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What are Disney Fastpasses?

March 12, 2020

“What are Disney Fastpasses, and how do I use them?” A frequently asked question when embarking on a Walt Disney World holiday. And rightly so! Fastpasses are bookable in advance, making them a planning necessity. Check out the key points you need to know below.

What are Disney Fastpasses?

Fastpasses essentially enable guests to skip the main waiting line for selected attractions, shows and character meets. This won’t necessarily mean that you’ll be able to ‘walk onto’ a ride, but it will significantly reduce your wait time.

Fastpass+ is Walt Disney World’s Fastpass system. Note that there is no extra charge for this; Park admission includes this service.

Each guest can initially make three Fastpass+ reservations for each day of their holiday. Fastpasses can be selected from 30-60 days prior to check-in (subject to availability).

Note: these three Fastpasses need to be for the same Park i.e. you can’t make two Fastpasses for Magic Kingdom and one for Epcot; all three would need to be for Magic Kingdom.

How to book Fastpasses

Fastpasses are available for a range of attractions, from rides like Big Thunder Mountain, to shows such as the Festival of the Lion King. You can also book Fastpasses for many Character Meets, so it’s worthwhile creating a bucket list of attractions in advance of making your selections.

FastPass+ selections can be made in one of the three following ways:

  • online via My Disney Experience;
  • via the My Disney Experience app; and
  • at Fastpass+ kiosks located around the Parks.

We’d recommend downloading and familiarising yourself with the My Disney Experience app early on in your planning. The app will be your simplest way of keeping track of your plans. Furthermore, once you’ve used up your three Fastpasses you can then, subject to availability, book further Fastpasses one at a time. The App is the perfect way to do this on the go!

Using a Fastpass

Using your Fastpass couldn’t be easier; simply head to your selected attraction and make a beeline for the FastPass+ entrance during the designated arrival window time. Once there, simply tap your Magic Band against the Mickey sensor ‘touch point’ which will glow green to signal that you’re within the correct time and voila – you’re good to go!

For all your FastPass+ needs head over to our FastPass+ Frequently Asked Questions.

Enjoy the ride after making your Fastpass selections!
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