Forget everything you’ve heard about the new fastpass system. It’s time to change the way you setup your fastpasses. I’ve heard many negative reviews both in person and through the pages of this site. Feedback so far has not been good. But recently, Disney World listened to this feedback and made one change that has dramatically changed the way we will advise our readers to approach fastpasses.
The change, which I’m sure you’ve heard, is that once you have used all three of your fastpasses, you can get additional fastpasses, one at a time.
There are two important caveats to this system, which we tested out at the end of May.
- You get additional fastpasses at kiosks, not using your app. At this point, don’t bother trying to figure out how to do it on your phone, because you can’t.
- If park hopping, you can only book a fastpass at a different park AFTER you have scanned in at the front of that park.
As soon as Disney announced the ability to get additional fastpasses, I had an idea that it would be important to get fastpasses early, but I wasn’t ready to recommend it to readers until I had tried it. So about ten days before our last minute trip (I highly encourage 30 days if you can help it, but sometimes a last-minute trip to Disney makes this impossible!) we booked three fastpasses at Hollywood Studios.
9:05-10:05 – Star Tours
10:10-11:10 – Tower of Terror
11:10-12:10 – Rock N Roller
We first booked it to Toy Story Mania, rode that, and then knocked out these three other headliners. After this, we used a fastpass on The Great Movie Ride, from 12:15-1:15, saving ourselves about 20 minutes of waiting on a busy summer day.
Then we high-tailed it to Animal Kingdom for more fun. I had to wait for 2:30-3:30 to get an Everest fastpass.
After that, we went over to Epcot for an evening of rides, drinks and great food. We used fastpasses on Maelstrom and Spaceship Earth. Before you laugh, Spaceship Earth can have very long waits in the summer, so the fastpass did come in handy!
Why This Wasn’t a Perfect Test Run
To be honest, the point of our trip was not to try and accumulate as many fastpasses as possible. If it had been, I’m confident that it would be possible to get 10-12 fastpasses in a day! We had about three different business reasons to be in the parks, only one of which was to ride attractions and use fastpasses. Running a website requires pictures, and we took over 1200 in 2 days, so our attention was not fully on testing the limits of this system. Regardless, however, we proved two things:
- You can still get as many fastpasses as you could under the old system
- Park hopping is even easier with the new system as it was using the old one.
Our mythical plan to get 10 fastpasses
I think 10-12 fastpasses a day would be a breeze at the MK. Here is how I recommend doing it:
30 days ahead of time, book the following fastpasses:
9-10 Splash Mountain
10-11 Mine Train
11-12 Space Mountain
There are a bunch of FP kiosks in Tomorrowland. After Space Mountain, get your next set of fastpasses. Focus on getting them for as early as possible. Then continue this routine, getting a new fastpass every 1-2 hours. If you stay in the park until close, you should easily knock out 10 fastpasses!
Will fastpasses run out? Not in the MK. Even during the busiest of seasons, there will be fastpasses available for many attractions at the Magic Kingdom, due to the large number of attractions at this park. They will run out for the top rides, for sure. But you should still be able to get them for 2nd tier attractions throughout the day. Again, your focus will not be on getting FP’s for the top attractions, but on getting FP’s with times that are the closest to the current time.
You will likely run into difficulties trying this system in some of the other parks, as fastpasses do run out for most rides worth riding. But this was true under the old system as well, as the problem is the number of attractions, not the FP system itself.
Take Away This One Tip
Try and book three fastpasses as early as possible. Try to be done with all 3 by lunchtime. To do this, you may need to reserve your spots 30 days ahead of time, just to secure your spots for the top rides.
In conclusion, we feel that this change enables you to tour the park exactly like you did with the old system, which is great news to Disney World fans!
We’d love someone to test it out and let us know if they can do 10 or more! If not, we’ll be there soon enough to try a marathon session!
For more information on the new Fastpass system, see our article on Fastpass Plus, which goes into even more detail on this new system.