Tell me you don’t like Disney World because you hate waiting in line — and I might roll my eyes.
Truth be told, you’ll rarely stand in line when you know how to use the FastPass+ system. But before we get started, some quick definitions: FastPass = Disneyland and FastPass+ = Walt Disney World.
The biggest difference is that FastPass+ — which is what I’m talking about here — allows you to make your ride selections 30 days in advance of your trip.
(Feel free to apply any of these to your Disneyland trip if they work!)
1. Skip Disney resorts and still get 60 days to reserve FastPass+.
As of last year, even if you stay at a non-Disney “neighborhood” hotel, you can get an extra 30 days for a total of 60 days advance access to reserve your FastPass+ selections.
This perk is typically reserved only for people staying on property at a Disney Resort, but it was expanded (through 2019, at least) to include anyone staying at these hotels:
- B Resort & Spa
- Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort
- DoubleTree Guest Suites by Hilton Orlando
- Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Palace
- Hilton Orlando Resort Lake Buena Vista
- Holiday Inn Orlando
- Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
- Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista
2. Use two of your three FastPass+ selections first thing in the morning.
Reserve these for right when the park opens to the public (after Early Morning Magic Hours) and make sure you get the most popular rides!
You’ll be less grumpy if you have to stand in line once you’ve done two of the most popular rides before mid-morning.
3. Reserve your third for a ride by your dinner spot in the evening.
Sometimes I reserve one FastPass+ ride near where we’re planning to dine that evening to avoid evening crowds and lines.
4. Or make your three selections back-to-back in the morning.
If you’d rather gamble on getting more FastPass+ selections the day of, use up your reserved selections as soon as possible in the morning.
You can make additional selections once the third FastPass+ is used.
5. Use My Disney Experience app to make day-of FastPass+ selections.
There are kiosks or websites you can visit to make new FastPass+ selections in the park, but just skip all of that and make your selections inside the app.
You can also use the app to see ride wait times.
6. Modify your FastPass+ selections after you use your first FastPass+.
If you want to change your FastPass+ selections — even the ones you reserved two months prior — you can do so after you use your first FastPass+.
Just keep checking the My Disney Experience app to see if there’s availability.
Even if the app says Thunder Mountain isn’t available until 6 p.m., keep checking. Sometimes availability opens up unexpectedly and you can modify your Thunder Mountain FastPass+ on the spot to get on the ride sooner if you’d like.
7. Booking a large group? Overlap FastPass+ selections by 30 mins.
Book everyone up, getting as close as possible to at least a 30-minute overlap where you could show up for the ride together. And if you can’t get 30 minutes of overlap, modify, modify, modify.
You can change your FastPass+ selections until the start of your arrival window. For example, if your ride window is 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., you can modify it up until 1 p.m.
8. Reserve the most popular rides for the last few days of your trip.
Even if you’re booking 30-60 days in advance, FastPass+ availability is always better toward the end of your trip.
If there aren’t any open reservations for a super popular ride the first few days of your trip, check on the last day of your trip.