Animal Kingdom touring plans and FastPass+ suggestions for 2017

(Article last updated: April 13, 2017)

With a whole new land available at Animal Kingdom plus a nighttime show, touring Animal Kingdom is a bit trickier than in the past which is why you need a good plan in place to make sure you can visit the top attractions without long waits.

Here's Animal Kingdom touring plans and FastPass+ suggestions to help you plan...

FastPass+ basics

New to making FastPass+ reservations? Expand the section below for more info on how they work, how to link park tickets so you can make FP+ reservations, etc.

How FastPass+ works
All guests - whether they're staying onsite or offsite - can make 3 FastPass+ reservations per day in 1 park ahead of time beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time. All guests can also make use of the app or kiosks in the parks to make or change FastPass+ reservations.

However, there are some differences between onsite and offsite guests:

  • On-site guests (and people staying at the Swan and Dolphin) can make FastPass+ reservations for their whole trip up to 60 days in advance of their trip's start date, beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time.
  • Off-site guests can make FastPass+ reservations up to 30 days in advance of the day they plan to be in the park (which means off-site guests will have to be online for multiple days in a row).

You can't make your first 3 FastPass+ reservations for the same ride twice.
Your first 3 FastPass+ reservations must be for all different rides.

However, you can get more FastPass+ reservations after you use the first 3.
Once your first 3 FastPass+ reservations are used or expired, you can use the My Disney Experience app or go to a kiosk and get a 4th. Once your 4th FP+ is used or expired, you can get a 5th. These additional FastPass+ reservations can be in the same park or a different park and can be for the same ride over and over, if you want.

Don't use FastPass+ reservations unnecessarily.
If you arrive at an attraction to use a FastPass+ reservation and the standby line is short (5 or 10 minutes), skip the FastPass+ line, get into the standby line and then change that FastPass+ to something else to use later. You can make the change on your phone or at a FastPass+ kiosk.

Link your tickets
All guests should make FastPass+ reservations online ahead of time. In order to do that, you need to have tickets on your My Disney Experience account.

If you are staying on-site and bought a package for your trip (which includes a hotel and tickets), they'll already be in your account.

If you are staying off-site and/or bought tickets separate from your on-site hotel room, you need to link them.

You can link your tickets by logging in to your My Disney Experience account, selecting "My Reservations and Tickets" from the menu, and then clicking the Link Tickets button.

From there, you'll be able to enter your ticket info, and there's helpful on-screen info about where to find the numbers you'll use.

You can also link your tickets using the My Disney Experience app. After opening the app, touch your avatar pic at the bottom, select My Tickets, click the plus sign at the top, and then choose "Link Tickets & Passes." From there, you can type the ticket number or scan the code.

After making FastPass+ reservations, you will be able to scan your MagicBands or RFID-enabled park ticket when you arrive to an attraction at your FastPass+ time.

Animal Kingdom FastPass+ options and priorities

You can make 1-3 FastPass+ reservations ahead of time.

Here are your FastPass+ options at Animal Kingdom.

wdt_ID Top priority (visit early in the day or with a FP+) Second priority (great bonus FP+ options) Low priority (using FP+ not recommended)
  • Expedition Everest

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris

  • Rivers of Light

  • Na'vi River Journey OR Avatar Flight of Passage (can only have 1 of these at a time)
  • Festival of the Lion King

  • Kali River Rapids


  • Primeval Whirl
  • Finding Nemo - The Musical

  • It's Tough to Be a Bug

  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost

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What times should you make reservations?

The general idea is to start touring early and ride in the standby lines, and then use FastPass+ a bit later in the day. In the touring plans below, we've given suggestions on what time you might want to make your FastPass+ reservations.

Animal Kingdom touring plans

Rigid touring plans aren't really necessary at Animal Kingdom if you have FastPass+ reservations ahead of time. Your goal for touring should be to visit the highest priority attractions that you don't have FastPass+ reservations for first.

I like to organize my touring plans by hour because minute-by-minute touring plans can make you feel like you’re running from place to place without any flexibility, but grouping them by hour can give you some sense of timing as you plan.

Here are some example touring plans.

General Animal Kingdom touring plan (without Pandora attractions)

Get FP+ for Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Festival of the Lion King (fyi - if you want to ride Expedition Everest multiple times, it has a single rider line that you can use to avoid long lines)

Arrive at Animal Kingdom about 30-45 minutes before the scheduled park opening time. Guests are usually allowed in early and stopped right in front of the Tree of Life. After going through the turnstiles to get into the park, you can usually find Divine just to the right side which is a fun way to start an Animal Kingdom day. You can also check out the shops, get PhotoPass pics taken, and see the birds released in front of the Tree of Life before the park fully opens.

First hour:

  • 1. Primeval Whirl (48" height req.)
  • 2. DINOSAUR (40" height req.)
  • 3. Use FP+ for Expedition Everest (44" height requirement, suggested FP+ time: 9:30-10:30)

Second hour:

  • 4. Kali River Rapids (38" height req.)
  • 5. Flights of Wonder

Third hour:

  • 6. Use FP+ to ride Kilimanjaro Safaris (suggested FP+ time: 10:45-11:45)
  • Lunch

Rest of the day:

  • 7. Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
  • 8. Use FP+ at Festival of the Lion King (suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 9. It's Tough to Be a Bug
  • 10. Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • 11. Finding Nemo - The Musical
  • 12. Rivers of Light

General Animal Kingdom touring plan (including Pandora attractions)

Get FP+ for Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Flight of Passage

Arrive at Animal Kingdom about 30-45 minutes before the scheduled park opening time. Guests are usually allowed in early and stopped right in front of the Tree of Life. After going through the turnstiles to get into the park, you can usually find Divine just to the right side which is a fun way to start an Animal Kingdom day. You can also check out the shops, get PhotoPass pics taken, and see the birds released in front of the Tree of Life before the park fully opens.

First hour:

  • 1. Na'vi River Journey
  • 2. Primeval Whirl (48" height req.)
  • 3. DINOSAUR (40" height req.)

Second hour:

  • 4. Use FP+ for Expedition Everest (44" height req., suggested FP+ time: 9:30-10:30)
  • 5. Kali River Rapids (38" height req.)

Third hour:

  • Lunch
  • 6. Flights of Wonder

Rest of the day:

  • 7. Use FP+ to ride Kilimanjaro Safaris (suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 8. Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
  • 9. Festival of the Lion King
  • 10. It's Tough to Be a Bug
  • 11. Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • 12. Finding Nemo - The Musical
  • 13. Use FP+ for Avatar Flight of Passage (44" height req., suggested FP+ time: afternoon)
  • 14. Rivers of Light

Animal Kingdom touring plan with little ones (without Pandora attractions)

Get FP+ for Finding Nemo - The Musical, Festival of the Lion King, and Kali River Rapids (fyi - Kali has a 38" height requirement)

Arrive at Animal Kingdom about 30-45 minutes before the scheduled park opening time. Guests are usually allowed in early and stopped right in front of the Tree of Life. After going through the turnstiles to get into the park, you can usually find Divine just to the right side which is a fun way to start an Animal Kingdom day. You can also check out the shops, get PhotoPass pics taken, and see the birds released in front of the Tree of Life before the park fully opens.

First hour:

  • 1. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • 2. Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch

Second hour:

  • 3. Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
  • 4. Use FP+ for Festival of the Lion King (suggested FP+ time: 10:30)

Third hour:

  • Lunch
  • 5. Flights of Wonder

Rest of the day:

  • 6. Use FP+ at Kali River Rapids (38" height req., suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 7. Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • 8. Use FP+ at Finding Nemo - The Musical (suggested FP+ time: afternoon)
  • 9. TriceraTop Spin
  • 10. The Boneyard
  • 11. Rivers of Light

Animal Kingdom touring plan with little ones (including Pandora)

Get FP+ for Na'vi River Journey, Festival of the Lion King, and Kali River Rapids (fyi - Kali has a 38" height requirement)

Arrive at Animal Kingdom about 30-45 minutes before the scheduled park opening time. Guests are usually allowed in early and stopped right in front of the Tree of Life. After going through the turnstiles to get into the park, you can usually find Divine just to the right side which is a fun way to start an Animal Kingdom day. You can also check out the shops, get PhotoPass pics taken, and see the birds released in front of the Tree of Life before the park fully opens.

First hour:

  • 1. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • 2. Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch

Second hour:

  • 3. Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
  • 4. Use FP+ for Festival of the Lion King (suggested FP+ time: 10:30)

Third hour:

  • Lunch
  • 5. Flights of Wonder

Rest of the day:

  • 6. Use FP+ at Kali River Rapids (38" height req., suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 7. Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • 8. Finding Nemo - The Musical
  • 9. TriceraTop Spin
  • 10. The Boneyard
  • 11. Use FP+ for Na'vi River Journey (suggested FP+ time: afternoon)
  • 12. Rivers of Light

What about Rider Switch (sometimes called Child Swap)?

The Rider Switch system allows parents to take turns riding things that little ones can't/won't ride. Please read my Rider Switch article so you can see how to use it and maximize your FastPass+ reservations.

Want to show up late or park hop?

Animal Kingdom used to be a super easy park to spend a half day and was a great candidate to park hop to or from, but with more attractions and a nighttime show, that's not as true anymore.

If you do want to show up late, just make sure you have FastPass+ reservations for headliners like Kilimanjaro Safaris and one of the Pandora attractions, and know that Expedition Everest has a single rider line to help you save wait time as well.

WDW Prep Members

Level 2 WDW Prep Members have touring plan tools to put together their own plans. The attractions indicate height requirements, if it's a good use of FastPass+, illustrations of ride vehicles so you can see how many people will fit (especially handy if the kids outnumber the adults), and when to visit each attraction.

And as you build your touring plans, they are grouped by hour (for the first 3 hours) and then your whole plan is plotted on a map at the bottom of the page so you can see how it all lays out.

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Julia A Marshall

I’ve noticed a few Facebook postings where folks have mentioned getting FPs for both the Land of Pandora rides. Do you think this is most likely a system glitch that will be corrected?

Cassie Wharton

Is there a possibility that Rivers of Light FP+ will be available later in the day after we have used our initial reservations? We were planning on doing it as a dining package, but there is not a showing on our planned AK day. I was thinking we could maybe park hop another day and get a FP+ for it midday? I know the FP+ are pretty limited for it. Thank you for any help!

Christin Woods

We are going late Sept. Not staying on property so will have to be within the 30 day window for fast passes. my top 2 are the flight of passage and the safari. What are your recommendations and do you think we can do both? I made an early am reservation for breakfast at tusker house in hopes to get into the park early. I read that you should wait in line for flight of passage because there is a lot to see that you don’t if you fast pass it. Just stuck on what to do. Please help.


Safari FP+ should be obtainable at 30 days, but you’d have better luck winning the lottery than getting Flight of Passage staying off site. Even on site guests have a ridiculously hard time getting FP+ for it at 60 days out. Rope drop it and pray. I wouldn’t bother with Tusker House if you’re trying to get into Pandora early, there’s no advantage with it and may actually work against you.

Rachel Jessup

We just left Animal Kingdom yesterday. Just an FYI. We arrived at the park 45 minutes before opening. They now allow guests to walk through the park prior to opening. We weren’t fortunate enough to get a fast pass for either of the Pandora rides, so got there early in hopes of hopping in line. OH NO. The line wrapped From Pandora all the way into Africa. With getting there 45 minutes early, the line was already at 2 hours. Hoping Disney can remedy this. On the plus side, Dinoland is a great place to start. We were a little disappointed as both Everest and Kali River were both down until around 12:00, then it stormed for almost an hour at 1:30. July is just a tough time to go! So hot and so busy, plus with the afternoon storms that last quite a while and shut down many rides. Still had fun nonetheless!


We went in mid July this year. My daughter read online how to get on flight of passage without a fast pass. We got to the park a little after 7 and got in line. There were a few people in frt of us. A little after 8 they let us thru. Then you walk to a certain point and stop again. At a few minutes before 9 team members walk you down to avatar. It’s very narrow so you pretty much stay in the spot you’re in the whole way. They don’t let anyone run ahead or cut:). We were on flight of passage a few minutes after 9. By the time we came out at 9:10/9:15ish it was a 2 hour wait! It’s an awesome ride! It was an adventure getting up and getting there so early but it was our favorite of all four parks!!


If we have to be at Rivers of Light 60- 90 min before even with a FP, are we not going to be able to see Tree Awakenings? It says it starts after dark.


I have an anual pass and i been trying to get fast pass for pandora like a million times but no luck. Any advice?


I would like to see a touring plan with HS in the am with AK pm

Winsome seagrave

We are coming to wdw in august for the first time 2 adults and 2 children from the uk does Coronado springs resort have a email address we would like to request a particular room although we have a water view room we have read that they are not the best and because of walking difficulties we have read in reviews that cabana 8a is ideal location looking forward to your reply


We have found that a phone call to Disney reservations is the best way to request a specific room.

Adrea U

We’re going Saturday after Thanksgiving through following Saturday with 3 families total. 5 people in one family, 5 in another, and 2 people in the last. How do you suggest setting up fast passes for that many people? The day they come available I plan on being online at the crack of dawn. Do you suggest doing all the same plans for everyone and then changing the couple of people that plan on venturing off to do kiddie things or do you suggest another method? Thanks, Ive never tried to link this many people to try to do this many activities to satisfy so many people!


Do you think that evening hours for AK will still be taking place in October/ November? If so, would love to see a touring plan for splitting HS and AK with AK being in the evening!


Quick Q: Does AK have a show for rope-drop?


Thanks Shannon for all the hard work! Does Flights of Wonder allow food to be brought in? Just wondering because we tentatively have it scheduled for after lunch and was wondering if we could bring it in if we were short on time.


I’ve seen a little bit on Disney’s site about Wilderness explorers, but I”m not sure what it is… Is it like a scavenger hunt to do throughout the park during your day or is it a stand-alone thing that our kids (ages 9, 7 &2) could do at the end of the day if there’s time? I was just wondering if it was worth checking out or not? P.S> We are going to be in AK Dec. 17. Thanks!!

Judi – It is a little scavenger hunt! It took our boys (4 and 6 at the time) about an 1.5 to complete. You visit little stations, there’s little books they fill out. It was pretty cute. Nice break from waiting in line.

We did it after doing the Safari, but TBH we didn’t plan our AK day very well, it was just kinda random and just did whatever. But we will do it again in April when we go back! 🙂 You could totally do it near the end of your AK day, after you do the main stuff.


We are headed to WDW for 8 days/7 nights and are trying to figure out the best way to navigate the four disney parks. There will be no kids with us and two days will be spent at Universal Studios. We have 5 day Park Hopper tickets and will be staying on property for the extra perks. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, as it has been quite a while since either of us have been to the happiest place on earth. Thanks!


Hi! We’re visiting WDW in mid Sept. Instead of taking a break from the parks for an entire day, we’re going to take 1/2 day rests (touring from rope drop until after lunch and then heading back to our resort). Our AK day is set for our third day & we are thinking about sleeping in and enjoying the pool then arriving around lunch time & touring until park closing. We’ve got reservations at ‘Ohana that night so it makes more sense to take the bus directly to the Poly from AK instead of touring early in the morning, returning to our resort (Yacht Club) and then trying to get there. I know that arriving at a park later in the day isn’t the best strategy so I’d love some touring ideas. My kids will be 4 1/2, 10, & 11 – no interest in Bone Yard, Expedition Everest, or Primeval Whirl. We’re hoping to squeeze in one show (either Nemo or Lion King). Thank you! This site is the best!

Stephanie Cook

We only have 3 days. So 3 park hopper passes. What do you suggest for our schedule?
What parks? Can split 2 parks into half days?

Sydney Fischer

Hi Stephanie i hope this helps. You defenitley have to do MK and Epcot is always nice to go to. But if you can go to all the parks because they are worth it but it really depends on you and your kids if you have any. Will you guys have enough energy to keep going if not i would say choose between AK and HS to go to. HS is more for older kids but has great shows and AK is more for younger kids but they also have great shows. hope this helps!


Hi, we are going in May 2015. We are doing a “morning only” touring plan with the whole family (hopping to MK in the afternoon after nap and lunch). Right now my plan is to do safari first with FP+, wander trails through Africa and Asia and jungle trek, then end up at DinoLand for the Boneyard and other things my 4 yr old can ride. We are skipping Kali River Rapids and will take turns doing single rider for Expedition Everest. We’d like to see one show, but can’t decide on Lion King or Nemo. Suggestions on which one a child might like better?

Sarah Carpenter

You don’t need to use a FP for Kilimanjaro if you’re there at rope drop and head straight there. You’d be better off using them on Primeval Whirl or Triceratop if you have the little one. Lion King is probably the best show at WDW and is more interactive for little kids. My parents who are 70 also love it. Isn’t Disney great.


Lion King, for sure. Lion King and Beauty and the Beast are the 2 can’t miss shows!

Sarah Trout

We Love the Lion King Show!


We are taking 5 kids ages 4-9. Is the touring plans for small children best suited for us? We don’t like intense rides. Also is the Boneyard an area where they get “lost” in? Thanks


I thought I read somewhere that the Lion King show had been or was going to be discontinued . I’m going in Nov 2015. Should I take LK out of my plans ?


We are going to WDW Sept 28-Oct 2nd, 2014. On Monday, we will be going to Animal Kingdom in the morning and to Magic Kingdom in the afternoon/evening. This will be my daughters 5th birthday and we are having dinner in the castle. I also wanted to get Fast Passes reserved at the 60 day make for Anna and Elsa and Enchanted Tales with Belle, does that mean we would need to go to Animal Kingdom in the morning with no Fast Passes? Do you think that will be a problem getting that park done the first half of the day? I anticipate crowd levels to be very low that week.


Thanks for your article, I find it very useful.

My question is: of we want to enjoy a Water park in the morning, before which park would you suggest me to go?


I am creating my FastPass+ for Animal Kingdom. Can you tell me how long the Festival of the Lion King show lasts and does it cost extra to attend a show? I am trying to decide whether to FP (11:30 am – 11:50 am) before our lunch reservations at 12:45 pm at Tusker House or after FP (1:30 pm – 1:50 pm or 2:30 pm – 2:50 pm). Thanks! 🙂


I was also looking for a touring plan with fast pass plus at AK for late arrival…around 1:00.

Shannon Davis

I’m planning at late arrival in AK this Spring. How did you plan your day?


Shannon I know I am not crazy I remember reading somewhere a tour plan for 1/2 day AK…..Do you know where that was on this site? Looking to do the Animal Behavior Lunchen from 12 till 2 then AK park.THANKS!


We’re using previously received park hoppers (complimentary ones) to visit AK, aside from our reservation and tickets purchased through that reservation. Any idea if I can link those comp tickets to our reservations so we can get FastPass+? I’m not finding much online. Guess I could call 🙂

Denise LeBlanc

Hi Shannon! Gret article! Looking forward to the other parks! I made a few Fp+ res on the website. I’m having issues making them on the app. I have an iPhone that I never updated to ios7. Many of my dining res won’t link to the app and some days it doesn’t show my Fp reservations. I’m worried that I will have trouble in the parks. Do you think it is my phone or does everyone have these issues?


My family and i were there in december . My husband’s iphone is updated and my phone is not. I definitely had trouble with the app on my phone – couldnt’t pull up our reservations or wait times or make changes. I ended up using my husband’s phone as the app worked fine on it

Denise LeBlanc

Thank you for the input, Karen. I was waiting to update it since I didn’t know if it would be better or worse! I guess I will now 🙂


Are you sure about being able to rebook a fastpass after you have used it for the same ride? Have you actually done this? Disney had said you could not do this it had to be three different rides. Otherwise everyone would ride Toy Story and then rebook Toy Story.


Thanks for all the great info. We will be arriving at WDW on Jan. 29th!!!! I called WDW and asked how the FastPass+ was going to work for off site guests. One of things I was told was that if our (meaning everyone in my group)tickets were “linked” through the my Disney Experience app, then only one person in the group needed to go to the kiosk with their ticket and because all the tickets were linked, that person could make FP+ reservations for the group. In your post you mentioned making sure that the person making the FP+ had everyone’s tickets. Do you know exactly how this works for off-site guests? For example do they need to scan each ticket? Or is there someone who has done this recently that can tell me?


Great article! Reading it on the fly need to sit and study it BUT are you saying that once a main attraction ride is rode that you reserved AT ANY park (say space mountain MK) can I circle back around and remove a lower priority ride and request Space AGAIN for that same day?


Hi Shannon,
Lots of good advice here…thank you for your work.
I’m a newbie to all of this; taking my family of 4 (myself, hubby, 14 and 11 year olds in April ’14. Can I make 3 FP+ reservations per ticket (we’d have 4 tix) OR is it 3 FP+’s reservations per resort reservation (only 1 room!) Just thinking my hubby and 14 y.o. would probably prioritize their FP choices differently than my daughter and I!


SHANNON I still have FOUR questions: (FIRST) Regarding FP+ you said you will have to make 3 selections even if you only want 1 or 2. I’m not understanding this. Does this mean if a person only wants to do a FP+ for one thing, they’ll have to make 2 more phony selections, to get it? My husband & I are taking our 9 yr old granddaughter for 4 days 3/24 to 3/28/14. I can’t do rides as I have extreme motion sickness. So, then I would have to make a FP+ for something other than a ride, that we all intend to do, and two others that I will not use? Is that correct? (SECOND) On previous trips, it’s always just been my husband & I, and he often rode through the “single rider” queue and I would just wait and wander around. This time, he will have our granddaughter to ride with him and she’s an avid roller-coasters/rides gal. Can you compare the speed of the “single rider” line to the FP+ line to the regular FP line if there is such a thing anymore? I’m wondering how much time this 70 yr old Grandma will need to wander around with this FP+ scenario. We’ve never been during a peek season before either but, had to do it when she was on spring break. (THIRD) Exactly where do you get to be if you use a FP+ for MK Wishes, and/or Epcot’s Illuminations? Is the location and sightline any better than you could do on your own? Can you arrive later than you would if trying to get a “good” spot on your own? Is it seating or just standing? Trying to decide if we should use a FP+ for either of these. (FOURTH & LAST) With the Park Hopper and FP+… Can you pick different times of the day for each of the 3 selections and leave and return later to use them? For example go to one Park in the a.m. use 1 or 2 of the FP+, go back to your resort for some R&R, or to another park, then return later to use the balance of your FP+ choices, or… must they ALL be used during the initial visit to that park even if you have a Park Hopper?


I am the same way with motion sickness. I plan to let my DD use my magic band to ride things twice…so I will make the reservation for party of 3 and she can enjoy the ride twice…..

Kathy Herman

I heard that you cannot switch magic bands. It is simply not allowed….is this true?


Thanks Shannon!
I should have watched your video first and I would have caught how the system will automatically pick additional FP+ items for you if you don’t choose all 3 per park, that you’re allowed.
Glad to hear that if you have a hopper, you can leave the park and return later that same day to use the balance of your FP+ selections. Thanks for the Wishes and Illuminations FP+ locations. I see you said “sit” in the Rose Garden. That would be nice for us “oldies” who are not in great shape, to be able to do. We’ve stood for long periods before to “secure” a good spot for Wishes so we wouldn’t feel like we were in a mob in Times Square on New Year’s Eve waiting for the ball to drop. This FP+ option would give us more time to be doing something other than standing-in-wait. This is an event that our 9-yr old Granddaughter has seen on her only other trip to WDW when she was under 4. It may not be a high priority for regular visitors but we love it and think she will too.
In your FP+ video I think I heard you say something about getting another FP+ for the same ride, after your 1st one was used. Did I hear that correctly, and if so, did you end up doing that, and how did it work out?
Thanks for all you help. We have found so many helpful things to aid us in planning this relatively short (for us) WDW visit which we want to make exceptionally memorable for our Granddaughter. We have lots if things to consider and have found many ways to plan and make choices through your site.
We are staying at the Beach Club where we’ve been before, primarily for the great pool (in hopes of warm enough weather to take an R&R plunge) and its easy access to Epcot and the Studios.
Thanks again! Lots of great help.

Very good advice! Thanks for the tips!

Patricia Soos

Hi Shannon–I have been reading your Disney World tips for some time now. I finally booked a trip to DW in May. We are taking my 5 year old granddaughter. My husband, adult son, and I have been there twice(many years ago), but she has never been there. We are staying at the Disney Art of Animation Resort for 7 nites. We have 5 day hopper passes, 3 Fast Passes, and the meal plan. We are very excited, but I am feeling overwhelmed. I don’t know where to start first and I want this to be a wonderful experience for all of us. Can you give me some direction about how to plan this trip? I think your tips are great!! Please HELP!! 🙂


Great article with some good advice. We’re booked towards the last week of August and I was feeling like with FP+ I will be locked into my times, until I read your suggestion. We will definitely take your advice to change our times if we get there & the regular line is short, great advice!


I’m also glad that I watched your tutorial on booking FP+ times. I would have gotten on the website and figured I couldn’t change the times after looking at all the options they gave you for FP times. Thank you so much for all that info!


Do you get only three fast pass options a day or per park? for example if you do Park Hopper do you get three fastpass choices per park you visit or do you only get 3 for the day– that has to be split between parks you choose.

Katherine Robinson

I think that they only allow FP+ reservations for one park a day is so interesting. Do you think it will change people’s minds about paying extra to have the Park Hopper option?

Amanda Medeiros

I will be staying off site ( a decision that I am begining to regret). Will I still be able to use the app to change my FastPass+ selections after initially making them at the Kiosk or will I have to use a Kiosk to make the changes? Just thinking about the point you made regarding changing a selection if the regular wait times aren’t that bad.

Amanda Swindall

Hi Shannon,
I have been adjusting my FP+ within the app, and we are staying off-site. Just FYI.

Katherine Robinson

Thanks for the great info! We are planning our trip for Christmas 2014, so I am super nervous about the crowds with two little ones! (will be 4 and 9 months) The last time we went at Christmas my husband and I were newly married and without children. We would like to try and see both Nemo and the Lion King show (it should be back open then, right?) Will getting a FastPass+ for the Lion King be an option as well?

Laurie Jewett

If we already purchased the ebook, is it possible to get the updated map as a separate document?

Thank you!

Curtis T

Exellent article Shannon! It seems to me if you are prepared and plan ahead a little bit this system might actually make touring the parks less stressful and hectic.


Thanks for the article, Shannon! After reading it, I feel much less stressed about staying off-site this October. We stayed on-site last year at Poly and got to use the Magic Bands, so I was afraid we were going to be too spoiled to enjoy ourselves as much, but it sound like, although LESS convenient, it’s not completely impossible, with a little planning! Thanks again! 🙂


WOW ! Thank you a lot of excellent information !!

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