Every so often I get the question, “Are FastPasses really needed?” And my answer is YES, YES, and YES (was a little unclear?)! There is no better time-saving tip than to use FastPasses! And, best of all, FastPasses are FREE!
What is a FastPass?
Simply put, a FastPass is a reservation for a specific attraction, character greeting, or entertainment that allows you to avoid a long wait time. Disney first introduced paper ticket FastPasses in late 1999. The process has evolved through the years and now FastPasses are all managed electronically and are tied to your Magic Band or to your park ticket.
How do FastPasses work?
FastPass+ reservations can be made in advance either on the computer, a smartphone, or tablet. Reservations can also be made the day of your trip at a kiosk located inside the park (know that FastPass choices will be very limited if you wait until the day of your visit). On a computer, navigate to http://disneyworld.disney.go.com, click on My Disney Experience, and then click on Create An Account and follow the online instructions. On smartphones, download the My Disney Experience app. After your account is created you need to link your tickets to your My Disney Experience account. At the appropriate time, you will be able to secure up to three FastPasses per day per park in advance. Your FastPass reservations will be tied to your Magic Band or your park ticket.
When can I make the FastPass reservations?
Walt Disney World provides a number of benefits for those guests who stay in Disney operated resorts. Early FastPass+ reservations are one of those benefits. Guests staying on property can begin making FastPass+ reservations 60 days prior to your check-in date plus 10 days. Because of this extra 10-day grace period, most Disney guests are able to make FastPasses+ reservations for their entire stay beginning at the 60-day mark. Non-Disney resort guests can begin making FastPasses+ 30 days in advance of their first vacation day. Non-Disney guests do not receive the extra 10-day grace period that resort guests receive. If you are staying off-site you must secure each day’s FastPasses 30 days prior, you cannot do all the days at one time. Click on this link to find my Best Tips for Securing the hard-to-get Walt Disney World FastPasses.
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