Did you know that Disney World Florida has its own amazing queue-jump system called the Disney FastPass+? You can use it for rides, character meet-and-greets, restaurant reservations and lots more. And even better, you can actually pre-book your FastPasses up to 60 days before you even arrive!*
How does the Disney FastPass Plus work?
First of all, you need have a My Disney Experience profile. To log in and create a profile, you’ll need the unique code from the back of your Disney ticket. You can log in on your computer, or download the My Disney Experience app – which you’ll be able to use while you’re in Florida since all the parks and hotels have free wifi!
You can even link up the profiles of everyone who’s going to Disney World with you. Once you’ve created your profile it’s easy to book your FastPasses!
A quick guide to booking your Fastpasses:
1. Sign into My Disney Experience: Ensure all your party members are linked together and find the link to the FastPass+ page.
2. Click the link for “Choose New FastPass+ Experiences” then select the party members you want to include in your reservations. The next page asks for the park and the date (you need to book the FastPasses for each day individually).
3. You can FastPass 3 rides and/or attractions per day for each person. Select your FastPass+ choices and it’ll suggest times. Each time is an hour slot, unless it’s for a show when you’ll be given the 15-minute time frame you need to arrive at the venue for.
Tip: You CAN change these times later by going back into your FastPass+ reservations.
4. If your party is splitting up: Say if some children are too young to go on certain rides but other children can, you’ll need to book FastPasses separately, but make sure that any attractions you do want to experience together are booked for the same time.
5. Your FastPasses are reserved!
6. At the parks: When your FastPass times roll around, simply make your way to the clearly marked FastPass entrance for the attraction, scan your ticket or Magic Band and enjoy the ride!
Now you just have to decide which rides you want to use your FastPass on! These are the ones I’d definitely recommend “FastPassing” to make the most of your time at Disney World:
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Make this your number one FastPass priority! It’s the newest attraction at Magic Kingdom so of course it’s the most popular, plus its low height restriction means pretty much everyone can ride it, so even on quiet days the queues are usually over an hour long.
Meet Anna and Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall
This is the only place in Walt Disney World where you can meet the Frozen sisters – need I say more! As with the Mine Train, the queue is nearly always over an hour long, so if you have children who want to meet Anna and Elsa this is a must on your FastPass list.
Another very new ride at Walt Disney World and arguably one of the most exciting, this ride is the most popular in Animal Kingdom and if you’re intending to ride definitely FastPass it. As Animal Kingdom closes earlier than the other parks, there’s no “quieter” time of day like the parks that stay open at night.
In my opinion this is one of the best attractions in the whole of Disney World – and I know I’m not alone! Set up like a real-life African safari, it’s seriously breathtaking. Although queues are usually only around the 40-minute mark, I recommend to FastPass this ride for the morning when the animals are most active for some amazing photo opportunities.
The following rides operate on a tier system; when you select your 3 FastPass+ reservations you can only choose one from the first tier and 2 from the second.
Test Track & Soarin’
These rides are both in the top tier at Epcot, and are also the two with the longest queues. If you are only spending one day at Epcot, use your FastPass for one of them and head straight for the other at rope-drop. If you’ll be there for 2 or more days, you can use Fastpass for one per day.
Another ride with colossal queues, though thankfully this is a “second tier” ride so you can select it along with one of the two mentioned above.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
One of the two big rides at Hollywood Studios – and available on the second tier. The queues are often very long, so if you’re into big thrills make this one of your Fastpass selections.
Toy Story Midway Mania
Next to the Mine Train and meeting Anna and Elsa, this is the most in-demand ride for Fastpasses. I’ve known the queue to be over 2 hours long – but it’s worth it! Fun for all the family as there is no height restriction and it’s in 3D!
What not to bother using your Disney FastPass+ on:
Personally, I wouldn’t bother using a FastPass reservation for a show or parade unless you have a spare one to use up. All the shows have excellent views available without a FastPass!
All Disney tickets that are booked in advance include My Disney Experience and FastPass+. Book Disney World tickets more than 30 days before you go to really get the benefits!
*(I say “up to 60 days” because this only applies if you’re staying in a Disney World Resort hotel, otherwise it’s 30 days before you arrive).