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Get the Most Out Of FastPass+

Okay…disclaimer:  I have not actually tried doing this myself, YET.  This is an awesome FastPass hack that I recently heard about.  It would be difficult to do with small children, unless you started this process and focused on one land without having to jet back and forth across the park.  The goal of this post is to help you get the most FastPasses you can in one single day.  Potentially, you can use the FastPass system all day long and never wait in a standby line!

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To begin, we need to review how FastPasses are booked, and how they work.  Walt Disney World Resort guests have the option to book their FastPasses up to 60 days in advance (club level members can pay to book them 90 days in advance), and FastPasses can be booked for the length of their trip, up to 10 days.

Guests are limited to reserving 3 FastPasses each day, and all 3 FastPasses must be at the same park.  A FastPass reservation is valid one hour for rides, 15 minutes for shows.  For the purposes of this post, we are only going to focus on the rides.  FastPass reservations cannot overlap each other.  This means that you cannot book your first FastPass at 10AM and your second FastPass at 10:30AM.  The earliest time you can book your second FastPass would be 11AM.

Once you are in the park and you have used your first three FastPasses, you are able to book more.  Simply open the My Disney Experience app on your smartphone and see what is available.  You can now book one at a time for the rest of the day, or until there is no longer anything available to book, whichever comes first.

So, to make this process work, you will need to book your FastPasses as early as possible. “Early” meaning both as soon as your booking window opens and schedule them as early in the morning as possible.  Your #1 “must ride” ride needs to be the first FastPass of the day.  Let’s look at this scenario:

Seven-Dwarfs-Mine-Train-LogoFastPasses open for booking at 7AM, so you will need to set an alarm to remind yourself (or, have your travel agent do this for you!).  You are scheduling your FastPasses at Magic Kingdom, which opens at 9AM.  Your “must ride” ride is 7 Dwarfs Mine Train.  You are going to want to schedule this as early in the morning as possible.  Let’s say you are able to do this right at 9AM.

Now, you are ready to schedule your second FastPass.  You are going to want to schedule this ride for 11AM.  I know you can technically schedule it for 10AM, but there’s a method to the madness here, trust me.  So, you schedule Dumbo for 11AM.  You can now go ahead and schedule your third FastPass, Peter Pan’s Flight, at 12PM.  Here is what your FastPass schedule will look like:

  1. 9AM:  7 Dwarfs Mine Train
  2. 11AM:  Dumbo
  3. 12PM:  Peter Pan’s Flight

The day arrives and you are finally on vacation, ready to maximize your FastPasses at the Magic Kingdom.  You’re going to need to rope drop the park, so you can hop on 7 Dwarfs Mine Train right away with your FastPass.

Once you scan your Magic Band at the entrance to the ride, immediately open the My Disney Experience app on your smartphone and modify Peter Pan’s Flight to an earlier time.  Hopefully, there is one available sometime between 9AM-10AM.  You see, once you scan your band and use your first FastPass of the day, the ride window for that FastPass closes.  Once that window closes, you are able to book or reschedule another FastPass that could have overlapped the first one, but now no longer does because that first window is closed.  Make sense?

Let’s say there’s a 9:20 FastPass for Peter Pan, so you grab it.  You get off 7 Dwarfs Mine Train and head over to Peter Pan.  Once you scan you band there, grab your phone and modify Dumbo for an earlier time.  You see a time for 9:45, so you grab it.  You exit Peter Pan and run over to Dumbo.  You have now use all three of your FastPasses within the first hour at the Magic Kingdom!  In the end, this is what your original FastPass schedule ended up being:

  1. 9AM – 7 Dwarfs Mine Train
  2. 9:20AM – Peter Pan’s Flight
  3. 9:45AM – Dumbo

Because you have used your first three FastPasses, you can now begin the process of scheduling your next FastPass.  Check and see what the next attraction is that’s available to FastPass and go!  You can continue this process for the rest of the day until there is nothing left to book.  You are essentially getting unlimited FastPasses for the day and barely waiting in lines anywhere.

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Now, if you are going on your first trip to Disney World or your first trip since the introduction of the new FastPass system, I probably would not try this.  This plan is more for guests that go often and are familiar with park layouts or someone that wants to focus solely on rides and bypass shows, parades, and street entertainment.  This also might not work (as well) during peak travel times.  Those of us “in the know” understand that you would likely need to choose between Peter Pan OR 7 Dwarfs Mine Train in order for this to work well for you.  But in my perfect world scenario, you get to do both in the same hour!  LOL!

The next time my hubby and I have an adults only trip, I fully plan on attempting this plan to see just how many FastPasses we can use in a day.  There are a larger number of rides to FastPass at the Magic Kingdom, so it would work best at that park.  There have been times in the past where we have used our first three FastPasses, and ended up using about 4 more booking them one by one, so I can see this really maximizing your time here.

Have you tried this before?  Let me know how it worked for you!

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