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Walt Disney World – Fast Pass+ Planning Guide

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Now that Walt Disney World has instituted the new Fast Pass+ reservation system, what does that mean for you?  Well, it means you need to plan a little more before your trip.  If you’re staying on property then you can arrange yours starting at midnight EST 60 days prior to your arrival date and 30 days if you’re staying off property.  First you’ll need to set up your My Disney Experience account.

Here are my tips and tricks for navigating the new system and what you should and should NOT use them on.  Of course this is just my opinion so feel free to do as you wish!

By the way, this is one of the services I give my clients is that I will set up their Fast Pass+ reservations for them or if they prefer I’ll take a look at them after they’ve set them up on their own.

Magic Kingdom

Choose 3 from the following:

It’s a Small World

Maybe if you make it your 4th FP+ of the day.  The line moves fast or go when the line isn’t long (out the door and out in the path) .

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Yes, as long as your kids are tall enough

Festival of Fantasy Parade

No, unless you are a “parade person”

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

No, since there are 2 rides the lines are not long

Enchanted Tales with Belle

If you have a Belle fan then I recommend this, but maybe make it your 4th FP+ of the day

Haunted Mansion

Maybe if you make it your 4th FP+ of the day or on your 2nd Magic Kingdom day

Jungle Cruise

Maybe if you make it your 4th FP+ of the day or on your 2nd Magic Kingdom day

Mad Tea Party

No, the line moves fast and it’s never that crowded

Main Street Electrical Parade

No, unless you’re a “parade person”

Meet Anna and Elsa

Definitely if you have a Frozen fan, but make this your first choice as it is the first FP+ to disappear

Meet Ariel at her Grotto

Only if you have an Ariel fan, otherwise just wait in line

Meet Cinderella and Rapunzel

Only if you have aCinderella or Rapunzel fan, otherwise just wait in line

Meet Mickey

Usually not long lines so just wait in it or check the wait times throughout the day

Meet Tinkerbelle

Only if you have a Tinkerbelle fan, otherwise just wait in line

Mickey’s Philharmagic

No, since it’s a large capacity theater

Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor

No

Peter Pan

Yes unless you plan to ride it first thing in the morning

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Yes

Animal Kingdom

Choose 3 from the following:

Festival of the Lion King

No, because it’s a large capacity theater

Nemo, the Musical

No, because it’s a large capacity theater

It’s Tough to be a Bug

No, because it’s a large capacity theater

Primeval Whirl

No, usually the line isn’t that long

DINOSAUR         

Not necessary unless you want to save a bit of time as the line is rarely long

Expedition Everest

Yes, as long as your kids are tall enough, don’t forget it has a single-rider line

Kilimanjaro Safari

Yes

*Park Tip – if you are park hopping then choose this park to visit in the morning and save your 3 Fast Passes for your 2nd park of the day.  Just go straight to Kilimanjaro Safari then Expedition Everest and walk on everything else.  This will work unless you are traveling at a very busy time (Christmas/New Year’s, President’s Week, Easter/Spring Break, July 4th week)

 

Epcot

Choose 1 from the following:

Illuminations, Reflections of Earth

No, unless it’s your 4th or 5th etc of the day.

Soarin

Yes as the waits can get to over 60 minutes even on a “slow” crowd day.

Living with the Land

Not necessary. Just ride after riding Soarin.

Test Track

Yes unless you don’t want to ride Soarin or if it’s your 4th or more Fast Pass.  Odds are this won’t be available when you are able to choose your 4th FP+ for the day.  My advice is to head straight here after park opening and then tour the park as you wish.  Or you can choose this for your 2nd day at Epcot.  This is also has a single-rider line.

Choose 2 from the following:

Mission Space

Yes if you want to ride it.

Meet Disney Pals at Epcot Character Spot

Yes if you need a 3rd option but usually not necessary.  Just check the wait times throughout the day.

Figment

Maybe but not necessary.

Captain EO

Maybe but not necessary.

Spaceship Earth

Yes if you need a 3rd option.  Lines have started to get longer for this since the introduction of FP+ so it helps reduce your wait.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Maybe if it’s your 4th or 5th for the day or you want to ride on your 2nd day.

Turtle Talk with Crush

No.

Hollywood Studios

Choose 1 from the following:

Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage

Not necessary since it’s a large capacity theater.

Fantasmic

No unless it’s your 4th or 5th FP+ for the day

Rock’n Roller Coaster

Yes if you want don’t want to ride Toy Story Mania.  There’s also a single-rider line.

Great Movie Ride

Only if you want to save time.  Lines are rarely long.

Toy Story Midway Mania

Yes since this ride has long wait-time even during a “slow” crowd day.

Choose 2 from the following:

Disney Jr Live on Stage

No, since it’s a large capacity theater.

Frozen Sing-a-Long

Yes, if you have any Frozen fans.

Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular

No, since it’s a large capacity theater.

Lights, Motors, Action

No, since it’s a large capacity theater.

Muppet Vision 3D

No

Star Tours

Yes

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Yes if you want to ride it.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Not necessary

 

Things to remember:

Fast Pass + is the ability to pre-schedule 3 Fast Passes per day (same park) up to 60 days prior to arrival for those staying on property and 30 days for those not staying on property.  Once you exhaust your 3 (using them or having them expire) then you can get additional ones one at a time at a kiosk in the park  

Single-rider line – Be prepared to ride alone as the Cast Members WILL NOT let you sit with your travel companion so don’t even ask.

Park opening – check the opening time of each park and be prepared to be there more than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled opening.  Odds are the park will open 5-10 minutes before scheduled opening, especially during busy times of the year.  You can get so much more accomplished at the park if you’re there when it opens.  I’ve done all of Fantasyland (prior to New Fantasyland) with a crowd of 10 by 1 ½ hours after the park has opened.

 

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