With the opening of Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney is tweaking the tier line-up for Fastpass+ reservations once again.
Guests with club-level reservations at Walt Disney World Resort hotels who upgrade can book extra Fastpass+ reservations 90 days in advance of their visit, which is 30 days earlier than "regular" on-site hotel guests can and 60 days before the general public. Since we are within that 90-day window for the opening of Toy Story Land on June 30, club level guests can see the new Fastpass+ tiers for Disney's Hollywood Studios.
With Fastpass+, guests who hold Disney World theme park tickets can book three attraction reservation return times online for each day of their visit. In three of the four Disney World theme parks — Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Disney's Animal Kingdom — the eligible attractions are separated into tiers. You can book just one Fastpass+ time among the Tier 1 attractions and the rest of your reservations must be for Tier 2 rides and shows. (We will explain how to make Fastpass+ reservations below.)
Here are the Disney World attractions you can book in advance using Fastpass+. Attractions marked with an asterisk(*) are the ones we most recommend using your Fastpass+ reservations on, based on reader ratings of all attractions, average standby wait times, single rider options, and availability of extra Fastpass+ reservations on the day of your visit (see below).
Disney's Hollywood Studios: Tier 1
*Slinky Dog Dash (new)
Alien Swirling Saucers (new)
Toy Story Mania!
*Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
*Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Beauty and the Beast — Live on Stage (show)
Disney Junior — Live on Stage (show)
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration (show)
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (show)
MuppetVision 3D (show)
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (single rider option)
Voyage of the Little Mermaid (show)
Disney's Animal Kingdom: Tier 1
*Flight of Passage
Na'vi River Journey
*Expedition Everest (single rider option)
Festival of the Lion King (show)
Finding Nemo - The Musical (show)
It's Tough to be a Bug! (show)
Kali River Rapids
Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost (character meet)
Rivers of Light (show)
Epcot: Tier 1
* Frozen Ever After
Test Track (single rider option)
Soarin' Around the World
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth (show)
* Mission: SPACE
* Epcot Character Spot (character meet, best use of a FP+ for this if you don't have character meals booked)
Spaceship Earth (often a walk-on in the afternoon)
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Living with the Land
Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Turtle Talk with Crush (show)
Disney/Pixar Short Film Festival (show)
* Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
* Space Mountain
* Splash Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Dumbo the Flying Elephant (has an indoor play area while you wait)
Enchanted Tales with Belle (character meet/show)
It's a Small World
Mad Tea Party
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Mickey's PhilharMagic (show)
Meet Ariel at Her Grotto (character meet)
Meet Disney Princesses at Princess Fairytale Hall (character meet)
Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater (character meet)
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (show)
Peter Pan's Flight
Pirates of the Caribbean
Under the Sea Journey of The Little Mermaid
Now, you always can just pick your family's three favorite rides and make Fastpass+ reservations for those. But if those rides always have short waits anyway, you can save yourself a lot of time during your visit by using your Fastpass+ reservations on other rides with longer standby waits, instead.
The best strategy, as always, is to be at the park before it opens, so you can go on the most popular rides before the lines get long. If a ride has a single rider option, you can use it instead of Fastpass+ to skip most of the wait... if you are willing to ride alone by filling in an empty single seat in a row somewhere.
Ideally, you want to use Fastpass+ for those rides with long waits that you can't get to first thing in the morning and that you won't be using single rider on, either.
We suggest using Fastpass+ only on rides, too. Shows tend to have large capacities and minimal wait times, so it can be a waste of a reservation to use your initial three FP+ selections on those. The only exceptions would be if you are not spending the whole day in the park, but just coming in the evening and you want to make sure that you can get a good spot to see Illuminations or Fantasmic! (Annual passholders often use their FP+ slots for this.) You also can book dining packages that come with reserved seating for Fantasmic! and Rivers of Light, in lieu of using a Fastpass+ reservation on them.
If you have young children who really want to meet the Disney characters, you can use Fastpass+ reservations for those, too. But we suggest that booking a character meal at one of Disney's restaurants is not just an easier way to see the characters, but also to spend more time with them, without having to burn any of your Fastpass+ reservations.
Once you have used your initial three Fastpass+ reservations for the day, you can book additional Fastpass+ times in the park, either by going to a one of the kiosks located inside the park or (much preferred) doing it on your cell phone using Disney World's official My Disney Experience app. So we also recommend making your initial FP+ reservations for early in the day, so that you can start booking additional reservations as soon as possible.
How to Book Fastpass+ Reservations Times at Walt Disney World
Go to https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/plan/ and click "Create an Account" if you do not already have an online account with Disney. (If you do, just go ahead and log in.) This page, called "My Disney Experience," is where you start making all your Fastpass+ reservations.
Once you are logged in, the website will walk you through the steps of getting ready to make your Fastpass+ reservations. You can make three reservations in a single park for each day of your visit. The website will start by asking you if you have an existing Walt Disney World on-site hotel reservation. If not, that's no problem. But if you do, the website will link your reservation to your account and that will make your life much easier as you plan your vacation.
After that, the website will ask you to add the friends or family members that will be traveling with you to your account. They don't need their own Disney accounts and Disney won't give them your log-in — this is just so the system can book Fastpass+ reservations for everyone in your group at once, if you want.
Next, you will need link your Disney World theme park tickets to your account before you can make Fastpass+ reservations. If you haven't bought your tickets yet, you will need to do that before you can make your reservations. Don't wait too long to do this, because you if you want to reserve Disney World's most popular attractions, you will need to make your reservations as soon as you can.
Then set your alarm.
You can start making Fastpass+ reservations at 7am Eastern Time 30 days before your visit. If you are staying at an on-site Walt Disney World hotel, you can start making reservations at 7am Eastern 60 days before your visit. (But you will have had to link your reservation to your My Disney Experience account — see above.) And if you have booked a club-level room and opted into the Fastpass+ upgrade, you can book 90 days out.
Don't worry if you are not staying on-site, though. Disney does not make all its reservation times available 90 or 60 days in advance. It holds back some for people booking 30 days in advance, and it's believed that Disney holds back some for same-day reservations, too. And if worse comes to worse, you always can just wait in the stand-by line for any attraction.
Try to make your reservations the second that you are eligible. If you don't get what you want, keep checking daily, as rides that once were booked might have times come available. You can change your FP+ reservations at any time up until the return time. And once you've used your third FP+ reservation for the day, start looking for additional FP+ reservations to book.
The best way to do this is just to see if there is an available FP+ time for the ride you want to visit next. If there is, make it, and just skip the stand-by line and go right in at your scheduled time. Once you've used that FP+ reservation, you can make another one, and so on, and so on... until the end of the day!
Final tip: If you cannot get a Fastpass+ reservation for a ride with an hours-long wait... get in its stand-by line five minutes before the park closes. There will be no Fastpass return times after that, so the standby queue will get the ride's entire capacity just as soon as the last Fastpass riders clear, speeding up the standby queue substantially. For rides such as Flight of Passage, the standby trick at close is your surest way to get on the ride with the minimal possible standby wait.Tweet
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