Launched officially in 2014 Fastpass+ is Disney’s attraction reservation system. Fastpass+ allows you to book attractions in advance of your visit to Walt Disney World. Our Fastpass+ & MagicBands Guide, updated April 2018, will help you plan your visit to Walt Disney World.
Previous versions of this guide contained information on Disney’s Advanced Dining Reservations. This information can now be found on its own dedicated page.
What is Fastpass+ ?
Launched officially in 2014 Fastpass+ is Disney’s attraction reservation system. Fastpass+ allows you to book attractions in advance.
Why does it matter?
Your advance reservation allows you to join a much shorter queue so you can experience the ride quicker. However; you do still have some waiting for most attractions.
It matters as if you don’t use Fastpass+ you will spend a longer period in standby queues. In busy periods this will mean you will experience fewer attractions.
Great! How much does it cost?
Fastpass+ is free for all guests.
Can I pay for extra Fastpass+?
For the majority of guests, the answer to this question is no. However, there have been rumours that this will change eventually. Universal Orlando has charged for its Express Pass for many years.
Beginning January 12, 2018, Disney World Resort guests staying at club level or suites at select resorts will be able to buy three more FastPass+ reservations a day.
Guests must buy this option for a minimum of 3 days during their reservation. The cost of the extra three Fastpass reservations is $50 plus tax per guest per day. Fastpasses can be booked up to 90 days in advance. You are not allowed to repeat the same FastPass+ attraction during a single day.
The promotion also includes preferred viewing locations for one nighttime spectacular a day.
When can I book?
To use Fastpass+ before you visit you must have either:
- Valid Ticket or Annual Pass
- Walt Disney World Resort Hotel reservation plus theme park tickets
Guests who are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort(including Swan & Dolphin) can book 60 days in advance plus the number of days of their stay.
The Disney Springs Area Hotels will also receive the 60-day booking window from 10 January 2018 for guests who have a Walt Disney World Travel package and theme park tickets
The hotels participating are as follows:
- B Resort & Spa
- Best Western Lake Buena Vista
- DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando
- Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
- Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
- Holiday Inn Orlando
- Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista
Ticket holders not staying in the above resorts have a shorter 30-day reservation window.
Where do I book?
I’m going to book Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Toy Story Mania & Soarin.
It does not work like that, unfortunately. For a single theme park per day, you can make up to 3 FastPass+ selections in advance.
Once you used your first set of FastPass+ selections you can make another FastPass+ choice. Assuming you have a park hopper ticket this can now be at another theme park.
Can I always get a Fastpass for my favourite ride?
No! The most popular rides do run out of fastpasses. On busy days the majority of rides will run out late in the day.
Resort guests do get an advantage by being able to book earlier in advance. Guests who buy tickets on the day might find their only option is to join a standby queue.
I don’t have a Fastpass what should I do?
For the most popular attractions do not expect one to become available later in the day.
Joining the line at rope-drop, during parades & late evening often result in shorter standby waits. Your best opportunity is always on opening but make sure you arrive early & not on Extra Magic Hours days if you are not staying at a Disney Resort.
I want a pass for the attractions at Pandora – World of Avatar
You can only prebook one Fastpass for either Navi River Journey or Flight of Passage.
Do not expect to get an extra Fastpass later in the day for the other attraction.
For more hints on Pandora read our guide.
I’m going to Epcot to ride Soarin, Test Track & Frozen Ever After
You might be but you won’t be doing it through Fastpass+ in 1 day. Epcot and Hollywood Studios have tiered their attractions. You can book 1 Group A ride & 2 Group B.
In Epcot Soarin, Test Track, Illuminations & Frozen Ever After are all in group A.
Once you have used your first selections you can always try for another Fastpass. Alternatively, the options are the standby queue or returning on another day.
What about Hollywood Studios?
You can read all about the changes to Hollywood Studios Fastpass here.
What if I’m late?
A few minutes late you will be fine.
More than that it will be at the Cast Members discretion.
If you are going to be more than a few minutes late and it isn’t linked to a failure elsewhere you should rebook.
Should you have a Fastpass+ strategy for each park?
Whilst there are similarities your strategy should be based on what park you are visiting. We have published strategies for each theme park and we recommend you read them before starting to make your reservations:
What is a MagicBand?
It is a rubber band that goes on your wrist which contains Magic!
Not quite but they are very clever.
MagicBands contain a whole host of information about your stay. A built-in Radio Frequency Identification Chip provides the technical stuff.
They act as your park tickets, your room key, your room charge card, your Fastpasses are linked with them, they manage your dining reservations and your Disney Dining Plan.
Pretty much they control your whole vacation.
MagicBands do a lot more and experiences are expanding all the time.
Your ride photographs and videos are automatically linked to your MagicBand and you can see them on the App later in the day. You just take the ride and the MagicBand does the rest.
They have added new experiences to many attractions throughout the parks. We won’t discuss them here as I feel that ruins the surprises.
How do I get a MagicBand?
If you are staying at a Disney Resort you get them for free.
In advance, you can pick your colour on the Disney website. These will be shipped to your home address in the US only or can be picked up at your resort reception.
Other guests can buy a band in advance or in the parks.
Do I really need a MagicBand?
Not at all you can still use a traditional ticket for you park entry and Fastpass+ but you will miss out on the extra interactions.
What is My Disney Experience?
This is an app you can use whilst in the park to keep track on your plans, review your photographs and book further experiences.
My Disney Experience, MagicBands & Fastpass+ all enhance your experience whilst in Walt Disney World. You can learn more about My Disney Experience here.
What is MyMagic+
You may occasionally hear this mentioned basically it is everything we have mentioned above.
Anything else I need to know?
Not really but changes to Fastpass+ and MagicBands happen regularly.
If you want to find out more about Disney World why not start at our Beginners Guide to Walt Disney World.