Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Fastpass+ is a complimentary service offered in each of the 4 main parks at Walt Disney World.

You don't have to be staying at a Disney hotel, you don't even have to have booked your tickets through Disney. You just need to sign up for a My Disney Experience account ( find out more about that here ), and then you can book you fastpasses either 60 days out if you are staying as a Disney resort or 30 days out if you are staying in a hotel or villa elsewhere.

Fastpasses have always been a thing, but it all changed with the introduction of magic bands back around 2012. This newer system means that yes, you have to do a little pre trip planning but you can head off to the parks knowing that you aren't going to have to queue for hours for your favourite attractions.

Which fastpasses you choose will rely heavily on who is in your party, their ages, interests and also height amongst other things.

Most U.K holiday makers will be visiting for around 14 nights, and although you might not plan to visit the parks every single day, you will be in them for a LOT longer than the majority of US travellers which is a massive advantage.

It means there is less pressure to do everything all in one day, you can always go back to a park a second, third or even fourth time!

With this in mind I would always say to never wait more than 30 minutes for an attraction. Either wait until the line decreases, use a fastpass or try to rope drop (arrive for park opening) every park at least once. You will get so much more done in those first couple of hours.

First Choices

These attractions are all really popular and lines will get longer during the peak of the day. If you aren't rope dropping, you will want to get a fastpass for them.

For those with little children, rides such as Peter Pan and Winnie the Pooh will move up above things like splash mountain which they may not be tall enough to ride.

 Second Choices

These attractions generally see little or no queues. For example I would never get a fastpass for Mickeys Philharmagic as it is permanently a 5 minute wait. However things like Monsters inc can be good choices once you have used your first fastpasses of the day when there aren't many left or if you have little children who won't be riding all the coasters.


My Magic Tips

1. Not everybody in your group has to book the same fastpass reservations. 
For families with big and little children or those travelling with scaredy cats, consider booking say 2 people on seven dwarfs and 2 people on Winnie the pooh just around the corner. This way everybody gets to do something and you aren't waiting around for each other. 

2. Try and book your fastpasses for earlier in the day. 
From around 11am until 4pm the park will generally be at its peak crowds. Before this time is really a waste of a pass, as the park will be quiet, but once you have used all 3 of your passes up you can continue to book fastpasses 1 at a time for the rest of the day. So the sooner you use them, the sooner you can make more!

3. Consider the layout of the park. 
Be clever here, don't book a fastpass for splash mountain, then space mountain and then thunder mountain as you will be walking from one side of the park to the other and then back to where you came from pretty much. Try to group fastpasses together by land or give yourself time between so you can explore around each one and maybe do other attractions as well. You don't want to feel like your fastpasses are making more work for you.

Happy fastpass planning

K x 


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