What is Fastpass+?
Fastpass+ replaced the former “Legacy” Fastpass system fully in 2014. It is designed to allow all guests that visit Walt Disney World to experience shorter than normal waits on many of its attractions. Fastpass+ is currently a totally free system. Guests under 3 are not required to use Fastpass+. Children under 3 staying onsite at a Walt Disney World Resort will receive a complimentary Magic Band that will still light up and make noise, so they feel a part of the experience.
Am I required to wear a MagicBand?
They are provided free of charge to guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort. Those guests are pretty much required to wear the MagicBand and it does assist with paying for items in the parks. If you absolutely don’t want one, you’ll need to speak to Guest Services.
If you are staying off Disney World property and you wish to have a MagicBand with your ticket attached, you may purchase them at one of these locations. You are not required to wear a MagicBand as your ticket or annual pass is RFID enabled as well.
What do I need to book Fastpass+?
- A free MyMagic+ account on DisneyWorld.com.
- A currently valid ticket or annual pass linked to the above account.
How far in advance can I book Fastpass+?
- Guests staying in a Walt Disney World Resort (including the Swan and Dolphin) may book all their Fastpasses 60 days in advance by logging into their account at midnight (sometimes it has taken until at least 1am). You can book your entire trip (up to 14 days based on days on ticket) at once and the most difficult Fastpasses would be best to book from the last day backward. Guests using an Annual Pass may book up to 7 consecutive dates beyond the 60 day window.
- Guests who are NOT staying at a Walt Disney World resort and have ticket media linked to their account may book 30 days in advance, but it’s only one day at a time.
If you are uncertain when your Fastpass booking date would be, feel free to check my Crowd Calendars for your date of stay.
- Guests who are purchasing their tickets upon arrival (not recommended) can only book Fastpass+ reservations at a Fastpass+ Kiosk within the park. You will find your selections quite limited.
How many Fastpasses may I book and use?
- You may book up to 3 different Fastpasses per day. You may only choose one park for each day.
- After using your initial 3 Fastpasses in the park, you may then visit an in park Fastpass+ Kiosk. At the Kiosk, you may then choose ONE additional FP+ experience. One person may visit the Kiosk to reserve the additional FP+
- After using the FP+ that you retrieved from the Kiosk, you may return and book ONE more. You may do this until all FP+ are distributed.
Can I modify my Kiosk based Fastpass+?
Yes, after booking the FP+ at the Kiosk within the park, you may then use the phone app to adjust the time or even change to another attraction. I’ve used this technique successfully to book some difficult FP+ like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Soarin’.
Are my Kiosk based Fastpass+ limited by tiers?
In park Kiosk reservations for the 4th or subsequent FP+ don’t require tiers. You can choose from any available FP+ after using your initial 3, based on availability.
Can I choose to re-ride an attraction using Fastpass+?
Only after you have used your initial 3 FP+. Once those are used or expried, based on availability.
Can I book a single Fastpass+ for my entire party?
No, you must book one for every person that will enter the Fastpass+ return line. The only exception is a guest under the age of 3. You may however, book them separately, then line them up for Hard to Find Difficult Reservations as explained in this article.
Can I park hop with Fastpass+?
Yes, but your first 3 reservations must be used or expired before you can use a Kiosk in your next park to book a single FP+
What parks have tiered Fastpass+?
As of Januay 2015, Epcot and Hollywood Studios offered a “tiered” system. Each park requires you to book 1 tier one and 2 tier two Fastpass+. The tiers are based on how popular the attractions are in each park. Soarin’ and Test Track compete as tier one attractions at Epcot. Toy Story Mania and Rock n Roller Coaster compete as tier one attractions at Hollywood Studios. You could easily book a Fastpass for one attraction and visit the other one at park opening for the shortest waits possible.
How long does a Fastpass+ reservation last?
Trick question there. The ACTUAL listed time frame is 60 minutes unless it’s for a live show. However, you may arrive 5 minutes before the announced time and up to 15 minutes late (live shows don’t allow the 15 minute late grace period). That means that Fastpass+ can offer up to an 80 minute block of time each. If you are extremely late due to circumstances beyond your control, like a ride break down, you may politely request that they allow you to enter. It’s at the Cast Member’s discretion to allow late arrivals.
Can I use Fastpass+ during Extra Magic Hours or during special hard ticket parties?
No, Fastpass+ reservations are never distributed during any Extra Magic Hours period. Fastpass+ reservations are also NOT distributed during special events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or Night of Joy. However, guests visiting the parties may find that they can reserve FP+ from 4:00-7:00pm. It’s usually best to be in line for the most popular characters by 5:30pm.
Can I use Fastpass+ in conjunction with Child Swap passes?
Yes. Please check out this article that explains how to best use Child Swap or Rider Switch passes
What Fastpass+ should I book?
I’d recommend looking over my Fastpass+ Priorization chart. It should help you understand which ones are gone faster than others.
Other helpful posts concering Fastpass+
- 8 Steps to Book the Right Fastpass
- Maps that include attractions, Fastpass+ Kiosks and character locations
- Fastpass+ Availability Tool
- Disney World Characters that Offer Fastpass+
Kenny the Pirate, I want to find you like a character and give you a hug. Your blog and the app are amazing! Thanks.
I’m currently sitting in my living room :)
What happens if I miss one of the first 3 FP+ rendez-vous (come more than 15mns late or just forget or anything else)?
Can I still book a 4th FP+ after the time frame of the first 3 FP+ have passed?
Cindy–The 4th fastpass will be available after you use the original fastpasses or the time frames have expired. So if you miss the first or second fastpass as soon as you use the third fastpass you can book your 4th selection. Hope this helps
Yes, you can book a 4th once you have either used the 3 or the time has lapsed. Currently the 4th is in-park only
Thank you Becca!
Thanks Ken! Your website is fantastic!
Thanks Cindy! Always adding new stuff too.
My oldest daughter loves the thrill rides, Tower of Terror, Everest, etc., my younger daughter not so much. This will be the first time we have been to Disney since the introduction of FastPass Plus. We are staying on site and I plan on booking our Fastpasses at 60 days out. My question is, am I able to book Fastpasses for my oldest daughter and husband on say Tower of Terror and book Fastpasses for my younger daughter and myself for say Little Mermaid at the same time or does everyone in our party have to have the same Fastpasses? Thanks.
You can split them with no problem. Just select the user you wish to book and the FP you want.
Can I make my 4th FP+ at kiosk for one park & then change it to a different park on MDE app? E.G., After using my 3 Magic Kingdom FP+, could I make a 4th for MK, but change it to Fantasmic on the app? Thanks for all the info! We have used your site & app for our last 2 trips- & it’s been a huge help planning our 3rd!! Thanks for all the hard work & dedication!
No, it limits you to the park that you chose the FP+. Glad I get to help.
For last year’s MK visit, I aimed to schedule FP+ during peak early afternoon hours. With the ability to add more FP+ after using the initial pre-booked 3, should I try to book those earlier in the day so I can add more? What types of attractions are available for 4th and more FP+’s? Is it the kind of stuff the old paper machines used to kick out as bonus extras?
Check out my Touring Plans for the best usage of FP+. Some things will still have FP+ later into the evening, but some will be totally gone.
Wow, I have three kids, one of them is under 38 inches. My husband and I have always done rider swap wrong! Usually I’ll take one child, then he’ll take the other. I had no idea that my girls could go at the same time and can get two turns in a row out of each ride! Thanks for this!
How far in advance can I book my fastpasses-word of caution with this. I am an annual passholder and I just did a hotel stay at AK from 11/9-11/11 and at BLT from 11/30-12/7. I was unable to book my fastpasses for 12/7 at the 60 day window. When I called I was told that passholders get 7 days in a rolling 30 day period BUT the max for advanced fastpass booking was 10 days regardless of length of stay. I specifically asked about guests who stay 2 weeks and was told that they had to wait to book the fastpasses for the end of their trip until they had used some of the fastpasses from the beginning of their trip. I was unable to book my fastpasses in the system for 12/7 until I used the ones from 11/9. I called 3 times and tried it several times in the system to no avail. Also because my hotel stay in December was 8 days I was unable to book any more fastpasses until the beginning of January as I was now over the 7 days in a 30 day annual passholder limit.
The cast member did very helpfully inform me that this shouldn’t be an issue as I would be able to make selections over the limits once I got into the actual park from those kiosks. So I could still make them but selections are VERY limited so I suggest arriving as early as possible if this happens to you.
They told you incorrectly. It’s 14 days max with a ticketed stay. However, Annual Passholders don’t receive the 14 day benefit, only international travelers with the 14 day ticket.