How to make FastPass+ reservations and order MagicBands

by Shannon Albert 107 comments Like the Facebook page

(Article last updated: September 29, 2014)

how to make fastpass plus reservationsI was just able to book FastPass+ reservations and order MagicBands for my next trip in November so I recorded my session in a video and even more importantly...

I have tips on how to book FastPass+ reservations, which attractions to book, how touring plans are affected and info on ordering MagicBands.

Let's get started...


Which FastPass+ reservations to choose

As of right now, you are able to choose 3 FastPasses per day at 1 park and those FastPass+ reservations can be any of the rides that offer FastPass+ (there's been speculation that we'll only be able to choose 1 "headliner" per day but so far that limitation hasn't been put into place).

The ability to book FastPass+ reservations opens up roughly 60 days before your trip begins, though I've seen the number of days be more and less than 60.

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You can't, however, choose the same ride twice. If you want to try to do a ride twice, you can book 1 FastPass+ reservation now and then after you ride it during your trip, you can try to change one of your other remaining FastPass+ reservations to that ride which will work as long as there are still FastPasses available for that ride.

I would suggest making your FastPass+ reservations in the order of most important to least important so, for instance, you might want to book Toy Story Mania as your first FastPass+ reservation of the day so that if you want to re-ride it, you can change 1 of your remaining FastPass+ reservations to ride Toy Story Mania again (if FP+ reservations remain).

These are the options that I recommend you choose in each park:

Magic Kingdom
There are so many opportunities for FastPasses at Magic Kingdom that I highly recommend spending at least 2 days there during your trip if at all possible.

High priority FastPass+ reservations at Magic Kingdom include:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Splash Mountain
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Rapunzel at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Peter Pan's Flight
  • Space Mountain
  • When Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens, it'll be on this list as well

The following list of attractions are medium priority FastPass+ reservations at Magic Kingdom. The attractions on this list are good options if you're not booking all of the ones above. If you are booking all of the ones above, these are the attractions I'd head to when the park opens.

  • Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  • Jungle Cruise

These are also available but not high priority for FastPass+ reservations:

  • It's a Small World
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Ariel's Grotto
  • Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
  • PhilharMagic
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Barnstormer
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade
  • Main Street Electrical Parade
  • Wishes seating

Epcot

  • Soarin'
  • Test Track

The other options at Epcot are the ones below but I don't recommend making these reservations because there usually isn't a line or I'm just not sure how they'll work yet.

  • Captain EO
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: Space
  • Spaceship Earth - usually easy to get on after lunch
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Character Spot
  • Illuminations viewing

Hollywood Studios
High priority FastPass+ reservations:

  • Toy Story Mania
  • Rock N Roller Coaster
  • Tower of Terror

These are also available as FastPass+ options:

  • Beauty and the Best - Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior - Live on Stage
  • Fantasmic!
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Lights Motors Action Extreme Stunt Show
  • MuppetVision 3D
  • Star Tours - good option if you're not booking all of the FP+ reservations above
  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Animal Kingdom
High priority FastPass+ reservations:

  • Expedition Everest
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris

Other FastPass+ options at Animal Kingdom but not high priority:

  • DINOSAUR
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo - The Musical
  • It's Tough to be a Bug
  • Kali River Rapids - good third FP+ option, especially if you want to ride past 10:00 a.m. or so
  • Primeval Whirl - I don't like this ride and with a 48" height requirement, many kids can't ride, but this would be another good FP+ option if you want to ride it since lines can be long later in the day
  • Adventurers Outpost meet and greet

How to book FastPass+ online

Here's a video I recorded of my FastPass+ reservation session so you can see what it looks like and where to find things on the website...

When you're in the parks, you'll want to use the free My Disney Experience app to make changes to your FastPass+ reservations. If you don't have a smartphone, you can make the changes at kiosks in the parks.

How touring plans are affected by FastPass+

With the introduction of this new FastPass system, the general idea of the existing touring plans stays the same: visit busy attractions right when the parks open and/or with FastPass+ and then visit less popular attractions after lunch.

I will be updating the touring plans once we know for sure how FastPass+ will work when it's fully live. In the meantime, keep these things in mind:

  • Book FastPass+ for the things that are your highest priority and then if you arrive when the parks open (which I highly recommend for Magic Kingdom in particular), visit your second priority attractions first and then go to the FastPass+ attractions when it's time.
  • The attractions that don't have FastPass+ will also be important to visit close to park opening. The one that I'd particularly advise to visit first is Sum of All Thrills at Epcot.
  • If you want to park hop, visit the first park when it opens and then hop to the second park. Your FastPass+ reservations should probably be at the second park.

How to book Be Our Guest FastPass+ for lunch

Magic Kingdom Guests Dine in Splendor at Be Our Guest RestaurantThere is also a FastPass+ reservation possible for lunch at Be Our Guest and it works differently than the ride FastPass system.

You first need to find your 12-digit numeric resort confirmation number. Mike left this tip for finding the number in the comment section:

  • Go to https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/trip/my-vacation/
  • Go to the My Disney Experience section
  • Choose My Reservations and Tickets
  • Hover your mouse over BUT DO NOT CLICK the Check In Online link
  • At the very end of that address is a long string of numbers. That’s your Reservation ID.

Now use that ID and go to beourguestlunch.disney.go.com to try to get your Be Our Guest FastPass+ lunch reservation (they usually open 3-4 weeks beforehand).

Ordering MagicBands

If your trip to stay on-site at Disney World is far enough away (previously, it was 2 weeks but my account says I needed to allow 1 month), you can go into your My Disney Experience account, choose the option on the right side of the screen that says "Personalize MagicBands," pick a color and specify what name you want imprinted on your MagicBand.

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If you don't pick a color before your trip, you'll get a gray MagicBand when you check into your resort.

Some remaining questions

There are still a lot of unknowns about FastPass+ that we will hopefully understand more about in the near future.

Some questions that often get asked:

  • Will off-site and Swan/Dolphin guests be able to use FastPass+? There has been speculation that off-site guests won't have FastPasses anymore and also speculation that off-site guests will use the current/old FastPass system while on-site guests get access to FastPass+. We just don't know yet.
  • What if I buy my tickets on my own instead of booking a package through Disney World? You'll need to link your tickets from the main My Disney Experience screen where the top option is to link tickets.

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  • How do I know if I'm eligible to use FastPass+? Some people receive letters letting them know they can participate but the easiest way is to periodically log in to your account and see if it's an option.

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So, what other questions do you have? Have you made your reservations? Add your questions or feedback in the comments.


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