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.
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!
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!