Disney’s new FastPass+ system is connected to Magic Bands rather than paper tickets, and that saves time, but it’s made some FastPass+ reservations highly coveted and nearly impossible to get.
The Anna and Elsa meet and greet often sells out very quickly along with Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Toy Story Mania and Soarin’ (now closed but soon to return better than ever) are also very hard fast passes to get, but none of these are impossible with these tips.
1. On-site guests book 60 days in advance at midnight.
Guests staying on Disney World Property can book up to 60 days before their first day of vacation. Log into your account at midnight and check for fast passes. If they aren’t showing, log out, refresh, and log back in until they show up, which should happen sometime between midnight and 1 am.
Since FastPasses will show 60 days before the first day of your vacation, you can book all of your vacation at that time.
When they finally show up, make FP+ reservations in order of difficulty. I suggest booking Magic Kingdom first even if you’re not visiting there until the end of your vacation. Pairing a more difficult fast pass with two easier ones will give you a better chance of getting the more difficult one. Don’t worry. You can change any reservation later if you want to.
2. Make a reservation for one traveler and copy to others.
MyDisneyExperience allows guests to make FastPass+ reservations for one person and copy those reservations to one or more other people. Sometimes, the system will say that there aren’t enough FP+ reservations available for everyone in your group, but you will be able to make the reservation and copy them to other people.
In order to do this on your computer, reserve for one person, add your friends and family, select the date you want to copy, and say whom you’re copying from and to. When you get the confirmation, you’re good to go!
3. Watch park hours closely
Disney publishes updated park hours at the middle of every month on a Friday. If hours are extended, more FP+ reservations will become available.
If hours are extended, don’t cancel your existing reservations. Instead, select the date you want to change and an experience you are willing to give up if necessary. The next page will give you options for replacements.
4. Check MyDisneyExperience regularly
People cancel their FP+ reservations all the time. Checking a day or two in advance might get you a cancelled reservation to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
While on Disney property, use MyDisneyExperience app regularly to check wait times, FP+ openings, and dining reservations.
5. Get a 4th FastPass+ Reservation
Once you’ve used all three of your FP+ reservations without skipping any, the FP+ kiosks will allow you to book a fourth reservation. Many people still don’t know yet that this is possible. Though you probably won’t get a hard to get reservation, you may get one that you really like.
6. What if I still can’t get any FP+ reservations?
Sometimes no matter how hard you try, you can’t get FP+ reservations during very busy times. If that is the case, all hope is not lost.
You can arrive 30-45 minutes before park opening. This will put you at the front of the line. If you go straight to the attractions that are usually very busy later in the day, you’ll be able to get on with little to no wait. Remember that Expedition Everest, Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster, and Test Track have single rider lines that are often much shorter wait times if your party doesn’t mind [possibly] being split up.
Extra Magic hours are always good times to have lower crowds, but morning hours are the best. Akin to this strategy is visiting during a parade or party. Hard-ticket events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will still have crowds, but they will be much lower than public times.
Finally, go to popular attractions during or just after parades and fireworks. Since most people are so enthralled with these special events, they won’t be waiting in line for a ride. This may not work with young kids who want to experience these things front row, but it’s a viable possibility for older guests or veteran guests.
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