Dad's ULTIMATE Fastpass+ Cheatsheet
Do you like standing in line? Do you like waiting for hours to ride rides?
I know, that's crazy talk. If you don't want to stand in line at Walt Disney World, that's why you need to check out Dad's ULTIMATE FastPass+ Cheatsheet.
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Before we dive into the cheatsheet, we probably ought to talk a little about FastPass+.
FastPass+ is Disney's version of a front of the line pass. With FastPass+ you skip the regular line and go right to the loading station of the ride.
And yes, you can "lock in" your pass to the front of the line.
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Currently, the FastPass+ system is set up so you can schedule 3 FastPasses before you arrive at WDW. If you stay at a Disney Hotel you can make FastPass+ reservations 60 days in advance. If you aren't staying at a Disney Hotel it's 30 days in advance.
Once you use your 3 scheduled passes you can make more using the MyDisneyExperience app or by going to a FastPass+ kiosk (located around the parks). You can even go to other parks and get a FastPass+.
Dad's Ultimate FastPass+ Cheatsheet
So let's break down Dad's Ultimate FastPass+ Cheatsheet.
We have listed all the attractions that offer FastPass+ broken down by park. Then we list which attractions you -
- Always A Good Idea
- On Busy Days
- "Never" Needed
All of these terms are relative. Let's take them one at a time.
Always A Good Idea
No you do always need a FastPass for say Peter Pan's Flight. If you were to arrive first thing in the morning on a slow day you could probably ride with minimal waits.
These attractions are the busiest rides in each park. Its pretty much "always a good idea" to have a Fastpass for them if you can get one.
On Busy Days
The next tier is for busy days. Yes "busy" is subjective what I mean by that is when crowd levels reach moderate or higher levels. Yes, I include moderate because these days moderate is pretty busy.
There are some rides that have FastPass+ available on where you pretty much "never" need a FastPass. Yes, there are times when lines can get long, but for the most part you don't need FastPass+ for these rides.
The Magic Kingdom has by far the most rides available for FastPass+. That's natural, it has by far the most rides. It also has a bunch or rides that you will always want a FastPass for.
Let's go back to our Peter Pan's Fight example. On a typical day the standby lines reach 90 minutes pretty quickly. So if you have a FastPass for Peter Pan's Flight you can save a whole lot of time standing in line.
Yes, Dumbo the Flying Elephant is on the "Never" needed list. Since the upgrade, even if you do have to wait, there is a play area for the kiddos where they can wait in style.
Epcot is probably the hardest park for FastPass+ because of the "group" system Disney uses in Epcot.
Epcot divides the attractions into 2 groups smartly named Group A and Group B.
When you make your initial reservations you can choose one attraction from Group A and two attractions from Group B.
- Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
- Frozen Ever After
- Test Track
- Everything else (yes, I'm lazy)
Obviously, hard choices need to be made in Epcot. I don't ever recommend scheduling a FastPass for Illuminations:Reflections of Earth. Never. If for no other reason than it keeps you from making more Fastpass+ reservations during the day.
My suggestion from Group A is to get Frozen Ever After. That's the longest line these days. Soarin' is second but you can only choose one.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Hollywood Studios is another park where Disney uses groups.
Like Epcot you make one selection from Group A and two from Group B.
- Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage
- The Great Movie Ride
- Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- Toy Story Midway Mania!
- Disney Junior - Live on Stage!
- For the First Time in Forever - A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
- Muppet*Vision 3D
- Star Tours 2: The Adventures Continue
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special (seasonal)
Again, I'm not a fan of using your only Group A FastPass on Fantasmic! I do think a FastPass for Fantasmic! is a good idea, but not if I have to give up Toy Story Mania or Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. Plus you can always get one of the Fantasmic! dinner packages that comes with special seating.
I'm not sure with the new track at Toy Story Mania that you'll always need a Fastpass, but it's too early to tell for sure.
Animal Kingdom has some great headliner rides. Lines can get pretty long and FastPass+ can save a lot of standing in line.
The opening of Pandora - The World of AVATAR has totally changed FastPass+ at Animal Kingdom. The Pandora rides are now in a separate "group". You can only choose one of the Pandora rides.
Up to 3 selections can be made but only 1 from Group A.
- Avatar Flight of Passage
- Na'vi River Journey
- Expedition Everest
- Kilimjaro Safari
- Rivers of Light
- It's Tough to Be a Bug
- Kali River Rapids
- Meet Disney Pals at Adventure Outpost
- Primeval Whirl
- Festival of the Lion King
- Finding Nemo - The Musical
Avatar Flight of Passage is a must if you can get a reservation. Wait times are in the 3+ hour range. Rivers of Light is another of those that you can get a "Dinner package" for and save a Fastpass.
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Dad's Bottom Line
FastPass+ is a Walt Disney World trip planners best friend. Dad's Ultimate FastPass+ Cheatsheet will help you figure out which attractions you will need a FastPass for.