Fast passes have been around in Disney Parks since 1999. FastPasses act as a virtual reservation for an attraction. You are given a one hour window to use said FastPass (e.g. 10 am – 11 am). It reserves your spot in line, allowing you to take advantage of other activities like eating, shopping or visiting other attractions while you wait for your FastPass return time.
- The average guest is said to walk approximately 10 miles per day at Disney World. With the new system, less time and energy is wasted by you or a family member to separate from the party to go and obtain FastPasses. Everything is booked ahead of time or at strategically placed FastPass+ kiosks around the parks.
- Speaking of time, you no longer have to arrive for park opening in order to secure FastPasses like Toy Story Midway Mania for example. That ride is so popular that you used to have to get to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for rope drop just to get a FastPass, sometimes the fast pass not being good for another 8 hours. Now you can have peace of mind, knowing you already have FastPasses that you want and it works around your schedule.
- Options. Not everyone that goes to Disney World enjoys going on thrill rides the most. There are character meet and greets, parades and shows that are a higher priority. The variety with FastPass+ appeals to every Disney guest.
- Flexibility. You can cancel and modify your FastPass+ selections throughout the day based on your needs. In the past, once you got a FastPass, there was no going back. You had to wait for a specific time window to open up to select a different one
- Attractions that used to not have Fastpass now have longer standby waits. Attraction lines that once weren’t stopped to allow FastPass through are now stopped occasionally.
- Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom work on a tiered Fastpass+ system (Magic Kingdom does not). This means that you are allotted only one of your initial three FastPasses to come from Group A at a park. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom for example, Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey or both in Group A, meaning you can only select one of those as part of your FastPass package.
- Planning. Not everyone likes to plan out their day by day operations while on vacation. Now you kind of need a plan 30-60 days out to get FastPasses for certain attractions.
- Wasted availability. Not everyone who books FastPasses in advance ends up going to the parks or maybe they forget that they booked them. Meaning the time slots for other people FastPasses were pushed to later in the day for nothing. In the past if you weren’t going to use your paper FastPasses you could easily create a magical moment and if them away to passing guests in the parks.
4) What attractions are you willing to wait in the standby line for? Say you want to ride both Peter Pan’s Flight and Space Mountain but they are both an hour wait without FastPass. You can get a FastPass for only one. Which one for you is more worthy of the wait? Depends on who you ask, but it’s important to ask yourself this type of question.