FastPass+ is basically a reservation to enter a ride or attraction during a specific period of time.
You need to know:
- Initially, you can make up to three FastPass+ reservations (must all be in the same park) per day.
- If you are staying at a Disney resort, you can make your FP+ reservations 60 days in advance. If not, you will have to wait until 30 days before your vacation. (Note that the time to begin securing your FP+ reservations is 7:00 AM EST. I suggest you log on to your My Disney Experience account prior to that day to ensure that your account is set up and ready to go.)
- A FP+ reservation is for a window of time that lasts an hour.
- Your FP+ reservations cannot overlap. If you have a reservation to ride Peter Pan's Flight at 2:00, you cannot book another FP+ within that hour window. The next opening available to you would be 3:00.
- Once you use your three FP+ reservations or the time for your reservations expires, you can make another FP+ reservation. After you use that FP+, you can book another, and so on.
- Having the My Disney Experience app on your phone will save you time during your vacation. Not only can you view your FP+ selections, but you can make any changes through the app. If you don't have the app and you want to make a change, you will need to go to a kiosk in the park.
Epcot Tier 1 Attractions
- Frozen Ever After
- Test Track
(Does this surprise you?)
Hollywood Studios Tier 1 Attractions
- Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
- Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
- The Great Movie Ride
- Toy Story Mania
So what should you do? Here are some of my suggestions (including touring plans) for Magic Kingdom and Epcot:
- Arguably the most popular ride in all of WDW right now is Frozen Ever After. This should be the first FP+ selection you make. Keep in mind that at the 60 (or 30) day mark, all of your vacation days are open for making selections.
- Don't make FP+ selections that coincide with when the park opens because the lines should be short anyway. If you plan to arrive for rope drop (or shortly after), hit some rides first in the standby line as the wait times will be low. Then as the park begins to fill in, utilize your FP+ selections.
- Avoid making FP+ selections for later in the day because you won't be able to add any additional FP+ until your original three have been used or the time has expired.
- On most days, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has the longest line at Magic Kingdom. If you plan to ride this, I would secure a FP+ or make sure you are at the park at rope drop and this is your first stop.
- If you are unable to secure a FP+ for Frozen Ever After, I would choose Test Track over Soarin'. The recent renovation of Soarin' increased rider capacity and the wait times are typically lower than those for Frozen Ever After and Test Track.
- Don't ever let anyone tell you that securing FP+ for a character meet is a waste of time. It's your vacation and if your children are into meeting the characters, those lines can sometimes grow quite long. If possible, I try to add character meet FP+ after we've used our 3 FP+ for popular rides.