WDW – Additional FastPass Information & Strategies

As you know, you can make 3 FastPasses in advance, before your vacation begins.  Then, once those three FastPasses are used, or the time is expired on them, you can make a 4th FastPass.  Then once that is used/expired, you can make a 5th – and so on.

Some parks this really isn’t necessary, you can walk onto most of the rides without much of a wait, but in Magic Kingdom, it can be really nice to have those 4th and 5th FastPasses!  Typically the biggest rides will be out of FastPasses before your day even begins – rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain.  However, you will find great rides like Pirates of the Caribbean, the Jungle Cruise, Tomorrowland Speedway, and more with FastPasses available later in the day.
FastPass Scan In

Here are some strategies on getting additional FastPasses:
  1. When you go through a FastPass queue there is a tap/scan point outside the ride.  You will scan in and proceed through the queue.  As you get a bit closer to the ride, there will be a second scan point.  When you are on your 3rd FastPass of the day, immediately after the second scan point hop onto the MyDisneyExperience app and find another FastPass.  I recommend choosing whatever ride has the time closest to the current time, that way you can walk off this ride and basically onto the next one.  Then repeat this process until you run out of time in the park, or FastPasses are no longer available.
  2. Sometimes, especially if you are traveling with more than 1-2 other people, there won’t be much available for that 4th FastPass.  I recommend you try looking for a smaller group – parties of 4, split into 2 & 2 and find overlapping times.  Example: Pirate of the Caribbean is available for a party of 4 at 6 PM, OR a party of 2 at 3:10 PM and another party of 2 at 3:15 PM – take the 3:10 & 3:15 and you can still ride together.
  3. You can repeat a ride you already held a FastPass for earlier in the day.  Let’s say you had a FastPass for Buzz Lighyear earlier in the day that you already used, now you see another available as your 4th FastPass – you can grab it!
  4. Likewise, after your first 3 FastPasses, there are no tiers in Epcot or Hollywood Studios – you can get any ride that is available, even if you’ve already done a FastPass for a Tier 1 ride. (Chances are all or most of the Tier 1 FastPasses are gone, but you might get lucky!)

Some people, espeically with Base Tickets, have begun to make their FastPasses starting at park opening so their 3 are done with as quickly as possible.  (1) 9 AM-10 AM, (2) 10 AM-11AM, and (3) 11 AM-12 PM.  However, I still find that the 9 AM – 10:30 AM time slot is the BEST time to tour without FastPasses.  Go through many rides with very little to no standby time before crowds really start to hit, then move into your FastPasses.

I encourage you to get familiar with the MyDisneyExperience app and how to make FastPasses on it before your trip!

I recommend a touring plan like this for the Magic Kingdom, and if I’m doing your FastPasses, it’s likely similar to how I will shape your day:
  • 9 AM – arrive at park opening
  • Tour through the top rides as quickly as possible until 10:30 AM.  I will provide you a touring guide with your planner so you’ll know just where to go
  • 9:30 AM – 10: 30 AM – First FastPass is scheduled – ride it at the 10:30 AM time.
  • 10:30 AM -11:30 AM – Second FastPass – ride at the 10:30 AM time.
  • Ride some of the second tier attractions / anything that has a short wait time (again, I will provide you suggestions here in your planner)
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Third FastPass – ride at 11:30 AM.  Hop onto the app after the second scan point and grab your 4th FastPass.
  • The rest of the day is at your leisure between FastPasses and standby lines
MK FastPass Plan

Written by Brook

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