Sunday, 15 April 2018

Getting the Most Out of FastPass+ At Disney

With our holiday to Florida booked I am making sure I am doing plenty of research before jetting off.  I have already planned which FastPass+ attractions I hope to book each day.  Assuming I can get them of course!  Although it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.  As we aren’t staying onsite we only have 30 days in advance to book whereas those staying in Disney hotels enjoy a 60-day window (lucky things!).  Certain attractions can be hard to get, so get yourself organised.

For Magic Kingdom Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (that one was tough to get!) and the three Mountain rides are all good choices.  We are planning on visiting Magic Kingdom at least twice so luckily had a fair bit of flexibility and managed to get what we wanted!  I still need to try and get a couple more Seven Dwarfs Mine Train tickets for my parents so will keep checking back daily as they do release tickets at various points.  The Magic Kingdom isn’t tiered at present so you aren’t restricted in your ride choices.

Be Ready

If you are in the UK, make sure your logged on to the app and ready to go at 12 noon.  Before hand have a practise run and see how it all works.  It can be a bit overwhelming the first time you use it as you know how important it is to get the attractions that normally have the biggest queues.  Hopefully at 12 its quiet and peaceful wherever you are, so you can dedicate a few minutes to getting it sorted.  It’s a bit of a pain having to do the same thing each day, but if you want to get the most out of our visit, you won’t mind too much.  I would rather some planning now than standing in a queue for 90 minutes when I get there… My boys in long queues are hard work as they squabble!

Use the Modify Function

I made the mistake of cancelling a FastPass+ attraction when I only wanted to remove my parents from it.  I didn’t realise you could just use MODIFY to do this.  So, when I went to rebook it with the right guests it had already been snapped up.

Try and book early in the day

Once you join the queue for your third attraction you can book another.  Assuming there is availability!  If your last FastPass+ is very late in the day its unlikely you will be able to squeeze in anymore.  I managed to get one day that my FastPass+ attractions finish nice and early and I am very hopeful on the day I can book another one through the app.  Although I know some people prefer to arrive at rope drop (when the park opens) and save their FastPass+ slots for when the park is busier. 

Look at the Park Maps

If you are planning on booking the FastPass+ times close together check first that your attractions aren’t spread too widely.  The parks are vast, and you don’t want to miss one of your slots because you have a long walk to the other side of the park.

Use your allocation wisely

Epcot its a tiered system so aim for Soarin' or Frozen then the next busiest rides.  In Animal Kingdom you can only pick one Avatar ride.  Flight of the Passage is very tricky to get hold of at 30 days but you should be able to get the Na’vi River Journey okay.  Arrive at rope drop and try and get the other one done straight away.  Then rides like Kilimanjaro Safaris® Expedition and Expedition Everest Attraction are worth grabbing if you can.  Hollywood Studios is a bit up in the air at the moment until Toy Story Land is completed, but I plan on getting tickets for the Tower of Terror and hopefully they have reopened FastPass+ for Toy Story Mania now.

Put the App on your Phone

If you have booked FastPass+ using your computer make sure you have the app for when you are in the park.  Why bother searching for FastPass+ kiosks when its so much more convenient doing it all yourself!

I know one couple who just turned up in Orlando having not booked any FastPass+ attractions at all!  They learnt on the day what it was all about.  The thought of being unprepared brings me out in a cold sweat.  This is a holiday of a lifetime, it certainly costs enough so we might only be doing it once I want to squeeze as much fun out of it as I can.  Avoiding the longest queues being my main priority!

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