If you are a regular visitor at DisneyWorld, then Fastpass+ is probably part of your everyday lingo, but to a first time visitor, it can be quite daunting. While it may seem annoying to have to put so much thought in to your park days so far in advance, using the Fastpass+ system can really be the difference between a magical and not so magical vacation.
A. What is Fastpass+?
Fastpass+ is a system in which you can reserve specific ride times in advance, pre-planned before your arrival at DisneyWorld. This comes in very handy if you are interested in riding some of the top attractions, but don’t want to wait over an hour in line to ride them. You just sign up for an account on My Disney Experience and you can make your Fastpass+ reservations from the comfort of your home. You can select up to 3 attractions per day and they must all be at one park. If you plan to hop between parks, you cannot spread your 3 Fastpasses between more than one park.
You will be given a one hour window of time to show up for each Fastpass. You just go to the attraction during your specified hour, and then you get to go through the special Fastpass line, which usually helps you skip to a very short wait at the beginning of the line. An attraction that could have an 80 minute wait, will then only be approximately a 10 minute wait for you using Fastpass+.
If you are staying at a Disney resort, then you will be able to reserve your Fastpasses once you hit the 60 day mark to your arrival. If you are not staying at a Disney hotel, then you can reserve your Fastpasses 30 days out. As you can imagine, Disney guests do have the advantage here since they have a whole extra month to book their Fastpasses. Some of the really hard to get ones are almost always all gone by 30 days, but don’t fret, that doesn’t mean there is no hope for off-site guests. A lot of people report that they just continue to check every day leading up to their trip and sometimes the hard to get Fastpasses will pop up with some availability. It’s not a guarantee, but it also is not impossible.