Don’t freak out about making FastPass+ reservations – PREP145

People often cite FastPass+ reservations as the most stressful part of planning, so today I want to discuss what you need to know that will hopefully help you feel less stressed.

I also have a quick tip that will let you visit some attractions before the parks open as a bonus to a dining reservation.


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FastPass+ help

General touring advice

  • Show up at least 45 minutes before park opening
  • Follow a touring plan until lunch time, and visit popular attractions either within the first hour or later in the day with FP+
  • After lunch, do “anytime” attractions, use FP+, take breaks

General FP+ info

  • Onsite guests can make all FP+ 60 days before their trip begins beginning at 7am eastern
  • Offsite guests can make FP+ 30 days before each day of their trip beginning at 7am eastern
  • Most FP+ give you a 1 hour window (except for shows which will be shorter)
  • Show up anytime within that time frame (can usually be 5 minutes early and 15 minutes late)
  • Can’t overlap FP+
  • Can make 3 FP+ ahead of time for 1 park. Once those 3 are used, you can get a 4th in any park, then a 5th, etc.

On-site guests booking 60 days ahead

  • Log out, log back in to make sure the site will show you the full trip dates
  • Can use multiple devices at once
  • Make FP+ in order of difficulty, not chronologically
  • Only really need to worry about Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Frozen Ever After, and the 2 new Pandora attractions (Flight of Passage and Na'vi River Journey)
  • End of your trip will give you better odds
  • After making difficult FP+ reservations, go back and add in other FP+

Everybody else (offsite guests and and onsite guests who are not booking 60 days in advance)

  • Will have a hard time booking Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Frozen Ever After, and the 2 new Pandora attractions (Flight of Passage and Na'vi River Journey)
  • Either plan on doing those at rope drop OR keep checking constantly for openings

Quick tip of the day

Many pre-park opening breakfast reservations will allow you to visit an attraction before the park opens. Check this list for where and when that often happens.

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Ashley

I heard you talking about getting breakfast at be our guest before the park opens and then being able to ride the seven dwarfs mine train? I was wondering if this still works with the way they now open magic kingdom and just leave each world closed until after the opening show?

Karen Lacy

Why can I only book one fast pass for the entire morning? There are times available and it says I already have a fast pass for that time but I don’t. Are you not able to get another one as long as the times don’t overlap? This is a nightmare.

Kirsten Earl

Hi Shannon,

You mentioned in the podcast that when you’re looking for a “sold-out” fastpass+ you leave a tab open and check back periodically. What page of the site do you generally hang out on for this? I’m guessing you often have to re-log on and re-select? We got our selections for this trip but I’m curious because I also sometimes plan last-minute visits. Thanks!

Side note: you’re awesome.

Kirsten Earl

So helpful- thank you! <3

Simon Dowling

Hi Shannon,

I am visiting at end of May. Was wondering if it was worth aiming to use 3 fast passes early in day and then rebook more or is very little left for on the day booking? Your podcast seems to indicate it is better strategy to make use of lower queues early in the day and use book fast passes in the afternoon?

Michele

We are planning to go to wdw Feb 2018. We will be staying on site for 2 nights and then a time share for a week with 2 more park days that week. Will I be able to book all of my fastpasses 60 days out since we are on site for the first part of our trip or will the off site days have to be 30 days?
Thanks!!!

Elise

Great quick tip! Yes, we always stay off-property so I couldn’t get a FP for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train but after our 8am Be Our Guest Breakfast, we got right in line and waited only 10 minutes! Great ride!

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