Fastpass + has become a pivotal part of getting more rides in during your Disney World vacation and best of all it’s FREE! Fastpass is a scheduling system created by Disney so you can book your ride times in advance. When you have reached your riding window you simply arrive at the Fastpass entrance for the ride and skip to the front of the line! Note: that even with Fastpass there is sometimes still a short wait associated with using it.
Not Booking in Advance
This is the biggest item on the list I can’t stress enough. It’s important to book your Fastpass as soon as possible so you can ensure you get on the rides you want to go on while on your vacation. In order to help plan your trip, I recommend downloading our FREE Printable Disney Daily Vacation Planner. This planner lets you map out your entire trip! Picking which park you plan on going to each day can help you plan out your food and Fastpasses in advance.
Not Booking more Fastpass + After You use Your First 3
Did you know that after you use up your first three Fastpasses slotted for the day you can go back and book more? Yup! That’s right, just like the old paper system you can get more than three Fastpasses over the course of the day. When you have used all three just find a Fastpass kiosk or use the My Disney Experience app to book another one. If you have a park hopper you can even make Fastpasses at a different park once you have used the first three!
Picking the Wrong Attractions
If you have never been to Disney World before it can be hard to judge which attractions you should get a Fastpass for. Fear not though we put together a list of Disney Rides you Should Never Make a Fastpass For. Utilizing this list will help you avoid making any rookie mistakes and determine which rides will work the best for your family because remember what’s best is unique to each family : )
Failing to Document Fastpass +
I hate to say but even in the land of Disney sometimes things go wrong. There have been times that their computer system will go down or it will lose your Fastpasses. This is RARE but it’s good to be prepared. Additionally, you could lose internet and not have a way to double check when you scheduled your ride times. To help I always take a screen shot after I book my Fastpasses and leave it saved. If you are more of a paper person, I recommend using our free planning guide mentioned above!
Not Connecting your Group in your My Disney Experience Account
Similar to Facebook you can add friends to your My Disney Experience account. If you plan on meeting up with other family members or your family members have individual accounts then be sure to add them as your friend. This allows you to book Fastpasses on behalf of your friends and you can see their currently scheduled plans as well. That’s if they choose to share them with you. Another benefit to adding people as friends is for Photopass, it gives you the ability to share photos. This is particularly helpful for Annual Passholders with free downloads or those whole purchase Memory Maker photo package.
Booking a Reservation between 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
This is when the parks first open and the lines are short! There really is no point in scheduling a Fastpass during this time. Personally I try to not book any Fastpasses before 11 am. I consistently see that once 11 am hits the parks have gotten crowded and you see most of the lines start to fill up for the day. The lines will typically start dying down again around 9 pm when people with small children have left for the day.
Not realizing Everyone in your Party can Do Different Things
You don’t have to have everyone in your party Fastpass the same ride. So for example, if you have a giant chicken family like myself, while everyone else opts for Rock “n” Roll Coaster I could book Toy Story Midway Mania for the same time instead. Also great if you have really young ones in your party that do not meet the height requirements.
Not using the My Disney Experience App
If you are heading on a trip you need this app on your phone! You can view your Fastpasses, make new Fastpasses, cancel a Fastpass or even modify one. The Disney app also is packed with plenty of other helpful features like park openings, entertainment times, wait times and your Photopass pictures.