Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Fastpass... What is it?

I had someone ask specific questions about "Fastpass" earlier this week, so I thought I'd blog about it...
Fastpass is exactly what it sounds like- a way to fastpass the lines. If you have a ticket to any of the 4 WDW parks, you have access to fastpass. Not all rides have fastpass. Here's the list of rides, by park, that offer fastpass (according to the WDW web site):

Magic Kingdom
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  • Jungle Cruise
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Peter Pan's Flight
Epcot
  • Mission Space
  • Test Track
  • Captain EO
  • Maelstrom
  • Soarin'
Animal Kingdom
  • Kilimanjaro Safari
  • Expedition Everest
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Primeval Whirl
  • DINOSAUR
Hollywood Studios
  • Star Tours
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Mania!
When you approach one of the attractions listed above look for the "Fastpass Distribution" sign near the entrance. It will look like this:

On this sign you will find a return time listed. This shows the hour window you can come back and ride the ride using the "fastpass line." If you choose to get a fastpass ticket for this hour window, you can come back at any time during that hour and ride. You will be able to bypass the standby line using the fastpass line and get to the ride in a much shorter time. You can not request a specific return time. You have to take what the machine gives you.

When you choose to get the fastpass ticket, you need to insert your park ticket into the machine. Your park ticket can be your resort ticket, your annual pass, resort hotel key card, your cast member ID card, or a readmission ticket (not sure what that is, but it was listed on the Disney web site!). The machines look like this:

Once you insert your park ticket, your fastpass ticket will come out with your return time printed on it- that way you won't forget! Once you have this fastpass ticket in your hand you can go to another part of the park until it's time to return. Don't lose this fastpass- it can't be replaced!!

When it's time for you to return you need to look for the "Fastpass Return" sign. This will be where you need to enter. Have your fastpass ticket ready to give to the cast member so you can enter the fastpass line with minimal wait!

A few things to consider when getting a Fastpass:
  • They are only valid for the day of issue. You can't save it for the next day during the same time window!
  • Everyone in your group who is entering the fastpass line has to have their own fastpass ticket. The only exception to this is children under the age of 3 who enter the parks for free and don't require a park ticket.
  • You are limited to the number of fastpass tickets you can have at one time. Check your fastpass ticket to see when you can get your next one. If you try to get a fastpass before the correct time, the fastpass distribution machine will not issue a fastpass ticket. (see the photo above of the fastpass, at the bottom of the ticket, to see the time you can get a new fastpass)
  • If you have problems with the fastpass machines, there will be a cast member waiting to help.
  • If you have a fastpass in your hands and aren't going to be able to use it, make someones day and share it with another park guest!
  • Fastpasses "expire" after the one hour window is over, but some cast members will allow you to return after the hour window is over.
  • If you are visiting during peak times, you will need to plan how you want to get and use fastpasses. The more popular attractions will run out of fastpasses quickly. You need to get a fastpass early in the morning for your favorite, must ride attractions.
  • If someone isn't interested in riding a roller coaster or another fastpass attraction, have that person go get fastpass for a ride you all want to ride while the rest of you get in line for the ride he doesn't want to ride. Example: My dad doesn't ride Space Mountain. While everyone else goes to ride Space Mountain first thing in the standby line, we give all the park tickets to my dad and have him go to Splash Mountain to get fastpasses while we are on Space Mountain.
Do you have additional suggestions for the use of fastpasses?

2 comments:

  1. It looks like we can get a second fastpass 1.5 hours before the current one begins. That helps in planning!

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  2. I think it actually depends on when you get the fastpass and when it is valid. Sometimes you can get a fastpass at 10:00 and it's good between 10:35-11:35. In that case you can probably get a second fastpass at 11:00 or so (I'm guessing). When we got fastpasses at Toy Story Mania at 10am and they were valid for 6:10PM, we could get second fastpasses earlier than 6:10 and I think even earlier than 4:40. Which would not make your assumption, based on the photo above true... make sense??

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