The Ultimate Fastpass+ Guide for Beginners-- Part 1: How it Works-- "Walt Disney World®" Resort
Updated: Feb 21
Fastpasses are an essential part of the Walt Disney World® Resort experience! I mean, who doesn't want to skip the lines? This FAQ guide is the ultimate Fastpass+ guide for beginners. Remember, when you book your Walt Disney World® Resort vacation with me, I will book and manage all of your Fastpasses for free! Fill out this form if you'd like to get a free quote.
What is Fastpass+?
Fastpasses allow you to “skip the line” at rides, shows, and character meet and greets! Each Disney World guest can book Fastpasses before their trip-- up to three Fastpasses per day. You can book your Fastpasses using the My Disney Experience app or website.
Are Fastpasses free?
Many Disney World first-timers believe you have to pay extra to use Fastpasses. Fortunately, this isn’t true! Every Disney World visitor can take advantage of the Fastpass+ system.
How do Fastpasses work?
When you book a Fastpass+ on the My Disney Experience app or website, you will choose a scheduled start time for your Fastpass+. This start time is the time that your Fastpass+ window opens up. Your Fastpass window lasts an hour. For example, if I book an 11:05 Fastpass+ for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster, I can enter the Fastpass+ line any time between 11:05 and 12:05!
When you’re ready to use your Fastpass+, you simply go to the attraction’s Fastpass+ line and scan your Magic Band.
When can I book my Fastpasses?
This depends on whether or not you’re staying at a Disney World hotel. If you are staying on property, you can book all of the Fastpasses for your trip 60 days in advance. If you are staying off property, you can book your Fastpasses 30 days in advance, one day at a time.
For example, if I’m checking into a Disney World resort on February 28th, my 60 day mark would be December 30th. On December 30th at 7AM, I can log into the My Disney Experience app or website and book all of my Fastpasses for my entire trip.
If I’m checking into a non-Disney World resort on February 28th, and I have a park ticket for that day, my 30 day mark would be January 29th.
This is one of the most important benefits of staying onsite. If you stay onsite, you have a much better chance at getting the Fastpasses you want, including the most popular rides (which can be difficult to get a Fastpass+ for).
What if I have the Park Hopper? Can I use my three Fastpasses at different parks?
No. Whether or not you have a Park Hopper ticket, the three Fastpasses per day you book in advance must all be at the same park.
What is the Fastpass+ Tier System?
Disney's Animal Kingdom®, Disney's Hollywood Studios®, and Epcot® all utilize the tier system for Fastpasses. This means that certain elite rides in each park are in tier 1, and all other rides are in tier 2. When you book your Fastpasses at these parks, you are only allowed to book one Fastpass from tier 1, and you will have to book the other two Fastpasses from tier 2. Magic Kingdom does not use this system, which means that your 3 Fastpasses can be any 3 rides in the park.
Disney's Animal Kingdom ® Tier 1 Rides:
-Flight of Passage
-Na’vi River Journey
Epcot® Tier 1 Rides:
-Frozen Ever After
Disney's Hollywood Studios® Tier 1 Rides:
-Slinky Dog Dash
-Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run
-Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway
Is there a way to get more than 3 Fastpasses?
Yes! Once you have used all 3 of your Fastpasses for the day, you can get on your phone and book another Fastpass+. Once you have used that one, you can get on your phone and book another, and so on and so forth.
It’s important to note that as soon as you scan your Magic Band at the Fastpass+ line entrance, the app considers that as using your Fastpass+. Therefore, walking through the Fastpass+ line is the perfect time for you to log into the My Disney Experience app or site and book your next Fastpass+.
Please note that most likely, the most popular attractions will not have Fastpasses available on the day of. However, people make changes to their plans all the time, and it’s not uncommon to find a day-of Fastpass+ for a big attraction.
When booking Fastpasses in advance, can I book two of my three Fastpasses for the same attraction?
No. Each of the three Fastpasses you book in advance must be for different attractions.
However, once you have used your three Fastpasses for the day, you can book a Fastpass+ for any attraction that is available, including one in Tier 1, or one that you’ve already used a Fastpass+ for that day.
What is the difference between Fastpass and Fastpass+?
This can be a little confusing, because most people will use “Fastpass” and “Fasptass+” interchangeably, because it’s a little annoying to always add the + symbol. The current Fastpass system used at Disney World is technically called Fastpass+. This is because years ago, Disney World used a different Fastpass system that involved getting paper Fastpass tickets while you were at the park. Disneyland still uses this paper ticket system. To avoid confusion, they call the current Fastpass system at Walt Disney World Resort Fastpass+.
However, if you are reading about Disney World, and someone talks about “Fastpass” without the + sign, remember that they probably mean Fastpass+.
Stay tuned for the next part of the guide, "The Ultimate Fastpass+ Guide for Beginners-- Part 2: Making the Most of Your Fastpasses!"