Disney’s FastPass+ 101

So you’re going to Disney World! Very few things in life can beat the magic of Disney. My husband and I spent our honeymoon at the parks, and boy were we newbies! We had no idea what we were doing and I wish I researched the ins and outs of Disney a bit more: specifically fastpasses. So here is everything I wish we knew on our first visit.

Disney's Fastpass+ 101: What You Need To Know

What is a Fastpass?

Fastpasses are available to all visitors of Walt Disney World, with no extra cost. When you arrive at the ride, there will be two separate lines: the regular line and the fastpass line.  So in this express lane, rather than waiting 95 minutes for Frozen Ever After, you are able to wait about 5 minutes. When get to the entrance of the ride, you will scan your magic band or park ticket and the fastpass post will light up green. You are all set!

Disney's Fastpass+ 101: What You Need To KnowFastpass Window

Your fastpass window will be available for one hour(12:30-1:30pm for example). As long as you scan before the clock strikes midnight..or 1:30… you are ready to go.

How many Fastpasses do you get?

Each guest will receive 3 fastpasses at the start of the day. Once you use all of your passes, you are able to start booking more. The catch? This time around you must book each pass one at a time. Preferably you want to pick one that is close to the time of booking, that way you can book more once that time window is over.

When can I start booking? 

If you are not staying on property, you will be able to book your fastpasses 30 days out. The passes become available at 7AM EST. If you are staying at a Disney Resort, you get the privilege of getting your passes 60 days out. It may seem a little extreme, but if at all possible it is a good idea to open the app at exactly 7AM(or 6:55 to be safe). Some rides are almost impossible to get Fastpasses for. They tend to get booked out in seconds, so make sure you check as soon as you are allowed to reserve.


What do I do if I wasn’t able to get a fastpass for my favorite ride?

 If you are one of the many people who were not able to get a fastpass for Flight of Passage, don’t fret yet! This is not guaranteed, but it is a good idea to check periodically for openings. People may cancel their trip or change their times, so fastpasses may become available even days before your trip. My husband was able to snag fastpasses for Flight of Passage 2 weeks before our trip by checking diligently. Flight of Passage can often have wait times of over 200 minutes, so it is worth it try your hardest to skip that crazy line.

One very important thing to remember…

One last thing to mention: Don’t waste your fastpasses on rides that never have a line! You don’t want to spend your pass on a ride that never has more than a 10 minute wait. What a waste that would be! On our honeymoon, Tim and I mistakenly used 1 of our 3 passes on the Dumbo ride… which rarely has a substantial line.

Stay tuned because in the next few weeks I will be taking you through each of the parks and telling you what rides are worth using a pass on. If your trip is fast approaching, feel free to comment any questions you may have and I would love to help you in any way that I can. Have a magical day!Disney's Fastpass+ 101: What You Need To Know

    1. Thank you so much! Stay tuned, I am gonna give tips for each park in the next couple of months:)

  1. Thank you for sharing your amazing experience with us ! I learnt a lot reading through your detailed experience, it was like I was on the trip With you guys . Congratulations on your wedding 👰🏾 💖

    1. I’m so glad that you found it helpful:) And Thank you so much. It was an amazing trip!

  2. Fastpass used to be so different back in the day!! You would be able to just to Disney the day off and get them off a machine!

    Disney can be so overwhelming your first visit. There wayyyyy to many things to learn!

    1. That is so true. I remember when I visited as a kid, it was a completely different system. It was a huge learning curve for us:)

  3. Great tips! Also I’ve heard that once you scan your first fastpass, you can start trying to modify the other fasspasses for a closer time.

  4. This is so helpful. The park is incredibly huge. Having fast passes and knowing how they work are essential to making the most of your time. Especially if you have a hopper park admission pass as well. Oh yeah, the clock will strike “Midnight” so to speak and you will be out of luck!

  5. Very helpful tip for Disney land newbies. My husband and I plan on going and I will def be getting fast passes! Thanks

  6. I see this trip happening in our near future! Saving these tips… Getting giddy just thinking about it.

  7. I love the Disney app and Magic Bands system – it makes your trip so seamless. However, I still miss the days of walking up to a ride and getting an fast pass at the ride. Sure, you’d probably have to come back in a couple of hours but I feel like it allowed your day to be more flexible and spontaneous. When I went in October, it was my first time using the new system. It was kind of a last minute trip so there were no fast passes available for any of my favorite rides. It was kind of a bummer and I feel like I missed a lot. Hopefully, next time I get down there I’ll know further in advanced so I get on Space Mountain!

  8. I grew up in LA so we were always at Disneyland but we haven’t been in so long and now I’ve started my own family and we’re in Chicago. We’ve all always wanted to go to Disney world and now I must pin this for the magical day when we can go!!! Awesome tips!

  9. I love FastPass+, but you really do need to know how to use fastpasses to your advantage. It’s so much better than the old days when you weren’t able to choose a time or schedule more than one at a time. The only thing I dislike is the tiers. To get around that, we tend to schedule more than one day at the parks that have tiered fastpasses. Don’t waste one on Navi River!

    1. So happy that it was helpful to you! Sometimes we are spontaneous and don’t plan much, but things run so much smoother when we do:)

  10. wonderful pictures! as a kid i always asked my parents to go to Paris and visit Disneyland but we never did, although i think it is never too late 😀


    1. It’s definitely never too late! I’ve never been to Disneyland Paris, but it is on my bucket list:)

    1. You’re welcome! It has been a huge lifesaver for us:) and best of all, it’s free!

  11. That’s so interesting about the Fast Passes! I used to go to Canada’s Wonderland a lot and we would buy fast passes for the day. I think it’s a good idea that Disney gives everyone 3 passes.. if you’re wise you’ll use them at the longer lines!! Good information! Thank you 🙂

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