Hello this is the Atypical Hustlers and we are sharing this Walt Disney World hack to help make your trip more enjoyable. We have had several experiences and feel like we have got it all figured out to where we feel like we’re virtually never standing in line.
What is a fastpass?
Your physical Fastpass is either a MagicBand or a plastic card. If you are staying at a resort, then the MagicBands come complimentary with your stay. If you choose to purchase they run around $14.99 when you purchase them from Disney World. If you’re frugal like us, then you can find them very cheap on sites like Amazon and eBay. Old ones can always be reactivated. Otherwise, the plastic cards are free at Disney. Speaking of frugal, check out 30 Tips Tricks And Money Saving Hacks For Disney World and our other blog Get All Your Items For Disney World On A Budget. Every ride has a Fastpass line. There is a standby line, and typically the Fastpass line is right next to it. The purpose of the Fastpass is to virtually jump the line. Disney guarantees the Fastpass line to be less than that of the standby line. In our experiences they are much better than that. Even lines that have had a standby wait time of over 4 hours, have still got us through the Fastpass line in less than 30 minutes. Our average Fastpass wait has probably averaged out to somewhere around the 5 minute range.
How many Fastpasses do you get?
Every member of your party gets 3 Fastpasses per day. You can choose to schedule these in advance or as you’re enjoying the park. A common misconception is once you have finished these original 3, then you may no longer benefit from the Fastpasses. This is false, however we certainly wasn’t aware on our first trip. The fact is that once you use your original 3, then you can schedule Fastpasses one at a time.
How far in advance can you schedule your Fastpasses?
Fastpasses can be scheduled 30 days in advance. However, if you have a Disney World Resort reservation, then you can schedule your Fastpasses out 60 days in advance. We highly suggest you plan what days you will go to which parks this far in advance. If you feel like the budget is there, then staying at a resort and cashing in on the 60 day in advance Fastpass booking will be very beneficial. Check out Perks Of Staying At A Disney World Resort for more tips on making your trip cost and time effective.
How to schedule Fastpasses?
Fastpasses can be scheduled on the Disney World website as well as the My Disney Experience App. In our opinion, it is imperative to download this application onto your smartphone. Then you can link your park tickets to the app and scheduling Fastpasses is only a couple clicks away. First you click on ~Get Fastpass+~, then ~Get Started~, choose the members of your party, the park, date, and then start selecting your fastpass experiences and times. The convenience of this will allow you to schedule your additional Fastpasses as the day moves along. This is where a lot of our strategy comes into play.
The Atypical Hustlers Strategy!
The first thing we look at when scheduling our Fastpasses is by determining what days each park has extra magic hours. Extra magic hours is typically an hour or two that a park is open past its their regular operating hours. For example, if Magic Kingdom has extra magic hours that leave it open 2 extra hours at the end of the night, then this would be a good day to go to Magic Kingdom. Then we will move forward with scheduling Fastpasses. Lets use the example that Magic Kingdoms hours are from 9:00 a.m. – 11 p.m. with magic hours from 11:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. for the day we are going to the park. Here’s our 2 big goals while we’re there. 1 is the ride everything that our heart desires (which is everything). 2 is to refrain from standing in lines all day. We want to stand in Fastpass lines because they’re obviously not as long. We typically schedule our Fastpasses for a trip with the hours of 11:00-12:00, 12:00-1:00, and 1:00-2:00. Our personal preference of favorite rides at Magic Kingdom is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, and Thunder Mountain Railroad. (Other top rides for us are Peter Pan’s Flight and Splash Mountain). As stated above, we would schedule these in the 11, 12, and 1 windows. We purposely leave the first 2 hours open because the park isn’t as busy yet. That leaves 9:00-11:00 to try and hit our runner ups like Peter Pan and Splash Mountain or maybe even ride a couple extra. Remember, the 12:00-2:00 time frames is the peak time at the park, so its nice to have Fastpasses scheduled for those times. Traffic is so high and its not a time that you would be wanting to stand in a standby line. Most of the time once we’ve reached our 1:00 Fastpass, then we’ve already rode the 5 most popular rides at the park. Sometimes we’ve knocked out even more. Once we scan our MagicBands for our 1:00 Fastpass we immediately start checking for other available Fastpasses. Usually we go for another ride that’s pretty close to what we are currently riding or if there’s something that is typically popular an hour or so away then maybe its a great time to take a break for lunch. For the most part every time we scan our Fastpasses then we’re immediately looking for the next one to schedule. Remember, after the first 3, you can only schedule 1 at a time. On a night that Magic Kingdom is open super late, late hours after Happily Ever After and Once Upon a Time would be a great time to ride your favorite ride again or to hit up some character spots if you have little ones that haven’t got to see them yet. However, we typically see most of the popular characters at character dining experiences. See Character Dining At Disney World to learn about our strategy of seeing characters without spending all day waiting in lines at their character spots. But if some are missed, the late hours is the best opportunities for this. We basically duplicate this strategy at each park. But be careful, Hollywood Studios, Epcot,and Animal Kingdom are all a little more complicated.
Tier 1, Tier 2, What?
Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdoms Fastpasses are structured a bit different at these parks. All 3 of them have Tier 1 Fastpass rides and Tier 2 Fastpass rides. This is based off of traffic and popularity of rides. When you schedule your first 3, you must choose 1 Fastpass ride out of Tier 1 and 2 Fastpass rides out of Tier 2. The only alternative would be choosing 3 Fastpasses out of Tier 2. Below is a graph showing which tier each ride is in at each park.
|Tier 1||Tier 2|
|Slinky Dog Dash||Rock N Roller Coaster|
|Alien Swirling Saucers||Tower of Terror|
|Toy Story Mania||Star Wars|
|A Frozen Sing Along|
|Voyage of the Little Mermaid|
|Muppet Vision 3D|
|Disney Junior Dance Party|
|Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular|
|Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage|
|Tier 1||Tier 2|
|Test Track||Disney & Pixar Short Film |
|Frozen Ever After||Journey Into Imagination|
|IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth||Living with the Land|
|Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot |
|Soarin’ Around the World||Spaceship Earth|
|The Seas with Nemo and |
|Turtle Talk with Crush|
|Tier 1||Tier 2|
|Avatar Flight of Passage||Dinosaur|
|Na’vi River Journey||Expedition Everest|
|Festival of the Lion King|
|Finding Nemo: The Musical|
|It’s Tough to be a Bug|
|Kali River Rapids|
|Meet Favorite Disney Pals at |
|Rivers of Life|
|Up! A Great Bird Adventure|
If you have a member of your party that chooses not to ride a particular ride that has a Fastpass reservation, then you will need to clear that one out before you can schedule your next Fastpass. Here is an example of you having Space Mountain scheduled at 1:00. You arrive at 1:00 to ride it and one party member is choosing not to ride it. Then you will need them to either scan their Fastpass like they are riding or to get on the My Disney Experience App and cancel them off. If this is not done,you cannot include that person on a new Fastpass until it drops off at 2:00. Every Fastpass basically has a one hour and twenty minute window to get used. If your Fastpass is from 1:00-2:00 then they will typically let you in 5 minutes early and as late as 15 minutes late. So its very important in regards to how much time you may have in the event that you are running late.
We hope this will be enough help for you to master Fastpasses! This is the key to getting the most out of your Disney World trip. We added a chart indicating our typical Fastpass choices. We are usually able to cover all of our favorite rides over 4 days at all 4 Disney World Parks.
|Magic Kingdom||Hollywood Studios|
|Seven Dwarfs Mine Train||Rock N Roller Coaster|
|Spaceship Earth||Tower of Terror|
|Thunder Mountain Railroad||Slinky Dog Dash|
|Test Track||Flight of Passage|
|Mission Space||Kilimanjaro Safaris|
|Spaceship Earth||Expedition Everest|