Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Choosing a Fast Pass for Disney World

Fast Passes are reservations for rides, attractions, shows, or parades at Disney World. You can make up to 3 per day for one Park in advance.  This requires that you have a My Disney Experience account set up and linked to your reservation. 

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If you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort, your Fast Pass reservations will open at 7:00 am 60 days prior to your date of arrival.  You will be able to make reservations for your entire stay.  

If you are not staying at a Walt Disney World resort, you can make a Fast Pass reservation thirty days in advance. 
You will not be able to make the reservation for your whole stay.

Once you have used your first three pre-scheduled Fast Pass reservations, you are able to reserve more Fast Passes one at a time.  After you scan your third Fast Pass, I recommend opening the App while you are waiting in line and securing an additional Fast Pass then. You can make a Fast Pass for a different Park if you have a Park Hopper ticket. After you use that Fast Pass, you will be able to reserve another Fast Pass. This works best at Magic Kingdom since so many attractions are available for Fast Pass.

Here's a step by step tutorial on how to make a Fast Pass reservation on My Disney Experience. 

Once you use your three Fast Pass reservations, you can go to a kiosk in the Park or use the My Disney Experience App and request additional Fast Passes one at a time. 

My general recommendations for the Fast Passes are: 

1. Not every ride needs a Fast Pass. Below I've listed the rides that tend to have long lines. Star Tours, Anna and Elsa Meet and Greet, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are three of the most popular rides in Disney World. 

2. If you are having trouble finding a Fast Pass for a Park, schedule a character meet and greet or a movie. These are air-conditioned areas that offer a break from the heat or the rain. 

For Magic Kingdom, you can pick three of the following attractions. I've listed the attractions that tend to have long lines and  I've sorted them by height restriction.  

Any Height
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin 
Jungle Cruise
Peter Pan’s Flight 
Pirates of the Caribbean 
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid

Rides with Height Restrictions
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - 38 inches or taller 
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - 40 inches or taller 
Splash Mountain ® - 40 inches or taller 
Space Mountain®  - 44 inches or taller 

Character Meet and Greet
Cinderella and Eleana
Tiana and Rapunzel
Mickey Mouse
Tinker Bell 

For Epcot, the attractions are split into two groups.

First Group - You can pick one: 
Soarin’ - 40 inches or taller  - This is my favorite ride, but kids usually find Test Track more exciting because you race around a track at 60 miles an hour.
Test Track - 40 inches or taller 
Frozen - Any Height - Take a slow moving boat ride with some darkness and drops through the movie.
IllumiNations Reflections - This is a special viewing area.

Second Group - You can pick two  attractions: 
Character Meet and Greet: Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot
Mission SPACE® - 44 inches or taller  - This is very intense and can be claustrophobic for folks. 
Spaceship Earth - Any Height
The Seas with Nemo and Friends - Any Height
Show: Turtle Talk with Crush - Any Height 
Living with the Land - Any Height

Journey into the Imagination and the Pixar Film Festival generally do not have long lines.

For Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the attractions are split into two groups: 

First Group - You can pick one of these attractions: 
My recommendation in this group is Toy Story Mania - Any Height. The other options are Fantasmic, Beauty and the Beast on Stage, The Great Movie Ride,  and Rock N Roller Coaster. 

Second Group - You can pick two of these attractions: 
Show: Disney Junior - Live on Stage - This show you sit on the floor so it is nice to get in first and be closer to the front. It's a puppet show. 
Star Tours ® - The Adventures Continue - 40 inches or taller - Great use of a Fast Pass.
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - 40 inches or taller - Large drop

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Muppet Vision 3D, and Voyage of the Little Mermaid tend to have shorter lines because they are a all shows in a large theater.

For Animal Kingdom, you can pick three attractions: 
Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain ® - 44 inches or taller 
Show: Festival of the Lion King
Kilimanjaro Safaris ® - Any Height 
Dinosaur - 40 inches or taller
Rivers of Light Preferred Seating
Primeval Whirl - 48 inches or taller
Kali River Rapids - 38 inches or taller

Character Meet and Greet - Meet Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost , Finding Nemo, and  It's Tough to Be a Bug tend to have shorter lines.

**Updated March 2017**

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