7 Fastpasses

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.

  1. 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.
  2. If park hopping, you can only book a fastpass at a different park AFTER you have scanned in at the front of that park.

7 Fast Passes in a day

Our Plan

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.

Seven Fastpasses in a day

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!

Seven Fastpasses

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:

  1. You can still get as many fastpasses as you could under the old system
  2. 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

Seven Fastpasses in a day

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!

Seven 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.

5 comments on “How to Get 7 Fastpasses a Day at Disney World

  • Yes, I love the new FP+ system with the new adjustments! On Memorial Day, we knew we weren’t getting to the parks until around 3:30, so we booked our fastpasses with our latest one starting at 6:15. After that, we were able to get 4 more for various rides, including Space Mountain at 9:30. That means in total, we got 7 fastpasses in one day despite not even starting the kiosk fastpasses until about 6:45. Under the system, it’s definitely not out of the question to get 10-12 at MK in one day, especially if you start very early.

  • Thank you for proving what I thought was possible, as well. I’ve heard many complaints about the new system, but like you, wanted to prove it to ourselves on our last visit a few weeks ago. We were able to “score” 8 FastPasses in a day, in two parks (Animal Kingdom and EPCOT) which is all we had energy for. The Naysayers just need to learn the new system and plan ahead.

  • We will be going to Disney for Spring Break 2015! I am excited about the most recent changes to fastpass+ and the fact that we can now get more after using the first 3. Thanks for the info. on your site. I had already figured I would probably need to book the first 3 early in the day. The only thing I might do differently is book for 3 things closer together…Peter Pan’s Flight, Mine Train, Belle or Mermaid. Then get in line as early as poss. for BOG for lunch. Last year when we planned for using fastpass+ for the first time…I grumbled about it. I didn’t like having to figure so much out ahead of time. Then when we actually put it all to use in the parks it was brilliant! There is really no need to ever stand in a long line at Disney. The longest line we stood in during Spring Break 2014 was for Anna and Elsa. They were still at Epcot. It was something like 3 1/2 hours! After that my back was killing me! Is anyone else excited about the new standby line Peter Pan. I just love seeing new things. Not sure if it would be worth the torture of the Peter Pan line w/no fastpass though. Which brings me to my last thought: fastpass is a must for great but brief lines such as Peter Pan’s Flight.

  • The issue I have is what if you want to fastpass something like the parade? Now we went in 2013 when they were testing out the magic bands so we had both the regular ticket scan fast pass as well as the magic bands so it was a great time. Now lets say you want to fastpass fantasmic that means you can only use your fastpass system at HS and you cannot get a kiosk fastpass at any other time or any other park. I have not tried just the magic bands alone but we are going in November so I am looking forward to trying some of these tricks, just not sure how some of the later fastpasses will hurt us.

    • Sorry for the delay Paul. Yes if you want to fastpass the parade or a nighttime event, you cannot do the tricks described in this article. Yeah, that’s a bummer. Personally we like to go to MK twice on any given trip, so we usually have one day as a “fastpass day” and the other day as a “relax day” where we fastpass the parade and don’t worry so much about getting a lot of fastpasses.

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5 comments on “How to Get 7 Fastpasses a Day at Disney World

  • Yes, I love the new FP+ system with the new adjustments! On Memorial Day, we knew we weren’t getting to the parks until around 3:30, so we booked our fastpasses with our latest one starting at 6:15. After that, we were able to get 4 more for various rides, including Space Mountain at 9:30. That means in total, we got 7 fastpasses in one day despite not even starting the kiosk fastpasses until about 6:45. Under the system, it’s definitely not out of the question to get 10-12 at MK in one day, especially if you start very early.

  • Thank you for proving what I thought was possible, as well. I’ve heard many complaints about the new system, but like you, wanted to prove it to ourselves on our last visit a few weeks ago. We were able to “score” 8 FastPasses in a day, in two parks (Animal Kingdom and EPCOT) which is all we had energy for. The Naysayers just need to learn the new system and plan ahead.

  • We will be going to Disney for Spring Break 2015! I am excited about the most recent changes to fastpass+ and the fact that we can now get more after using the first 3. Thanks for the info. on your site. I had already figured I would probably need to book the first 3 early in the day. The only thing I might do differently is book for 3 things closer together…Peter Pan’s Flight, Mine Train, Belle or Mermaid. Then get in line as early as poss. for BOG for lunch. Last year when we planned for using fastpass+ for the first time…I grumbled about it. I didn’t like having to figure so much out ahead of time. Then when we actually put it all to use in the parks it was brilliant! There is really no need to ever stand in a long line at Disney. The longest line we stood in during Spring Break 2014 was for Anna and Elsa. They were still at Epcot. It was something like 3 1/2 hours! After that my back was killing me! Is anyone else excited about the new standby line Peter Pan. I just love seeing new things. Not sure if it would be worth the torture of the Peter Pan line w/no fastpass though. Which brings me to my last thought: fastpass is a must for great but brief lines such as Peter Pan’s Flight.

  • The issue I have is what if you want to fastpass something like the parade? Now we went in 2013 when they were testing out the magic bands so we had both the regular ticket scan fast pass as well as the magic bands so it was a great time. Now lets say you want to fastpass fantasmic that means you can only use your fastpass system at HS and you cannot get a kiosk fastpass at any other time or any other park. I have not tried just the magic bands alone but we are going in November so I am looking forward to trying some of these tricks, just not sure how some of the later fastpasses will hurt us.

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