Disney World is a group of theme parks like no other. With all there is to see and do you have two options. Show up and figure it out as you go (not my cup of tea) or have a loose plan in place where you can maximize seeing as many attractions as possible.
Disney FastPass Quick Facts You Must Know
- If you are staying in a Disney World resort you can start booking your Fast Passes 60 days ahead of the day you arrive at the resort (for more on your important Disney dates check out this post here).
- If you are staying off the Disney World resort you can book your FastPasses 30 days in advance of your trip.
- Disney allows 3 initial FastPasses per day.
- After your 3 initial FastPasses are used up you can book additional FastPasses one at a time.
- Fast Passes last an hour and can’t overlap (meaning you can’t book one for 10:00 and another for 10:15)
- If you show up early for your FastPass you will be denied entry.
Other Disney World Related Posts:
- Top Rides to Get Fast Passes for at Disney World
- The Best Strategy to Optimize Your Disney FastPass
- How to Start Saving For Disney on $20 a day
- How Much Does a Trip to Disney World Cost?
Does this Strategy Work?
We left Disney after 7 days feeling like we had conquered it. There was no feelings that we missed out on rides or experiences. It worked for us, and with two kids under 10 we walked a lot but got the most out of our passes.
First Things First
The first thing you should do is sign up for your Fast Passes as early as you can. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort this will be 60 days before your arrival day. If you are staying off of the resort the earliest you can book them is 30 days in advance. We just got back from Disney and with the summer heat this is the strategy we used. This strategy allowed us to see everything that we wanted to see in each park.
Set Up for Best Fast Pass Strategy
Before you book your rides you need to know which park you will be at on which day. If you are getting a park hopper that can add another dimension to your FastPass bookings that we won’t get into but you can easily extend this strategy to multiple parks. (Note if you are looking to save money on a 7 day trip you can check out how in this post)
We just did one park a day because we found that there was enough to do in every park. Once you have your parks selected for the right days the next thing will be to write them down. This way you will know what rides you are booking and when.
Decide on What Rides Are Your Must Have Rides
Which rides do you want to go on? The other big part of this strategy involves knowing which rides you want to go on. Disney has a wide range of rides for different ages, so make sure you have read up on them to know which rides are best. There are a few great books on this
Or you can use Undercover Tourist as a resource too. They also have discounted tickets too!
Related Post: Top Rides to Get Fast Passes for at Disney World
Best Strategy to Optimize Your Disney FastPass
Book all 3 of our FastPasses first thing in the morning. Typically we would book something for 9:40, then the next for 10:45 and the last around 11:45 if we could. If not we got them as close together as we could. This way you can get to the park and try to jump a few rides first thing. It also allows a little extra time in the morning to get to the park in case you have a later night the previous day from the fireworks. We would leave the first FastPass for the later in the opening hour (9 am) and try to get on some rides before the lines got long.
Let’s say we did FastPasses for 9:40, 10:40 and 11:40 our morning would look like this:
9:00 am – Park opens go on ride # 1,2 and 3 if we were lucky
9:40-10:40 Go on first FastPass, then look for other rides close by that have short times
10:40 Go on the next FastPass. We did this one right away, because it would give us up to 2 hours of time before we could use our third FastPass at 11:40 to 12:40.
10:50 Find other rides to go on until our next FastPass
12:35 show up at our last of our initial 3 FastPasses.
After Your Initial 3 FastPasses Are Booked
Once you have gotten through the FastPass check in on your last ride of your initial 3, open the MyDisney app and start booking your next FastPass. There is usually a wait in the FastPass line, so it’s the perfect time to book your next one.
After that you have used up your 3 initial Fast Passes you are allowed one pass at a time per person.
Then Book Another Fast Pass (repeat for the rest of the day)
Once you use your 4th Fast Pass, book another just like you did for the 4th one. Repeat that throughout the rest of the day. This way was how we managed to do the most rides and wait the least amount of time. I’m not a huge fan on waiting in lines, so it worked really well. The only line we waited in was about 30 minutes in our whole week at Disney
If you don’t mind waiting in lines you could book your FastPasses for midday when the lines are at their longest. But We would use that time to go back to the hotel and rest. We didn’t like this one because you were locked in for the whole day and needed to be at the park at peak times. When it’s the middle of summer you will be grateful that you don’t have to stick around for your FastPasses in the afternoon.
Other Disney World Posts
- How To Save For Disney on $20 a Day
- The Best Walt Disney World Rides To Get a FastPass
- How Much Does It Cost to Go Walt Disney World
Any questions on this strategy ? Leave them in the box below and I’ll get back to you.
Looking for some other resources for your Disney trip? Some great books to check out are:
- The Unofficial Guide To Walt Disney World
- The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Frommer’s EasyGuide to Disney World, Universal and Orlando 2017 (Easy Guides)