10 FastPass+ tricks you need to know to help you skip long lines for an extra fun vacation in Walt Disney World.
I’m craving a trip to Disney World.
We went for one day to the Magic Kingdom at Christmas & two days in February & I’m currently counting down the months until we go again this fall.
And while we patiently wait for cooler weather & the bigger crowds to return to school, we are starting to slowly plan our next trip.
We are planning to do a one-day park hopper, but we are only planning on visiting 2-3 parks this year.
Last fall we visited all 4 parks in one day which you can read about here & watch here, but I think we will take it a little bit slower this year.
Currently, we are thinking we will start the day at Hollywood Studios since the new Galaxy’s Edge (star wars land) should be opened by then, then hop on over to the Animal Kingdom, & then spend the evening at the Magic Kingdom.
But no matter what parks we decide to go to we will for sure use the below tips while planning our FastPass+ game plan.
And I hope that these 10 tips help you avoid long lines while enjoying some of your favorite rides in Disney World!
1. Plan Your Trip & Get Your Disney World Tickets
Before you even begin setting up your FastPass+ you need to make a game plan for your Disney Vacation.
Some things to consider are what time of year you want to travel, if you plan to stay at a Disney World Resort, & how many Disney World parks you want to explore.
And whether you are a first-time Disney World traveler or a seasoned Disney fanatic you will love these Free Disney Parks Vacation Planning Videos.
Once you know if you are going to try to visit all 4 parks in one day or if you are going to dedicate each day to a different park you’ll be able to start making your FastPass+ plan
I should also note that by purchasing your tickets well ahead of time you can start reserving FastPass+ 30 days before your visit, & up to 60 days if you are staying at a Disney resort.
2. Research Rides
Before you book your FastPass+ for each day it is important to research the rides in each park.
I recommend making a list that has everyone in your families favorite (or most desired) ride &/or experiences in each park that way even if you don’t get to ride everything in the park everyone will have been able to enjoy what they were most looking forward to in Disney.
Once you have your list, research those rides in each park to determine which rides you need to reserve for your first 3 FastPass+ of the day.
Don’t worry if your list is longer than 3, I have more tips below that will help ensure that you are able to experience even more on your list with little to no wait time!
3. Best FastPass+ Times
If you are only going to one park I recommend that you reserve your FastPass+ for rides/experiences on your list that normally have the longest wait time in that park.
There are two ways to determine this, the first is by researching the normal wait times for your list of rides & the second is to download the Disney App so that you can keep an eye on wait times.
Now obviously the second one is a bit harder to evaluate as you could be watching the wait times during a particularly low or high day, depending on the season.
But this will help give you some guidance as you plan your trip.
I also recommend that you book your first FastPass+ for around 10 am.
The first couple of hours of the day the park will be gradually filling up so you will be able to enjoy semi shorter lines without a FastPass+ (depending on the time of year), but by 10 am you will be wanting to skip long hot lines with your FastPass+.
Park Hopping Tips: If you are choosing to park hop I recommend saving your 3 FastPass+ for your second park. Here are a few additional tips based upon how many parks you plan to visit in one day.
2-3 Parks 1 Day:
Plan to arrive early (more on this in
Then go to the second park & use your prescheduled FastPass+.
At this point, you can set up new FastPass+ (one at a time) after you have finished the first three while in the second park for your current/second or third Disney park of the day.
4 Parks 1 Day:
If you are only planning to visit Disney World for one day & are using a Park Hopper pass to visit all four parks in one day you will definitely want to read this post with more tips on how to get the most out of your Park Hopper tickets with FastPass+ & How to Visit Four Disney World Parks in One Day.
Side Note: You can’t split your three FastPass+ between different parks, you have to schedule them all for one park.
But once you use them up you can sign up for new ones, one at a time, for whichever park you are in or are going to next.
4. Set a Calendar Reminder
Once you have figured out what parks you are going to on which day & have a list of your top rides the next thing you will want to do is reserve your FastPass+.
As I mentioned above, you can start reserving your FastPass+ 30 days before your visit, & up to 60 days if you are staying at a Disney resort.
So mark your calendar & set a reminder alarm for 7 am EST 30 (or 60) days prior to your visit so that at exactly 7 am EST you can be one of the first to get your FastPass+ reserved for your top rides.
5. How to Set Up FastPass+ in Your My Disney Experience Account
It is pretty easy to set up FastPass+ in your My Disney Experience Account. You first off have to have a My Disney Experience Account & there is a phone app also which you can use.
Once you create an account, you either have to buy or link tickets to that account before you can create FastPass+ reservations.
However, once you have purchased park tickets or link existing or physical tickets to that account, then you can make up to 3 FastPass+ selections prior to the day of your visit.
When you set up each individual FastPass+ it will ask who in your party you want to get that FastPass+ for, which usually is everyone unless you have a large party & people want to split up for different rides.
Then you will see a range of rides available & times to select.
Side note: The three different time blocks for each of the 3 FastPass+ cannot overlap when setting up multiple Fastpasses.
Then you just confirm your selections & you are done.
6. Arrive Well Before Rope Drop
Most likely you won’t be able to set up FastPass+ for everything on your list.
But if you arrive well before rope drop at each park you will be able to be one of the first people in the park.
Unless getting a picture in front of the Disney castle with (almost) no tourists is #1 on your must-do list, I recommend skipping pictures & fast walking straight to any ride that you didn’t get a FastPass+ for that normally has the longest wait time.
So how early should you arrive?
Well, that really depends on the day, the park, the season, & what’s new in the park.
For example, you will definitely want to arrive earlier on weekends than weekdays, especially if it is summer break, fall break, Christmas break, spring break, or any other holiday or special Disney event.
You won’t want to arrive early to a park that has morning Extra Magic Hours because the park will already have people standing in surprisingly long lines.
Also, don’t forget that arriving in the parking lot does not mean you have arrived at the park.
If you end up directed to the end of a parking row you will have a bit of a walk to get to the tram, then ride it to the park (one time our tram driver drove all over the place for an extra 10 minute drive through the parking lot before dropping us off, it was painfully slow), go through security, go through the ticket line, & then you are in the park.
Oh, & if you are going to the Magic Kingdom don’t forget about the monorail or ferry ride as well!
And if the park has a new (or relatively new) attraction or even a whole new section you will want to arrive WAY early.
I’m talking 1-2 hours before the park opens. I am totally not kidding!
For new rides & attractions, the park will open early in designated areas in order to start forming the line to the hottest new ride.
They will even start running the ride before the park is open in order to get the crazy long line moving.
We went to Avatar almost 1 & 1/2 years after it opened, arrived 45 minutes before the park opened, was able to get through the gigantic Flight of Passage line, & finish the ride 16 minutes after the park had opened (here is a video showing our early arrival & the line).
We visited again about 6 months later (2 years after the ride first opened), arrived even earlier, & the line was longer than the first time & we ended up waiting almost an hour after the park opened to ride Flight of Passage.
7. Too Early? Too Late?
What’s too early or too late for a scheduled FastPass+ ride?
The rule I’ve always heard & go by is that you can be 5 minutes early & up to 15 minutes late for your FastPass+ to work in the FastPass+ line.
Although, I wouldn’t recommend you try testing that late time limit.
8. How to Get More FastPass+ After The Initial 3
Once you have used up your first 3 scheduled FastPass+ you can schedule more 1 at a time on your My Disney Experience App.
This means that you can literally go from one FastPass+ ride to the next.
Once you use a FastPass+ you do not have to wait for the designated time block to end until you set up a new one.
You can even get a new FastPass+ while on the current FastPass+ ride, just so long as you have already scanned your Magic Band or Ticket linked to your FastPass+.
Depending on the season & the day you could potentially spend the rest of your day just using FastPass+ to go from one ride to the next while never standing in line!
Now, to be honest, the ability to do this is becoming less frequent as more people are visiting Disney World than ever before, but depending on how well you plan & research this can still be a possibility for your trip!
9. Split up Your Party
If you are traveling with a lot of people with varying ages & interests you can split up your party & set up FastPass+ for different rides during the same time block.
So for example, maybe half of your group wants to go to Space Mountain & the other half want to meet Ariel, you can totally set that up on your My Disney Experience App.
Also, if you & your spouse want to go on a ride but your child is too young, you can do what they call the Rider Switch (also called the child swap or parent swap).
10. Refresh Constantly
Pro tip: you don’t have to wait until you finish the ride before you sign up for your next FastPass+. You can choose your next FastPass+ while walking in the FastPass+ line to ride the ride of your last used FastPass+.
This is one of my favorite uses for the Disney app!
Once you have used all 3 of your FastPass+ you are able to schedule one at a time throughout the rest of your day.
Our trick is to check into our FastPass+ & as we are walking through the maze of ropes to the ride Roger opens up the app to choose our next ride. He keeps refreshing the search because the options are constantly changing based on what other people are dropping or adding to their FastPass+ on the My Disney Experience app.
You would think everyone would do this, but believe it or not, there are people who don’t use FastPass+ because they feel it restricts what they can do at any given time of the day.
Hey, that just means more FastPass+ options for the rest of us!!
I hope you have fun planning your Disney vacation!
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With love, G
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