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

by Shannon Albert 9 comments Like the Facebook page

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.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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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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