Last night, I had someone ask to join the Facebook group and they answered that one of the biggest challenges with planning a Disney World trip is the FastPass system.

This is too frequent for something that is easy to grasp quickly – a lot of the common mistakes can be avoided.

I will give my top tips on everything, including how to score last-minute FastPasses to rides you may not have got a reservation for, such as Flight of Passage, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Slinky Dog Dash.

If any of these tips are new to you, you absolutely need to get the Line Hacks System. It is a quick crash course and e-guide on how to skip all the lines at Disney World – it will expose you to tech hacks, detailed PDF itineraries, and more. You will not need anything else to help plan your days in the park besides this (you’ll never need to read another article again).

Alright, here we go – and I am betting that over 98% of people are not aware or using at least one of these – so don’t be that person when you head to Disney World again!

  1. Not using FastPass. It’s free and included in your ticket purchase.

This is really all that needs to be said for this one, folks! USE IT!

  1. Not booking when you can – either 30 or 60 days in advance, starting at 7am EST.

You can either book your FastPass+ reservations starting 30 or 60 days before the first day of your vacation, and this depends on whether you’re staying on-property at a Walt Disney World resort or Disney Springs resort – or off-property.

Use this link to countback the number of days and add that date to your calendar – you’ll need to type in 31 or 61 days back, based on your window (trust me on the math).

Get online and book those FP+ reservations for your trip that day! No excuses!

 

Get online and book those FastPasses, y’all.

 

  1. Booking “easy” attractions.

Using your FP+ reservations for what I call “easy” attractions – there are way too many to name – but some examples:  Under the Sea or It’s a Small World at Magic Kingdom, Muppet Vision 3D at Hollywood Studios, Journey Into Imagination at EPCOT. Again, plenty more examples. With rides like these, you can pretty easily grab a day-of FastPass after your first three. Use your first three wisely, and save them for the headliners and attractions with long waits.

  1. Booking them spread out, or late in the day.

This is where a lot of people go wrong. This essentially means not booking your FastPasses consecutively and to use them once or shortly after you arrive.

Expert booking: using stand-by lines during the park’s first hour or so, until the lines build up (dependent upon the crowd level). Booking your three FastPasses booked for 10am, 11am, 12pm (or as close together as the available times will allow).

Not so expert booking: Three FastPasses booked at 12pm, 3pm, and 7:25pm.

YEESH!!! The reason you should not be doing this is because after your first three initial FastPasses are used, you can get one more at a time and you should. Because that means not waiting in lines.

The only reason I’ll say that I’d approve non-consecutive bookings is if it is for a very hard to get attraction, and that was the only time available and you just have to ride it. Which is really only for Flight of Passage, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Toy Story Land rides, and maybe some major headliner coasters. Otherwise – book and use those FastPasses up so you can keep getting more. All of the other rides can almost always be scored with a day of FastPass.

  1. Not using the grace window – the 5 or 15 minutes that you’re given on each end.

While a FastPass+ reservation says it is for an hour, ex 1:20pm-2:20pm – you’re actually given five minutes before and fifteen minutes after to actually scan your band/ticket and get into the attraction/ride.

So many people don’t know this, and it’s super helpful! Whether it means not having to rush and going to the bathroom or grabbing a snack if needed, or just using that FP+ 5 minutes early (I am almost always scanning my band at the five minute early mark) – it’s a nice thing to know!

So, if you have a reservation for Space Mountain at 1pm – this means you can scan and ride at 12:55pm, or until 2:15pm.

6. Not rechecking the night before or morning of if you didn’t score something you wanted.

Scenario: you’re staying off-property, you were a smarty and got on at 7am EST thirty days before your arrival date, but there is no more Slinky Dog Dash reservations left for your whole trip.

It’ll be OK – just book the next best thing.

Now, while you probably don’t have time to get on the My Disney Experience app multiple times an hour and a day that week before your vacation – what you can do is look the night before and the morning of the day you head to that park.

The night before you’re going to Hollywood Studios, take your bubble bath at your hotel, eat some chocolate, and get on your MDE experience app and start checking a few times to see if there are any open reservations. If not, do this again when you wake up in the morning over your coffee. I have scored Avatar Flight of Passage looking the night before multiple times, and if I can, so can you.

7. Not getting more FastPasses after your first initial three.

As stated above, after you’ve used your initial three FastPasses and hopefully relatively early in your day, you can get one more FastPass at a time. You should be doing this, and there is a best strategy for it. See point #7 below!

Another thing we hear a lot of guests say is, “well we don’t need FastPass, the wait was only 20 or 30 minutes”. Honestly, I’m a little neurotic and love planning – as you can tell, I’ve created an entire website and business about it. I am also all about economics – which means I factor both my time and cost spent into everything I do. 

So if Haunted Mansion is a 25 minute wait, and I can get another FastPass for it – why wait 25 instead of zero?! I talked to an older couple in their late 60s’ this past trip, and they told me they don’t care to wait in lines if it means not having to deal with their phones or technology. To each their own, but I still have confidence that the majority of us would definitely choose going on Space Mountain twice using FastPasses in a day is better than going once and waiting in a 60 minute line. 

8. Not using hacks and tricks to maximize your FastPass use, each day and all day.

Ok, so it says 7 mistakes, but I’m adding an eighth. There’s much more though than just going to a kiosk or opening up your app and seeing just a few rides available, and that many of them are not. (also, please don’t use those in park kiosks. Just trust me on that one!)

Finally – we cover the advanced FastPass techniques, touring itineraries and more in our Line Hacks System. If any of this post has been enlightening to you, we strongly suggest the investment. It will absolutely change your vacation. It’s like this post, but on steroids times a bazillion, and with printable guides you can print out for your trip.

I hope you learned something new and will find it easy to apply these tips when planning you’re next trip. Always leave me any questions or comments below, and I will answer!

xx 

Al