How to make FastPass+ reservations and order MagicBands

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How to make FastPass+ reservations and order MagicBands from WDWPrepSchool.comI 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
  • Maelstrom – won’t be needed unless you arrive late in the day

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 American Idol Experience
  • 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

How to make FastPass+ reservations and order MagicBands from WDWPrepSchool.comThere 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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Laura Russell June 20, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Hello,
Your website is great and full of really handy tips. Thank you! Can I ask… Can you only book fp+ for be our guest if you are staying on site ?
Thanks,
Laura

Nancy Bain June 6, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Thanks for the information about be our guest and hovering to get the reservation number. You are the only person that provided correct information. I have tried numerous times for reservations and got one for my daughter and her child that is linked in all our fast passes except this one. Now her other two children rooming with me are left out. Just wondering why they do not link?

Sheila May 12, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Hi, Shannon. Can FastPass+ times be reserved at midnight EST or is it 6 a.m. like dining?

Jennifer May 12, 2014 at 10:10 pm

I am wondering the same thing Sheila! I must get Elsa and Anna passes!!

Melanie May 29, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Tested it today and it is midnight EST.

Melissa May 31, 2014 at 7:48 am

Lucky because at midnight and a little after I waited to try and get anna and elsa fast passes but the next day wasn’t available yet when I checked again at 9 AM they were booked so I was thinking it was some time in between I will have to try again at midnight

Scott June 17, 2014 at 11:48 pm

I have been trying to book fast passes for our trip scheduled 8/17-8/21

We are at 60 days out and staying at a disney property… system keeps telling me that I cannot book because at least one member of my party must be in the proper window.

We ARE in the proper window, yet it will not work… Disney webpage leaves a lot to be desired.

Scott June 18, 2014 at 8:26 am

So I was up with my 2 year old around 3am… still wouldn’t work.

Again at 6:30… still wouldn’t work.

Just before 7am I was getting ready to call customer service to figure this out. I was pulling up the screens so I could read them the specific error message I was getting. This was about 7:01…

And the system opened up and allowed me to book on my 60 days out from our first day.

Was able to get 2 passes on different days for the Frozen Girls and the 7 Dwarfs Train…

Not sure why it wouldn’t work at midnight as recommended by so many planning sites. But it did start at 7am.

We are staying at the Contemporary and are on day 60 out from arrival.

Melissa May 3, 2014 at 7:19 am

Hi Shannon! Thank you so much for your site! I love it! I have a question about split stays. We are going Aug. 16th-25th to CSR. We have 2 reservations because of discounts. Our first is one night for Aug. 16th – 17th, and the second is the remaining 8 nights. We received two fastpass plus booking notices. One says we can start booking June 17th and the other says June 18th. Do you know when we will be able to book for the entire trip. Our first park day will be Aug. 18th and we have 7 day tickets.

Heather May 2, 2014 at 10:13 am

I cant seem to find any info about this. But i was wondering if my husband wants to choose completely different rides then me and the kids can he choose three different ones or does everyone in the party have to choose the same rides?
Thanks

Shannon Albert May 2, 2014 at 11:16 am

Everybody can have different ones.

Rod Kester May 5, 2014 at 10:40 am

If I book separate (tamer) fastpasses for my wife and 4 year old, while myself and the 9 year old use fastpasses for thrill rides, is there any accomodation for the fastpassess being at the same time?
For example, while the boys are at Space Mountain can I book the girls at a character visit? Or will the times be hit and miss so it ends up that the character visit is an hour after we ride space mountain? If that happens, do the boys just lurk while the girls visit the princesses?

Marie April 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm

I’m going to Disney in a few months with my boyfriend and my cousin and her boyfriend. We booked the trip separately, but are staying at the same hotel and plan to be together the entire time. Is there a way we can link our reservations so we can do the fastpass+ at the same time? Just to make sure our itineraries are the same?

Jennifer April 11, 2014 at 1:44 am

Setting up my fast passes. First day HS reserved fast passes. Second day AK reserved fast passes. Will be doing Magic Kingdom three days in a row and it won’t let me use fast passes on the third day. It is encouraging to trade days. Why won’t it let me set up fast passes and when I reserve my fast passes, why aren’t there more options to choose from on time? I thought I would be able to pick but they are picking for me.

Jennifer Frost March 31, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Thanks so much for the video on how to do the FP+ reservations!! It was so helpful! Our tickets arrived today (we are staying off property) and I was able to make all our FP+ for each park with lots of options and no problems – and we are going only 2 weeks from today!! Yay!!

Kimberly March 21, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Shannon, thank you so much for your site! It’s been very helpful. You may have already answers this but I couldn’t find it anywhere and I’m new at the disney planning:). My parents are going with my husband and me and my girls for their first disney trip in June but they have they’re own reservations. We’ve linked them on the my disney experience so when I start making our fast pass reservations, can I make them for my parents too or do they need to make their own? Thanks

Karen March 19, 2014 at 4:01 am

Thanks for the instruction of FastPass! This is pretty helpful!
But I am still confused that how to book FastPass. I have selected a resort hotel and park tickets but haven’t check out my shopping cart. While I click on FastPass+ button and try to book attractions, a message shows “In order to select FastPass+ experiences, party members must have a valid ticket and be within at least one party member’s FastPass+ selection window.”

Does it mean I have to check out my cart before booking FastPass? Thank you!

Shannon Albert March 19, 2014 at 8:10 am

Yep! You need to book your trip first and then you can make FP+ reservations 60 days before your trip begins.

Karen March 25, 2014 at 10:50 pm

Got it!! Thank you so much :D

Mike March 6, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Having used this guide for planning my upcoming trip, I thought I should give something back.

The instructions below are given under the assumption that you have already made a Disney Resort reservation with park passes, yadda, yadda, yadda.

For the Be Our Guest Fastpass+ / How can I find my Reservation ID folks:
- 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.

I’ve only tried the Chrome browser, but if you look near the bottom of the browser window, you should see a long web address.

It worked like a charm for me. I wish I’d seen that sooner because it could have saved me a fruitless hour on the phone. Good luck!

Wendy February 13, 2014 at 10:09 am

I notice that in the video tutorial, she was able to make fastpass+ selections for both soarin and test track at epcot. I have read that Disney has tiered the attractions at Epcot and since Soarin and Test Track are in the same tier, you can only pick one of them. Is this not true or not enforced? I would like to make reservations for both but didn’t think I could.

Michele February 5, 2014 at 7:43 pm

What is the actual time of day that the 60th day starts? I am always up at six in the morning for my ADR’s, but something tells me the time for fast pass selection is earlier. Am I right? Thanks.

Shannon Albert February 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Good question! It starts at midnight EST.

Karen Downing January 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm

We are going to Disney for the first time this Dec. Talked to a Disney travel agent yesterday, and she told me the only way to get a fast pass band was to stay at a Disney resort. The general public could not buy them. Is this true?

Shannon Albert January 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Yes, but offsite guests can use their park ticket to scan just like onsite guests use MagicBands. Read my newest posts on touring with FastPass+ for more info.

Kylie December 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm

How soon before your trip can you book FP+?? I have already customized our Magic Bands for September 2014.

Beverly December 26, 2013 at 10:04 am

I’ve studied your site, and most questions have been answered! Our fast pass+ window opened yesterday for our February trip. We have a 2 yr old girl (turning 3 the day we check out) and 4 yr old boy. We are doing 2 days in Magic Kingdom, saving the other parks for another trip. I did get a dining reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table, so I was wondering if I should allocate fast passes for something other than princess meetings? Will my little girl get plenty of “princess time” at the meal? My son could care less about them! Otherwise, I could book a greeting for myself (since she doesn’t have a ticket), in place of a ride that she is too small for, and my son can ride that with his dad. Thanks for all your help!

Jay November 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Got my neat package yesterday and the exciting email today that I can start making fast pass reservations!
Awesome!!!
Oh, wait, my tickets are will-call… and my will-call number won’t work.
Called Disney, my will-call number won’t even be in the system until about a week before I arrive.
Hooray.
No use in me even trying to set up Fastpass + reservations a week before my trip.
What would have been the point in me planning my trip months ago if it all comes down to a week before I jump in the van?

krystia November 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Do you know if we are staying 2 nights on property and buying a 10 day ticket pass, will we be able to get a magic band and be able to book fast passes for the entire 10 days? Is it just like if we were staying on property the entire 10 days? We have to stay off property due to work meetings.
thanks

Amber November 12, 2013 at 2:45 am

How long did it take for you to receive your magic bands?

Maythi November 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

All my reservations are linked, magic bands customized and ordered, but every time I try to use the Fast Pass+, I am getting this on my screen:
We’re Sorry!
The selected date must be within at least one party member’s FastPass+ selection window.
It is not letting me select the dates we will be at Disney. This pops up on the page and I am stuck :( Advice? Suggestions? Thank you!

Heidi November 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I get the same thing for my January vacation. I am hoping it is because our check in date is still more than 60 days out. I’m going to try it again next week and hopefully it will be available then.

karen October 30, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Thank you for letting me know about ordering the Magic Bands, I would not of known to do this without your helpful information. Next step trying to figure out FastPass + Cannot wait for my Dec vacation!!!

Kelsey October 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm

As someone who just got back from a WDW visit (and frequents forums of people “in-the-know” I might be able to answer a few of these questions.

Will off-site and Swan/Dolphin guests be able to use FastPass+?
The idea is, eventually, yes. All guests will have access to the FP+ system. Guests who are not staying on site will be given RFID tickets at Guest Services. Magic Bands will eventually be available for purchase (~15). You do NOT need a Magic Band to access FP+, but you do need valid ticket media.

Rumor has it that on-site guests will be given more FP+ slots in the future than off-site guests. Not confirmed, though.

What if I buy my tickets on my own instead of booking a package through Disney World? Link the tickets through MDE (as Shannon showed above). Also have read that voucher numbers will work as well, but will call numbers will not work.

How do I know if I’m eligible to use FastPass+?
Most hotels on-site will be testing in Novemeber (can’t remember where I found the list). For Oct, all resorts will be testing by Wed, Oct 23. Latest rumor has it that FP+ will be up for full rollout either Dec 1 or Jan 1.

Kathy October 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Loved your post. We are looking at going next October. There will be 12+ in our party some actually live in Orlando , some will be staying with them and some will be staying on property. How do you coordinate fastpasses in this situation? Why stay when you live there?

Matt October 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

Has there been any further word, when the will make fastpass+ bookings and magic band personalization avaiable for December on-site reservations?

Beth October 5, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I am going in the beginning of November and just logged in and customized my magicBands. When I click on Make FastPass+ Selections it shows the current date instead of the dates we are there. If I do to that days itinerary and go to the bottom it has an option as well but it says “You are not eligible to make FastPass+ plans for your Friends and Family members on this date”. Any ideas what’s going on? Thanks!!

Dawn October 5, 2013 at 3:47 pm

We are going to WDW in January. We are staying in park at POR, but are buying our park passes through my hubby’s military base. Can we still get MagicBands and do FP+?

Shannon Albert October 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm

There’s a site dedicated to military Disney info. You can read FastPass+/MagicBands military advice at http://www.militarydisneytips.com/blog/disney-world-next-gen/disney-worlds-magic-bands-fast-pass-plus-and-the-military-traveler/

v hunsberger October 4, 2013 at 7:44 pm

I am still very apprehensive about this new Fast Pass Plus program for people staying off property. It really is beginning to sound like a program that only on property guests will be able to utilize. This would not be terrible if they kept the existing Fast Pass Program but everything I have read makes it sound as if it will go away. This then that means that off property guests lose out on the Fastpass programs all together, which seems highly unfair

Grumpy October 4, 2013 at 9:04 am

Help! Question for anyone. I have my MB’s and tickets so I am able to make FP+’s for my trip in October. I have made my FP+’s for the days my family is alone on the trip. Three of our days, my in-laws from Florida are meeting us. Problem is they aren’t getting their tickets till we get to the gate the first day. Will we have the ability to make our FP+’s at the parks? If so, does it help if we make ours? Thanks!

Shannon Albert October 4, 2013 at 9:06 am

It isn’t known yet how FP+ will work for people who aren’t staying on-site but the old FastPasses are still available to use.

Nicole B October 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm

We are arriving on December 7 (in 65 days) and wondered how soon before I will be able to personalize our Magic Bands & book Fast Pass+? The button is there for me to click on but then its says I need to link our reservations (which I have all ready done). Thanks!

Shannon Albert October 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Very soon! November just opened up last week. December should follow shortly.

Jay October 2, 2013 at 8:48 am

A question no site has been able to answer for me.
My tickets are will-call.
The institution I ordered them from doesn’t officially “put in” the order to WDW until about a week before the trip. (WDW confirmed this).

So basically, according to WDW, I don’t have tickets yet (for my lat Jan. trip)

Without tickets, I can’t really link any FP+ stuff to MDE.

Sooooo… what do I do in this case?

Shannon Albert October 2, 2013 at 9:35 am

Will you have your ticket numbers when they place the orders a week beforehand? You can input them at that time and then get your MagicBands when you check in at your resort.

Nini Morris October 2, 2013 at 8:17 am

If you try to change the FP+ time and you already have one during that time, it will not give you that time as an option…For instance you wanted TSMM earlier in the day, but you already had one for 9:10…so the next earliest time would be 10:10.

Also, if you prioritize them by the time of the day, they will put the first priority at the earlier time.

Nini

Stacy October 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Do you know what resorts have Magic Bands available?

Shannon Albert October 1, 2013 at 9:49 pm

As of December 1, all of them will.

Alisha October 1, 2013 at 9:54 am

Shannon – I can click on the “Request a Fast Pass” for BOG, but then it takes me to my other FP+ reservations and makes me choose the typical “Change, Cancel, etc.” However, when/if I do choose to “Change,” BOG is not given to me as an option. Am I doing something wrong?

Shannon Albert October 1, 2013 at 9:58 am

It’s a hard system to figure out. I’ve read that you have to be checked in online and then you can book Be Our Guest FP+ (and BoG doesn’t count as 1 of your 3 or 4 daily FP+ reservations). If you’re not already checked in, do that and see if you can get the FP+ for BoG.

Bob Peterson October 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

I have already checked in online for our visit later this month. I have gone through the entire process and I get the same result as everyone else–I am taken to the fastpass+ page which offers no option for BOG. I will keep trying every day in case something changes in the system. Perhaps it will work once we are actually there. Barring that we plan to be first in line for lunch.

Amy September 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I just got back from my Disney World trip. I was able to reserve four (4) fastpass+ reservations for the Magic Kingdom and three (3) fastpass+ reservations each at the other parks. I was still able to have a flexable vacation since it was easy to change times and attractions on myDisneyexperience app. I love the fact that my magicband was my room key, park ticket, and fastpass. I also linked my credit card and dining plan to my magicband.

Sue Parker September 30, 2013 at 6:37 am

I have a group of 6 going to Disneyworld coming up here in a few weeks and was wondering do we all have to get the magic bands or can just a couple of us get them and the rest of us not get them? And how do u use the old fast pass system if u do get the bands, if u can use the old system? Meaning that if u get ur 3 fast pass + can u still also get more fasts passes too? Or do u just get the 3 fasts pass + a day?
Thanks, Sue

Sue Walizer September 29, 2013 at 6:30 am

I just finished linking our ride times to the MyMagic+ bands. My husband is handicap and we are limited to certain rides. When I chose only 1 or 2 at a certain park, it included another ride that we could not go on. Is there a place to delete them, or do we just ignore that selection? Your video was a great help on showing how to do this. Thank you for all your great tips, you make planning a trip so much easier.

Becky September 28, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I think we’re going to be there at the same time!

I was able to figure the new system out pretty easily. The only thing I don’t like so far is the fact that we can’t do fastpass+ at two parks in one day.

Natalie September 28, 2013 at 10:08 am

I’m also from Canada and it says that for address outside USA, our bands will be given at check in in the hotel.

Lyn Maszk September 28, 2013 at 12:07 am

As I was hoping to save a little and order my family’s tickets from Undercover Tourist, I’m glad to see that you have the option of linking your tickets from Disney’s website. However, I plan on buying myself a premier passport to use at both Disneyland and WDW during the upcoming year. Will I have a problem utilizing FP+ since I am not able to buy this particular annual pass until I am actually at the park?

Roxanne September 27, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Hi Shannon, We are also going to Disney in November and have booked all my Fast Pass + for the 5 of us….question regarding the magic bands, we are doing a split stay, staying on site 5 days, leaving for Innisbrook area for 5 days back at Disney for 5 days so we have 2 reservation numbers, so do I need to order 2 wrist bands per person or can 1 band be linked to both reservations? Do the wrist bands in colour cost extra vs the grey and will they mail them to our Canadian address or do we pick the up at Coronado Springs when we check in? Thank you for your assistance.

Shannon Albert September 27, 2013 at 9:01 pm

I think as long as all of your tickets from your different stays are linked to your account, you can use the same MagicBand for the whole thing. All of the MagicBands are free, regardless of color.

Roxanne September 27, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Do they actually mail the wrist bands out to our home?

Shannon Albert September 27, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Yes, as long as your order them far enough in advance.

Dora September 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

Do you know what happens if you live abroad?

Grumpy October 3, 2013 at 8:51 pm

We have our trip in October. We also have two reservation numbers. Because the Free Dining plan didn’t start till the 18th, and I wanted to travel on the 17th, I made a single night room reservation for the 17th. Going to the Halloween party that first night. They sent us one set of bands for the night of the 17th and a different set for the rest of our trip. Also, I don’t believe they will ship them out of the USA at this point. 99% sure I read that when I ordered them. Got them in 2-3 days after ordering them.

Kris September 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Hi Shannon, would this work if you are renting from DVC since you would still be in the system, I would just link tickets to existing when I buy them?

Shannon Albert September 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Currently, that’s not predictable. I was going to rent points for my November trip but when I contacted DVC Request (where I usually rent), they said there were issues and they couldn’t guarantee anything right now.

Kristin September 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm

We have DVC points rented at VWL for our trip in November and we have Magicbands, Fastpass+ booked, Be Our Guest Fastpass booked and our tickets linked…no issues at all!

Robin October 12, 2013 at 8:49 am

That gives me hope but there are still problems for some users. We are renting points in December and can’t get My Disney Experience to recognize our reservation. Been on the phone with them but no solution.

Jenn Hart September 27, 2013 at 11:05 am

If you are using Magic Bands but NOT FP+ and you want to use the traditional FP system, what do you put in the kiosk since you don’t have a park ticket to get a FP?

Shannon Albert September 27, 2013 at 11:27 am

I think you get cards as well. That’s how people are currently able to use both the new and old FP systems.

Jenn Hart September 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Thanks!

Elise September 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

I just called Disney and apparently Fast Plus + is only for people staying
on-property. If you are staying on-property in November, you will receive an invitation to try it, and that’s the only way you can do it. (?) It’s being rolled out in phases. Hope this helps. Hope the information is correct. She wouldn’t comment on whether or not park kiosks with paper FPs are going to disappear or when.

Shannon Albert September 27, 2013 at 10:34 am

Yes, it’s only for people staying on-site for now. It’s not known how off-site guests will be handled after the system is live. Be careful relying on the phone CMs for info – they’re notorious for being wrong.

Elise September 27, 2013 at 10:45 am

Good point, Shannon! Thank you for all your help!!!

Marilyn September 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

Ok here I am again somehow I have my nephew as “family” and also as a “friend”. I am bringing him with me in Nov. have gotten fast passes for attractions and customized magic bands. Problem is the fast passes and magic bands are showing up on his “family” and ADRS are showing up on his “friends”. I am assuming it won’t matter since I have ADRs under my name anyway? But is there anyway to just have him as family with everything attached to his magic band and delete him from family right now it won’t allow me to delete the “friends” entry?

Elise September 27, 2013 at 10:03 am

Gosh, I sure wish we knew if this was only available to those staying on property. I’m going in November and staying off-property and I’m just so nervous about this. At least if we find out that it’s only for on-property folks, I can stop worrying and will have no choice to just “go with the flow”. If anyone finds out, please let us know.

Shannon Albert September 27, 2013 at 10:19 am

For November, it’ll likely still just be for on-site guests.

Elise September 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

Yes.

Jamie Kassab September 27, 2013 at 9:28 am

It will be nice to make notes of which FASTPASS+ guarantees a reserved area/seat and which ones just guarantees a seat for the show. For example, Wishes has a reserved area…..We did a FP+ for Beauty and the Beast at Holloywood Studios. When we went through the line….they had not reserved an area for FP+ people. Cast Members said that the FP+ only guaranteed a seat for the show. Just FYI. I wouldn’t recommend a FP+ for this show for this reason.

Shannon Albert September 27, 2013 at 9:39 am

Great idea! I think that’s definitely the kind of info I hope to collect and the ones that give you a guaranteed seat would be higher priority for sure.

Elizabeth September 27, 2013 at 9:17 am

We have a 2yr old in our party of 9. When requesting Fastpasses I am not able to include her because she doesn’t have a valid park admission ticket. Will she be able to go in with us.? I know 3 years ago the 2yr old with us could.

Shannon Albert September 27, 2013 at 9:28 am

On the old FP system, 2 year olds have always just been able to go with an adult without any trouble. I assume the same will be true for the new system.

Emily September 27, 2013 at 9:08 am

Thanks for the great info, Shannon! I was reading on the My Disney site about how you should link up with friends/family so you all get the same FastPass+ times, but do you know if people within the group can make individual changes? For instance, if everyone in the group wants to go on Splash Mountain together, but not everyone wants to go on Space? Thanks!

Shannon Albert September 27, 2013 at 9:26 am

Yes! As you’re going through it, it asks you who you’d like to make reservations for. You could always choose everybody so you get most of your FP+ together and then go in and edit individual entries to adjust to whatever you want.

Toni March 24, 2014 at 8:41 am

I am wanting to make individual changes for a few of our fast pass selections but when I choose the person I want to make a change for it prompts me to choose 3 new selections rather than allowing me to choice the one that I would like to change. For example, my husband, our 2 oldest children and myself all want to ride Star Tours. However, either my husband or myself must stay with our youngest child who is not old/tall enough to ride with us. I was hoping to use FP+ for myself & the 2 kids and then use the rider switch for him. That way I can switch his FP+ to ToT since he is the only one who will be going on it. Is there a way to do this or should we just wait until we are in the park and after we ride Star Tours change his to ToT? I hate to waste a fast pass when it isn’t necessary and could be better utilized elsewhere.

Gp March 26, 2014 at 8:42 am

I need help with this issue too!

Brittni Olguin September 27, 2013 at 9:03 am

I received my letter in the mail recently but have put off making FP+ plans out of fear! I already have all my plans in place and last minute changes scare me, but maybe now ill try it. :) Thank you for this post, takes some of the fear away. Silly question but, if I make FP+ reservations I can still grab regular Fastpasses if I want to right?

Shannon Albert September 27, 2013 at 9:05 am

Not a silly question! As of right now, guests are able to use both systems. I don’t know if/when the old FP system will be taken away.

Jay September 27, 2013 at 8:46 am

I just finished 2 months work of planning for our trip in January. I am not about to go back in and change those perfect plans for fast pass+. Maybe next time we go I will utilize FP+ but I really don’t see a huge benefit to it if you have plans made, they look good, and you are going during a low crowd time.

Shannon Albert September 27, 2013 at 8:50 am

Your perfect plans might change if the old FastPass system is taken away (though nobody knows if/when that will happen). I love trying new things so I’m excited to see how this works. Looking forward to not running around for FastPasses. The only park that makes me anxious is Magic Kingdom.

Sarah September 27, 2013 at 6:16 pm

My trip is in less than a month and I found out I was elligable a few weeks ago. All I did was take my plans and choose reservations for the rides I was going to get fast passes for. I don’t think it changed my plans much, just we might be able to fit more in on one side of the parks than before.

Melissa September 27, 2013 at 8:22 am

I am also taking a trip in November and don’t know yet whether I will be using either of these things. For those who are not participating in Fastpass plus, is the regular fastpass option still available? Also, if I am participating in fastpass plus, am I able to also use regular fastpass?

Shannon Albert September 27, 2013 at 8:25 am

As of right now, both are an option to use at the same time but nobody knows if/when they’ll be shutting down the old system.

Mick D September 27, 2013 at 8:09 am

Wishes FastPass+ was one of the best FastPass+ we used on our last trip. You get priority seating in the Rose Garden. Nice, green lawn to sit on and enjoy the fireworks.

Shannon Albert September 27, 2013 at 8:18 am

I just updated the post to include that one. I had only listed the ones that were offered to me when I booked but there were a few that have FP+ that just weren’t given to me as options.

For things like parade/fireworks viewing and FP+ for shows, I’m not sure how many of those will be worth it yet. The Illuminations one isn’t recommended (I had a friend use it to test it out and found that it was unnecessary) but the Wishes one sounds much better. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Marilyn September 27, 2013 at 8:02 am

I am also going in November? Am trying to make fastpass for Be Our Guest it is showing fast pass as being available but when I click on it it takes me back to fast pass selection page and that just takes you to screen for attractions. How do I get fast pass for lunch?

Shannon Albert September 27, 2013 at 8:24 am

I’ve read that you have to be checked in online to your resort and then may need to use your 12 digit confirmation number to be able to do it. I had the option but then it disappeared so I can’t test it myself. Let me know if you get it to work!

Christine Gomand September 27, 2013 at 7:51 am

When you customize your MagicBand make sure to do them all at the same time. As soon as one is done and the website is exited the order is placed and the bands are shipped. This happened to us. My husband customized his and when he went back to the website later the same day he wasn’t allowed to make changes to any of the other bands. I called Disney and they said they knew about the glitch, apologized and they were working on correcting it.

Shannon Albert September 27, 2013 at 8:29 am

What a strange glitch! Thanks for sharing.

Nini Morris September 30, 2013 at 5:17 pm

I believe they may have fixed that for the majority of users. Mine now says I have until Oct 31 to make any changes, and they will be mailed on Nov 1.

Kelly Gustafson September 27, 2013 at 7:21 am

Hi Shannon….I’m concerned with the new system disney is putting into place for the disable. I have a son who is severely autistic and this was the one vacation we could take as a family. Jacob truly loves disney and the gac pass was a godsend. Contrary to what the media is saying it was not a pass to the front of the line… Yes we did get to go through the fass pass entrance and the wait was shorter but it was also manageable for a child with autism. My concern is that Jacob functions on sequential order, he has the park down to a science. Every year it’s the same ride order… Train, thunder mountain, haunted mansion, small world…. Etc. The new system concerns me for families with similar issues, total meltdown chaos!!!! I’m afraid so many families will not be able to experience the magic disney brings to these children.. I’m truly going to miss and my family is going to miss those few days we are able to step into my son’s world and experience the joy disney brings!!! I pray disney reconsiders and puts in place a system that could work for all the disable.

Arlise October 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Hi Kelly,

I am so sorry that this has caused you concern. I too am a bit concerned for my trips as well although I have to say I think your situation is more concerning. However, maybe this will help. So if you are staying at the resorts you will be able use the fastpass+ system which gives you 3 rides per day. If you are not staying there you can still use the fastpass system. So while using the DAS card you can also use the fastpass systems. If using the fastpass+ schedule those for the busiest rides on your son’s list and then utilize the DAS around it. Also, I would explain your situation to the guest relations CM that you speak with. And if they can’t help you then, ask to speak with supervisor. I think they will be experiencing these types of situations a lot in the coming weeks. My issue is that i need to enter through the shortest distance to the ride entrance as possible and often this means w/c back entrances where the old GAC card let people on. Im headed there in December, time will only tell. I wish you the best and I truly hope that your vacations are still magical for your whole family. One last thought, you could call Disney up prior to going.

Elizabeth Cox September 27, 2013 at 6:54 am

Make sure you have access to a smartphone and everything is linked and ready to go. Being able to change fast passes on the fly is one of the best features! Bus is late, overslept, just want to change your mind? Smartphone app is your friend.

Shannon Albert September 27, 2013 at 8:26 am

Yes! The My Disney Experience app on your phone is the way to be able to make those changes when you’re at WDW. Editing the post to make sure people know that.

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