How to get difficult FastPass+ reservations

(Article last updated: April 26, 2017)

Sometimes even after you've done all of the research for your Disney World trip and you feel super well prepared, you come up empty on a couple of FastPass+ reservations that you had hoped to get.

It often happens to even the best planners. Here are some strategies to help.

Which FastPass+ reservations are hard to get?

Most FastPass+ reservations aren't that hard to get, but you will likely run into the most issues with Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom, Frozen Ever After at Epcot, and both of the Pandora attractions (Na'vi River Journey and Flight of Passage) at Animal Kingdom.

Beyond that, you probably won't have any trouble getting any FastPass+ reservations, although you may not end up with your ideal times for a few other FastPass+ reservations.

For more details on which FastPass+ reservations are available and recommended, check out the touring plans and FastPass suggestions for all 4 parks.

Strategies you can try

Book FastPass+ reservations 60 days beforehand

Since off-site guests book FastPass+ reservations 30 days beforehand, this strategy is just for on-site guests.

Here's what you can do:

  • Get online just before 7 a.m. eastern time, log out of your account, and then log in fresh.
  • At 7 a.m. eastern time, the FastPass+ reservations for your whole trip will become available to book.
  • Do not make your FastPass+ reservations in chronological order; make them in order of difficulty (this is the same suggestion for people making dining reservations). That means you'll likely jump to your difficult FastPass+ reservations first to make those reservations before all others. You can make just 1 FastPass+ reservation at a park and then come back later to book the other 2, less difficult attractions.
  • The end of your trip will have better chances of availability than the beginning.

Book FastPass+ reservation for 1 person and then add others

Sometimes when you're searching for FastPass+ availability, the My Disney Experience system will tell you that it can't find something for your whole group but if you just search for 1 person, it will show up, and then you can try to add other people from your group.

You can do this on the phone app or computer. Here's how it works from a computer:

You will begin by going into the FastPass+ screens and make a FastPass+ reservation for 1 person in your group. Then, you need to go back in and try to add more people to it.

Do that by selecting the "Change Party" option on your FastPass+ reservation...

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Then choose who you'd like to add to the reservation...

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If there is availability, you'll be asked to confirm...

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Check for FastPass+ reservations openings

People cancel FastPass+ reservations all the time, so it's good to check a day or two beforehand to see if anything has become available.

Make use of the My Disney Experience phone app during your trip to check for restaurant reservations or FastPass+ reservations that you weren't able to get beforehand.

Another thing to watch for is park hours being extended, therefore providing new FastPass+ openings. Disney publishes park hours updates all the time. If those park hours are updated so that the parks (happens a lot at Magic Kingdom) are open for more hours, then more FastPass+ reservations will pop up for those dates a few days after the park hours updates are published.

Sign up for alerts on the monthly dashboard for when you'll be traveling and you'll get an email immediately after park hours are updated so you'll know when this happens.

What if you never get the FastPass+ reservations?

Sometimes - especially during peak travel times - you'll try all of the strategies above and STILL find yourself empty-handed on a couple of things. Here are some ideas for how to handle that:

  • Show up to the park early (30-45 minutes before park opening) which will put you at the front of the line to go into the park and head straight there after the park opens
  • Take advantage of a morning Extra Magic Hour and visit that attraction first
  • Make an early dining reservation in the park, finish eating before the park opens and make your way there first
  • Visit the attractions during a party. Most parties (like Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party) have much shorter lines during the party so you could visit attractions during that time. Notes: 1.) some parties are quite busy and 2.) popular attractions will still have longer lines than less popular attractions but usually shorter than during regular park hours.
  • Remember that there's a single rider option available on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, and Test Track

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Lindsay

I’m so thankful for your post! I was freaking out this morning trying to book FP+ for our party of 6. All the times they gave me were TERRIBLE. Then I Googled how to get difficult FP+ and this post popped up. THANK YOU! You saved me from some broken heart kids.

stella

you did this tip and it worked? good to know thanks! We have 6 going in Sept and I am freaking out about getting them also. So you got it for 1 and then just added on more, right?

Megan

This information was very helpful! I was looking for the earliest possible time to book (ready to wake up at midnight) and found out that that is not necessary. I would like to comment on one thing that you said: “The end of your trip will have better chanced of availability than the beginning.” I realized on my last trip in December that you can actually book in order of the days you will be at each park. In other words our trip was from December 23-27. Exactly 60 days before December 23, I got online and book our fast passes to JUST the park we were going to each day. So you don’t have to wait until the last day of your trip to book your fast passes. I may have misread what you said, and if so I apologize, but just wanted to point this out just in case!

Amanda

We are going to Disneyworld in June with my kids who will be 1 and 6 at the time. If all of us want to ride something that the baby can’t, should we get all 4 of us fast passes and then do the rider swap with the older one?

Brenden

Hi
If we are booking fast pass from UK do we still have to use 7am eastern time. I think that’s 6hrs behind UK. So will be 1pm our time

Jane

Hi Brenden

It will be 12 midday U.K. Time when your FP window opens.

Jane

Nicole Howard

My husband and I were traveling to WDW by ourselves and we have had our FP+ reservations for a few months now. At the last minute, my daughter decides she would like to come 4 days before check-in. Since she is now on our reservation, I have been unable to get a FP+ for her on several of the popular rides (Toy Story, Peter Pan etc.).

What do you suggest I do? Cancel our existing FP+s and get new ones for whatever rides are available (not Toy Story, Peter Pan etc.) or go to the FP lines and see if the cast member will allow her to ride also?

Bridget

I’m trying to update/modify our fast passes but I’m not getting the modify option unless I was to delete one of our scheduled passes? I don’t see if on the page at all? Any suggestions?

Miranda

I was confused about this too. I think the website pages are different from when this post was written. You can still modify though. Click view details below the ride you are thinking of changing, then click modify, add the guests you want, click next, then you will see new times off all rides in the same category. If you don’t see what you want then just go back or close the page. Your original fast passes are still there. They don’t delete until you confirm the change. Now if you want to change all of them for another park… I don’t know if that’s possible. I can’t seem to find the way.

Kim

When making character meet-and-greet FP selections, do both the child and the accompanying adult have to have a FP? Can I just make the FP selection for my 4 year old, freeing up one of mine to use later for a rider switch situation? Or will I have to have a FP as well to be in line with a minor?

Val

Hello there, our upcoming fastpass 60 day mark coincides with the very first day of school! I can’t allot much time at 7 am that day of all days! Will I get most of what I want if I wait til my lunch break that day? I’ve done fastpass before, and it went relatively quickly, so if I have 10 minutes that morning to spare, which attractions/park should I really focus on doing first? I just don’t think I’ll have time to do all 6 days before school/work. Anna/Elsa isn’t a priority. Neither is the new Frozen ride. Thanks for your input.

Kenzie

I can make fp reservations this Saturday, can I do this at Midnight like others have said or does it have at 7am? I’m making them for my son, husband and myself. Some rides are 2-seater rides, so am I able to make a fp for my husband and son to ride something and one for me to do a meet and greet since we all wont be able to sit together on a ride. If I do this, can my son (3yrs old) accompany me to the meet and greet on my fp?

Mindy

Yes! You should skip going together as a family and just plan separate FP for you and your husband. Your son will get on 6 rides as compared to 3. And if you have one you really want to do together just explain to the cast member that your reservation didn’t sync to your husband’s or vice versa and they will likely let you on without issue. They’re quite accommodating!

Carrie

How can the son get on 6 rides with each parent booking 3 fast Pass rides for themselves?

Jason

How early time wise can I book fast pass ? Will they allow me at midnight or 1am on my 30 day mark Tonight?

Lindsay Harvey

Im wondering the same thing. I have read 12 am but also 7 am. Did you ever find out?

John Sinclair

Hello and thank you for the great information. I am looking to book a trip at the end of next June (2017). I am considering staying off site. The savings if I do that will be between $1500-$2000. Will it be that big of a deal for us to only have the 30 days out for fastpasses instead of the 60 days? We don’t care about meeting characters or dining reservations. We just want the rides. Any information or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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30 day is fine. don’t worry

Lindsey

Thanks for all the info! So am I right in saying that you can longer book your fastpass reservations right at midnight the day you’re allowed to start booking? We now have to wait till 7 am the day of?

Amity Taylor

Great post! I am actually getting ready to across this information which I found very interesting to read.
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Jess

Logged in around 1:30 slow time (that’s an hour behind Disney time) this morning, which is the date our fast passes became available. I got EVERY fast pass I wanted including 7DMT and Toy Story Mania! I have followed your site ( along with a few others) an have found your tips so helpful! I will tell you Anna & Elsa were no longer being offered when I logged on so I believe they booked up in that 1.5 hour period before I logged on. Good luck everyone and definitely log on 60 days in advance of you are staying on site. It’s so worth it not to have to worry about any more scheduling!!!

Amy

Hi there! I have a question for you regarding FastPass+. I am an annual pass holder and have reservations at a Disney Value Resort for May 23. According to your advice and May 2016 calendar, I should be able to book Fast Pass reservations beginning March 24. However when I go to the My Disney Experience site to check the calendar, it is only showing a 30 day reservation window. Is that because I have not paid the full amount for our vacation stay? It isn’t due until we check in.

Maggie

Hi, I have the same problem. I have a passholder certificate linked to my Disney account but not an active AP until I arrive but I do have onsite room reservations. It will only show 30 days out. The other two in my party have purchased regular tickets and show the 60 day mark. Does this mean we won’t be able to get the same fastpasses?

Edie

Hi! I think I understand everything about the FP except for the part about starting at the end of your trip and working back. Does that mean at 60 days out from my check-in date I can reserve FP for attractions that are actually 64 days away (for a 4 day stay?) I guess I thought I would need to be up at midnight 4 nights in a row to make my picks.

Erin

I am going to Disney in March. Two of the people in the group want to do space mountain while the rest of us do not. Since I am in charge of the planning I was going to do the fast passes. Can I setup 2 then have them 2 do their own for that ride? I saw you said that you have to pick 3. We would like to do the other rides together. Btw I love your site!

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