Hate waiting in line? Me too!
WDW Fast Passes are made for you!
What is a Fast Pass?
So, do you remember back in the day when you would go and get a number from the deli counter and you would wait around until they called your number? A Fast Pass is like that… but digital and a lot less standing around and waiting!
Fast Pass (or FP+) gives you a window of time in which you will return for the selected ride . You are then free to go do anything else while you wait on your time slot. You can arrive at any time within that window, and because things happen, there is a little bit of a grace period before and after that window.
If you are staying on property or a Good Neighbor resort, you can select Fast Passes for your entire trip 60 days from the date of check in. If you are staying off property, you can do Fast Passes 30 days out from each date.
If you have booked your packages through a Fairytale Journeys Advisor, he/she will contact you closer to Fast Pass booking dates to help you decide which ones to go through and even help you grab the Fast Passes the morning of booking!
Fast Pass Information
When you book your Fast Passes, you can book a maximum of 3 passes at one of the 4 theme parks: Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom.
After you have scanned in for all three of the pre-selected Fast Passes at any park, you can go in and select additional Fast Passes in the My Disney Experience app. (You will use the app a lot while you’re at the park, this is also why an external battery pack is a highly recommended packing item!)
If you have park hoppers, you can only book Fast Passes at one of the parks you are visiting before hand. On the day of, after you have scanned in for your third Fast Pass, you can go into your My Disney Experience app and select additional passes for your second park!
It’s also important to note that there are a few rides that currently do not offer FP+ selection, both are in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Currently, to ride Rise of the Resistance, you will need to join a Boarding Group. Make sure to ask your FTJ Advisor if you have more questions about this!
Fast Pass Tiers
Due to the popularity of certain rides at the different parks, some of the Fast Passes are broken up into tiers.
With the tiers, you are able to select one Fast Pass from Tier 1 and then your remaining Fast Passes from Tier 2. If you are not interested in any of the Tier 1 Fast Passes, you can also select all 3 of your Fast Passes from the Tier 2 Category.
Things to Consider When Selecting Fast Passes
There are a few different things to consider when selecting Fast Passes, for one you will want to consider any height requirements for rides.
The majority of rides at WDW do not have height requirements, but there are a few that do. If you have a child that is too short to ride any of these rides, you can use a Rider Swap! To utilize a Rider Swap, all members will need a FP+ for the chosen ride, you will then go to the entrance of that ride and ask to use a Rider Swap, they will scan your bands so that someone is able to stay with the smaller child. Bonus for any children that are tall enough to ride—they can ride twice!
You will also want to consider what your plans are for the day. If you have dining reservations in Africa, you probably don’t want to schedule a FP+ in Asia right before! You will be rushing across the park to get to that dining reservation on time. This is where your Fairytale Journeys Advisor can help. We know the parks inside and out and will do our best to plan out your day to minimize as much criss-crossing the park as possible!
If you are ready to plan your magical journey to Walt Disney World Resort don’t forget to reach out to one of our Fairytale Journeys Travel Advisors and maximize your time having fun…. Not waiting in lines!