How to use FastPass+ at Disney World

New to making FastPass+ reservations and a little nervous about how it all works?

Well, once you understand how to use FastPass+, you will be able to save a ton of time in lines at Disney World.

Check out the info below for all the details on how to use FastPass+ at Disney World, including who can use them, how not to waste them, how to book, and more.

Who can make FastPass+ reservations at Disney World?

All guests - whether they're staying onsite or offsite - can make 3 FastPass+ reservations per day in 1 of the Disney parks ahead of time beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time. All guests can also make use of the app or park kiosks to make or change FastPass+ reservations.

On-site guests (and some offsite)

People staying at a Disney World resort or one of a few offsite resorts can make FastPass+ reservations for their whole trip up to 60 days in advance of their trip's start date, beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time.

The offsite guests who can book 60 days in advance are those staying at these resorts:

  • Swan and Dolphin
  • B Resort & Spa
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort
  • DoubleTree Guest Suites by Hilton Orlando
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Palace
  • Hilton Orlando Resort Lake Buena Vista
  • Holiday Inn Orlando
  • Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista

If you're connected in My Disney Experience to somebody with an onsite reservation, you will also be able to book FastPass+ 60 days before their trip start date.

Off-site guests

Everybody else can make FastPass+ reservations up to 30 days in advance of the day they plan to be in the park (which means off-site guests will have to be online for multiple days in a row).

What time can I get my FastPass+?

The website opens up availability at 7 a.m. eastern time. If you're onsite, that will be 60 days ahead of time. If you're offsite, that will be 30 days ahead.

Can I make FastPass+ reservations for my whole trip?

If you're staying onsite, you can book FastPass+ for as many days as you have tickets, beginning 60 days before your check-in date.

If you're staying offsite, you can only make FastPass+ 30 days before the day you plan to be at a park, which means you'll need to get online several days in a row to book for all of your trip days.

How does a FastPass+ work at Disney World?

When you have a FastPass+ reservation, it allows you to show up during the FastPass+ time and board an attraction in a separate FastPass+ line.

For rides, this is a 1 hour window. You can show up anytime during that hour. Actually, you can usually even be 5 minutes early or 15 minutes late and use your FastPass+.

For shows, your window will be shorter than an hour because it's for a specific showtime. You'll need to show up during that time to attend that show.

What happens if a ride breaks down before you get the chance to use your FastPass+?

Disney World does a pretty good job with routine maintenance so while there are some rides that tend to break down more often than others, the vast majority of rides are pretty darn reliable.

Unfortunately, the ones that tend to wreck havoc when they break down are also the ones that are the most popular (I'm looking at you Frozen Ever After and Flight of Passage).

In addition, some rides won't run if there is lightning or heavy rain in the area. That's not because Disney is mean - it is for your safety and the safety of the Cast Members working that attraction.

But, when a ride goes down that you have a FastPass+ for Disney doesn't leave you hanging.

If your FastPass+ window occurs during a period of time when an attraction is down, you'll receive an email notification like this:

FastPass+ change notification

That email will tell you that your FastPass+ reservation has been modified and has been essentially turned into an "anytime" FastPass that will be good through the end of the day.

You'll also get a notice in the My Disney Experience app.

At that time, you'll have 2 choices:

  1. Wait it out. Your FastPass+ reservation will work on the original attraction it was for through the end of the day so whenever the ride comes back online, you'll be able to ride it.
    -OR-
  2. Use your FastPass+ on a different attraction. Generally, you'll be able to use it on any attraction in the same park EXCEPT for some of the Tier 1 attractions (things like Flight of Passage, Slinky Dog Dash, etc.). Your email will give you a list letting you know which attractions are eligible.

When a FastPass+ is modified by Disney like that, you don't have to do anything. The system automatically knows that you have an "anytime" FastPass in your account so all you need to do is scan your MagicBand when you enter the FastPass+ line just like you would for any FastPass+.

In many (if not most) cases rides that go down almost always come back up before the end of the day. So, while it may mess with your touring plans it doesn't necessarily mean you won't get to ride something - you may just have to adjust your schedule a bit.

You can always check with the Cast Members at the attraction to see if there are any updates, although generally they won't know much more than you. But, sometimes they can have some insight that might help you decide which option is best for you.

One last bit: When a ride has been down and comes back up, the FastPass+ line can get quite long for a little bit as all the people that had their FastPasses modified jump into line. If you aren't able to be towards the front of that group and you have the time to wait, give it 30 minutes or so and you'll find the FastPass+ line drops back down to a "regular" length for that attraction.

How many FastPass+ do I get per day?

Three is the short answer. Well, three that can be booked in advance.

And your first 3 FastPass+ reservations must be for all different rides.

However, you can get more FastPass+ reservations after you use the ones you booked in advance.

Once your FastPass+ reservations are used or expired, you can use the My Disney Experience app (in fact, as soon as you check in for your last FastPass, open the app and book another). You can also go to a kiosk and get another.

After that one is used or expired, you can get another. And so on.

These additional FastPass+ reservations can be in the same park or a different park and can be for the same ride over and over, if you want.

Can I book FastPasses for two different parks on the same day?

All FastPasses booked ahead of time (whether you book 1, 2, or 3) must be for the same park.

However, if you have only pre-booked 1 (or 2), after you have used at least 1 of your FPs you can then schedule your remaining FastPasses to finish out your original 3 in any park.

And, if you pre-book 3 FastPasses, as soon as you scan that 3rd you can then use the app to schedule your bonus 4th FastPass in a different park.

And, when we say "as soon as you scan" we mean it.

You can scan your MagicBand or ticket and then while waiting in line to board the attraction, jump in the app to book your FastPass(es):

  • Pre-book 1 FastPass: As soon as you scan that FastPass to use it, you can book 2 more in any park(s)
  • Pre-book 2 FastPasses: As soon as you scan your first FastPass of the day, you can then book 1 more in any park
  • Pre-book 3 FastPasses: As soon as you scan your 3rd FastPass of the day, you can book a bonus 4th FastPass in any park

FastPass+ Additional FastPass

Note: If you have chosen to use the FastPass+ kiosks in the park to book your FastPasses, you will only be able to book FastPasses at the park where the kiosk is located.

And, if you wanted to, after you use at least 1 FastPass you can either book your remaining ones for 2 different parks or, modify your remaining pre-booked FastPasses to be for attractions in 2 different parks.

What are FastPass+ tiers?

FastPass+ tiers are in effect at all of the parks except Magic Kingdom.

Disney has separated their attractions in these parks into different tiers and they will only allow you to book 1 FastPass+ in 1 tier, and the other 2 FastPass+ can be from the other tier.

This keeps people from just booking all of the headliner attractions. Details on the tiers in each park are in the touring plans posts.

Which FastPass+ should I book?

Use FastPass+ for attractions that need it

Each of the park touring plan posts includes suggestions for which FastPass+ to get. Don't waste a FP+ on something that won't even have a line.

Don't use FastPass+ if there's no line

If you arrive at an attraction to use a FastPass+ reservation and the standby line is short (5 or 10 minutes), skip the FastPass+ line, get into the standby line and then change that FastPass+ to something else to use later. You can make the change on your phone or at a FastPass+ kiosk.

Does FastPass+ cost anything?

Well, it costs you the price of a park ticket since you must have park tickets linked in your My Disney Experience account to book FastPass+ reservations.

Outside of that, FastPass+ doesn't cost anything extra unless you take advantage of the purchase program available to some guests (more on that below).

What if I buy tickets somewhere other than Disney?

If you buy from a reputable ticket vendor, you'll be able to link them to your My Disney Experience account. Info on how to do that is below.

How to link your tickets

All guests should make FastPass+ reservations online ahead of time. In order to do that, you need to have tickets on your My Disney Experience account.

If you are staying on-site and bought a package for your trip (which includes a hotel and tickets), they'll already be in your account.

If you are staying off-site and/or bought tickets separate from your on-site hotel room, you need to link them.

You can link your tickets by logging in to your My Disney Experience account, selecting "My Reservations and Tickets" from the menu, and then clicking the Link Tickets button.

From there, you'll be able to enter your ticket info, and there's helpful on-screen info about where to find the numbers you'll use.

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You can also link your tickets using the My Disney Experience app.

After opening the app, touch the home icon at the bottom left corner, select My Tickets, click the plus sign at the top, and then choose "Link Tickets & Passes." From there, you can type the ticket number or scan the code.

how to use fastpass at disney world

After making FastPass+ reservations, you will be able to scan your MagicBands or RFID-enabled park ticket when you arrive to an attraction at your FastPass+ time.

Do I need a MagicBand to use FastPass+?

No, you don't need a MagicBand. You can just use your RFID-enabled park ticket to get into the parks and to use your FastPass+. Without a MagicBand, you'll miss out on some on-ride videos, but other than that, you should be fine.

How to buy FastPass+

Beginning January 12, 2018, guests staying in one of the rooms listed below after March 13, 2018, who have 3+ day park tickets (or an Annual Pass) get the option to purchase FastPass+ ahead of time for $50 plus tax per guest per day as part of a new, limited pilot program.

These guests receive:

    • Three additional FastPass+ selections per day. FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences, the number of selections you can make and available arrival windows are limited.
    • The opportunity to reserve these three additional FastPass+ selections in more than one theme park when a valid Park Hopper option is also purchased with the ticket.
    • A booking window of up to 90 days in advance for these three additional FastPass+ selections and the ability to book them at multiple top-tier attractions. Guests may not repeat the same FastPass+ attraction during a single day.
    • Preferred viewing location for nighttime spectaculars, one per day, including Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot, Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom. Advanced reservation is required and availability of each nighttime spectacular preferred viewing location is limited.

Guests must be staying in one of these rooms to participate:

  • Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Cabins
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Club Level
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn – Club Level
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Club Level
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Club Level
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Club Level
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Villas & Bungalows – Bungalows
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Club Level
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – Club Level
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Club Level
  • Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels - select suites and premium rooms

How to book FastPass+

When your booking window opens up, you can use the My Disney Experience app or website to book attractions.

how to use fastpass at disney world

If you're staying onsite, you should book FastPass+ in order of difficulty, not chronological order.

This will allow you to get the harder ones first and then go back to snag the others later.

These are the difficult ones you should try to get first:

  • Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom (definitely the hardest by far)
  • Frozen Ever After at Epcot
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom
  • Slinky Dog Dash at Hollywood Studios

What if you don't get the ones you want?

Though you should be able to get most FastPass+ reservations, you may come up empty on something you really wanted. Please check out our suggestions for booking difficult FastPass+ for help with that.

Want to practice booking FastPass+?

If your park tickets were not purchased as part of a Disney World package, you can practice booking FastPass+ before your date and time open up.

You'll just be able to practice booking within the next 30 days to get a feel for the site and interface. If you book any FastPass+ as part of your practice, just be sure to cancel them later.

Can you book FastPasses for more days than you need?

If you aren't positive exactly what you'll want to do each day you may wonder if you can make FastPasses for more days than you need and decide later which ones you want to keep.

Unfortunately, it doesn't work like that.

In order to book FastPasses, you must have a valid ticket media tied to the MyDisneyExperience account or profile for which you are booking FastPasses.

The number of days that you are allowed to book FastPasses for is dependent on the number of days for which your ticket is valid.

If, for instance, you have a 4-day ticket, you will be able to book FastPasses for up to 4 days. If you have a 7-day ticket, you will be able to book FastPasses for up to 7 days, etc…

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If you are an Annual Passholder, you will be able to book up to 7 days’ worth of FastPasses for any 30-day period. However, if you are staying on Disney property you will be able to book FastPasses for the length of your stay.

FastPass+ suggestions and touring plans for each park

Each of the links below contains FastPass+ suggestions and multiple touring plans for each park that contain suggested FastPass+ return times.

Can I use somebody else's FastPass+?

Yes, you can do that, as long as they are in the park as well. In other words, you can't make FastPass+ reservations for somebody who isn't at Disney World and expect to be able to use those FP+ for yourself.

You'd just need to get their MagicBand or park ticket, and scan that as you enter the FastPass+ line.

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