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Disneyland Brings Back Fastpass for Buzz Lightyear

August 6, 2015, 2:31 PM · Disneyland has brought back Fastpass for Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, distributing the advance reservation passes at the same location next to the ride where you can get Fastpasses for Star Tours. The Buzz Fastpasses are now "off the grid," meaning that you can pick up Fastpasses for Star Tours, or any other Fastpass location, without having to wait two hours or until the start of your current Fastpass return time, whichever comes first.

Buzz is one of five Fastpass attractions across Disneyland and California Adventure that do not restrict your ability to get another Fastpass immediately. The others are:

Remember, too, that you can use single rider queues to avoid much of the stand-by wait time on several attractions across the two parks, potentially negating the need to use a Fastpass to skip those lines.

*Matterhorn Bobsleds is the only attraction with a single-rider queue that does not also offer Fastpass.

That leaves only a handful of attractions at the Disneyland Resort that offer Fastpasses "on the grid" and that don't offer a single-rider alternative:

What's your Fastpass strategy when visiting the Disneyland Resort?

Replies (9)

August 6, 2015 at 3:43 PM · They brought FP back to buzz since Innoventions closed in like April.
August 6, 2015 at 4:22 PM · Good news. I like that it's "off the grid", because it's not worth it to use a fastpass to skip a 15-20 minute wait. I wouldn't be surprised if some other rides got "off the grid" fastpasses, such as Roger Rabbit, Haunted Mansion, and Goofy's Sky School.
August 6, 2015 at 5:11 PM · Robert, do you think this and the new smart phone app are steps towards bringing My Magic + to Disneyland Resort? I've not been to Disney World since My Magic + started there, but I understand many of the rides and attractions are connected to the system, much more than the current number of Fast Pass attractions at Disneyland or DCA.

I've read speculation that Disneyland will probably add Fast Pass + to several smaller attractions, as well as several currently without Fast Pass such as Peter Pan and the Matterhorn.

Also, I understand that Disney converted two of the Star Tours FP machines back to Buzz Lightyear (they were originally built for Buzz Lightyear) in early June, while leaving the majority of those machines for Star Tours. Why add Fast Pass for an attraction that usually has fairly short lines? The conspiracy theorists say it's so Disney can start adding Fast Pass for several of the smaller rides.

August 6, 2015 at 11:25 PM · I'll never understand why Toy Story Midway Mania is not on the fastpass system at DLR. It needs fast passes a lot more than Buzz.
August 7, 2015 at 6:46 AM · Here at WDW, they have a FastPass line for just about every ride.

Even Living with the Land. That ride is about as obscure as you can get. The longest I've ever had to wait in line for it is 20 minutes, which was on an extremely crowded day during the Flower & Garden Festival, yet this ride still has a FastPass option, if I'm correct. Better safe then sorry, I guess?

August 7, 2015 at 7:41 AM · No one should wish for FastPass for Toy Story Midway Mania! What a disaster FastPass is at Walt Disney World in Orlando on that attraction. To begin it's almost impossible to get a FastPass for Toy Story and then if you don't have one you've got a stand-by wait time that averages 1 hr 45 min. Instead, the folks in California enjoy what is typically a very easy 30-45 minute wait most of the time and on very busy days the line tops out at about 60 minutes. Forget FastPass!
August 7, 2015 at 2:49 PM · I could not agree more with 70.114.192.139 . I am not a big fan of Midway Mania! but I'll at least ride it at DCA from time to time. I would NEVER waste the time needed in that stand by queue at DHS or waste a FastPass on it.
August 7, 2015 at 5:30 PM · The longer waits in Orlando are much more about the park itself than fastpass. The top rides are Midway Mania, Tower of Terror, Star Tours, Movie Ride and Rock n Roller Coaster. For many families with small children Midway Mania is the obvious, if not the only choice.
August 7, 2015 at 7:01 PM · But if you've spend thousands of dollars for a once in a lifetime vacation and don't have the option to visit the park 15 times a year, a fast pass becomes THAT DISNEY DIFFERENCE that keeps us coming back once every other year and spending 5-6 thousand with the mouse. Hour long standby waits with no fast pass to make sure things are easier on season pass holders would exclude me and my family from spending that money on Disney park vacations. I know MANY other families who feel the same way.

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