One of Walt Disney World’s most popular complimentary services is FastPass+, which offers an expedited wait time for some of the most popular rides and attractions.
This service can save you tons of time throughout the day, and we want to save you even more time with some tips that you may or may not have heard before.
Here are five FastPass+ tips that you (probably) haven’t heard yet.
Not all FastPasses are created equal!
Just like the attractions themselves, not all FastPass selections are worth the same weight in gold. There are dozens of attractions throughout Disney World that offer this complementary service, and it’s wise to research which attractions are more popular than others so you know the best use of your valuable FastPass reservations.
Some attractions will generally have longer wait times than others, like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Slinky Dog Dash, and Flight of Passage. Likewise, there are some attractions that offer FastPass that you can probably get away with not having a FastPass for. Some of these rides include Pirates Of the Caribbean, Spaceship Earth, and Living With the Land.
At the end of the day, your FastPass strategy will come down to you and your party’s preference, so be sure to do your research ahead of time before you make your FastPass+ selections.
The Secret ‘Refresh’ Hack on My Disney Experience
Some attractions are notoriously difficult to get FastPasses for. Or perhaps you can find a FastPass return time, but it conflicts with a dining reservation, or it’s at an inconvenient time for your party.
There is a secret hack on the My Disney Experience app that you can utilize to your advantage while in the parks. As you search for FastPass return times, select the attraction you want to ride, then toggle between return times (switching back and forth between times). Often, return times will ‘magically’ appear, even for those hard-to-get attractions. You can use this to find additional FastPasses after your third reservation is used, or you can use this method to update existing reservations.
When you think about it, people change their plans constantly throughout the day at Disney Parks. This involves changing FastPass reservations or cancelling them altogether — and you can capitalize on that!
You Can Make FastPass+ Reservations for Entertainment
When people think about FastPass, many will immediately think about those popular rides in the parks. But did you know you can also book FastPass reservations for entertainment? Shows like Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and Beauty and the Beast at Hollywood Studios both offer FastPass.
You Can Have More than Three FastPass+ Reservations Per Day
When you book FastPass+ reservations ahead of your Disney World vacation, you are limited to just three selections per day. However, what many people do not realize is that once those three FastPasses are redeemed, you can make additional FastPass reservations.
As soon as your third FastPass is scanned at the front entrance of your final reserved attraction, you can begin booking additional FastPasses on My Disney Experience, one at a time.
This also allows you to park hop when selecting additional FastPasses; you’re not limited to the park you are in or the park where you made your first three FastPasses. Because of this FastPass hack, it’s wise to try to book your reserved FastPasses earlier in the day so you can grab “on-the-fly” FastPasses the rest of the day!
There is a SMALL window of grace before and after your reservation
This is solely at the cast member’s discretion, but typically you can redeem your FastPass reservation up to five minutes before the hour window. You can also arrive a little late, up to approximately ten (and sometimes 15) minutes after your window has ended.
Again, this is subject to cast member policy and could change depending on how busy the parks are. But, if you find yourself waiting outside of the attraction for the exact minute to strike, and if it’s not too busy, you can always ask the cast member if they’ll let you scan your band early!