How to Make Fastpass Plus Reservations
In our previous article, we discussed how to set up your My Disney Experience account and how to book dinner reservations. Now it’s time to move on to Fastpass Plus and show you how to make fastpass plus reservations.
Please note that this article focuses on the technical details of how to actually schedule and make your fastpass reservations. For fastpass plus tips and recommendations, such as advice on when to book fastpasses and what rides to use, see our article on Fastpass Plus. For the purposes of this article, we are going to help step you through the online experience of creating reservations and making changes, as this can be a very confusing process.
Things to do Before You Schedule Your Fastpass Plus Reservations
60 days before your trip begins (if you’re staying onsite), you will be able to go online and make your Fastpass + choices. Before you do that, there are a few things you need to do.
First, you want to have your daily schedule set and locked in. If you have made dinner reservations, you likely will already have this done. If not, you need to spend some time looking at this. Even if you have a park hopper pass, you can only make Fastpass + choices for one park per day. So you have to pick a park for each day, know what times you’ll be in the park, and be ready to make those choices as soon as you can.
Second, as we mentioned earlier, you want to have your Friends & Family setup correctly so that you can add all members to the Fastpass reservations. It is very important that you have the actual account of each person correctly loaded, as the FP selections will filter down to each individual’s Magic Band.
Finally, you need to discuss beforehand which rides are important for your party. It may not be possible for your entire party to be in front of the computer when it’s time to book passes. So it will be very helpful for you to go ahead and discuss the important rides ahead of time, so that one person can go and make the FP reservations.
Steps for Creating a FP Reservation
As you login to your account, you’ll notice the Fastpass + section. Go into this section to make your choice. You will then see a calendar for the days you will be at the park. Click on the date and choose the party members that you will be making reservations for. Then choose the park that you will be attending on that date. Again, if you will be in multiple parks, you will still need to choose ONE park for FP reservations.
At this point, you’ll want to choose the attractions. You’ll notice that there are tiers at many of the parks. Currently, Animal Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom don’t have tiers, but this could easily change on a whim. The tiering system is pretty self-explanatory. Epcot and Hollywood Studios both have two groups of fastpasses to choose from. You can choose one ride from Group A and 2 rides from Group B.
It’s HIGHLY recommended that you choose the rides with the longest lines. For instance, you can get a Fastpass for It’s a Small World…but what is the point? The standby times are usually quite short. Instead, try and choose the headliners.
After you choose the rides, you’ll then be asked to prioritize how important the three rides are. This screen isn’t all that important, but you’ll be able to make this decision based on your group.
Setting Fastpass Times
Once you have chosen your rides, you will be presented with Fastpass times.
DO NOT STRESS ABOUT THESE TIMES.
Initially, you have very little ability to customize the actual times. You will need to accept whichever of the options looks best, and move on. If none of them work, that’s ok. Just pick one, and click Next. You can customize the individual times later on. It’s a bit of a hassle, but just know that you can get very detailed on the individual FP times. Focus on the rides, not the times, click done and you’ll see your itinerary.
Making Changes to Fastpass Selections
Once you have made your choices, you will likely need to edit them at some point. To do so, start by going back to the Fastpass + page, and choose the specific day.
At this point, you will have four choices. Let’s explain the four choices.
Select or Replace: If you want to completely wipe out the FP choices you’ve made and “start over”, this is the choice for you. When you choose this option, you’ll then choose party members, choose your park, and go through the selection process as if you were starting from scratch. NOTE: This is NOT the recommended choice if you are simply trying to change times of specific Fastpasses.
Change: When you choose change, you are then able to edit individual fastpass times. If the automatic times provided by the website weren’t to your satisfaction, this is where you will go in order to change them. After you click “change”, you’ll be able to edit individual rides. Select the ride you want to edit, and then click Next. Then you can either change the attraction, or change the time. Don’t forget to choose which members you want to make the changes for as well. As you’ll see, this option gives you the ability to get very granular in the FP times.
Copy: Copy is used if you have new party members, or if you forgot to make reservations for anyone. You simply choose the day, choose the person you want to copy FROM, and choose the person you want to copy TO. Don’t forget that the possibility does exist that a specific fastpass could be sold out. So, it’s highly recommended that you try and make any changes as early as possible.
Cancel: This option is pretty self-explanatory. Choosing this enables you to cancel any existing Fastpass plans.
Now that we have discussed how to make your fastpass choices, are there any tips for the best fastpass choices to make? For starters, try and alwasy book the major attractions, such as Space Mountain, Toy Story Mania, and Expedition Everest will fill up first, so try and book those if you can.
Also, be careful to schedule Fastpasses around events you want to choose. There are parades, fireworks, and of course dinner reservations. You want to make sure that the times are physically possible, and that you don’t cause your party to do too much walking.
These are just a few things that can help. For more detailed information on using Fastpass plus to enhance your Disney experience, see our article on Fastpass Plus tips!
Part 4 of our My Disney Experience section discusses a few of the remaining options that you can use in order to enhance your experience at Disney World. The My Itinerary function ties everything together and makes your entire vacation run smoothly.
By: Ryan Shade