Disney’s FastPass Plus System is Disney’s way of helping you enjoy more attractions with little wait while you are at Walt Disney World. For those who are frequent travelers, it is something new and provides a different way of touring the parks. For Disney World first timers, it can be an overwhelming, “too much planning my vacation” aspect. However, if you understand FastPass Plus, you can certainly use it to your advantage and it becomes a great addition to your Walt Disney World vacation. Many guests are still getting the hang of it, but it still leaves many wondering how it is advantageous and how to use it effectively. Today, I am going to explore some FAQs about Disney’s FastPass Plus experience!
How is FastPass Plus better than the legacy Fastpass? FastPass Plus allows you to choose up to three attractions per day to hold your place in line before you even get to Walt Disney World. You are able to choose your return times, as well as modify them to fit your schedule. With the old system, you had no choice what time the machine gave you for a return time. With the current FastPass Plus system, you can choose the attractions from your smartphone or kiosks in the parks, as well as a time that works for you. Another huge bonus is you can make your FastPass Plus selections without actually being right there in front of it. For example, if you are in Tomorrowland at Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, you can visit the kiosks right there to get one for Peter Pan’s Flight, Big Thunder Mountain, or even Pirates of the Caribbean…which are all on the other side of the park from Tomorrowland.
What is my return time for FastPass Plus? Your return window is still an hour. If your FastPass Plus for Peter Pan’s Flight has a time of 10:30-11:30AM, that does not mean it will take you an hour to ride it. That means you can arrive at Peter Pan’s Flight anytime in that hour to board it and ride with little to no wait.
Am I only allowed three total? No. You are allowed to choose three before you arrive. Once you have used that 3rd one, you can go to kiosks in the parks to get a 4th, 5th, and so on.
I don’t like having such a tight schedule for my park days. How can I avoid this with FastPass Plus? If you are like us, you tour the parks the same way every time. For us, that means Tomorrowland in the morning, working our way around to Fantasyland and then onto Adventureland. So, I will make our FastPasses for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin between 9-10AM, then make one for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train around lunch time, eat lunch, and then have one waiting for me for Splash Mountain in the afternoon, around 4PM. This allows me time to enjoy each area based on wait times, have a space in line for the highlight attractions we must hit, and work in time for meals.
What are the advantages to using FastPass Plus? First, it guarantees you will get onto your favorite attractions, which takes stress out of your trip. For us, we love Peter Pan’s Flight. But I don’t think it’s worth over an hour wait in standby. This is one attraction we would get a FastPass Plus for. Second, it allows you to ride the headliner attractions without getting to the parks at rope drop and hoping for the best. Next, it lets you plan a bit around your meals, afternoon breaks, naps, etc. It also gives parents the peace of mind that their child will get to experience that “must do” character interaction or attraction.
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