Disney introduced its FastPass ride reservations system in 1999 as a way to moderate the high wait times at some of the headliner attractions. A new version of FastPass, called FastPass+, completely replaced the old system in January 2014.
– How Does FastPass+ Work? –
The best way to explain how FastPass+ works is by comparing it to making a reservation at a restaurant. You call and reserve a table for you and your family for a certain time. With FastPass+ you choose which ride you want to ride, select what time is available that works for you and save you spot in line. When it’s your time to ride, you’ll be directed to a separate smaller line for the ride in order to have a short wait time.
Each FastPass+ reservation for rides lasts for an hour (ex. 1:00pm-2:00pm) and reservations for shows may be shorter depending on the showtime. If you make your reservations for 9:00am, you have until 10:00am to use it. If you don’t use it, it will be canceled. You may be able to arrive 5 minutes before or 15 minutes after your reserved time. It just depends on the cast member.
There is no extra charge to use FastPass+, it is included with park admission to everyone, including guests not staying on property.
You are only allowed 3 pre-planned FastPasses at one time. Once you use all 3, you can add more if there is a time slot available.
You can book your FastPass+ 60 days before your date of choosing. If you’re not able to get a time that you like keep checking back. You never know if someone may cancel their reservations.
FastPass+ selections for viewing areas for parades and shows do not become available until 30 days before your date of choosing.
**Please Note: If you are park hoping and using FastPass+. My advice you be to go to the morning park at “rope drop” and do as many rides as you can before the crowds get too big. Break for lunch and then go to the evening park and do all of the attractions that you have reserved with your FastPass+.**
– Attractions Available for FastPass+ by Theme Park –
Magic Kingdom: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Perter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Space Ranger Spin, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Main St. Electrical Parade Viewing Area, Meet Ariel at her Grotto, Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater, Meet Rapunzel & Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall, Meet Elsa & Anna at Princess Fairytale Hall, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Barnstormer, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Tomorrowland Speedway, Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, It’s a Small World, Mad Tea Party Tea Cups, Mickey’s Philharmagic, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Wishes viewing area.
EPCOT: Choose 1 of the following; Soarin’, Test Track, Illuminations viewing area or Living with the Land. Choose 2 of the following; Captain EO, Journey to Imagination with Figment, Mission SPACE, Spaceship Earth, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush and EPCOT Character Spot.
Hollywood Studios: Choose 1 of the following; Beauty and the Beast Live, The Great Movie Ride, Rock’n’Roller Coaster and Toy Story Mania. Choose 2 of the following; The Comedy Warehouse Special, Disney Junior Live on Stage, For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Lights Motors Action, Muppet Vision 3D, Star Tours, Tower of Terror and Voyage of the Little Mermaid.
Animal Kingdom: Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safari, Dinosaur, Finding Nemo Musical, Primeval Whirl, It’s Tough to Be a Bug and Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventure Outpost.