FastPass locations are next to their corresponding rides, most of the time. But there are a few occasions where Disney managed to hide the FASTPASS in distant, unrelated locations, creating a time-consuming search that could prevent some guests from getting on the ride at all. For those people who want to skip the hunt, here are the five most difficult to find locations in the Disneyland Resort.
Radiator Springs Racers is the most popular ride in all of California Adventure. As a result, its FASTPASSes can run out as early as two hours after opening, making the FASTPASS location essential for families and other groups looking to ride together (otherwise, single rider is a good option). But it’s not anywhere near the ride.
Instead, the FASTPASS is next to the It’s Tough To Be Bug Theater. Walking straight from the entrance on Buena Vista Street, past the statue of Walt and Mickey, and on the left is the Radiator Springs FASTPASS location. It’s right across from Napa Rose.
If in doubt, just look for the long line early in the morning, or the return time sign facing the road.
World of Color faces a few difficulties with finding the perfect location for its FASTPASS distribution. For one, it’s a show, not a ride. But not only that, it’s a show that occupies all of Paradise Pier. It could be located anywhere in the massive area, so instead they put the FASTPASS distribution somewhere completely unrelated – in the Grizzly River Run FASTPASS spot.
The Grizzly River Run ride is omnipresent throughout the park thanks to its distinctive bear-like mountain that jutting towards the sky. To get there, guests walk straight to the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey, turn right, go past California Soarin’, and it will be on the left near the entrance to the Grand Californian Hotel.
The location seems strange. It seems like they never intended to do FASTPASS for World of Color in the first place.
The Haunted Mansion FASTPASS is only open seasonally, from when Disneyland’s Halloween celebrations start until the end of Christmas time. That’s when it’s retrofitted to its immensely popular Nightmare Before Christmas rendition. The lines stretch across New Orleans Square, making it necessary to open up the FASTPASS.
But many people don’t even know they exist.
They are next to the ride, but hidden, carefully placed behind walls and bushes. At the entrance, turn to the left, get through the people and go along the ride’s perimeter. It will look like a location for a pay phone but that’s the FASTPASS. It should save you a little time for the holidays.
This is another example of a FASTPASS that’s overlooked because many people don’t know it exists at all, and it doesn’t help that there aren’t any signs or other indications. Plus, it shares its location with another ride.
The FASTPASS for Astro Blasters is in the Star Tours FASTPASS location, right across from the Star Tours ride in Tomorrowland. Most of the machines are for Star Tours, but the two on the far left are just for Astro Blasters.
Still, it’s not exactly a ride that needs a FASTPASS, with lines that rarely go over 15 minutes.
For a little bonus, the single rider line for Splash Mountain is also difficult to find, and can easily cut 45 minutes of waiting down to 5 minutes (so long as you’re fine riding in separate logs). Just go to the ride’s exit, and enter. Awkwardly walk right to the point where other guests are getting off, and you’ll be directed to where you can get on.