FastPass+ reservations before their trip – 60 days ahead for guests staying at a Disney resort, and 30 days for other guests with valid tickets. This means you should have a plan when you go to make your FastPasses. Know which park you will be visiting on each day, because you can only choose FastPasses for one park per day.

When you’re picking your FastPasses, be sure to also pick times when you will actually need them. You may not need a FastPass for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin during the first hour of the day (though you would need it for Toy Story Midway Mania or meeting Anna and Elsa at any time of day). Try for mid-morning or afternoon, once lines are longer, and save the early morning for visiting rides when they have lower waits.

Don’t worry about being locked into your FastPass choices once you’ve made them, though. As long as there is availability, you can change your FastPasses at any time. With the My Disney Experience app you can also make changes on the go – since plans can change, this helps with adapting your itinerary while you’re in the parks. Remember that if you don’t have a smartphone, you can also visit the FastPass+ kiosks in the parks to make new FastPasses or change existing ones.

Since you can make changes in the parks, don’t use any unneeded FastPasses! If you approach a ride to use a FastPass and realize that the wait is short, go ahead and board the ride using the standby line. You can change your FastPass later to either a different ride, or a later time so you can ride twice.

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Elizabeth lives in Kansas City with her wonderful parents and sister. She enjoys long walks, happy thoughts, and Disney magic! Elizabeth first visited Disney as a child, and when she prepared to visit Walt Disney World as an adult, she foolishly thought she may have ‘outgrown’ Disney. Happily, Elizabeth was proven wrong. After planning a second trip to Walt Disney World, Elizabeth is now her family’s go-to resource for Disney. She even has her own blog, planningformagic.com, with advice on how to plan your next Disney trip. Someday, she even hopes to be an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. Elizabeth’s Disney wish list is a mile long, so she’s always ready to plan her next Disney adventure.

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