FastPass+ is the system that Disney put in place to help automate FastPasses. With the system you are able to select 3 attractions at different times to guarantee entry to the far quicker FastPass line. After these three initial FastPasses are used, you can select a 4th FastPass, use that pass and then continue this process over and over again until the park closes. This can save a ton of time during your Disney vacation, minimizing the amount of time that you are waiting in line for popular attractions. There are experiences at Disney that almost always have long waits and if you had to wait for these attractions you lose valuable Disney time in the parks that you could spend doing more rides and attractions. With this helpful “how to” you can greatly improve your odds of snagging all of the difficult to get FastPass+ reservations. Attractions that typically have long lines or tend to book up quick are:
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Peter Pan’s Flight
Big Thunder Mountain
Festival of Fantasy Parade
Frozen Ever After
Slinky Dog Dash
Alien Swirling Saucers
Toy Story Mania
Rockin’ Roller Coaster
Avatar Flight of Passage
Na’vi River Journey
Kali River Rapids
Here are 4 good tips and strategies that may help you get these difficult FastPass+ reservations:
4. Reserve at the 60 day mark.
If you are staying at a Disney resort, you can begin booking your FastPass+ selections 60 days prior to the date of check-in. You can actually make the FastPass+ selections for your entire stay (up to 10 days). Note, if you aren’t staying at a Disney resort and have linked park passes to your account, you can begin making selections at 30 days prior to the date of check-in. You should absolutely be ready to start making your FastPass+ selections at 7:00am when the system refreshes and selections can be made. Spend time reviewing which day you plan to attend particular parks and snag the tough to get attractions as soon as you can so that you don’t miss out. Some of them book up before they even make it to the 30 day mark, so it is important to reserve as soon as you can.
3. Look a few days before your trip.
If you happen to miss the opening booking window, you’re planning a last minute trip or you were just plain unsuccessful at getting your top choices… have no fear! There is still hope for you! Keep checking back regularly and watch like a hawk as your trip gets closer. You will likely to be able to pick up your desired attractions closer to time as guests are changing around their plans and having to drop the selections that they have made. You may be able to benefit and snag pretty decent times for the attractions that you couldn’t get!
2. Use the copy feature.
There is a feature in the FastPass+ service that will allow to reserve for one person and then copy the plans to the rest of your party. If you aren’t having luck getting availability for specific attractions, try getting them for just one person and then copying the selections to the other guest(s) in your party and you may be able to get them through that way! It’s not a guarantee, but it has been known to work to help get the tough to get selections.
1. Look to reserve on days where park hours are longer.
If a particular park (especially the Magic Kingdom) is experiencing longer hours of operations on one day over another, then try to make your selections on that day. That gives more blocks of time in the day that you may be able to snag the FastPass selections, which will improve your odds of actually getting them. It is important to do a little bit of planning and determine which parks you plan to visit on each day before you plan your FastPass+ selections so that you help ensure that you get everything you want and that you also plan your FastPass+ times around your existing dining reservations, too.