Scoop on Disney Fastpasses


Disney offers a FastPass system to any guest who has a park ticket.  And, on the horizon, is Disney’s new FastPass+ system, where you can reserve several attractions before you even leave home!  But, using these for the optimal touring time can be challenging and confusing-especially if you are a first time visitor.  However, they can also add more magic to your vacation and less waiting time in line.  Less wait means more magic, right?  So, I want to share with you some FAQs regarding FastPasses.

What is a Fastpass and how do I get one? 

A Fastpass is a small ticket that allows you to return to a Disney attraction at a specific time and board with little to no wait.  If you have a Disney park ticket, you have access to Fastpasses.  You can find the locations for Fastpass distribution locations on the park maps.  At the Fastpass distribution machine, insert park tickets for EACH member of your party who wants to enjoy the attraction.  Everyone in your group who wants to board with a FastPass must have one.

Does every attraction have the Fastpass option?  

No. Only certain attractions have this as an option for park visitors.  Typically these are attractions that are very popular and experience long waits.  For example, Test Track, Soarin’, Expedition Everest, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, and Toy Story Midway Mania are among the many attractions that support FastPass.

I approached the Fastpass machine, and it’s covered.  Why?  

That means the attraction has given all its Fastpasses for the day, or they are not distributing FastPasses at that time.

My FastPass return time is 1:00 pm-2:00 pm.  When can I board the ride?  

You can board the ride anytime between 1 and 2 pm.  If you return after 2 pm, you may be denied access to the ride via the FastPass entrance.  Watch your times, and make sure your FastPass return time works with the rest of your touring plans for that day.

Can I get multiple FastPasses during the day?  

Yes.  When the FastPass distribution machine gives you your FastPass, it will have two times on there.  One is your return time.  The other is when you are allowed to collect a FastPass for another attraction.

With Disney rolling out the new FastPass+ system, you’ll be able to reserve spots in line for attractions before you even leave home.  You can also choose from character greetings, Wishes, Illuminations, and more!  You don’t have to use FastPass+, but it’s another great way to utilize your My Magic Bands, and could be very helpful with planning your days in the parks.

Here is more info about the My Magic+ in case you were interested. 

Don’t forget to watch for Special or Bonus Fastpasses. We don’t get them on every trip but it is very welcomed when we do get one. Our last trip I went to get fastpasses for Peter Pan and picked up some Surprise Fastpasses for Mickey’s PhilharMagic.

If you prefer the traditional FastPass system, you can still utilize it.  There are many ways to get the most out of Disney’s FastPass system.  What attractions do you like to “FastPass?” Let us know in the comment box below.

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  1. When we went in March we got out of our dinner reservations about 20 minutes after our return back time. My brother explained we were at dinner and they allowed all 8 of us onto the ride. So it is worth a shot.

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