Disney has a great service called FastPass! It is a complimentary service that Disney offers so that you can skip the line! Pretty awesome, right? Right! But as with anything there are some stipulations & strategy involved in using FastPass.
Located near the entrance to the attraction will be a FastPass dispensing machine. On the sign above the machine it will indicate the time that you will be returning to ride, so that you can make the decision as to whether the time frame works for you and your family. You have a 1 hour window to return to a ride, but shows start at specific times.
To receive a FastPass, you stick your park ticket into the machine and it will spit out a FastPass. Don’t forget to retrieve your park tickets! To save time, especially if it is crowed, you can send one person ahead with everyone’s tickets to get all of the FastPasses.
You will be unable to get another FastPass until the time indicated on your FastPass ticket. This means that you can usually only have a FastPass to one attraction at a time.
When your time comes up, simply go to the attraction and get in the FastPass line. You will show the Cast Member at the front of the line your FastPass tickets so that you can get into the line. You may have a short wait, but it will usually be much preferable to waiting in the line!
There is some strategy as to how you use FastPass. Because you can only get one at a time, you should make sure that you get the attractions that you are most interested in (or are most popular) first. On the other hand, if the FastPasses are already showing very late times getting one will ensure that you will not be able to get another FastPass for another attraction that day. Sometimes it might be worth it for really popular attractions, but sometimes it is just better to get your FastPass for something else & wait in the line. It all depends on what you really want to do because FastPasses can and do run out. Also, do not get a FastPass for an attraction that has a very short standby time (which will also be posted at the gate).
Now that you understand how to use FastPass you will be a pro. Going in with a plan will help you get your FastPass quickly and for the attractions you are not wanting to miss! After that you will have to play it by ear depending on how busy the day is. For the tech savvy Disney has made the Verizon App Mobile Magic which displays all FastPass times, giving you the edge!
Keep in mind that you can only use FastPasses on the day that you receieve them, and that every person in your party has to get a ticket to be readmitted by a cast member. Below I will list the attractions that use FastPass
Fast Forward – If you find yourself with fast passes that you can’t use, give them away to someone who can! See this & 6 more tips for enhancing your Disney Vacation through giving back HERE!