The pluses of Walt Disney World’s Fastpass Plus Program

The best way to navigate the most magical place on Earth

With Spring Break about 40 days away, everyone is finalizing vacation plans. While some people are heading to a beach or big city, many are heading to our personal favorite vacation destination, Walt Disney World. 

As self-proclaimed “Disney Experts,” many of our friends and relatives come to us as their go-to guys when it comes to planning their Disney vacation. Between the two of us, we have been to Walt Disney World a total of 28 times. With Canfield’s Choir and The Cardinal Pride Marching Band heading to “The Happiest Place on Earth” many are wondering how to maximize their time in the Disney Parks. 

This answer comes down to two words: Fastpass Plus.

In a recent poll of Canfield High School, over 93% of students claimed to know Disney’s Fastpass System. But when asked more specific questions, it was clear that few of the interviewees really knew what they were talking about.

Only 22.7% of respondents knew how many Fastpasses could be booked per day. It gets much worse when looking at how many people knew when to book Fastpasses, with only 11.6% knowing when to make Fastpasses when staying on Disney property, and 9.3% knowing when to book Fastpasses when staying off property. 

We concluded that it is our duty to answer the frequently asked questions about Disney’s Fastpass Plus System, and give our Fastpass tips and tricks. 

FAQs

How many Fastpasses can be booked per day?

Three Fastpasses can be booked per day, but the real answer is more nuanced than that. While only three can be made initially, once you utilize the three, you can book additional Fastpasses. Once you use your one additional Fastpass, you can get another. This process can continue until the park closes or Disney runs out of Fastpasses. 

When can I book Fastpass+? 

When staying on Disney property, you may book Fastpasses 60 days before your arrival day. If staying off property, you can book them 30 days in advance. On that note, we highly recommend getting on your computer or tablet at exactly 7:00 on the thirty or sixty day marker. That is because most of the E-ticket (theme park lingo for “best”) attractions sell out of Fastpasses. For instance: Fastpasses for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run were sold out by 7:05 the day that Fastpasses opened for this upcoming spring break. 

What Parks have a tiered Fastpass+ System? 

Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios each have a tiered Fastpass+ system. This means that you can only choose one attraction from each park’s tier one and two attractions from each park’s tier two. The tiered system, however, is not used in Magic Kingdom where you can choose any three attractions throughout the entire park. 

WDW Info, one of our favorite sites for Walt Disney World information, broke down what is included in each tier. Tier 1 Attractions for Hollywood Studios are: Slinky Dog Dash, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. In Animal Kingdom, Tier 1 is made up of Na’vi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage and EPCOT’s Tier 1 includes Soarin’ Around the World, EPCOT Forever, Test Track, and Frozen Ever After. The remaining attractions are all in Tier 2.

Where do I book Fastpass+?

Once you login to your My Disney Experience Account, you can book Fastpass+ on The Disney World App or on https://disneyworld.disney.go.com

Can I modify Fastpass+ reservations?

Yes! As long as Fastpasses are available, you have the capabilities to tweak or modify your reservation. Better yet, once someone is in the park and utilizes their first Fastpass, those with the My Disney Experience/Disney World App are able to move up their Fastpasses that they have booked later in the day.

When in Magic Kingdom, what should my first three Fastpasses be? 

Anthony: Based on average wait times and day of Fastpass+ availability, I would make your first choices Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Splash Mountain. For the third slot I would recommend either Space Mountain or Peter Pan’s Flight, depending on whether or not you are traveling with young guests. I chose these attractions because Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight and Space Mountain almost never have day-of availability and the lines for these attractions can easily run over two hours on a busy day. If you are visiting Magic Kingdom for a second day, make Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean your priority on day two. 

Vince: Magic Kingdom. Just saying the name gives me such great memories that I have accumulated over the years. The first slot would absolutely go to Space Mountain, my absolute favorite attraction in all of Disney World. Secondly would be Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – after coming off of Space Mountain, you can go straight over to the ride which makes it a very easy and accessible with not much walking involved. Then finally, my last slot would go to Splash Mountain.

When in EPCOT, what should my first three Fastpasses be? 

Anthony: This is an easy one! If traveling before May 26, I would recommend Soarin’ Around the World as the best Tier 1 selection, with Test Track as a solid backup. From Tier 2, I would recommend Spaceship Earth and Mission: Space. If traveling after May 26, I would replace Spaceship Earth with The Seas with Nemo and Friends. This is for the best, though, as Spaceship Earth is going to be shut down for a two year renovation.

Vince: My Tier 1 Fastpass would have to go to Test Track, an amazing and emotional thriller that takes you through testing your own vehicle that you have created yourself.  Next first Tier 2 Fastpass would go to The Seas with Nemo and Friends, a relaxing family-friendly voyage, but most importantly in the AIR CONDITIONING! And finally my Tier 2 Spaceship Earth, a very interesting look at the history of the Earth and the evolution of mankind in the very iconic sphere. 

 When in Hollywood Studios, what should my first three Fastpasses be? 

Anthony: You cannot go wrong with any of the Tier 1 attractions. If you are traveling with younger guests, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is probably the best option, but if you are traveling with a Star Wars super fan, you cannot miss Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Slinky Dog Dash is also a great option for guests of all ages. From Tier 2 I would personally recommend Rock n Roller Coaster and The Tower of Terror, but if you have young guests in your party Toy Story Mania is a fun for the whole family replacement for Rock n Roller Coaster. 

Vince: For me, Hollywood Studios attractions are some of the most fun and exhilarating experiences in Disney. For the Tier 1 attraction, Slinky Dog Dash for me is the way to go. Still to this day as a 17 year old, I have a blast on the ride. Now my first Tier 2 Fastpass would definitely be Rock n Roller Coaster. This holds a very special place in my heart as it is the first roller coaster I have ever been on. The only problem would be that it is not so family-friendly. My last Tier 2 Fastpass would most likely be Toy Story Mania. Family friendly and very fun, also my family’s favorite attractions at Disney

When in Animal Kingdom, what should my first three Fastpasses be? 

Anthony: Once again, this is an easy one for me. I would choose Avatar Flight of Passage as your Tier 1 option, but if young children are in your party, Na’vi River Journey is a calm, fun alternative. From Tier 2, I would recommend Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safari. Just a tip, I would get your Kilimanjaro Safari Fastpass as early in the day as possible, as that is when most animals are out!

Vince: My Tier 1 selection would be Na’vi River Journey, a very nice relaxing and fun ride for the kiddos. From Tier 2, I would choose Expedition Everest, a heart-pounding attraction with a very steep drop at the end, and Kilimanjaro Safari.

What is the cost of a Fastpass? 

This is maybe the best answer of all. Fastpass comes with the price of admission with no additional charge!

We could both go on and on. If anyone has any questions on how to perfect their Disney vacation, find either Anthony Biondillo or Vince Machuga. Both of us would be eager to help out!