Disneyland Brings Back Fastpass for Buzz Lightyear
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:
- Fantasmic! (Disneyland)
- Royal Theater (Disneyland)
- World of Color (California Adventure)
- Anna & Elsa meet and greet (California Adventure)
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.
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye (Disneyland)
- Splash Mountain (Disneyland)
- Matterhorn Bobsleds* (Disneyland)
- Radiator Springs Racers (California Adventure)
- California Screamin' (California Adventure)
- Goofy's Sky School (California Adventure)
- Grizzly River Run (California Adventure)
- Soarin' Over California (California Adventure)
*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:
- Haunted Mansion (Disneyland)
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Disneyland)
- Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin (Disneyland)
- Space Mountain (Disneyland)
- Star Tours (Disneyland)
- For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration (California Adventure)
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (California Adventure)
What's your Fastpass strategy when visiting the Disneyland Resort?
They brought FP back to buzz since Innoventions closed in like April.
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.
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'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.
Here at WDW, they have a FastPass line for just about every ride.
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!
I could not agree more with 18.104.22.168 . 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.
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.
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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