How do FASTPASSes work?

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How do FASTPASSes work? from WDWPrepSchool.comDisney’s fantastic system that encourages you to get out of long lines and spend money in their stores relax while waiting is called FASTPASS. A surprising number of visitors don’t even use it and yet it’s free and makes touring more enjoyable because you get to skip lines (which might prompt line waiters to say “hey, that’s not fair!” but you can just ignore them, knowing how clever you are).

Here’s how it works:

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Read my thoughts on the new FastPass+ system which is rumored to roll out at the end of 2013 or early 2014.

  • The most popular rides (see list below) have FASTPASS machines which look kind of like pared-down ATMs. You put your park ticket in and it spits out a FASTPASS letting you know when to come back to ride. You do this for each member of your party that wants to ride.
  • Each FASTPASS will also indicate when you can get another FASTPASS.
  • You will be given a window to come back to use your FASTPASS and Disney employees cast members will enforce that return time.
  • When you return, you will go to the special FASTPASS entrance. This allows you to jump ahead in the line. For some rides, you go right to the front and ride quickly; for other rides, you’ll just skip ahead but still have a little bit of a wait.

Let’s break down the process in more detail:

  1. Go to one of these rides to get a FASTPASS.
    Magic KingdomEPCOTHollywood StudiosAnimal Kingdom
    Big Thunder Mountain RailroadSoarin'Toy Story Midway ManiaExpedition Everest
    Splash MountainTest Track Tower of TerrorKilimanjaro Safari
    Space MountainLiving with the LandRock N Roller CoasterKali River Rapids
    Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger SpinMaelstromStar ToursIt's Tough to Be a Bug
    Jungle CruiseMission: SPACEIndiana Jones Epic Stunt SpectacularPrimeval Whirl
    Mickey's PhilharMagicVoyage of the Little MermaidDinosaur
    Peter Pan's Flight
    Winnie the Pooh
    Journey of the Little Mermaid
  2. Insert park tickets to have a FASTPASS distributed. Th FastPass machines are usually located right next to the rides, with some exceptions in the New Fantasyland section of Magic Kingdom.
  3. Examples of FASTPASS machines:

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    Buzz Lightyear FP Machine

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    Splash Mountain FP Machine

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    Peter Pan FP Machine

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    Jungle Cruise FP Machine

  4. Look at your FASTPASS and return to the FASTPASS return line at that ride during the time specified on your pass. This line is clearly marked like this one:
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  5. You can get another set of FASTPASSes when the FASTPASS says you can.
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This FASTPASS for Soarin' indicates that you should return to ride between 4:57 and 5:57 and that you can get your next FASTPASS after 4:24. That means you can get another set of FASTPASSes before you even ride Soarin'.

Next Steps

Go through the list of rides on your touring plan and mark which ones you’ll want to use FASTPASSes to ride. You should be sure to take advantage of these FASTPASS opportunities in particular:

  • Magic Kingdom – all of the rides
  • EPCOT – Soarin’
  • Hollywood Studios – Toy Story Mania (the most popular ride in all of Disney World right now), Rock N Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror
  • Animal Kingdom – Kilimanjaro Safari, Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids


Questions or comments on FASTPASSes? Talk about it in the comments.

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carla April 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

How many tickets do you get for each parks or for the rides. How does the park entry and tickets work.

Priscila November 23, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I read on a different site that after you’ve used the fastpass you can get another one, even though the time of the first one didn’t expire (yikes, let me give an example: Fast pass to Ride A (To be used between 3 – 4Pm), next fast pass will be available @4:30PM. According to the site, if you were to use the fast pass @3PM you’d be able to get a new one before 4:30 PM) Do you know if it’s true?

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